Don’t just enjoy a piece of artwork this month, get a taste of the artist behind the work and visit them in the places that get them feeling creative.
Every year artists and crafts-makers across Lincolnshire put their studios ‘on the map’ and invite residents and tourists in.
It’s a chance see how it is done and celebrate their work up close with a real sense of the personality behind each piece.
Art on the Map, the organisation behind Open Studios, formed in 1999 and has grown every year. Today the county is split into five clusters with artists in South Holland featuring in ‘the Fens’ category.
Just one of The Fens artists is Louise Stebbing, of Skylark Studio, Tydd Gote.
Louise’s studio is in a converted barn overlooking the Fenland landscape which inspires her linocuts. From dramatic skies to intense landscapes she usually starts with a sketch.
Having exhibited her work throughout the UK Louise has won several awards. They include the prestigious Best Print Award at the Eastern Open at Kings Lynn Arts Centre and a Prize in the Peterborough Open Exhibition as well as “Artist of the Fens” in Spalding in 2005.
She has featured in two books, “The dictionary of British artists since 1945” by David Buckman and “The artist in our midst” by Green Pebble.
One of her linocuts has even been spotted hanging in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal academy.
Another artist opening her doors is Joan Dowling, of 99 High Street, Gosberton. Joan displays her work in her home. She specialises in nude oil paintings and Landscape inspired abstracts.
Meanwhiel Gillian Wing and Carolyn Goodwin are welcoming visitors to Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding.
Carolyn specialises in oil paintings inspired by trips to New Zealand and ceramic sculptures based around a rural environment. Gillian, of Strawberry Glass Studio, designs vibrant and colourful pieces in glass using copper foiling or lead work construction.
Both run arts and crafts courses all year round, from pottery to willow weaving, stained glass and mosaics just to name a few.
Unique Cottage Studios cafe and gallery offers cakes, sandwiches and soups to enjoy after enjoying a range of work by local Artists on display & available to purchase.
If you can’t make the artist’s chosen open studio many offer appointment only open days through out the year.
Skylark Studio is open tomorrow until Saturday 11am-4pm.
Joan Dowling will open her home today until Sunday.
Unique Cottage Studios are open today and tomorrow 9am-5pm.
There are ten other open studios to visit in The Fens area. For more information visit www.artonthemap.org.uk