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Braintree art trail expands to cover three towns
By Oliver Rogers
BBC Essex

Holly English
Holly English has been working with glass for the past two years

The Three Towns trail gets underway on Saturday, 3 July in Braintree, Witham and Halstead.

Artwork by artists will be on display at cafes and businesses in the towns for the trail.

Organised by the Braintree District Arts Voluntary Association, the art trail has entered its second year.

Artist, Elaine Tribley told BBC Essex: "The art trail gives you a chance to wander round some new venues and experience something a bit different."

Elaine is exhibiting her own work in Witham at Yaxley Hair and Beauty on Newland Street and has organised the Three Towns Trail.

I live and work in Braintree, and it is really nice to get your work out there
Charlotte Day, illustrator and surface designer

"You might find out something new about your town that you didn't know before," she added.

Holly English makes pieces of art out for glass and she is displaying her work at Madaleines Holistic and Beauty Therapies on Braintree High Street.

"My work is really reflective and it's about a sublime image of a duck pond, and just completely abstract," she said.

"You don't have to look in the window because you might get a little bit of light reflected out on to you," said Holly.

"The owner of Madaleines said 'my shop is your shop - do what you like' which was really nice and means it will look really good," she added.

Charlotte Day
Charlotte Day's designs are repeat prints and can be made into wall paper

At Ellie's Little Tinkers in George Yard , Charlotte Day is showing some of her botanical drawings and prints.

Charlotte's illustrations are in the window of the shop and she believes they complement the baby clothes and buggies also on display.

"I spent some time working for the Royal Horticultural Society and that is where I developed my interest in gardening," said Charlotte.

"I couldn't have asked for a better venue really."

"I live and work in Braintree, I have a part-time job working at Braintree College in the art department, and it is really nice to get your work out there," she added.

Abstract artist, Ron Sims, from Colchester, has displayed work at a large number of locations and this year has items in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

Ron Sims
The work of Ron Sims is up at the Head Street Gallery in Halstead

Ron's prints are being shown at the Head Street Gallery in Halstead.

"'Red Clacton Cat', the title of one of my pictures was inspired by giving a lecture on my work at Clacton. You can see a shape in it that represents Clacton promenade," he said.

Caroline Przybyla is the owner of the Head Street Gallery in Halstead and she is excited to have Ron's work on display.

"We have been around for 10 years and have run exhibitions for artists in the past, we are very pleased to be taking part in the art trail," she said.

"I'm very privileged to have Ron's work here, I'm a great lover of his work and it is very pleasing to have him in the gallery," she added.

Derek Miller
Derek is taking part in Witham's first art trail

Derek Miller has designed stamps for 33 years and is now displaying some of his paintings and stamps in the window of Kempco in the Newlands Shopping Centre, Witham.

"I'm not allowed to reproduce the actual artwork for stamps, so I have illustrated some of the 5,000 stamps I've designed in the past," he said.

Derek has produced artwork for stamps in some 89 countries from around the world.

His work depicting Princess Diana at the time of her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981 and following her death in 1997 created a large amount of recognition for Derek.

"I am quite well known internationally and I have been trying to find a way to do local pictures and link them with stamps," said Derek.

Stamps
Stamps for Bermuda designed by Derek Miller of Witham

He has produced a drawing of a church in Wickham Bishops and other local buildings, and has had stamps made of the paintings.

"The owner of Kempco rang me up and asked if I would like to display in his shop window. I think it is nice to be able to put something up for a local display," he said.

The Three Towns Trail runs from 3, July until 18, July 2010.





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