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Our Artist Exhibitors

New for this year: People's Choice Award. Village Framers of Lillingstone Lovell have very kindly donated a £50 framing voucher to the artist whose picture is voted the favorite of our visitors. The winner will be announced at approximately 4.30 pm on Sunday 3rd September.

We are sorry but entries for this year's Art Festival have now closed.

The following artists will be exhibiting this year (keep checking as we are adding artists regularly).


Conny Bailey

conny bailey

Painter on glass since 1995

Conny has spent the last twenty years seeking to free glass paint as an artistic medium from the restraints of decorative patterns. Her abstract panels play on perceptions of colour depth and light effects as the paint is allowed to meander across a variety of structural surfaces such as sand, glass and beads. Conny’s inspiration comes from a variety of sources: nature, foreign shores, her work as an art historian, and her interests in science and technology all coalesce to create works known for their tactile and engaging character.

Member of Visual Images Group and Buckinghamshire Open Studios since 2015

Member of Northamptonshire Open Studios since 1998

Full Member Kettering & District Art Society

2002 to 2014 Certificate to PhD, Art History, University of Leicester. Tutor and published author specialising in late medieval sculpture from Northern Germany and Pre-Raphaelitism, also German Expressionism, Renaissance art and the English Country House.

Mike Bloor

mike bloor

Mike studied Fine Art at Derby College of Art. He then worked at Rolls-Royce for two years as a Technical Artist before completing two further years training as an Art teacher. Upon moving to Germany in his 30s he gave up painting completely and only returned to it a couple of years ago. He has been a member of the Milton Keynes Society of Artists since 2012.

Since resuming his interest he has worked mainly with acrylics but still enjoys drawing in pen and inks and charcoal.

He especially enjoys painting people in landscapes, and portraits. He welcomes commissions for work within these fields.

See more examples of his work on Facebook: Mike B's Art, or contact: mikebloor@yahoo.com

Patti Boness


Since taking early retirement 18 months ago I have been able to indulge my love of art and crafts. I am still exploring many forms and mediums, with no formal training I enjoy regularly attendance to local classes.

My work is varied from a simple style of Pointillism which I have developed preferring to use sepia and black pens, Tuscany landscapes in acrylic to my most recent work using beach finds and metallic paints set in resin.

My inspiration comes from my love of the countryside and many years of diving with my first sighting of a Seahorse while diving on the south coast of England.

Please follow me on Facebook: PattisArtsandCrafts

Lisa Campbell

Lisa's details are coming soon.

Brian Coates

brian coates

My interest in photography started in my teenage years when I was given a 35 mm German camera (taking 16 shots) which was found in a house clearance. My subjects included motor racing and landscapes.

My satisfaction in photography comes from finding the unusual or being in the right place at the right time. with a camera! and entering local art exhibitions

Melvyn Curtis

Melvyn's details are coming soon.

Alex Curlett

Alex's details are coming soon.

Jo Dards

Jo Dards

Jo Dards lives in Wales but visits Alderton regularly. She studied at the Liverpool College of Art and then went on to be a full-time art teacher in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force for two years.

She worked in animated films in the 1960s and 1970s, and has been exhibiting her paintings for many years; she has held three one-man shows and she was a member of the British Watercolour Society.

The watercolour here is of Stoke Bruerne

Mark Duffin

mark duffin

I am a freelance illustrator and artist. I have worked as a freelance illustrator since 1982, in that time I have covered all fields of design, advertising & publishing in the UK and overseas.

Most of my works are all original paintings in either oil or acrylic.

Most of these are finished with gold/silver leaf and crystals, which gives then a added depth and lustre.

See more examples of my work at www.markduffin.net

Jean Edwards

Jean Edwards

The collagraph prints I exhibit are inspired by what I see around me - in the garden, in the local Northamptonshire landscape and local buildings. Some are coloured prints and others are hand coloured after printing.

This is a collagraph called 'A Home Awaits a Solitary Bee' and it is 20 x 24 cm, hand printed in colour. It was inspired by the contrast of light and dark and the shapes, as well as by hearing of the challenges facing bees and the likely consequences to us.

Yvonne Englefield

yvonne englefield

I’m a latecomer to painting and have fallen in love with it and though the painting shown is acrylic I like nothing more than to be out with my very small watercolour sketching kit, and to be by the sea is an extra treat.

