Oxfordshire Art Gallery celebrates the work of local artists


An art gallery showcasing local artists as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks is now open to the public.

The annual Heseltine Open Exhibition is held at the Heseltine Gallery, a few miles north of Banbury.

Following the launch event on May 8, which saw various local artists honored for their work, this year’s exhibition and sale is now open to the public until May 26.

36 artists present works, with a wide range of artistic disciplines and styles. From classic oil paintings of still lifes, colorful acrylics and delicate watercolors to sculptures, mixed media items and ceramics, textile art and jewelry.

Textile artist Caroline Nixon from Long Compton has been selected for her work and given a voucher by Banbury-based printing company Senecio.

Caroline prints materials directly from plants, creating intricate designs which she sews and embroiders as wall hangings and pictures.

Giles Davies of Wheatley – who presented his bronze sculpture man doing cartwheels – was also rewarded for his work.

Other artists praised for their work include Oxfordshire painters Sarah B Smith and Ian Priest.

The Heseltine 2022 exhibition is free to visit and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Sunday to Friday.

During Artweeks North and West Zone May 21-29, the exhibition will be part of the Banbury and Villages Trail, as well as several nearby venues.

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