THE Studley Arts Trail has got off to a flying start with many visitors heading to the village to explore its Artists’ Workhouse and the businesses showcasing the works there.
On display in the former needle factory is everything from original soft furnishings to paintings, ceramics, mixed media, needlework and more.
Speaking on the opening day (Saturday) organiser Dawn Harris said: “It’s been really great; we’ve had a lot of people who are doing the Arts Trail and popping in, seeing what’s on display and enjoying our pop-up cafe.
“It’s been absolutely lovely and although we didn’t have that long to organise it, it just shows that the Arts Trail really works.”
The event is part of a county-wide initiative known as Warwickshire Open Studios which features the stunning work of artist Michala Gyetvai on the front cover of its free booklet – and Michala just happens to be exhibiting in Studley.
“The Artists Workhouse is a wonderful venue and I’m so pleased to be here,” said Michala, who, inspired by English Romanticism and the Warwickshire countryside, specialises in stunning miniature needlework or huge lofted works big enough to cover a wall.
Her colleague, ceramicist Hilary La Force added: “Dawn has done a wonderful job here and its a superb venue to exhibit our work in.”
Mrs Harris meanwhile paid tribute to local Studley businesses, which, ranging from Dyers the undertakers to flower shops and a bridal shop had not only agreed to host an artist but also entirely re-arranged their window displays to accommodate them.
“Full credit to the venues because they have really taken this venture to heart and their support has been fantastic.”
The Studley Arts Trail, together with Warwickshire Open Studios runs until July 3. For more details visit https://artistsworkhouse.com/