Open Studios promises artistic variety

Joseph Bulmer

September sees the return of the annual a Devon Open Studios event

DISCOVER a world of artistic delights in North Devon and beyond as the annual Devon Open Studios event returns to the county.

From Saturday and on a variety of dates up until September 18, artists will be throwing open their studios to the public for a chance to go behind the scenes, chat and buy their work if they wish.

The event organised by Devon Artist Network – with support from the county council - has gone from strength-to-strength with more 140 venues and 370 artists taking part across the county, from those with international standing to newcomers exhibiting for the first time.

Tomorrow (Thursday) there is a public launch at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter, with artist demonstrations held throughout the day plus entertainment and refreshments.

North Devon artists include Ilfracombe acrylic landscape painter Mark Rochester plus Lynton stained glass crafter, printer and painter Clare Maryan Green. The Gallery @ 500 has an exhibition and making demonstration by jewellery artist Sandy Mitchell.

Maggie Curtis will be displaying architectural ceramics, such as ornate ridge tiles and garden sculptures, at her Appledore studio. Devon Adult and Community Learning is hosting workshops at Bideford arts Centre on the Quay plus an exhibition demonstrating what can be achieved on its courses.

The Buckland Brewer studio of Betty Banks will feature her acrylic work inspired by local land and sea scapes.

The work of Rob Walker plus the landscapes of Bert Bruins, alongside that of other local artists, will be on display at the West Gallery in West Putford near Bradworthy.

A detailed free full colour guide with lists of artists, venues, maps and precise opening times is available from tourist offices, libraries and galleries or by downloading from www.devonartistnetwork.co.uk.

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