The Stoke Lodge Adult Learning centre is once again a host venue for the fantastic BS9 Arts Trail on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June.
The arts trail runs annually with local artists displaying their work both in their homes across the area, and in community venues.
As well as the exhibiting artists it is a fantastic opportunity for us to display many of the wonderful creations from our art learners from beginners to advanced.
Our large foyer will be packed with pictures for people to view, we ask all our learners to submit a picture for display and always have a huge selection of drawings, watercolours, oils and acrylics to showcase. The main challenge is finding space for them all!
There are ten independent artists having a dedicated exhibition space and we are particularly delighted and proud to say that three of the artists showcasing their work are also current learners at Stoke Lodge.
Madeline Brannigan, Simon Carter and Rachel Marwah have been developing their skills with us for several years now and their work is extremely acc
omplished. They have all created a significant body of work and successfully applied to the BS9 Trail for a space in this years trail.
Maddie has been painting for many years using different mediums, watercolour, pastels and mixed medium. Her work covers landscape. Floral, sea scapes, and buildings within the landscape.
More recently her work has focussed on oils and exploring colour and light and abstraction.
Drawing on his time spent working on urban regeneration projects, Simon produces landscape and abstract oil paintings that seek to capture the magic that is around us in the city.
He focuses on the parts of the city that lie behind our everyday experience of city life – the back lanes of the residential areas, the spaces under the flyovers, and the wild places that exist within the urban area.
Born in Ireland, Rachel studied Art & Design in Dublin, then Graphic Design at Letterkenny RTC. However after pursuing a career in both sales and writing, she finally came back to her artistic roots in 2019 when she started a course in Oil Painting at Stoke Lodge.
Inspired by dramatic land and seascapes around the UK (particularly Devon and Somerset) as well as little corners of life and an exploration in colour and texture, she is drawn towards abstract concepts and enjoys trying different techniques. She has also taken on commissions for family and friends.