Six venues in or near Wellington are hosting this year’s Somerset Art Works (SAW) ‘Open Studios 2016’ events offering the public an opportunity to visit exhibitions of artists’ work and watch and participate in demonstrations of their creative processes.
The Old Brick Workshop at Poole – now building on its successful first year – is hosting SAW’s Creative Pathways Bursary artist, Veronia Gale. Veronia creates colourful abstract collages, paintings and drawings inspired by the environment. Veronia is one of five Somerset artists selected for SAW’s Creative Pathways professional development programme aiming to provide tailor-made support for artist members in Somerset to develop their practice and to deliver high-quality work. Collage and printmaking workshops will also be running at The Old Brick Workshop during Open Studios.
Avril Silk and Zoe Ainsworth-Grigg are both displaying and demonstrating their work at The Quaker Meeting House in Wellington. Avril has been making unique leaded glass panels for over thirty years. Many local schools have beautiful windows designed by the children and made by Avril. She will demonstrate the different skills involved every day. Zoe is an artist/writer. She will display paintings inspired by nursery rhymes and their origins. There will also be a digital art installation of video stories for children. Zoe illustrates her own writing.
A pop-up studio at Nynehead Court showcases the work of Fon Cosens whose sculptures use Somerset willow and recycled wire. This is a chance to both watch Fon demonstrate and participate in day workshops. Booking is recommended. The Orangery at Nynehead Court is also hosting an exhibition of paintings by Jackie Spurrier, and the Sculpture Park and grounds will also be open.
Teresa Wilson is displaying her vibrant abstract paintings inspired by the work of Hans Hofmann and Helen Frankenthaler and her unique bead jewellery, prints and cards at 9 Saxon Close, Oake.
Caroline McMillan-Davey, a professional artist for over 25 years whose has been exhibiting work in leading galleries in the west country and London, is exhibiting at Willow Acre Barn, Chipley, Wellington.
Painting. prints and drawings by Sylvia and Ophelia Lindley who find inspiration in the countryside, animals, landscape and architecture are displayed at the Calfpen Gallery, Nowers Farm, Popes Lane, Wellington.
This year’s Open Studios Event takes place between 17 September to 2 October 2016 focusing on artists in their working environment. It demonstrates how they make their work, their inspiration and the creative process. It aims to support artists who want to work professionally and are looking to promote their creative businesses. The event profiles our artist members, allowing visitors an opportunity to visit artists’ studios and temporary working spaces.
More details of the Open Studios 2016 event both locally and around Somerset, venue opening times and directions can be found on www.somersetartworks.org.uk.