An art gallery showcasing local artists as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks is now open to the public.

The annual Heseltine Open Exhibition is being hosted at The Heseltine Gallery, a few miles north of Banbury.

Following the launch event on May 8, which saw various local artists awarded for their work, this year’s selling exhibition is now open to the public until 26 May.

36 artists have work on show, with a wide range of artistic disciplines and styles. From classic still life oil paintings, colourful acrylics and delicate watercolours to sculptures, mixed media items and ceramics, textile art and jewellery.

Textile artist Caroline Nixon from Long Compton was selected for her work and presented with a voucher from Banbury-based print company Senecio.

Caroline prints material directly from plants, making intricate designs which she stitches and embroiders as wall hangings and pictures.

Giles Davies from Wheatley – who showcased his bronze sculpture Cartwheeling Man - was also awarded for his work.

Other artists commended for their work include Oxfordshire painters Sarah B Smith and Ian Priest.

The Heseltine Exhibition 2022 is free to visit, and will be open from 10am to 4pm Sunday to Friday.

During the Artweeks north and west area from 21 to 29 May, the exhibition will be part of the Banbury and Villages Trail, along with several nearby venues.

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