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Arts and exhibitions for Isle of Arts festival

Sat 29 Mar 2014

Arts and exhibitions for Isle of Arts festival

The approaching Isle of Arts festival is about celebrating all types of creative engagement, so you can expect plenty of exhibitions and artisan fairs on the island's streets and taking over its galleries. With so much going on, we've selected a handful that are more than worth checking out. Whatever you do, if you're a bit of an art freak, be sure to attend the following.

Festival Arts Trail

Perhaps the main art event, Festival Arts Trail has been an essential part of the festival since its inception years ago. Journey through the streets of Ventnor, (comma) following the pointers and witnessing the extraordinary pieces that have been placed there by local artists to spice things up. Most of what you see is available for purchase and you can even ask the creatives if they take commissions. It's a great way to start integrating yourself into the art scene.

Affordable Arts Fair

Does exactly what it says on the tin - the Affordable Arts Fair features dozens of creations by islanders keen to show off their skills. Everything is priced between £1 and £99, so why not splash out on some unique gifts for those important people in your life? Pictures, gifts, jewellery, cushions, handbags, cards - it's all available throughout the large collection of stalls, which will be taking over the Isle of Arts Marquee in Salisbury Gardens, Ventnor on May 5th. Sellers will be there from 11am until 4pm and entry is free.

Local Views and Landscapes

Local artist Gordon Smith has been honing his oil painting skills for some time. Sat in his folding chair with a paintbrush and pencil overlooking an impressive view, he is a common sight in the more picturesque locations on the Isle of Wight. Come and see the fruits of his labour at Newtown Old Town Hall - the exhibition opens May 4th and runs until the 29th from 2pm until 5pm daily.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801707934-ADNFCR

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