Inspiration for JMW Turner during his visits in the early nineteenth century, the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Devon-Cornwall border is a picture-perfect spot for getting in touch with your artistic side this autumn on a new Drawn to the Valley art trail, running from 1 – 4 September 2015.
"I have never seen so many natural beauties in such a limited spot as I have seen here," claimed Turner after visiting the area in 1813. Using the Moorland Garden Hotel on the Devon side of the Tamar as a base, the Drawn to the Valley art trail will uncover some of the hidden talent in this sometimes overlooked corner of the West Country.
Participants will see artists at work in their studios up and down the Valley during two days of touring, from Plymouth and the Rame Peninsula – which took a starring role in the 2014 film, Mr Turner – to Callington and Gunnislake – captured in Turner’s Crossing the Brook – and the Dartmoor towns of Tavistock and Yelverton.
The Moorland Garden Hotel three night/ two day package costs £283 per person sharing including:
Evening reception with local artists and a demonstration from printmaker Mary Gillett, with canapés and sparkling wine.
Two days’ art trail including packed lunch.
Accommodation for three nights including breakfast and three course dinners in The Wildflower Restaurant.
Complimentary copy of the Drawn to the Valley Open Studio brochure and pack of postcards.
Aspiring artists wanting to get their hands dirty can add on extra nights to allow time for their own sketching and painting, or further exploration of the area’s rich creative heritage. Other local artist connections include Rembrandt – whose self-portrait at nearby National Trust owned Buckland Abbey has recently been confirmed as an original painted by the Dutch master himself – and influential eighteenth-century English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds. Works by Reynolds, Plymouth’s most famous artist, can be seen at Port Eliot at St German’s, a converted monastery owned by the same family for 500 years. Additional nights cost from £90 per room per night on a bed and breakfast basis (based on two people sharing).
About Drawn to the Valley - The Tamar Valley Area is host to a large number of professional artists who have been drawn to live in the area, united by their passion for this beautiful, but sometimes forgotten, part of Devon and Cornwall. The Drawn to the Valley group was formed in 2003 by the artists themselves, mainly as a support network but also in order to promote the Tamar Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and to contribute to the regeneration of the local economy through selling exhibitions and Open Studios. There are over 150 members, ranging from painters and printmakers to ceramicists, sculptors, calligraphers, jewellers and textile artists.