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Third annual Art Trail a great success

This years Art Trail was a huge success attracting over 500 visitors to follow the Trail and visit the 14 venues across South Northants.

The exchanges between artists and the public was stimulating, giving a great boost to all the artists and craftsmen as their work was appreciated by so many. Chatting informally to the artists and watching the many demonstrations, the visitors in turn gained insight to the work involved in creating the artwork on display. Greater knowledge always leads to greater appreciation and this was shown by happy artists and craftsmen selling their work.

Creating art of any kind is a mostly solitary business and this event is an opportunity not only for artists to meet the public but to network with fellow artists. Lots of ideas were exchanged and hints and tips shared during the week.

This year, through our intensive marketing we had visitors not only from across the whole of Northamptonshire but from the neighbouring counties of Bucks, Oxon, and Warwickshire and as a result of the hard work on our social media sites, attracted people from even farther afield. Many commented on what a great day out it had made and that it was a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the stunning countryside of South Northamptonshire (how lucky that we were blessed with such good weather!) Naturally, tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes were available at all the venues, adding to the relaxed and happy atmosphere. It was an additional pleasure for us to discover that at the three Churches used as venues, the refreshments served raised a combined total of over £1000 for their charities and restorations.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors who support us in staging this annual event and the many businesses that kindly advertised in our brochure. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Sue Rudland

Chairman South Northamptonshire Arts

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