If you go down to the woods…
The RSPB’s annual SPRING FAIR on SUNDAY 1ST JUNE will this year feature a guest exhibition by a collection of artists from ARTISTS’ NETWORK BEDFORDSHIRE. Residents of the Biggleswade area; these artists work in a wide variety of mediums to produce unique, hand crafted fine art prints, paintings, and artisan crafts such as ceramics and millinery. Work will be for sale, and commissions undertaken at prices to suit all pockets – or just come along to have a chat to the members; you might be considering joining the network yourself.
Founded in 1995, ARTISTS’ NETWORK BEDFORDSHIRE aims to make art and artists more accessible to the public. We act as a voice for practising artists in Bedfordshire, providing information and support. We are a vibrant, artist-led organisation promoting original works of art and craft created by artists based in Bedfordshire. Visit Artists’ Network Bedfordshire online at www.artsnetbeds.org.uk
Those taking part include BEA BROWN, a Couture Milliner, who comes from a fine art background. She trained in millinery in both Luton and London and works now independently producing bespoke hats and headpieces to commission. On her stall at RSPB Spring Fair will be examples of her work to tempt you. Some of these will be for sale but she will happily talk to you about making your ideal, dream hat.
ANJA PENGER-ONYETTstarted working with ceramics over 25 years ago by attending ceramic courses and evening classes.Since 2008 she has worked as a full-time potter.She throws most of her work on the potters’ wheel, using white stoneware clay, which can be fired to high temperatures and allows the colours of the glazes to come through. Her work is functional (Bowls, Vases, Plates) as well as decorative/sculptural. Due to the high firing temperature the decorative work can be kept outside all year round.
Having trained for over 6 years in a wide variety of traditional printing processes including dry point etching, monoprint, letterpress and others besides; the work of RUTH GURNEY reflects her rural upbringing and her love flora and fauna. Principally showing limited edition, hand coloured woodcuts and linocuts of garden and wild birds at this exhibition; her work is wide ranging, and often haunting and delicate, drawing on folklore and rural traditions for inspiration.
This show will be set in the charming gardens of The Lodge at Sandy, alongside a host of other craft stalls, food pitches and attractions and entry is only £2 per car. So why not fill her up, bring a pick-nick and make a day of it, taking advantage of the bridle and footpaths through the wood and heath lands, that are accessible from the RSPB, for a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.