Eyes on the trail

A model wearing jewellery by Grace Miell, whose work will be on show at Wanstead FishA model wearing jewellery by Grace Miell, whose work will be on show at Wanstead Fish

The theme for this year's Art Trail Wanstead is Nature: a Breath of Fresh Air. Breathing life into the annual event is Art Group Wanstead founder Donna Mizzi, who outlines this year's special trail events.

Artists and businesses are working together to make your visits to the High Street more colourful, fascinating and sociable from 9 to 24 September. Here are a few highlights.

Sunday 3 September: art workshop
An art workshop for children and adults to help publicise the trail at the farmer's market on the High Street (10am to 3pm).

Friday 8 September: eve of the trail review
The Stow Brothers, the trail's main supporter and hub, is holding a reception, including art for kids (4pm to 6pm), then a gathering for adults (6pm to 8pm). Open to the public. A wide range of art will be on display at this new estate agent's premises at 117a High Street.

Saturday 9 September: art trail launch day
Art and photography by students and members of Wanstead House Community Association will be on display during a special open day (10.30am to 1.30pm). Join an art or flower-arranging workshop, listen to Upbeat Choir or play chess. Find out about the various clubs, classes and activities on offer.

Saturday 9 September: Wanstead Makers Market
Featuring artists, crafts people and designer makers at Christ Church hall, Wanstead Place. (10am to 4pm; free).

Wednesday 13 September: reception
Drop by and see the art on display at Darrell James Travel, 46 High Street (from 6pm).

Sunday 17 September: art trail zone at the Wanstead Festival
Enter the art trail area through Michael Nash's inspirational installation on Christchurch Green next to Evergreen Field. Then get creative by joining the workshops, including Lego building and the Pinwheel Wizards. See fabulous artwork, crafts and design work for sale on the stalls and fences (11am to 6pm).

Saturday 23 September: Flamingo Fair
A wide variety of stalls in the Churchill Hall at Wanstead Library with a focus on art and craft, inspiring workshops and demonstrations (11am to 4pm; free admission). Learn how to make realistic paper butterflies with botanical artist Katherine Poluck (for adults and children), see a portrait-drawing demonstration by tutor Michael Martin (from about 1.30pm) and engage the children in colourful projects.

During the trail: photographic plans
Leading photographer Geoff Wilkinson is planning a local photo walk and a photography evening from his Eightyfour Gallery at 84 Nightingale Lane. For more information, visit the gallery or geoffwilkinsonphotography.co.uk

Art Trail Wanstead 2017 will run from 9 to 24 September. For more information, visit artgroupwanstead.com


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