This picture of the White Strand of the Monks on Iona is from a sketch while sitting on the beach.

Frederick Finch


I took up painting as a hobby the help me through the rough times and my liking is for houses, churches and aircraft.

One of the paintings I have taken the picture of is a miniature steam engine called that it!

Pamela Fitzsimmons

pam fitzsimmons

Pam is a mainly self taught artist who started painting watercolour landscapes thirty years ago after a friend persuaded her to try painting as a hobby.

A few years ago Pam was asked to do a portrait of a pet dog and reluctantly agreed to give it a try although she had not attempted to paint animals before. The painting was a success and this aroused an interest in the subject of animal portraiture and she now specialises in animal studies using pastel as her favourite medium for this subject. She also enjoys figurative drawing and painting.

Some of her small landscape paintings are included in private collections across the world:- in America, Canada, Mexico, France and the Oman.

Commissions accepted - email :- pamelafitzsimmons@yahoo.co.uk

Heather Gibbs

heather gibbs

I grew up in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe and I started painting when I left school as I had enjoyed my art sessions. I have continued since then although I have had no formal training. I like working with oils as they are vibrant and forgiving. My main interests have been seascapes and landscapes.

Anne Gilbert

anne gilbert

Anne's passion for animals and wildlife has inspired her to create movement and expression in her animal and bird studies.

A self taught artist, Anne works mostly in watercolour but also with mixed media.

Most of her subjects are taken from the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside.

Commissions taken, email annegilbert@fastmail.co.uk

Val Goldfinch

Val Goldfinch

Val Goldfinch’s detailed, delicate, watercolours have been exhibited at Alderton for many years.

Her country gardens, beautiful local buildings, patterned china, Morris Travellers and seaside memories have all hung in the church over the years.

Val also creates work in mixed media, including a project about the First World War. Her work appears on jigsaws, cards, tableware and a very popular series of “alphabet” prints featuring a variety of towns, cities and themes such as music and the Seaside.

She is available for private and commercial commissions. Her website is www.valgoldfinchdesigns.co.uk

Brian Harrington

brian harrington

I have been painting and drawing since I was a teenager. I used to paint greeting cards for Gordon Fraser then moved onto landscapes, animals, people - but mostly trees. I have had several successful one man shows.

At the moment I tend to work on pictures suggested by my imagination from textures found in nature.

I take commissions.

Heather Hindle

heather hindle

I have been a professional portrait artist for over 10 years and have recently moved to my new studio in the Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre, Upper Stowe, where I have beautiful surroundings and ambience to create and sell my art and am now able to offer workshops to budding artists.

I love painting in pastel and acrylic, animals and people, particularly large cats, birds of prey and wildlife. I’m lucky enough to have photographers, who travel the world, allowing me to use their photographs for reference.

Using the experience from these have built a large clientele for pet portrait commissions and am able to create paintings which are treasured forever.

People portraits are also a speciality, I have painted many famous faces and can recreate family members from photographs, including colourising old black and white photos.

For the last two years I’ve been painting fallen British soldiers and gifting them to the families, this is an ongoing project and is my art from my heart.

Please see my website www.Heathers-Portraits.com for examples of both commissions and my paintings for sale. If you would like to discuss a commission please email me, enquiry@heathers-portraits.com.

Sharon Ingram

sharon ingram

I am a 41 year old, mixed media artist working from my studio in East Northamptonshire. Coming from a technical background in graphic, architectural and product design, I was encourage to start painting by my Mother (a keen amateur artist who runs an art group), and discovered a love for creating, drawing and painting in a range of media and in a diverse variety of subjects. I subsequently went back to College, where I studied a Combined Studies BA Degree - which incorporated Art, Sculpture, Photography and Art History.

I am passionate about painting, and all aspects of art and design, a keen photographer, and am currently working on book illustration. I enjoy galleries, museums and exhibitions - a love I have shared with my Mother from a very early age.

I have been immersed in art and countryside, flora and fauna, gardening, walking, landscapes, wildlife and animals all of my life, and these elements, I believe are reflected in my work.

I work mainly in mixed media, on linen textured media as I feel this best lends itself to the combination of technical and creative skills I strive to combine. I hope you enjoy looking at my work and that it expresses even a fraction of the enormous pleasure I derive in painting.

