The Astons Artists
The villages of Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe have been the inspiration for many creative people over the centuries, from poets and writers to actors and artists.
In 2009 a group of local artists formed the Aston Artists. They would meet regularly in the villages to paint and sketch together and share ideas. For a few years they produced charity Christmas cards to raise money for local causes.
The group now exhibit annually in village studios during Oxfordshire Artweeks in May. This year there were six exhibitors in two locations for this Open Studio event. Three of these artists lived in the villages and three came from the local area. Three further local artists have exhibited here in the past - two of them plan to open the third studio again in 2019. We welcome hundreds of people every year and are delighted by the lively interest - all the regular visitors and those who come for the first time. These Artweeks exhibitions are open and free to everyone - all are welcomed.
2018 Oxfordshire Artweeks
We welcomed hundreds of visitors to the two open studios, just a short walk away from each other and both opening at 11am - 6pm on the weekends of 19th - 20th May and 26 - 28th May. Direction signs showing site numbers were all round the village.
HELEN J YOUNG, PETER LANCASTER and VICTORIA GODDARD exhibited in Helen’s studio in Baker Street. Helen works with mixed media to create abstract works. Peter paints in oils (lemons below) and also frames pictures. Victoria makes jewellery. Sites 410, 409 and 469.
SUSANNA BRUNSKILL, KEN MESSER and LIN KERR 's work was shown in Susanna's studio and conservatory in Aston Street. Ken painted in watercolour (rocky shore below) and Susanna now paints mainly in oils (apple below). Lin is a calligrapher and painter (sun through trees below). Sites 408, 406 and 407.
We were very sad to announce the sudden death of Ken Messer. He was widely known in the village and exhibited his paintings here for many years. As a much loved and respected person and a very talented watercolour artist, he will be greatly missed. He had been working to prepare for this year’s Artweeks exhibition and so his family wished to show his work exactly as he had planned. We thank the many people who came to see and to buy, especially for their sensitivity in this situation. His work was much admired and the great majority of it was sold.
Anna Dillon and Bee Thomas are not opening this year but Anna plans to exhibit here again in 2019. She painted the landscape at the top of the page.
2017 Oxfordshire Artweeks
It was wonderful to welcome about 600 people over five afternoons - thank you to all.
Seven artists exhibited: Anna Dillon, Bee Thomas, Susanna Brunskill, Lin Kerr, Ken Messer, Helen J Young and Jane Vallings.There was original work in oils, watercolours and mixed media on sale as well as cards.