Variety the watchword of Angus Open Studios

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EXCITEMENT is mounting as artists and craftsmen in Angus prepare for the second year of Angus Open Studios in which over 60 local artists open their studios to the public.

The Angus Open Studio runs from May 24 to 28. During the five-day event last year some studios had up to 200 visitors.

This year visitors will be able to see exhibitions of artwork and demonstrations of crafts such as wood turning, weaving, cane chair seating and throwing pots on a wheel as well as more contemporary techniques like glass fusing, raku firing and silver clay jewellery.

All the work on show will have a contemporary feel, be produced locally and at affordable prices, ranging from as little as £5. The artists include new graduates, self taught artists and craftsmen and professionals who sell though galleries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

There will be an international flavour with an Australian painter, an American glass fuser and others inspired by travel in Africa and other exotic places as well as paintings, drawings and pastels from the glens and coastline of this beautiful part of the world.

Prior to the event 7,500 brochures featuring photographs and contact details of each artist will be distributed around Angus and further afield to attract visitors into the county to visit the unique studio locations.

These brochures will be available in libraries, art galleries, tourism offices and directly from members. The brochures and website; www.AngusOpenStudios.com will also provide a reference throughout the year for galleries around Scotland and beyond looking for exciting and unique artwork to exhibit, commission and buy.

Jill Henderson stated: “We hope to attract visitors from far and wide and ideally other businesses in Angus will benefit from the Angus Open Studio event with increased numbers of visitors coming into the area. As the event becomes established, it will put us all more firmly on the cultural map of Britain.”