Sunday, 22 September 2013

Somerset Arts Week

Gillian Widden - The Horn of Plenty interior view

Outside view
Yesterday was the first day of Somerset Arts Week. The piece below is set in the most amazing woodland garden. The theme for pieces set in the garden trail is 'Abundance', hence The Horn of Plenty. This piece is site specific and is very large. The opening is nearly as tall as me and it peters down to a space too small the enter.

The garden has been made since the end of the 1960's and is full of beautiful specimen trees including many very rare species.
If you are in the area it is Venue 34 and near Taunton. The artist is Gillian Widden, very talented and fascinating to talk to, as was the garden owner. Well worth a visit, we were there for ages looking at the work and the garden.
An extra bonus for me was that I was able to collect loads of leaves for dyeing.

Venue 34 is also well worth a visit, lovely textiles, driftwood art and paintings. I think the two venues are quite close but my sat nav seemed to have found the most obscure route with narrow windy lanes to take us on.


  1. This looks wonderful -- so peaceful. For me, this is the perfect time of the year to be outside.

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  3. This is a wonderful garden, and early Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year.

  4. What a lovely garden! And I love the horn of plenty--what a great addition that would be to any garden.

  5. Yes it was amazing I think about 16 feet long and 6 feet high at the opening. Thanks for visiting.