"There is so much to see and we have found that the gallery owners are very happy to explain a bit more about the technique and the meaning of the work. This makes the art come alive."
Anthonine Arts-Zetteler is the founder and lead consultant for Cambridge Wills & Legal Services. As an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Professional Will Writers, she is fully trained and offers many years of experience in professional will writing, advising clients on all aspects, as well as associated legal services including Lasting Powers of Attorney, Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning.
She is also a repeat visitor to Cambridge Art Fair, visiting every edition so far and has bought work on more than one occasion. "We've visited all three editions and the event has gone from strength to strength over the years. The art on show is a fantastically varied display for every taste and budget. There is something for everyone and you are bound to see something you like."
In fact, she now has a carefully selected collection of five pieces of original art at home to enjoy. Does she have an eye on the investment potential of the work she buys? "At the moment we buy purely to enjoy it. Maybe this will change in the future but for now this is fine."
At the 2015 edition of the art fair, Anthonine bought a charming painting from Karl at The Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton. "This is a small (12” x 16”) piece by Natalie Rymer, an artist from East Sussex. The piece is called 'The Stag Mug' and the medium is acrylic on box canvas." What attracted her to this particular painting? "The colours and the happy, quirky image. The image with the mug, the flowers and the calendar with the days of the week has a kitchen feel to it so, that is where we've put it."
Anthonine particularly enjoys the reassurance of buying original art at Cambridge Art Fair. "The process was very easy and Karl, the Gallery owner, provided lots of information about the artist. The painting was packaged very professionally on site for a safe journey home which is great. We did have a chat about the painting and the artist and Karl showed us some other pieces by the same artist as well."
What did Anthonine buy at her previous visits to the fair? "I bought a piece in 2013, the first year of the fair. This was a larger painting by an American artist James Shilaimon. We were attracted by the image; quirky and colourful!"
She clearly enjoys visiting Cambridge Art Fair every year. "It is a unique event for Cambridge and gives artists and galleries local and further afield the opportunity to showcase so much beautiful art. We have taken the kids as well and they enjoy a good look round as much as we do. There is so much to see and we have found that the gallery owners are very happy to explain a bit more about the technique and the meaning of the work. This makes the art come alive."