Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage

Staithes Festival has established itself as one of the friendliest festival on the coast – a must-go-to event in the regional arts calendar.

During the weekend some 100+ cottages in the village become temporary art galleries in a unique selling exhibition. Staithes heritage is also celebrated in fossils, fishing, historic photographs and film shows.

North York Moors, Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire
Light on the Beach

Glenn Kilpatrick www.whitby-photography.com

Staithes Festival Artists Beginning with S

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Pamela Scott

Pamela Scott has been painting in different mediums for some years, having studied with and gained inspiration from leading artists in the North Yorkshire area. Her first love is watercolour and she uses a wet into wet technique mixing colour on the paper giving her work the fusion of light and colour. Recently Pamela has been experimenting with acrylic paint, adding texture by using plaster of Paris and texture paste, giving her paintings a rugged look, while still keeping a loose almost watercolour effect. She also likes to carry this effect through into her pastel work. Pamela will be exhibiting with Viridian at Trig Point.

Venue: Dining Room 2, Trig Point

Medium: Mixed Media paintings

Jon Sephton

Jon paints in oil, watercolour and ink and makes handmade porcelain jewellery. With his wife, Sue, Jon moved to France in 2016 and together they run, ‘Galerie JS’ in the medieval village of Monflanquin, in the Lot et Garonne region, selling original work, prints and jewellery. Jon studied art and ceramics at Sunderland Polytechnic (now Sunderland University) from 1982-86. Completing an HNC in graphic design, Jon worked in advertising agencies before establishing a graphic design business in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. Jon has exhibited in the UK and France and his works are in private collections in several countries.

Venue: High Winds, Chapel Yard

Medium: Painting and jewellery

Geri Sharrock

Smugglers Treasures is a unique collection of handmade jewellery and crafts, each piece is carefully made with love and originality at the heart of it. I try to source a lot of the materials from the local beaches along the North East coast of England. The collection is heavily influenced by nature and incorporates shells, sea glass, and gemstones. This makes each piece completely unique due to the beautiful irregularities of the sea's washed up treasures and stones of the earth.

Venue: Seacot Cottage, High Street

Medium: Jewellery Designer

Shirley Sheppard

I am a figurative sculptor working in clay. Most of my work is wood fired, they bare the marks of the fires they have been subjected to. “These sculptures have done what we cannot. They have survived the flames they were created in and bear all of the natural and spontaneous scars associated with their making.” Many have been fired several times creating almost invisible layers of experience. Each one is unique having its own accidental character that can never be caught in bronze, stone or wood.

Venue: Dining Room 1, Trig Point

Medium: Sculptor

Alan Skidmore

Alan Skidmore was born in Liverpool and later attended Southport Art College. Alan, known as Skid, started working in repertory theatre in 1966 as a scene painter. He has worked and specialised in scenic art, painting sets for theatres all over Britain. During these years he was developing his own practice and now devotes all his time to smaller scale landscape and architectural painting in watercolour and oil.

Venue: Captain Cook Inn Gallery

Medium: Watercolour and oil

Kate Smith

After gaining a fine art degree and PGCE, Kate went on to teach in secondary education until moving to Whitby in 2000. Taking time out to have a family she continued to tutor art with local adult groups. Finally returning to painting for herself in 2016. Predominantly working in oils and acrylics Kate's exaggerated use of colour and thick layers of paint help to build up light and texture. With a preference for a palette knife and inspired by the local scenery and sealife she seeks to capture something atmospheric and bold in her work.

Venue: Victoria Cottage, Broomhill,

Medium: Oils and acrylics

Emma Stothard

Emma Stothard lives and works in Whitby. Her work is inspired and influenced by the surrounding landscape of the North Yorkshire Moors and the coast. Sculpting miniature to monumental birds and animals in willow or bronze wire. Her work is exhibited at Highgrove and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Public and private commissions welcomed.

Venue: Viking Cottage, Harbourside

Medium: Sculpture