The Art Trail is 15 years old this year and so many of you art loving enthusiasts have taken part during that time so you already know, given some half way decent weather the trail is a delightful way to spend the weekend.  Meandering round the country lanes and dipping into luscious garden/studios with the odd slice of cake and cup of tea for fortification. 

If you’ve never been on the Art Trail before or even if you have,  over the next two weeks we will endeavor to introduce you to all the Artists taking part and the special things that are happening this year so you have some idea what to expect when you embark on this creative adventure,  starting with Artist number 1 in the village of Brockdish.   

Chris is just on the Suffolk side of the River Waveney at Brockdish please always follow directions in the brochure.  Looking out for posters, arrows and flags.  

Artist 1 – Chris Mound 

Chris uses traditional tools, European and Oriental techniques to make small edition woodcut prints. Hand pulling prints from an adapted etching press. 

Living as he does so close to the river,  Chris takes his inspiration mostly from the surrounding wildlife and printing on a variety of Japanese papers produces a fabulous collection of birds, Pheasants, Owls, Rooks, Crows and animals such as Foxes and Hares set in colourful landscapes.                                                                                   

If you start the trail in the morning drop into The Old Kings Head at Brockdish for a coffee and cake. Or if it’s anywhere near lunch time I can highly recommend their Pizza.  After filling up with calories, head back towards Needham where on the right in the middle of the village is Mill Lane. As the word Lane suggests this road is narrow and parking is limited so might be a good idea to park on the main road and walk down to…

Artist 2 – Gill Levin

The Tithe Barn is on the left and surrounded by a wealth of floral cottage garden.  This is clearly the influence for Gill’s lush garden paintings of plants and grasses but there is another aspect to Gill’s art work. Muliple dramatic paintings of West Pier Brighton and Battersea Power Station demonstrate Gill’s interest in bold industrial landscapes and derelict man made structures. 

From Needham drive towards Harleston but do a left at the roundabout and head up the A143 towards Diss for just a minute because…. Only a minute or two off the A143 you will find Upper Burnt House Lane and Skeetsmere House, home to….

Artist 3 – Rose Martin

Rose Martin, who apart from being chief gardener is also a Silk Painter. Rose explores and experiments with dyes, blending them to achieve bright vibrant colours on scarves and in contemporary pictures depicting fish, water, plants and flowers from her garden and the surrounding countryside.