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Sunday, 25 November 2007

North Bristol Art Trail

Today was another first for me - the North Bristol Art Trail.

Having never been on an art trail before (they are an increasingly popular way of local artists exhibiting and selling their work) I was unsure of what to expect.
In the end I was impressed by a range of quality art, entertained by people-watching and faintly amused by the simple pleasure of nosing around a range of private houses in north Bristol.

The houses were all Victorian and lie in that swathe of city built in the 19th century between Ashley Down and White Tree roundabout.

As for the art work, some personal favourites included Sue Harvey's watercolour landscapes and seascapes - I've got my eye on one of her Dartmoor pieces; Dylan Arnold's photography and Debby Bird's mixed media and textile work.

The artists themselves seemed to be pleased (if a little exhausted by 5 pm Sunday) with the event, which ran over Saturday and Sunday, and the numbers of people looking round. The dry weather may have helped draw people out who might otherwise have stayed at home.

All in all, a good day out. And since I didn't buy anything, a very cheap one as well - £4.60 for two hot chocolates and a flapjack at
The Prom on Gloucester Road was the sole expense.

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