Thursday, 10 May 2018
It's that time of year again, when Saltaire is awash with bunting and artists. Although 'that time of year' was in fact, a little earlier this year... Saltaire Arts Trail usually takes place on the late May Bank Holiday weekend but this year, for some reason, it was the early May Bank Holiday. No-one was complaining since the weather was unusually glorious, a mini-heatwave in fact. It was so lovely to see the village thronged with crowds enjoying both the sunshine and the exhibitions. It is part of the tradition that some residents open their houses as mini art galleries, and there are exhibitions in the churches and Salts Mill, as well as a Makers' Fair in the Victoria Hall.
The colourful garden in the top photo belongs to the artist David Starley, a long-time resident of Saltaire, who produces wonderfully vibrant and heavily textured oil paintings of local scenes and natural subjects.
The oil painting below is by Ian Burdall, another Saltaire resident, who started out as a photographer before branching out into expressive oil paintings inspired by the North Yorkshire coast.