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Wilmslow Art Trail - September 2014

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Artworks on the trail
This stunning sculpture is one of dozens to feature in a ground-breaking art trail for Wilmslow.

The horse is designed by Jane Foddy who uses willow weaving to create full-size animal subjects.

She is one of 28 artists who have signed up for the trail which will display art in pop up exhibitions around Wilmslow town centre on the weekend of September 20-21.

Other local talent taking part in the trail includes Julie Allen of Oak Lane who has been a professional artist for more than 20 years, and Garry Olsen, 63, a furniture designer who will be exhibiting during the art trail from his studios on Stoney Lane.

Independent retailers such as Cook and Baker, a patisserie on Alderley Road, and Little Big Heads, a kid’s hair studio on Hawthorn Lane, are among 15 shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes which have agreed to allow their premises to turn into pop-up art galleries for the event.

The event is supported by the Evans Arts Trust and Castletons Accountants and will see everyone from painters, sculptors and textile artists to furniture makers and ceramicists, exhibiting their work.

Wilmslow High School Art Department will also be exhibiting art from some of their talented youngsters at the United Reformed Church.

Georgie Johnson from Wilmslow Business Group said: "Wilmslow is going to be showing off the wealth of its creative talent this September with the first ever Wilmslow Art Trail.

“Shops, Restaurants, pubs and cafes have all offered their premises as temporary art galleries for the weekend so that visitors will be able to take advantage of all that Wilmslow has to offer whilst enjoying the art on display.

"All of the venues are based in the centre of Wilmslow so visitors will be able to follow the Art Trail map on foot or by bike to take in as many venues as they like.

”We'll be revealing the names of all of the participating artists and locations nearer the time."

Artist Garry Olsen said: “The trail will be an exciting boost to the growing sense of community that has developed in Wilmslow over recent years, following in the footsteps of initiatives like the artisan market and the motor show.

"This is an opportunity for townspeople to see the variety of work produced by a range of talented people living amongst them.

"Exhibitions are an important means of artists selling their work and this would be an addition to the local economy because increased visitor numbers will benefit all local businesses."

For more information on how to get involved contact: wilmslowarttrail@outlook.com.

The horse is designed by Jane Foddy from Wilmslow who uses willow weaving to create full size animal subjects.