AN ARTS collective held a preview of their work for friends and supporters.

With some of the region's biggest established and emerging artists, Arts Collective Take 8 launched their exhibition, With These Hands and Eyes, in fine style on the mezzanine gallery at The Station, Richmond.

Ceramicists Alistair Brookes and Kathy Pike had new work and techniques on show along with Ian Short's wildlife photography.

John Longstaff as Cluff the Cartoonist was a huge draw and nicely juxtaposed with Beverley Haines dream-like digital prints. John Degnan offered muted watercolours and etchings and contrasted well with Sue Dewhurst's bold and bright barn paintings.

Mouseman trained Terry Harrington's carved oak furniture and desktop gifts added another dimension to this exhibition.

The many visitors also commented on the fine quality of the morning’s cakes hand-baked by the group's friends and supporters.

Sue Dewhurst said: “We are an eclectic mix of old school and more contemporary artists and craftsmen, but when we finally manage to get our work assembled together in a show such as this it all somehow fits well.

“Feedback has been tremendous with lots of sales. This year the mood seems to be that the buying public are turning away from mass produced products in favour of something original and with a little more soul.”

With These Hands and Eyes runs until Wednesday, January 10.