Commissions happily undertaken. For any enquiries, please e-mail: sharonlingram74@yahoo.co.uk

Ursula Isaksen

ursula isaksen

Ursula is a local watercolour artist who started painting at the age of 50 as relaxation from a demanding role in the NHS. She takes her inspiration from the living world and is always on the lookout for an interesting or quirky subject.

Ursula's website is www.artmonkey.org.uk

Sharda Mistry

sharda mistry

I always enjoyed art and wanted to continue my interest. After retiring and moving to Brackley, I enjoy working in watercolours and acrylic. I also enjoy taking nature photographs and transfer them on to canvas. I became a member of Buckingham Art for All (BAFA) in 2012 and enjoy exhibiting in their bi-annual exhibitions held in Buckingham.

I joined a lino printing class in December 2014 and have added linocut and printmaking as my other interests. I joined BAFA Printmakers Group in 2015 and am continuing my interest in linocut and printing. I regularly exhibit my work in Dragon Gallery in Buckingham.

I took part in Buckingham Open Studios held in June 2015 and again in 2016 at Woolpack.

I am very pleased that I have been invited to exhibit at this event.

Peter Norton

peter norton

Peter takes amazing photographs, of which this incredible photo of Vulcan XH558 flying over Yorkshire is one (and will be for sale at the Alderton Art Festival). Peter prints, mount and frame all his work himself using Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art Photographic Paper. The aircraft photographs are size A2 under glass, framed in a wood and coated in gold & silver flake.

Peter is also exhibiting mounted cards and A4, A3 and A2 mounted photographs printed on Epson premium luster photo paper which are for sale as well.

Kathleen Pound

Kathleen's details are coming soon.

Jan Pursey-Grange

Jan Pursey

Jan has been painting since childhood, attending various Art Colleges part-time from the age of fourteen, using oils and pastels. She then spent 3 years studying art full-time using oils and textiles.

About 30 years ago Jan began painting in watercolours and acrylics and for the last 12 years has also painted on silk.

Jan is a part-time Adult Education tutor and also runs workshops at her studio in Steeple Claydon in Buckinghamshire.

She is a member of the Buckinghamshire Art Society, the Winslow & District Art Society, the Milton Keynes Society of Artists, Buckingham Art for All and the Visual Images Group. She exhibits regularly throughout the year and her commissions include private houses, gardens, horses, flowers and steam trains.

Catherine Ratcliffe

catherine ratcliffe

Having enjoyed art at school, I wanted to ‘dip into’ it again on my retirement. By attending art classes and workshops, I now enjoy painting in acrylic, water-colour, oils and mixed media, incorporating a variety of materials. Pastels are also wonderful – I love blending and getting my hands dirty!

The world is so colourful now as I draw on landscape, seascape and favourite places to challenge me to explore more techniques which excite me and hopefully you too! Enjoy.

Email: cdratcliffe@hotmail.co.uk

Barry Reynolds

barry reynolds

Barry Reynolds started drawing and painting at the age of six and continued to the age of fifteen when a interest and love of motorcycles took over his life. He was always top at art at school. Barry, who is now eighty-one, restarted painting pictures at the age of fifty, his subjects are across the board from old houses, landscapes railway locos and also likes to paint horses and characters from old Victorian photos and, occasionally, copies of Victorian artists' works. In the last four years he as experimented with still life scenes.

Always oil paint on board

This year Barry has generously donated one of his excellent paintings as first prize in our raffle.

Jane Rhodes

Jane Rhodes

Born and raised in Bedfordshire, Jane took up painting almost full time when her children grew up. She has exhibited successfully in group and solo shows. Her paintings have been shown at the Mall Galleries in London with The Pastel Society and The Society of Women Artists and can be viewed at The Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth.

She works with art groups as a demonstrator and tutor and has weekly classes and a full programme of workshops every year. Details of these and a painting holiday that she runs annually, along with examples of her work can be found on her website www.janerhodes.co.uk.

Best known for her atmospheric paintings of seascapes, landscapes and, more recently urban scenes, she works in various media and often a combination of several. She particularly likes the expressive quality of pastels but the versatility and vibrancy of acrylics runs a close second as she enjoys experimenting with colour and texture. She believes that the subject matter often dictates which medium she should work in.

Jill Russell

jill russell

Art was always a childhood passion of mine but due to family and work commitments it was something that was ‘forgotten’ about during most of my adult life.

