7th-30th MAY 2016
Hooray! Artweeks 2016 is here.
It seems hardly any time at all since last year and here we are again. Time passes so quickly.
The Festival runs from 7th-30th May with each of the three weeks having a different regional focus. (Oxford City 7th-15th May, South Oxfordshire 14th-22nd May and North Oxfordshire 21st-30th May).
This year, I will be exhibiting my jewellery and corsages with Dianne Frank, botanical artist and potter, Tam Frishberg in Tam's lovely house in North Oxford. This is our 7th year together.
Also exhibiting his magnificent drawings, glass and sculpture is our friend Vital Peeters who lives just round the corner.
We look forward to welcoming lots of visitors, so please do come and see us and bring your friends and family too.
Here's a video from last year to give you an idea of what to expect:
How to find us and opening times
Visit Tam, Jane and Dianne here:
Opening times: Saturday 7th May -11.00-6.00
Sunday 8th May - 11.00-6.00
Monday 9th May - 11.0-6.00
Tuesday 10th May - Closed
Wednesday 11th May - Closed
Thursday 12th May - 11.00-6.00
Friday 13th May - 11.00-6.00
Saturday 14th May - 11.00-6.00
Sunday 15th May - 11.00-6.00
Visit Vital here:
Opening times: 7th - 15th May - 11.00-6.00
Tam makes wheel thrown stoneware pottery in her home
studio. She is inspired by landscapes and pots both ancient
and modern and has developed a distinctive minimalist style.
"I take more pleasure from form than the decoration, and I
love being part of the ancient art of fashioning from earth and
fire vessels that people will use," she explains.
Her work has been sold in various galleries, and she exhibits
regularly with the Oxfordshire Craft Guild.
Dianne's interest in botanical art coincided with moving from
Vancouver to Oxford in 2001. In the beginning she was a
painter, both with watercolours and gouache. The most
appealing subjects have always been non-floral---largely
fruit and vegetables---but she is constantly looking to
expand her repertoire. The most inspirational moment in
Dianne's artistic 'career' came at her first encounter with
the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) exhibition, which
came several years after she began to paint. Here she
saw work in coloured pencil for the first time and it moved
her to change medium. There has been much to learn about
using coloured pencils, and there has been a lot of trial and error in mastering the technique of painting with pencils. This process continues. In 2011 Dianne became a full member of the SBA.
Every year since 2003 Dianne has exhibited during Oxfordshire's open studio event---Artweeks. For most of those years she has co-exhibited with friends and fellow artists, Jane and Tam.
Jane has been designing and making her colourful
jewellery and corsages for over 10 years. Her range
is constantly changing and expanding - although she
continues to make firm favourites like her Saturn
necklaces. She has recently started making corsages with
clips so that they can worn in the hair. These have proved
very popular for weddings, parties and going to the races.
Two years ago, she developed this website which serves
as a gallery for much of her work. She plans to sell online
eventually but really enjoys meeting her customers face to
face. Jane sells at craft fairs and also supplies jewellery to a gallery in the Cotswolds. She is also very happy for anyone wanting to buy a piece of jewellery or corsage to contact her.
Vital graduated from Oxford Brookes University in Fine Art and
History of Art in 1987. He started his Glass Studio in Oxford in
He uses a wide variety of glass techniques which include fusing,
sandblasting, painting and etching for the numerous architectural
work as well as casting and slumping.
In 2000, he started carving stone as well. Most recently, he has
explored clay, sculptureand drawing.
His glass studio and sculpture garden are open to the public every
year for the Oxford Artweeks Festival in May and November.