I spent the second weekend of Open Studios visiting all the venues and studios to find out what was going on; it was a wonderful experience and really enjoyable.
I found it was well worth visiting as many places as possible; the variety of artists and their work is fascinating. What a marvellous group of people we had taking part; it was a tiring trip round, but well worth the effort.
Open Studios is a wonderful idea.
I'm going to attempt to produce an illustrated write up of the journey taken by Tim, Jane and I on the first day, and just Tim and I on the second day. Our first concern was which order to visit studios to travel the least distance.
We decided to visit Wroughton first, we arrived at Prospect Hospice just as Susan Carr, the art therapist there was about to leave, she kindly came back and showed us the art on the walls, the studio area and the wonderful outside area with mosaics on the tubs containing fabulous flower and vegetable displays. Brian Bagnall has produced some amazing watercolours, prints of which were available for sale.* Colin Moss has painted some fabulous oil paintings and Stuart Butler a very good first ever painting.
Here are some of the photos taken:
And here are the mosaic covered tubs:
From Wroughton we drove back to Swindon town centre, parked in the car park by the Wyvern and visited the Wyvern Theatre downstairs bar where Tara Parker-Woolway was sitting with hers and David's exhibition. Tara has recently started painting cows, a departure from her glorious hens, we were given a glimpse of two she was working on during SOS weekends
Tara also had some lovely cards produced by www.moo.com
To find out more about Tara's activities visit:www.parkerwoolwayartist.co.uk
and David: www.shootmesenseless.com
That's the end of part 1 of the visits.