This Christmas comes early for art trail fans in Dersingham

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Dersingham will once again become a hub of creativity and art when, slightly earlier than usual, the Christmas Art Trail opens this weekend.

The village has become a centre for local art and now boasts nine members of the Dersingham Art Trail, which opens twice a year, alongside Dersingham Open Gardens and nearer Christmas.

Photographer Jo Halpin Jones said: “It’s an opportunity to meet local artists and perhaps buy that difficult Christmas present.

“The artists have a range of items on offer, from greetings cards and prints, up to major pieces and framed work. But it’s fine for visitors just to come and browse.”

Artist Jill Ilett has joined the Trail and will exhibit alongside Liz Stockley and Carole Brookfield at Liz’s studio on Doddshill Road.

Stephen Martyn will be exhibiting his striking watercolours and drawings of Norfolk, together with paintings from trips around Britain and far-flung parts of the world.

Michael Smith is back on the Trail with his colourful acrylics of the Norfolk coast. Jo Halpin Jones exhibits her latest photographs of local landscapes, together with images from her travels abroad.

Jo added: “It’s also worth the trip to Marty Griffin’s studio in nearby Ingoldisthorpe to see some exciting new paintings.

“He is also offering space to newcomer Hannah Walton’s watercolours and drawings.

“Finally, and by no means least, June Mullarkey’s Dersingham Pottery at 46 Chapel Road is a good starting point for the Trail as she will have maps to the other studios.”

This year, the event is running on Saturday and Sunday, November 15-16, open from 10am to 4pm each day, with free admission to the studios.

Full details can also be found at www.dersinghamarttrail.org.