Arts festival gets the thumbs-up

Local artists enjoy a bumper weekend
Local artists enjoy a bumper weekend

ARTISTS across Northumberland have taken the chance to showcase their skills.

The Alnmouth Arts Festival saw around 90 artists present their work at various venues across the village.

More than 3,000 visitors are estimated to have attended the weekend event and many made purchases.

Artist Peter Davidson, from Ellington, said: “As it was our first time at the Alnmouth Arts festival we weren’t too sure what to expect, but it was brilliant.

“We met loads of great people, sold well and we definitely want to come back in 2014.”

Fellow festival newcomer Margaret Moon, from Epsley, was delighted with the response to her patchwork and quilting demonstrations.

She said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it and there’s been lots of interest in my work. I want to come back again.”

Artist Sandy Sanderson, from Stannington, who has showed at the festival before, said: “The Alnmouth Arts Festival has given me private collectors of my Northumbrian art, both in this country and abroad, and they return to collect my new work each year. It’s a great compliment.”

Fellow Stannington resident, jeweller Kate Jakubovics, is also a seasoned exhibitor at the event.

“This normally peaceful village has been buzzing with creativity and talent,” she said.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to meet with artists and crafters from all over the North East to exchange ideas and soak in the atmosphere. A big thank-you to all of the volunteers who made it happen.”

The festival will celebrate its tenth anniversary next June.