This year the optional theme is Celebration, which offers a wide range of interest, whether it’s a special anniversary, celebrating a special year for people or buildings, or just the excitement and opportunity to celebrate a reunion with friends.
It is open to people of all ages and all artistic mediums, giving us a diverse cross-distribution of talent.
The trail welcomes new venues and artists, including Julia Collins, whose painting overlooking Fellbeck features on the front of the brochure. Julia intends to host workshops locally so keep an eye out for details.
In Knaresborough there are artists at Henshaw’s who welcome you to their café gallery and garden area with artwork. There is parking on site.
Local churches offer a variety of alternative venues – Summerbridge Methodist Church is open Bank Holiday weekend and hosts a variety of performers of varying skill levels. Blubberhouses Church is open the same weekend with more talented performers.
At Darley, Alan Jordan welcomes you to see his work and Shirley Hudson is exhibiting again at Nidd Church.
This is in addition to all the regular galleries in Pateley Bridge, up the dale, Ripley and Knaresborough.
Also keep an eye out for individual open houses and workshops such as at Stean, Pateley Bridge, Kirkby Malzeard and Dallowgill and the village halls at Hampsthwaite, Glasshouses, Middlesmoor and Lofthouse.
“It’s time to celebrate all the good things around us and it’s uplifting for the soul,” organizers said.