Merton Arts Trail: Wimbledon comes to life as artists show off their work


The event takes place on September 28-29.


By Jack Crone

Artists will be painting Wimbledon red next weekend as they open their doors to the public for Merton Arts Trail.

The festival, now in its third year, will feature over 140 artists, giving talented individuals in the area a chance to show off and sell their work.

On display will be a broad range of styles from ceramic specialists to sculptors.  Pieces can be viewed in shops, cafes, and in the artists’ homes or studios which are all dotted around Wimbledon.

The exhibitions are free to enter and visitors are encouraged to create their own trail using the event’s map and catalogue.  The festival is run and organised by Wendy Bliss and Chrissie Craig who began working on the idea in 2010.

Wendy said it was the two of them that made the event unique.

“We are a great duo, and we work on it all the time – producing a personal service and a great catalogue,” she said.

Sandra Roche, of Langham Road, Wimbledon, has been involved in the trail since the outset after the co-founders asked her if she would like to take part in its promotion.  Having previously had a career in design, she fell back into painting ten years ago after going back to art school.

Mrs Roche, who specialises in oil painting and life drawing, believes the occasion is a great way to meet people in the area.

“This is my third year doing open house and its great as gives you an opportunity to meet your neighbours and local residents that you wouldn’t normally get a chance to meet.

“I’ve met all kinds of interesting local people – authors, composers, other artists, students – and it forces me to tidy up the house which goes down well with my husband!”

With the effort that goes into making this non-for-profit event a success, 2013 promises to be as popular as ever.

Information on Merton Arts Trail can be found at 

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