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A roaring impression.

Byline: DAVID HAMMOND

THE Huddersfield Open Studio Trail got off to a good start with the preview evening in the Creative Arts building at the university, where 80 artists had their work on view. The HOST exhibits, as expected, were many and varied.

I spotted a lovely contemporary white rug by Andrew Warburton, and interesting and colourful textile work by Ruth Holroyd.

In the photography line there was a splendid seascape by Andrea Canegrati, a delicate piece in wire was by Helaina Sharpley of the West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and there was costume design by Celia Thomas, Janet Toms and Samina Begum.

I admired a life drawing by Judith Brown and a life painting by Malcolm Barton. Sue Clay was showing one of her latest colourful felt wall hangings.

One of the more unusual works on view was a large ball of rope by Judy Tadman. She explained it was a seed pod inspired by banksia, an Australian tree. It contains no fewer than 220 metres of rope.

Judy studied Fine Art for Design at Batley School of Art and Design and was a painter before taking up three-dimensional work.

There were some interesting and unusual works on view, and still to be seen, at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.

In the bar, Lisa Tobin is showing decorative hats and bags. Frost Flowers and Dream and Rowan Trees are excellent prints by Pauline Meade.

Missing Piece is an evocative painting from the Artists in Mind group, while Yellow Grace is a decorative three-dimensional work by Louise Taylor.

Sophie Henzell's hand-crafted felt begs are well worth inspection, and so is her four ribbon necklace in hand-crafted felt.

Paddle Patrol, by Samantha Bryan, is a delightfully humorous and beautifully-crafted small sculpture. An unusual and stylised piece of portraiture is by Sandra Allen and a graceful ceramic table lamp by Peter Fisher, who has also contributed a ceramic fruit bowl in well-chosen colours.

Some beautiful necklaces and ear-rings in silver are the work of Pam Lonsdale.

In the theatre foyer there are metal and glass side tables by Julian Wadsworth and some typically strong ceramic works of animals by Sue Jenkins and Richard Raby. There are some large paintings on batik background by Golcar artist Juliet Crowther.

Her artwork is broad based - traditional life drawing studies, figurative abstract expressionism and textile craft, and her pieces entitled Strength (pictured) and Fallen are imaginatively composed and leave a big impression.

Bini Atkinson has watched performances at the Lawrence Batley Theatre and makes use of colour and movement she saw, using materials like golden threats and found materials. Strong colours are always evident in her work.

Recycled paper is one of the materials employed by Beverley Kendall - paper, fabric and stitch - whose pieces also show great flair for pattern and colour.

Barbara Hellowell's intriguing work in wire have previously been described in this column, but are well worth a second look.

. HOST has brought together more than 80 artists at 30 venues throughout the district. Visit www.hoststudios.co.uk for details of this weekend's events.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Sep 24, 2010
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