Organised by award winning professional Somerset artist Alce Harfield, the second Bath Art fair will bring together some of the most innovative professional artists from around the country in one relaxed setting in the grounds of the popular Farleigh Road Farm shop off the A36 between Bath and Frome on Saturday 12 May, 10-6pm and Sunday 13 May, 10-5pm.

Alce started her career owning The Silly Fish Shop in Bristol, Shires Yard and Broad St in Bath before concentrating full time on exhibiting at art fairs across the country. Aware of a lack of exhibiting opportunities for artists in her local area, Alce first organised the Somerset Art fair in 2015 before moving to its current location and becoming the Bath Art fair in 2017. She has recently won the ‘Somerset Life’ Landscape painter of the year with her paintings of Glastonbury Festival (where she has traded for 27 years) Build magazine’s Fine Artist of the Year and the Mendip Retail Business of the Year.

She has gathered together over 65 of the best award winning independent artists from all over the country from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall, to sell their work from professionally lit stands in a beautiful marquee for the weekend.

Many of the artists have been professional artists for years and concentrate on selling their work at art fairs, preferring the direct contact with their customers. From the customers point of view there’s nothing nicer than making an emotional connection with a piece and then chatting to the artist who created it.These include Michelle Lucking from North Somerset who is an international, award winning pastel artist who specialises in realism to create beautiful seascapes and figurative swimming scenes.

Martin Turner from Bristol, a hyperrealism pencil artist who is known for producing images obsessed with light and texture and Andrew Walker from Brighton who produces beautiful prints using digital art, photorealism and millions of tiny triangles.Browse original paintings, handmade prints, stunning handcrafted jewellery, handmade glass and artisan ceramics. Find the perfect piece for your new house extension, that awkward spot in your living room or brighten up your garden with a sculptural piece. Each artist will be happy to talk about their work, it’s creation and discuss a possible commission. Prices start from £30.

Why not fall in love with something original? And, get wrap it up for you free of charge.

Support the ‘pre-loved’ contemporary art stand with 100% of sales going to Dorothy House Hospice Care (top quality donations always welcome) including donations from the artists and signed posters from Michael Eavis, who will be the guest of honour at its Private View.

Relax in the pop up cafe, listen to the music, park your car for free nd get 50% off the normal entrance fee of £5 with the advert in this month’s issue of Bath Magazine.

Visit: bathartfair.co.uk

Featured image by Martin Turner