Landmark for big art event
As Bucks Open Studios turns 30, Laura Mowat looks at the vast array of visual arts that members of the public can view
BUCKS Open Studios, a visual arts event, will be celebrating its 30th anniversary and showcasing the county’s ‘wealth of creativity’ this June. Taking place from Saturday, June 6 until Sunday, June 21, the established artist event will showcase an array of more than 500 local artists and makers who will open up their studios to the public for a line-up of free demonstrations, hands-onn workshops and exhibitions.
Talent on show includes es painters, ceramicists, glass ss workers, basket weavers, metal workers, wood turners, jewellery makers, s, book makers, photographers, print makers and silk makers and organisers are hoping g to top the 25,000 visits made by the public duringng the 2014 event.
Bob and Ann Marshall,, the joint chairs of Bucks Openen Studios said “We are delighted to announce that 2015 will be our 30th year. Buckinghamshire was one of the first ever counties in the UK to hold an open studios in 1986 with around 43 exhibiting venues.
The event has grown in popularity year on year with both the public and participating artists and we now have over 200 venues spanning the length and breadth of Buckinghamshire.
Few would have thought in 1986 that Bucks Open Studios would grow to be such a popular and important event for the visual arts and we are delighted that we are still able to offer the public a great way to experience the wealth of creativity that is very much alive and kicking in our towns and villages.” Mar Mark King will be exhibitin exhibiting his photographs of state-of-the-art lasers, which depict the planned HS2 route through the Chilterns. This will be shown in The River Room, Flint Barn Court, Church Street in Amersham.
The painting group, Simpatico, will have an exhibition in St Michaels Church, Sycamore Road in Amersham. This will feature various painting styles and sizes.
Mr and Mrs Marshall added: “We are all extremely grateful for the public’s continued support over the years and we really hope that people will join us in celebrating our 30th year by visiting the many venues; just look out for the popular yellow road signs that start springing up in May or visit our website to search for artists and it really doesn’t matter if you’re an art enthusiast or if you just fancy an interesting day out, you can see some fantastic and free demonstrations by talented local craftspeople and maybe even have a go at creating your very own masterpiece.”
Paul Bell will be exhibiting a variety of works in various media, portraits, landscapes, cityscapes and still life. This will take place in Studio 24, at 24 Hampden Hill in Beaconsfield.
The Birchwood Painters will show their vibrant paintings both abstract and representational at Birchwood Scope Home, Fullers Close in Chesham.
Painter Elizabeth Waumsley will display her paintings in acrylic, watercolour and mixed media, inspired by the natural world and travels. The exhibition will be at 89 Station Road in Amersham.
To find out more about Bucks Open Studios 2015 and to find participating artists and venues please visit the website www. bucksopenstudios.org.uk. For more on Bucks Open Studios, see Life & Leisure page 10
BobB and Ann Marshall from Amersham will lead BucksB Open Studios, inset is weaver Marjorie Way Painter Elizabethl b h Waumsley,l above,b photographer Mark King, below, and artist Paul Bell, bottom, are take part