Inspiring setting was draw for art show

Artists from Rutland Open Studios at the launch of their Christmas exhibition with the High Sheriff of Rutland, Trish Ruddle
Artists from Rutland Open Studios at the launch of their Christmas exhibition with the High Sheriff of Rutland, Trish Ruddle
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Hand-printed stationery, signs and textiles by Nicola Elstone, glass works by Ingrid Hunter, paintings by Sarah Watson, oils by Suzanne Harry and ceramics by Petra Wright and Tishy were just a few of the works of art on display at the Christmas exhibition in Oakham Castle.

There were also stunning photographs, metals works, abstract sculptures and a lot more to showcase the work of Rutland artists.

The exhibition, which was organised by the Rutland Open Studios to mark its seventh year, was launched by High Sheriff of Rutland Trish Ruddle.

Mrs Ruddle, who was “terribly impressed” with the work on display said: “Oakham Castle was a wonderful setting for an inspirational idea.

“And using empty shop windows in the centre of Oakham as pop-up demonstration art studios was brilliant.”

The shop demonstrations included artists painting on canvas, printmaking, carving and wood 
turning.

Ms Elstone said: “The response was really positive. Some 750 people come to see the exhibition - far more than in previous years. People who saw the demonstrations in the shop window came to the castle to see the finished work.”