After taking early retirement, due to ill health, I found time to rekindle my interest in art and decided to join a local art club where I developed the use of acrylic paint and coloured pencil. I have found painting and drawing has helped me to channel my energies in a positive direction once again.

I enjoy painting local landscapes and scenes from areas I have visited using a bright colour palette. Another of my favourite subjects, from childhood, are animals and over recent years have been commissioned to produce portraits of clients’ cats, dogs and horses, both in acrylics and coloured pencil.

More of my work can be viewed on my website jillrussellart.co.uk

Carol Shepperdson


I am a member of Duston Art Group that meets weekly. I paint lots of different subjects, usually in water colour. I have always enjoyed painting.

I left school in Derby and went to train as a ceramic enameller at Royal Crown Derby.

These days I just paint for pleasure.

Liz Smallwood

Liz Smallwood

Liz lives in Alderton and started painting shortly after moving to the picturesque village. She has had no formal art training but has enjoyed several art weekends and holidays and during a year in Canada was able to enjoy a few courses with Canadian artists.

Liz works mainly in watercolour and ink.

This is a monochrome sepia watercolour ' The Clearing' that will be for sale at the art festival.

Liz is a very talented lady as she is also one of our crafters at our Art Festival, her and mother in law's stall will feature handmade items including Christmas decorations, small gifts, hand knitted cot blankets and scarves, jewelry, coasters, lavender bag, and much more!

Catherine Staveley

catherine staveley

Catherine Staveley has been working as a water-colourist for more than thirty years while living in a number of countries throughout the world. In the last ten years she has been teaching TECHNIQUES IN WATERCOLOUR workshops and demonstrating across the Midlands. She is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and a past President of the Northampton Town and County Art Society.

Catherine can be contacted at catherine@gibbwood.co.uk

Mary Turnham

mary turnham

I started painting about 20 yrs ago, going to local art classes doing water colour. My family bought me a birthday present of oil paints one year. When I asked my art tutor how to use them she said "just have fun with them". How right she was. They are so versatile & such wonderful colours. So now I paint in oils & pastels.

Lelly Vance

lelly vance

My name is Lelly Vance and I'm based in Silverstone. My pictures usually feature text, with quotes or words to make you smile! My work is generally quite whimsical and as well as the pictures displayed at the show I also do commission pieces for weddings, birthdays etc.

You can follow me on Instagram; @lellyvance or email me; lellyvance@outlook.com for more examples of my work, prices and generally enquires!

Ian Warren

Ian's details are coming soon.

Hazel Wakeman

Hazel Wakeman

Hazel Wakeman is a watercolour artist who also experiments with mixed media. She is inspired by nature and enjoys painting flowers, birds and animals as well as interesting cameos. Her work expresses her love of colour and form in creation and her belief in the Creator.

Hazel studied art at Westhill College in Birmingham and then taught art in primary schools where she enjoyed encouraging the children's creativity.

This is a watercolour painting entitled 'Sun-kissed Anemone' which she painted from a beautiful plant growing in her garden. This painting has appeared in the 'Leisure Painter' magazine and will be for sale at the art festival this year.

Hazel can be contacted by email at hazelwakeman@icloud.com

Claire Warner

Claire Warner

Claire comes from an artist family enabling her to develop her passion for painting from a young age. She works as a professional artist, exhibiting mainly in the south, southwest, Midlands, Cotswolds, Northamptonshire and surrounding counties. She paints freely in watercolour, oil and acrylic, and accept commissions by arrangement and her paintings can be found in homes, places of work and recreation, throughout the world.

She is a national award winner for her “Art for Therapy” through the Society for All Artists. She develops and runs courses for all levels of ability for students, from complete beginners through to more advanced and experienced artists, throughout the UK. Her gentle step-by-step approach enables students to produce first class finished paintings in just one day.

She also runs painting holidays both in the UK and abroad.

The watercolour here is 'Early Morning at Ullswater'. See Claire's work on her website www.saa.co.uk/art/claire

David Wells

david wells

David Wells is an International Awards winning artist who paints mainly in watercolour. His paintings have been published in both The Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. He paints most subjects but particularly likes to paint people, animals and buildings. His paintings are held in commercial and private collections worldwide.

See more examples of his work here www.mksa.org.uk