Artists join forces to launch Downham, Denver and Ryston art trail

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Carter, Catherine Downes, Sam Styles from denver Mill, Perri Nicholls, Sarah Burt and Julie Spriggs at the mill.  Picture: Chris Bishop Elizabeth Fitzgerald Carter, Catherine Downes, Sam Styles from denver Mill, Perri Nicholls, Sarah Burt and Julie Spriggs at the mill. Picture: Chris Bishop

Friday, May 23, 2014
3:56 PM

A windmill, an art shop and a cottage studio are all on the first-ever Downham Market and Denver Art Trail.

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Artists will be exhibiting an eclectic mix of works in different mediums, ranging from fine silver jewellery to sweeping views of the north Norfolk coastline.

Landscape painter Elizabeth Fitzgerald Carter, silversmith Catherine Downes, silk painter Julie Spriggs, and textile artist Sarah Burt have set up shop at Denver Mill.

Mrs Fitzgerald Carter said: “There’s a lot happening in the arts community in West Norfolk but it’s quite hidden - people are on their own, working in their studios.

“It’s such an isolated profession. The experience of meeting people you’re selling to is absolutely marvellous.”

Illustrator Andy Scordellis, ceramicist Rebecca Elliott, mosaic and textile artist Sue Welfare and illustrator Izzy Wingham will be exhibiting at Framin’ Art, in the High Street at Downham Market.

And ceramicist Perri Nicholls will be having an open studio at 2 Home Farm Cottages, in Manor Lane, Ryston.

The event is part of the Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios 2014. More than 500 artists from all four corners of the county are taking part and there are 20 different art trails visiting different studios and arts venues to follow.

In his foreword in this year’s programme William Galinsky, artistic director of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, said: “The artists featured this year represent the diversity in art forms and techniques that are being practised throughout the county, from painted landscapes, craft and jewellery, to metal forged scultures and wood turning.

“I find it inspirational that so many people across Norfolk express themselves through the arts.”

The Downham and Denver Arts Trail is open today, tomorrow and on bank Holiday Monday; then on the weekends until June 8, from 10am - 4pm.

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