The popular open studios event, Art Trek returns as part of the North Devon Festival from Thursday to Sunday, June 19 22 and this year it is even bigger and better than before. When it began, in 2004, Art Trek involved just four artists. Four years later

The popular open studios event, Art Trek returns as part of the North Devon Festival from Thursday to Sunday, June 19-22 and this year it is even bigger and better than before.When it began, in 2004, Art Trek involved just four artists. Four years later, the event now features more than 60 talented painters, sculptors, glass makers, weavers, photographers and more. Aiming to capture the warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere of North Devon, the artists invite the public into their homes, studios and workshops to chat, view their work and watch new pieces take shape. The artworks will be available to purchase, but there is no obligation to buy, just to enjoy the exhibitions. The artists are situated across the area from Westward Ho! to Lynton and Lynmouth, Ilfracombe to Winkleigh and all points in between.Those taking part this year include ceramicist Roger Cockram, photographer Dave Green, stained glass artist Lani Shepherd, furniture maker Jonathan Kiff, willow weaver Rosemarie Cooke, painter Christine Lovelock, jewellery designer April Doubleday, textile artist Penny Laird and many more talented local artists. Each of the artists will also display a piece of their work in the Gallery Cafe at the Queen's Theatre throughout June - a perfect way to sample the broad range of talents on offer. There will also be the chance to take part in the Art Trek experience when the North Devon Hospice provides a series of workshops with some of the artists prior to and during the main event.Make dishes or porcelain wind chimes with Helen Bailes on Monday June 2; create an installation in the Hospice grounds with Linda Gordon on June 6; improve your oil painting skills with Tony Williams on June 9; make jewellery with Margo Benson on June 13; photography with Jennie Hayes on June 16; relief printmaking with Judith Westcott on June 20; and make your own paper with Hazel Pye on Monday June 23.The finished pieces will be on show at Barnstaple Library June 14-28. The workshops are at the Hospice (10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm) and are priced at £25 per session. To book a place contact Art Trek organiser Stella Levy on (01769) 540602 or stella@widgerystudios.com. For the full list of artists involved in Art Trek this year and more details visit the Festival website: www.northdevonfestival.org.uk