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North Devon Art Trek 2016 – Meet the Artists & Expand Your Horizons

Track by Ploughed Field

This Open Studio Event is a must for visiting and resident art lovers in North Devon and Exmoor this September.
And I, Christina Bonnett, am part of it!

What is an Art Trek?

An Art Trek event is organised so that many Artist Studios, Galleries, Art centres and other venues are open at the same time over an easily accessible area. Visitors can plan their trek to visit several artists on the same trip.

It’s great fun, sociable and informal with no pressure to buy, although there is always the opportunity to acquire a work of art that may not be obtainable from anywhere else!

Open Studio Events are an exciting way to meet artists, see their studios and learn how the artists make their art. In a relaxed and friendly setting it’s easy to ask questions or simply have a chat. You can gain an insight into their work practices and how art is created giving you a greater understanding and appreciation of art in general.

Deep Valley

Deep Valley – Painting by Christina Bonnett – Acrylic on card

I am very pleased to be taking part in this 2016 Art Trek as, like many artists in rural areas, I live in the depths of the countryside away from bustling art communities. Artists and Art lovers alike will be visiting the venues in my corner of Devon and it will be good to bring attention to the artists here, and make ourselves more visible.

Who should go on an Art Trek?

Why! Everyone of course!

  • As a collector of art you will have a personal connection with the artworks you own and the information you need to make a choice.
  • As an artist you will be able to exchange ideas and techniques – it is always inspiring to see other artists work!
  • As a curator for a gallery or exhibition you can find artists based in Devon you may never have discovered.

I was visited by an entire class of 7-year-old school children from Chulmleigh one year! And you know what? They walked here – a round trip of over six miles! They all wrote to me afterwards with drawings of their own – I know, the teacher told them to do it, but they were not told what to write and draw. I was deeply touched by their letters and still have them.

The Devon Countryside in September

Devon is known for its beautiful country landscape, winding lanes and stunning coastline, the September season is a lovely time to see it. As you visit each artist you will be able to take it all in. The beauty of the area and making personal contact with artists will stay with you a long time.

When Is North Devon Art Trek?

The NDArt Trek Open Studios 2016 event spans three weekends, from Saturday, 10th to Sunday, 25th September, although you will find some artists and venues open weekdays in-between these dates. Some venues also hold special open evenings.

Artists Nearby

Planning on visiting Artists? Art lovers from Mid Devon need not feel left out as several venues are not too far from the borders.

Artists Near Chulmleigh

Christina Bonnett
Jon Lincoln-Gordon
Gaenor Barker
John Hurford

Artists Near Bondleigh

The Sculpture School with Diane Coates and Andrew Sinclair
Celia Olsson

How to Find Out More

North Devon Art Trek

This is my page on the NDArtTrek website: Christina Bonnett 2016

For details about North Devon Art Trek 2016 please go to the NDArtTrek website.

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  • Alyson Wilson

    The Art Trek looks fun. I love those things, and am an avid follower of the one in Sussex, which has introduced me to all sorts of fascinating people, and taken me to villages I had never been to before. In fact this year I bought a really lovely necklace, which is constantly commented on! I have also been a couple of times to one in the Dumfries area where I have a glass-blower friend, and that area too is packed with artists and craftsmen. I hope to make it to Devon soon!

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    • Christina Bonnett

      Thank you Alyson,

      Your experience clearly shows how rewarding it can be to go to these events, whether in your own local area or while away from home.

      You will be most welcome here in Devon!

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    • Stella Levy

      Sounds like you are already converted to these open studios events, Alyson. Look forward to bumping into you perhaps whilst going around! I’m in Venue 22, White Moose, if you come Barnstaple way. Stella

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      • Alyson

        It won’t be this year, I’m afraid but I’ll try to make it next year, and make sure to visit you both. I hope it all goes well. Keep me informed!

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    • Stella Levy

      Really hope you can make it to North Devon for NDArt Trek. As you say, going around these events opens up a wealth of artworks and a great chance to chat in relaxed surroundings directly with the artists involved.

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