In this episode Gina and I discuss our experiences of participating in artist “Open Studio” events. Gina has taken part regularly for over ten years but this is the first event since she started painting again, so she will be exhibiting a mix of paintings and textiles.
After taking part in my local summer Art Trail for five years previously, I find myself between events: my local one hasn’t taken place for a couple of years for various reasons – unrelated to Covid – and geographically I am just about outwith the two nearest big ones. I was lucky enough to participate in one of them (Lewes) for a couple of years with my neighbour and another friend – although as these events are usually held in the summer months, the set-up always coincided with being away on holiday – less than ideal!
As with most things, there are flipsides, but the benefits of making contact with a real, live audience of visitors (and hopefully purchasers!) definitely outweigh any downsides. If you have the opportunity to take part in one, go for it!
Meanwhile, Gina’s latest course which uses the work of Matisse as inspiration has just launched, and my Celtic Seascapes course is very nearly full – at the time of writing, there are only 4 places left. If you’re interested, join me! I’m shutting the doors at the weekend.
Bridge Arts (previously Uckfield Art Trail)
Richard Wiseman, Professor of Public Understanding of Psychology, University of Hertfordshire
And finally, some links from my little jaunt to the north of Scotland:
Highland Stoneware Lochinver
The music is Dear Autumn by Ikson and you can find it at https://soundcloud.com/ikson.