This weekend there is an opportunity to see some of the exciting work which has been created by over 25 talented artists living in Crowborough and the surrounding area.
Over the two days you can explore some of the 16 studios and exhibition spaces which are participating. Ceramics, textiles, jewellery, photography, and a wide range of paintings and more will be on show.
Open Studios has been arranged by Crowborough Arts, the community organisation which was set-up after the Arts Festival in 2010 to promote all forms of artistic endeavors in the town. The group also arranges workshops and visits to galleries among for its members, but this is the first time they have arranged an art trail event like this one.
Sandie Donaldson, who is among the artists showcasing her work, has organised this inaugural event for Crowborough Arts. Sandie told CrowboroughLife she hopes the event will become a fixture in the local calendar:
Open Studios not only offers people the chance to view and buy exhibits, they can also talk to the artists about the techniques they use and inspiration.
As people are buying direct from the artists, there are no gallery fees or commission, as a result there are some great works on show from established and up and coming artists, at really affordable prices.
Among those opening their studios, is Marina Elphick, who has recently returned from Indoesia where she studied batik, an ancient technique used to decorate cloth. In batik before dyeing the artist blocks-out areas using wax to preserve the original colour of the material. Marina will be demonstrating the techniques over the weekend at her studio in Mark Cross.
Another person taking part is Yolande Beer who studied Three-dimensional Design at Univeristy in Brighton. Yolande specialises in brightly-coloured earthenware, durable stoneware and figurative carved ware.
You can see examples of work of many of the artists belonging to Crowborough Arts in the three galleries on their website.
Studios will be open from 11 am – 5 pm on both Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th September.
As part of Open Studios, the café at Crowborough Community Centre is also hosting a special exhibition of paintings by members of Crowborough Arts, from now until 17th September.
You download a map from the Crowborough Open Studios website. Or pick up a free copy from: J&K Gallery, Croft Road, The Crowborough Centre, Millbrook Garden Centre, The Town Hall and Orchard Framing in Horam, as well as at participating studios.