Eleven artists celebrate 40 years of fun and fundraising

For the fifth year, fine art returns to the Hurst Show as it, in turn, celebrates its 40th anniversary. Eleven artists and makers are combining their diverse skills and styles to put on a colourful and extensive display.

By way of celebrating the anniversary, each artist has produced a piece of work reflecting the theme of ruby, anniversary or 40. From jewellery featuring red stones, to ceramics with ruby glazes or oil paintings of red roses, there will be an exciting array of work. In recognition of the important fundraising the show does for local causes, each is also donating a piece of work to go into an artist’s hamper, which will be one of the prizes in the show’s huge raffle.

The art show is free to enter and is held in the large village hall (RG10 0DR) during show times (10am to 5pm on Saturday 22 June and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 23 June). There will be ceramics, sculpture, jewellery and paintings on display to browse or purchase. The artists will be there to discuss their work and demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend.

New participants include Suzanne Needham and Wendy Chamberlain, who are both ceramicists. Carol Cox brings her African wildlife to the rural setting of the village.

Elaine Martin returns with studio silver jewellery, while Sarah Abell brings again her hand built pots and ceramic jewellery. Joe de Mounteney, Maria Meerstadt, Christine Rogers, Jayne Leighton Herd, Jane Stewart and Liz Chaderton, are familiar faces at the show, but will continue to delight and surprise with their new collections. Liz Chaderton will also be celebrating as the weekend sees the publication of her first book by Crowood Press, "Painting watercolours on canvas".

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