Somerset Open Studios 17th September – 2nd October

Visit Venue 19 Somerset Open Studios

It’s that time of year again when I get my head down and organise the open studios event of Somerset Art Weeks.  I enjoy this event as you get to meet people who have taken the time and trouble to find you amongst the rolling Somerset countryside and ask you lots of questions of your art.  

I’m joined in my studio, this year, by Ann Fagan and Liz Biesty.  We’ve exhibited before and it’s a pleasure to do so again.  I love their work.  Even though we are all printmakers, we are all very different in style and you’ll be able to see that with the work we will be exhibiting.  There will be prints, paintings and cards on display and for sale, as well as cushions.  If we get ourselves organised there might even be some artists books.

If you are in Somerset for these two weeks, it would be great to see you.  Even if you don’t manage to get to our venue, there are plenty spread across the county that you can visit.   Have a look at the http://somersetartworks.org.uk. There’s a digital guide here if you aren’t able to get a paper one.

I’d better get back to the long list of things to do!  I think a cup of tea might help with that!

Somerset Art Weeks 20th September until 5th October 2014

It’s been a busy few weeks getting ready for Somerset Art Weeks but we’re there now and all is going well.  The Banner sits outside the studio to let everyone know that they’ve arrived; it’s a recent addition to my promotional equipment and it certainly makes a statement.  Thanks to Linda Cote for sharing her’s with me to give me ideas of how to design it and for Christian at theprintsellers.co.uk for producing this for me.

The exhibition space took a few weeks to organise.  As much as I would like this to be my studio, it’s not!  I have a very small studio at home which is full of equipment and I wouldn’t be able to fit in many people or hang much on the walls. So, I’ve decamped to the Sun Room at home; making the most of the light to show off the prints.   There’s plenty of room in here for visitors to view my work without feeling that they in the way of each other and that’s so important if you want visitors to take the time to look properly.  I’ve been able to show visitors the linoprinting process and some have even had a go at printing a small sea gull.  It’s always appreciated when visitors like your work enough to part with their hard earned cash and I hope that those visitors who have purchased a print or card enjoy them for years to come.  It’s amazing how many visitors have bought cards and have already said they won’t send them to anyone!

If you can come, it would be lovely to see you.   Have a coffee/tea, have a chat, and have a browse.

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Somerset Arts Weeks

I am still here!  After #DrawingAugust finished it was all hands on deck for the new school year and getting ready for Somerset Arts Weeks.  I’m exhibiting in my studio this year and there’s lots to do to organise some hanging space for all the prints I want to put on display.  It’s been a family affair with all the organising and I must admit, I’m getting quite excited.  With all the organising going on I might not post very much but I’m hoping to do a couple more updates before Saturday 20th, when it all begins.

Here’s some new cards that I collected from Pennybatch last week.  Pennybatch now offer an on line card ordering service and I can’t recommend them enough.  Their customer service is fantastic as well as the quality of their work.  You’ll find them at www.pennybatchgallery.co.uk

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I’ve worked through all the work I have available now and know what I’m going to exhibit.  I just need to begin the jigsaw puzzle that is the hanging space to ensure that they all fit on the walls.  It’s definitely keeping me very busy and this is only half the work in this photo!