Now in its 15th year, the annual Art Trek event features more than a 100 artists and makers welcoming visitors into their homes, studios and workspaces across North Devon, Torridge and West Exmoor.

Naranja & Fruit Bowl by Claire Scott, taking part in the 2018 Art Trek. Picture: Claire ScottNaranja & Fruit Bowl by Claire Scott, taking part in the 2018 Art Trek. Picture: Claire Scott

From September 14-30, this friendly event gives a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists in a relaxed setting, see their work in progress and to buy or commission work directly from them.

The event is organised by Stella Levy of White Moose Projects CIC and she said: “I have been involved in running Art Trek since it began and it’s always encouraging to see new artists and craftspeople come on board, joining the more established artists who take part each year.

“This keeps Art Trek vibrant and fresh for our very supportive visitors from around North Devon and our visitors from afar, all drawn to the 55 venues taking part, some with up to four artists sharing.”

Some highlights include White Moose in Trinity Street, Barnstaple, collaborating with renowned Devon photographer Chris Chapman to curate the gallery’s Three Hares exhibition - artworks by eight artists, all responding to this ancient motif in their very different ways.

Tawstock Stream by Art Trek regular Mike Woollacott. Picture: Mike WoollacottTawstock Stream by Art Trek regular Mike Woollacott. Picture: Mike Woollacott

While Fleek Gallery at Str James Place in Ilfracombe is hosting a meet and greet with artist Emma Gibbons from 5-8pm on September 14.

Stella continued: “Painter and ceramicist, Claire Scott has taken part in the open studios for the last two years, the first year only showing her colourful abstract spray paintings, but this September she’s combining these alongside her amazing, constructed ceramics.

“Established painter Mike Woollacott has taken part since the beginning, gaining himself a great reputation over those years, with his work in many private collections and galleries across the UK.”

The Art Trek website www.arttrek.co.uk has details of all the artists and venues taking part and has a downloadable brochure.