It’s ‘anything goes’ on the Exmouth Art Trail!

PUBLISHED: 06:30 11 May 2016

Local artist, Anna FitzGerald of Sea Dog Art, is appealing for people to help make pompoms for the forthcoming art trail. Ref exe 18-16AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Local artist, Anna FitzGerald of Sea Dog Art, is appealing for people to help make pompoms for the forthcoming art trail. Ref exe 18-16AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Nationally-recognised street artist Sheva Graffiti, who has a large following in the UK, is supporting the Exmouth Art Trail.

Arty, or not, all are invited to take part - you could decorate your garden gate, stick a picture from a magazine to your fence, attach some poetry to a lamppost, create a chalk mural on the front of your house, or display your favourite painting or object in your window – the possibilities are endless for getting involved.

Artists, crafters, poets, knitters and photographers will display their work on an interactive trail from May 27 until June 5, as part of the Exmouth Festival. Streets including Rolle Road, Bicton Street, Raleigh Road, Louisa Place and Carlton Hill will become a walk-around art gallery with several buildings en-route used to exhibit work.

Street artist Sheva, who already has a large fan base throughout the UK, has created a series of explosions of colour for the trail.

Artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Sea Dog Art gallery, in Gussiford Lane, who is organising the trail, is encouraging residents of Exmouth to get involved and take part, regardless of creative ability.

Those living on the trail route are urged to take up Anna’s challenge of entering into the spirit of the event - with the message ‘anything goes’.

Anna, aged 45, who hopes the art trail will become an annual event in Exmouth, said: “If you know somebody that lives along the route, or you live on the route, please get involved and put something in your window or on your gate – like a picture you have done yourself or a picture you like in your house – even a garden gnome – just something to get into the spirit.”

Anna is also appealing for more volunteers to help make at least another 1,000 pompoms for a street yarn bomb flower feature. Some have been sent from Canada and New Zealand after Anna highlighted the art trail on Facebook.

Crochet squares are also needed to turn Anna’s VW Campervan, Roxy, into a work of art.

DIY enthusiasts are asked to volunteer their skills, helping to display some of the artwork.

Plus there is still space available for residents living off-trail keen to display work at some of the pop-up galleries along the route.

Already looking forward to the art trail is Brian Phillips, who has painted his garden gate.

Nick Webb, of Salokin Art, who after an accident was forced to change direction, work-wise, is now a photographic artist; his work will be on display.

Kim Roper, of Lottie and Willow Pottery, will showcase her full range of tableware.

The deadline for pompoms and crochet squares is Friday, May 20.

To help, or if you have artwork for the trail, contact Anna on 07891 822350, or email exmoutharttrail@gmail.com. More information can be found on the Sea Dog Art Facebook page.

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