We often receive invites to Facebook events and if local try to attend some of them. Recently an Art-walk in Clitheroe was advertised and having a free day we decided to have a look around the galleries.
Having downloaded a map, we set off but this was not as simple as it seemed. The map and our SAT-NAV weren't in agreement. Anyway, we eventually arrived after a detour and refreshed from a hot drink, we set off.
The first gallery we visited was the Knowle Top Studios; here photographs printed on brushed aluminium were on show. This was an impressive gallery based on two floors.
Just around the corner, a lively duo of singers lightened the event and The Keep Gallery had a smaller display of art and crafts. Crossing the road, we visited The Longitude Gallery. Here a range of artwork including some excellent landscapes were on show. It was nice to see that the artists had found a range of subject matter in the surrounding countryside and not a lot of the same view.
Next, we went into an art shop, which also sold framing services before a longer walk to the Ribble Valley Art Studios. Here, a group of artists shared a floor, each working and showing their work in their own studio space. Again, there was a wide variety of styles and topics covered. Even one who focused on competitive cyclists in some of her art.
Then, it was round to the Platform Gallery based (you guessed it) on a railway station. this contained an exhibition of a range of fascinating sculptures made from everyday items such as binders, hot water bottles, cheese graters and even household sponges! This was entertaining as well as inventive.
Our final visit was to the Old Bakehouse Gallery featuring the landscapes of a local artist Peter Taylor.
A really pleasant few hours spent wandering around the town and well worth attending. This year they had two Artwalks one in May and this one in September. As well as the galleries there are some lovely coffee shops to stop at for refreshment. We will certainly look out for them next year.