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Kendal artists put on summer show

Just Doodle Dream Mandala, by Helen Pateman; and Mothers Love, by Zoe Baker

[A] GROUP of Kendal artists are organising their third annual one day show combining an art market and workshops.

The event, Kendal Summer Arts, will take place in Kendal Town Hall on Saturday, August 5, from 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As well as stalls art works for sale, there will be workshops on everything from doodling to needle felt work.

Story tellers and musicians will also add to the mix of art celebrations, which will be officially opened at 10 a.m. by Kendal Mayor, Councillor Andy Blackman.

The hands-on guide on how to engage with the arts is being organised by Kendal Arts Community, a group of Kendal based artists, artisans, craftspeople and writers who meet monthly at Ruskin’s bar, in Smokehouse Yard.

It aims to incorporate as many people as possible across a wide range of disciplines and abilities to encourage artistic development in the local area. It now has more than 200 members.

Kendal Summer Arts is an opportunity to put members’ works on display and sale as well as offering all-comers a chance to sample different arts media.

Demonstrator Lana Jade of LJ Arts, charity Space2Create and a dozen multi-media artists will be on hand to demonstrate their skills and wares.

They include multi-media artist, Zoe Baker, illustrator Helen Pateman, jewellery maker Dave Cresswell, printmaker Jamie Barnes, paper-cutter Tracey Escolme and painters Iain Greenwood, Claire Griffel, Jayne Wilkinson and Zoe Dixon.

Claire Griffel will be raising money for her twinning project between Old Hutton Primary school and a primary school in Senegal, West Africa.

Helen Pateman will be selling prints and needle felt work which she will be demonstrating during the day. She will also run workshops on creating freestyle Mandala doodles.

“They are for relaxation, concentration or just to produce a beautiful design to make t-shirts, tattoos or wall art. Any ages can do it,” said Helen.

Zoe Baker, who will be exhibiting and selling her hand-painted slate and limited edition prints of Old Kendal, said: “We hope as many people as possible come down to the Town Hall to celebrate locally produced art and take part in workshops demonstrating the various techniques and media used by artists.”