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Lisi Ashbridge with Jess Medlin of Charlotte Quest

Marlborough shops offer visitors a Window on Art

Marlborough High Street was turned into a art gallery at the weekend, as 41 of the town’s top artists hung their work in 34 windows as part of the Marlborough Open Studios scheme.

Windows on Art creates a diverse trail of paintings, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and even metalwork by a local blacksmith.

The trail – from Friday, June 27 to Monday, July 25 – runs concurrently with Open Studios, where local artists throw open their doors to meet art lovers and sell their work.

Open Studios will be held on Saturdays and Sundays June 28 and 29, July 5 and 6, 12 and 13, and 19 and 20.

Among the pieces on display are a letter carving on slate by Lisi Ashbridge, who explained how participation in the trail could lead to a collaborative effort between retailer and artist.

“I wanted to find something relating to Charlotte Quest, who are hosting my work,” she said. “I discovered a poem by Robert Bridges called A Passer-by, containing the line ‘Whither away, fair rover, and what thy quest?’

“I took the ‘& What Thy Quest’ element and designed a suitable font before carving in into a piece of slate using chisels and a mallet.”

Windows on Art venues are open during normal shop and office hours. A map and directory of participating shops and artists can be found at