Christian artists host art trail in North Norfolk
Three faith-filled artists in the Fakenham area are opening their studios to the public at the end of this week as part of a new initiative called North Norfolk Studios. Tony Rothe reports.
Christian artists Tracey Ross, pictured bottom, Nicholas Elliott and Vanda Richards have teamed up to create an art trail around their studios from Colkirk through Fakenham to Houghton St Giles. Called the ‘Colourful Coast Art Trail’ the three painters will be showing work that spans atmospheric Norfolk landscapes, coastal scenes, and floral and still life.
Tracey creates mixed media semi-abstract seascapes capturing beautiful North Norfolk coastline. Nicholas focuses on colourful still life with floral and landscape oil paintings. Vanda paints atmospheric Norfolk landscapes and coastal scenes.
Tracey said “This is a great opportunity to meet Nicholas, Vanda, and myself; see our studios and view our artwork which is all for sale and can be purchased on the day”
The trail starts on Saturday May 29 and runs from 10am to 5pm daily until Sunday June 6. Entry is free.
Alongside her paintings, Vanda will also be selling some ancient bog oak crosses. These crucifixes have been hand-carved by sculptor Albert King from fenland Bog Oak found around the Isle of Ely, and are the final batch he has for sale.
Vanda says “About 6000 years ago, oak, yew, hazel, birch and pine grew in the area we know as the fenlands around the Isle of Ely. As the climate changed and ice sheets retracted, the water levels rose and the forests became flooded. The trees died, the winds blew them over and they became buried in the 'peat of time.'
“Most trees in those acidic bogs rotted, except for the trusty oak which came to the surface a few decades ago. So, when you hold a piece of Bog Oak in your hand you are holding wood which began life thousands of years ago. Yet, its appearance, like the Kaori wood from New Zealand, is as if it came from a tree felled recently. The wood is, therefore rare but extremely difficult to carve.”
All proceeds from the sale of these crosses, right, which are about 6 inches tall and cost £20 each, will help fund a rewilding project to plant a wildflower meadow alongside The Peddars Way at Ringstead. Vanda is willing to post a cross to anyone unable to come to her studio.
The venues for the art trail are:-
Tracey – St Giles cottage, 122 Fakenham Road, Houghton St Giles, NR22 6AQ. Phone: 07786 401396
Nicholas – Holly tree cottage, 21 Sculthorpe Road, Fakenham, NR21 9HA. Phone: 07914 778836
Vanda – Riverhead cottage, Hall lane, Colkirk, NR21 7NE. Phone: 07582 414743
For more information, watch out for the flyers, pictured top, widely distributed across the area, or e-mail Tracey at : firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Tracey’s website here.
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