Glastonbury Mural Trail
The Glastonbury Mural Trail is now officially open with a free Glastonbury Mural Trail map showing locations of all 26 murals taking place in the trail. The free brochure to accompany Somerset Art Weeks is also out so you can peruse listings and plan your visits to all of the amazing exhibitions and art studios throughout the county. Somerset Art Weeks runs from 21st September to 6th October but the Glastonbury Mural Trail can be enjoyed by anyone at any time and as many times as you like. This is an ongoing community project that will be added to as the years go by as a continuous celebration of some of the things that make Glastonbury such a special town to live in or visit.
Somerset Art Weeks is a well anticipated highlight on the events calendar of art enthusiasts, seeing artists’ studio doors thrown open to the public across the county. This year Glastonbury is joining in with a trail of its wonderful and unique murals that adorn the town.
The Glastonbury Mural Trail (downloadable leaflet with trail map) has been put together by artist Kim von Coels of The Krumble Empire, Glastonbury Town Council and the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. It will lead visitors through the colourful town, taking in the works of art that help make Glastonbury so unique.
Known for its individuality, Glastonbury is often a beacon for creatives and we are delighted that the town has got behind this mural trail. A mural was commissioned to mark the start of the trail in the main car park outside the information centre. Kim enlisted renowned artist, Jonathan Minshull, who has produced many stunning pieces during his career including numerous murals in the UK and California.
Jonathan has worked in various mediums including oils and acrylics but this was his first time working with a wood paint. Using marine ply wood as a canvas, and a local artist studio as a base, Jonathan created his mural of the Avalon marshes.
After a little experimenting and familiarising with the nature of the wood paint, he found “the paints really good to use and have a real vibrancy in the flesh”. The way that he worked with the paint was very reminiscent of an oil painting. Jonathan used a selection of 11 colours from the core colour chart and a bright grass green selected from the RAL Design colours to build his main palette, mixing together colours to create every shade.
He found the strength of the colour pigments really high and the quality of the finish to surpass that of traditional oil paints, so his future external murals may well be created with Thorndown Wood Paints!
The final piece is a stunning representation of the marshes so akin with Somerset, with the iconic Glastonbury Tor in the background and local wildlife celebrating the vibrant nature in these parts.
The Avalon Marshes Mural was unveiled on Tuesday 6th August at St Dunstan’s House, 1 Magdalene Street where the Glastonbury Tourist Information Centre is housed.
It was an honour to be a sponsor for the Glastonbury Mural Trail with Thorndown Paints, supporting a fantastic event for the town and working with such a wonderful and talented artist, so much so that we ended up sponsoring another mural to be painted on a wall by the fabulous artist Faye Suzannah!!
Kim painted a base coat of Adonis Blue Wood Paint on the wall first, covering over the old purple and providing a fresh and pretty sky blue as a backdrop to the sunflowers. Although not specifically designed for masonry, our Wood Paint adheres well to masonry, terracotta pots, metal, uPVC and plastic. Normally we would advise using a multi-purpose primer if painting on these substrates to help the paint adhere but on this occasion our wood paint was painted directly onto the previous paint coating which will have acted like a primer.
Faye then used a selection of Wood Paint colours (Golden Somer, Limestone, Moorland Green, Sedge Green, Sundowner Orange and Swan White) to create her stunning sunflowers, mixing colours together to create her full palette.
The transformation is stunning and her design cannot fail to bring a warm smile to anyone that looks on this beautiful piece of art. A sunflower even came out in appreciation of her design!