On the trail of local artists

Life in Haslemere – February/March edition 2016

For the last 20 years Evelyn & Gwyn Phillips have been organising successful major art exhibitions and sculpture trails in South West Surrey. Their 21st Exhibition will be held at Prior’s Field School in April and it promises to be rather special. Over the years the exhibition has attracted artists from all over the South East and much further afield. This year in addition to the regular participants there are a number of new artists taking part. Appart’s exhibitions always deliberately provide an eclectic collection of 2D and 3D work to inspire visitors and in particular youngsters interest in the creative arts.

Haslemere and its surrounds is the home of a whole range of talented artists who exhibit with AppArt. There are several well-known sculptors including Christine Suzman who specialises in producing individually modelled ceramics of animals. Maggie Butler’s work has a classical feel and her stylised sculptures of torsos and horses are instantly recognisable. Averil Mark’s specialises in ceramic figures small and large and their textured finish is the hallmark of her work. Painter, poet and sculptor David Paynter has his studio on the hills overlooking Haslemere and there is always a message or humour attached to his sculptures.

Ruth Bachmeister is well known for her miniature paintings of local scenes. They are delicately executed and have always proved popular. Michael Topham’s wire sculptures/paintings are unusual and incredibly detailed and his sense of fun comes through with his choice of subjects. Beautiful mermaids and figurines and brightly coloured glass sails can only be the work of Julia Webster who uses a casting method to achieve multi layered glass to great effect. These are just some of the many artists that will be taking part in one of Surrey’s most impressive art exhibition and sculpture trail.

Appart’s exhibitions have always been a community event and local schools and adult groups have been encouraged to visit and always received a warm welcome. Prior’s Field pupils and staff have works in the exhibition and the school has a “state of the arts” designed centre to encourage them to develop their talents.

Tinx Newton, the Arts Editor of Surrey Life, a great enthusiast and supporter of the arts in Surrey will open the Exhibition on Saturday 2nd April. The Exhibition & Sculpture Trail will be open every day from Saturday 2nd April to Saturday 16th between 10 am to 4pm. Admission is free and visitors will be able to view about 500 indoor exhibits and also explore the Gertrude Jekyll inspired gardens and see over 100 large sculptures in a tranquil and picturesque setting.