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Island Art opens its gates to Bishop's Stortford residents

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The artistic residents of April Island on the outskirts of Bishop's Stortford will be opening up their River Stort idyll to visitors on Sunday (June 27).

The neighbours, who live in narrowboats and barges on the waterway, are holding a monthly open day to sell their creations.

The community – known collectively as Island Art – includes metal sculptor Ivo, jewellery designer Dawn Easby and potter and woodworker Gill Humphrey.

Ivo's sculptures spring from recycled metal materials and include life-sized models as well as table-top designs and garden features.

Gill works with natural materials found along the towpath, including weathered wood and ivy, which she combines with LED lights to create beautifully unique lamps.

Dawn's jewellery is also made from recycled materials that she finds on walks along the river. She combines these with precious metals to create nature-inspired pieces.

April Island is next to Southmill Lock, a short walk south from the town centre along the River Stort towpath.

The artists will be opening the gates of the secluded marina to display their work from 10am to 4pm on the 27th and then every last Sunday of the month.

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