Looking at the brochure, it lists 15 businesses who are taking part, and asks the reader to look out for artworks on view from the middle of August. We'd previously contacted artists who had ticked on their Registration Form to say they'd like to do this, given businesses 30 brochures, a triangular sign on card that would stand in the window beside the work explaining it was to advertise SOS.
When three of the committee, Rachel, Jane and myself to document the progress, we were very pleased to discover things are mainly in place, and hope you've noticed the art in windows. Lots of open studios groups do this, we started it in 2013 with David Bent's work being placed in Richard Deacon's window.
As we went round, I Tweeted the photos that appear below, I didn't realise that the default setting is www.twitter@kasmaty on my phone, not www.twitter.com/swindonopen
so was gaily Tweeting from my own account rather than SOS.
Anyway, here's the outing documented in photographs:
Minuteman Press, who do all our printing so efficiently and helpfully, where we saw a lovely display of Carmen B Norris' work.
From there we went to the Co-op where Jane thought she might have left 2 paintings, fortunately she had done so, and was able to recover them.
And from there onto Wilson's where Anthea Hilson had a piece of her work displayed inside the shop.
GlamoRose where Jane was going to have a newly painted cupcake in the window, unfortunately this wasn't possible, and a substitute was allowed.
Caroline Day has a bandstand picture
Rachel Pryor's lovely painting with too much reflection at Charles Lucas Marshall, solicitors.
Bev Greig will have an exhibition for the whole of September, but there won't be any advertising of open studios beforehand. It was with relief that we went into Baila's for coffee and cakes and saw Lynette Thomas' mosaics looking very good.
Joe Wright's piece, but by now it was very busy with lunch time trade, so we thought we'd ask Joe about it.
I knew Tony Knowles didn't have Margaret Sadler's work in his window because she'd emailed to say she couldn't deliver it this week. Tony has agreed to have one of Tim Carroll's 100 Views of Swindon in the window, photo when he's put it in the window, and here it is:
This initiative is really helping to spread the word about Swindon Open Studios, and certainly is a good advertisement for artists taking part.