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September Return for Green Door Art Trail

Karen Lester

[T]he weekend of 29 and 30 September sees 63 artists taking part in the much anticipated Green Door Art Trail in 26 venues across South Cumbria and North Lancashire. The depth and breadth of members’ work will be on display including ceramics, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting. photography, printmaking, textiles and wood, as well as smaller items such as jewellery and greetings cards.

Visitors can find Trail venues from Burton in Kendal in the south, up to Kendal and across to Grange over Sands, Coniston and Ulverston. Group venues are the Courtroom at Preston Patrick Hall, the Athenaeum at Leasgill near Milnthorpe, the Green Door studios on Market Place in Kendal and Greenodd Village Hall.

Jamie Barnes The Last Night of the Fair

“I’m a Kendal-based Freelance Curator and Printmaker specialising in the aquatint etching printmaking technique,” said Jamie Barnes who will be opening his workspace at the Green Door studio on Market Place in Kendal. `’My artwork is concerned with upright manmade structures: structures in the landscape, on the horizon, and on the coast. I also make unique Etching Plate Pendants.”

“My work plays between the abstract and the figurative creating mysterious spaces where dramas unfold,” said Rosie Wates. “Stories, places visited and imagined, memories of times past and dreams future. And always a joy in the materials used and the wonders that can unfold where plan and happenstance meet.”

Rosie will be exhibiting paintings, ‘theatre boxes’, collages, photography, drawings at the Courtroom.

Christine Stanford makes a range of books, bags and exquisite etui pieces, using layering techniques with papers, fabrics and images. The materials are embellished with machine embroidery, lace, ribbons and buttons to create a rich mix of influences from the past. Christine will be exhibiting from Karen Lester’s Greywalls Studio in Lindale. Working across a variety of media, Karen likes to explore the wonderful qualities of watercolour and acrylic paint, drawing media, and printmaking, and finding inspiration in the landscape.

“The Trail is one of the highlights of our year,” said Janice Benson, Green Door’s Administrator. “This year just over half of our members are taking part and we have a record number of venues. Some artists will be giving demonstrations and all of them are looking forward to talking about their work and how they create it. All Trail venues are open on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September and a number are also opening on Friday 28 September, especially in the evening, so everyone can get a head start on their Trail visiting.”

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