14 July 2009

Welcombe Open Studios 09

Our last event of the summer is the much anticipated Welcombe Open Studios 09, now in it's 4th year and with more artists taking part this year than ever before. 9 artists will be opening their studios around our lovely village of Welcombe on the North Devon coast and there will also be 2 mixed exhibitions as part of the event.

This year we have decided to hold the event over 2 weekends: weekend 1 is over 3 days - 7th to 9th August, and weekend 2 is over 4 days - 28th to 31st August. So if you miss the 1st weekend, you have another chance at the end of the month to visit some of the studios. Alot of the artists taking part only open their studios for this event so it's a great chance to get an exclusive peek into where & how their work is created.

The website for the event is http://www.welcombearts.wordpress.com/ and is where you will find all the details you need to find Welcombe and all the studios, open times, artists contact details, etc.

New artists this year include poet & artist John Moat who will be showing collections of his poems, novels, short stories and limited editions, as well as paintings, prints and etchings. Our new neighbour Tom Hyde will have work on display which include his sculptures in wood, prints and silver jewellery. Rick Hall will be opening his studio for the first time as part of the event showing new paintings and work in progress - his beautiful studio is set in a lovely wooded area of Welcombe and is a must see for visitors.

Also new for this year is a mixed exhibition at The Yarner Trust showing work from makers of furniture, paintings & poetry, mosaics, willow & rush baskets and textiles and a creative painting exhibition in the village hall of Rosina Lytton's work and work by her students.

Other studios open are photography by Paul Jenner - paintings, drawings and ceramics by Rebecca Cohen - textiles & paintings by Jean Goodchild - raku & earthenware pottery by David Westcott - oil paintings and watercolours by Wendy Chiles - and contemporary furniture & accessories by us.

We will have furniture on display, mirrors and clocks from reclaimed cornish slate, new oak mirrors, leaf lanterns and gold leaf bowl lanterns, tea-light blocks, ash & oak chopping/serving boards, oak and slate lamps and some 2nd's & old stock at reduced prices. If you are on our postal mailing list you will be getting a detailed leaflet sent to you any day now. If you aren't on our mailing list and would like to be please fill in your details here.

As well as the 11 different studios to visit, Kings Cottage Nursery will be opening their beautiful gardens over the 2 weekends (closed Saturdays) for visitors and plant sales and The Old Smithy Inn will be open for lunch & dinner. There will also be another exhibition in the village hall starting 29th August of Gabrielle Goodchild's beautiful etchings & paintings as part of the Drawn to the Valley open studios event (more details here). And, of course, you must check out the beach at Welcombe Mouth.

Hope to see you in August.
sammy & glenn

welcombe open studios 09, pachadesign, well barn, welcombe, near bideford, devon, ex39 6hg
7th - 9th August and 28th to 31st August 09 - 10.30am to 4.30pm

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