Last weekend I took part in a local artists event exhibiting my work for the first time since having my children. I was both nervous and very excited - it felt really good to take my work out of my studio and get it out there for people to enjoy.
I was set up inside the Methodist Church - a spacious and beautiful historic building on Chapel Street. I had with my a variety of paintings, small and large as well as my new hand painted greeting cards. Through out the day I had many complements about my work, the colors I use and people were interested in both the process and the inspiration for my pieces. Although I am often shy when talking to others it was a good opportunity to talk about my art and to really consider the reasons why I paint and for the marks that I make. By the end of the trail I had sold a painting and many greeting cards.
I shared the Methodist Church with Emma from Photo Haikua - a regular to local art fairs. Her stall was covered in beautiful photography depicted botanical forms and local heritage sites. Her photography is available to purchase as a in a variety of prints, cards and canvases. Her work was very popular throughout the day.
Unfortunately I didn't get much time to explore the whole of the trail myself due to being unable to leave my stall for extended periods of time but I did take the opportunity to have a look around the other venues close to me. The scout hut and the community hall were full of well presented stands covered in inspiring art and handmade gifts. I took the opportunity to speak to other artists and makers and to document the small section of the trail I was able to visit.
I had a wonderful couple of days exhibiting with the art trail and the event was a success. I am looking forward to being able to take part again in the future.
If you would like to see more work by the artists photographed here please have a look at their websites and social media pages.
Helen Billingsly Ceramics - Website