Devon Open Studios is running this year from 9th to 24th September. Over 200 artists across the county will be opening their studios to visitors who will be able to purchase affordable art without having to pay gallery commissions.
Every variety of medium is on offer: painting, drawing, printing, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, hand weaving, jewellery, photography. And what makes this so exciting is being able to see artists in situ, in their creative environment, giving visitors a glimpse of how they work.
Running alongside this is Drawn to the Valley’s own Open Studios which is running currently until Sunday 10th September. Drawn to the Valley is a group of over 150 artists living and working in the beautiful Tamar Valley, from the Rame Peninsula, Saltash and Plymouth through Gunnislake, Calstock and Callington up to Tavistock and various West Devon villages. More information is available from www.drawntothevalley.co.uk.
And you still just about have time to catch the Devon Guild of Craftsmen’s Summer Show in Bovey Tracey which is also running until Sunday 10th September. As always this is an exciting display of contemporary craft talent in the South West. I particularly like some of Harriet St Leger’s jewellery designs, Jenny Southam figurative sculptures and Jenny Wilkinson’s hand-woven rugs. I almost forgot Louise Scammell’s prints which draw inspiration from Dartmoor and the South Devon coast.
There really is an unbelievable wealth of original talent and creativity in the South West and it’s wonderful to see all this work accessible to the public.
And a wonderful source for special, unique gifts too!