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Oxfordshire Artists: Optimism

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Inspired by the New Year, Oxfordshire Artweeks artists look forward to 2024 with bright spirits and optimism as they begin their preparations for the county’s spring open studios and pop-up exhibition event.

This cyanotype on paper, Rays and Marjoram Flowers by Abingdon-based Emma Williams is mounted and framed.

£125, naturallearningoxford.co.uk

Winter Landscape by Summertown’s Francesca Shakespeare is an oil painting on paper on board. Framed.

£550, francescashakespeare.com

The Fire Inside, an abstract acrylic painting on cradled wood panel by Finstock’s Julia Ogborne.

£215, juliajaneart.com

Wings of a Phoenix is a linocut – an edition of 30 – by Lizzie Wheeler of the Oxford Printmakers Co-operative.

£80, oxfordprintmakers@hotmail.co.uk

Snowdrops in the Green by Turville Studios’ Marie Robinson is painted in oil on gesso board.

£275, marie-robinson.com

The Gardener by Micah Hayns, is painted in oil on canvas.

£950, micahhayns.com

Faroes by Paul Bullivant is a photographic print in black and white,

£100, paulbullivant.co.uk

Song Thrush is a 4-plate linocut by Lower Radley’s Susan Wheeler. Unframed,£170, framed

£190, susanwheelerprints.co.uk

A blank journal for a new start by Sharon Highway of Mallory Journals. Available with plain, lined or dotted paper, a ribbon page marker, pen holder and elastic closure.

Prices start from £41 thebritishcrafthouse.co.uk/shop/malloryjournals



Photographer Theo Blossom’s Cheetah 2’ This species was nearly extinct at one point and although numbers are still low, conservation efforts offer hope.

Prints available in aid of Cotswold charity, the Rafiki Thabo Foundation (rafiki-foundation.org.uk) for £120.

Cotswold Snow by Dorchester-on-Thames’ Tracy Lester – because we all love a snow scene – is painted in oils on a wood panel.

£105 tracylesterart.com

Rising is a felted textile piece of wall art made with wool and silk fibre by Bishopstone’s Ushma Sargeant.

£995, ushmasargeantart.com

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