On trail of great artwork around Wetherby

Artists Ailsa Read, Clare Dean and  Richard Newman are among those opening their studios to the public this weekend and next.
Artists Ailsa Read, Clare Dean and Richard Newman are among those opening their studios to the public this weekend and next.
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From garden sheds to countryside galleries, cellars and attics – the artist’s studio comes in all shapes and sizes.

Now a talented group is inviting the public to step inside these intriguing spaces and watch them at work in a fascinating artists’ trail

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Artists Around Wetherby Open Studios, which saw around 5,000 people explore the creative hubs of more than 20 local artists, the event is back for a bigger and better second year.

More than 26 artists, living in areas including Boston Spa, Bardsey and Tadcaster, are preparing to open their doors and welcome visitors into their studios – some for the first time.

And those on the trail will get chance to quiz them about their styles, influences and tips while they work.

The art extravaganza will feature a wide variety of genres including watercolours, oils, photography and pottery.

And as well as observing demonstrations of various techniques, they will also have the opportunity to discover their own creative talents in hands-on sessions with the artists, many of whom will have artwork for sale.

The event, organised by prominent local artists Ailsa Read, Clare Dean and Rachel McNaughton, is aimed at everyone from fellow art aficionados to individuals, families and new householders needing artwork for their walls.

And to encourage people to “studio hop”, there will also be a raffle in which visitors who collect 10 unique tickets from different venues will get the chance to win.

Richard Newman, who was recently selected to exhibit at the prestigious Great North Art Show, will offer a glimpse into his world of acrylics and watercolours in his studio in Boston Spa.

The grandfather-of-five, who founded Walton Group of Artists 11 years ago, said: “It’s a great day out for the family.

“A lot of people, if they see an artist in the countryside, might creep around, wanting to see what they’re doing but not quite certain about approaching.

“But here all the artists are approachable and people can see exactly how a picture is put together.”

The trail is free and takes place this Saturday and Sunday – May 16 and 17 – and May 23 and 24, from 10am to 4pm.

A percentage of all sales will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. To find out more visit www.artistsaroundwetherby.com.

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