ARTISTS in the Vale of Evesham are amongst those who will be opening the doors of their studios to the public this bank holiday weekend as Worcestershire Open Studios returns.
The county’s largest, free art event is returning for its sixth year from August 28 to 31, after being cancelled last year because of the pandemic.
Visitors are invited to go behind normally closed doors to see the inside of artists’ studios and shared spaces and to talk to them about how they make their work.
Across the county, 82 artists are participating at 58 different venues, including four artists in the Evesham area.
Painter Debbie Baird is in Evesham, textile artist Louise Hancox is in Church Lench and painters Paulette Moore and Sara Chandler are both in Bretforton.
“I have found the recent lockdown strangely liberating, allowing me to focus more of my energy on art making of all types,” Debbie said.
“Partly this has been inspired by the art groups I work with, and the wide range of inspiring art available online, but I also think I have found a little solace in doing what I love.
“I have been building a body of work I am now ready to share and so this is my debut in Worcestershire Open Studios.”
Louise added: “From my small studio at home, in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, I design and create original textile paintings, 3D vessels, home accessories and wearable art.
“Much of my work is inspired by the flora and fauna on my doorstep and the changing landscape across our beautiful British Isles.
“A visit to my home will find me in the garden room. You are most welcome to walk through the garden to join me there, where I will have a varied selection of my work on display and available for sale.
“In addition, I will be including some works in progress, giving you a small insight into my colourful and creative world.”
Entry to all venues is free and visitors will also be invited to enter a free prize draw. Event sponsors, Bevere Gallery, have donated a £250 voucher towards artwork or framing from their gallery.
There is also a prize of a £100 voucher, which can be used to purchase artworks from one of the participating artists.
Full details of how to enter will be available at each artist’s studio.
Visitors can plan their route with an interactive postcode search on the Worcestershire Open Studios website or by picking up a map in libraries and tourist information centres.
Visit www.worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk/wos2021 for more.