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

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - LIFE & LEISURE -

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. buck­sopen­stu­ 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

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