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Alnmouth prepares for an art-loving influx

The 10th Alnmouth Art Festival is to take place over the weekend with more than 80 exhibitors

 

Strictly speaking, you shouldn’t need a special reason to visit Alnmouth. It’s one of the loveliest Northumberland villages with a beautiful beach and a river running through it.

But this weekend there is a special reason – the 10th Alnmouth Arts Festival.

The festival’s aims include raising awareness of the arts and crafts and promoting the village.

It is run by the parish council on a not-for-profit basis, although arguably it profits all those who live in and visit Alnmouth.

It takes place on Saturday and Sunday with more than 80 participating individual artists and groups.

Among them will be Katherine Renton who won the competition to design the poster for this year’s festival with her painting titled The Dune Walkway, Alnmouth.

Katherine lives in Hipsburn (participating artists don’t have to live in Alnmouth but many of them live not far away) and studied fine art at Newcastle University.

She specialises in depicting the Northumberland coastline in oils and watercolours.

As well as being a practising artist, she teaches art at St Paul’s School in Alnwick.

Also on these pages you see a life study by Georgia Hall, a Newcastle fashion design graduate who uses charcoal to depict the human form, and a landscape by Michael Morgan who works as a technician at Dance City and last year exhibited dance-inspired paintings relating to the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Michael, originally from Eglingham, has been experimenting with colour and shape in his Northumbrian landscapes.

Visitors will also see photographs by members of the Alnmouth Camera Group, rag rugs by the women of Monday Matters who meet regularly at the Lindisfarne Centre in Alnwick and decorated furniture by Adele Agar who lives in Embleton.

The festival has gone from strength to strength since it first took place in 2005 and regularly attracts some 3,000 visitors.

The artists, who also include spinners, lace-makers and felt workers, will be exhibiting in 25 venues including churches, cafes, pubs, halls and private homes. This year more applied to take part than could be accommodated.

Exhibitors are charged £25 plus 10% of any sales with the money being spent to foster interest in the arts and crafts. For the second year, festival organisers gave £250 to each of three local first schools to spend on art materials or invite artists into the classroom.

Admission to the festival is free although a trail guide, giving details of who is exhibiting where, will be on sale for £1.

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