Open Studio Weekend 2016
7th & 8th May

We luckily had the perfect weather for our Open Studios which resulted in a steady flow of visitors all weekend, many staying for longer than they had originally planned as there was so much to see and to enjoy the delicious refreshments from Victoria at MYO Catering. Her vintage van made a colourful addition to the courtyard.

All our artists had a very successful weekend selling their work and picking up new commissions. Many received lots of lovely comments from our visitors who were amazed at the quality of work on show and they were delighted to view each of the artists working spaces. This gave our visitors a real insight into the skills and creativity required to produce such wonderful work.

Visitors were very impressed with our new artist Nicola Ravenscroft who exhibited her ‘Thirst...Through the Eyes of a Child and a Penguin’ which are sculptures of six children and a penguin made in bronze. Each of these represent one of the seven continents on earth and is designed to bring the nations of the world together in a shared awareness of the critical threat facing the earth’s most precious resource, WATER.

Mark Taylor and David Hill astonished everyone with the accomplishment of their glass blowing demonstrations and with their knowledge and enthusiasm for all things glass, and many admirers left with another piece of Georgian or Roman glass to add to their collections.

Marek Woznica has worked hard on a commission for the Hawk Conservancy in the form of a Secretary Bird Brooch especially for their gift shop. He plans to continue this birds of prey theme.

The Granary Gallery showcased Tim Chadsey’s maple bed, Richard Atkinson-Willes Marble Topped Yew Stemmed table, and Amy Goodman’s Peace and Reconciliation Cedar Tree which included candle holders made of glass by Mark Taylor and David Hill. Plus there was another chance for visitors to enjoy, the fractured remains of Amy Goodman’s ‘Warhorse’ memorial, providing as strong a message in their enigmatic state of decay as the piece in its prime.

Elsewhere, visitors enjoyed the diverse range of work now being produced by Project Workshop’s painters: Soraya French’s studio was full to capacity all weekend with buyers and admirers of her brightly coloured acrylics, and attracted many aspiring artists to sign up for her ever popular painting courses, which run throughout the year. Painting tuition is also being offered by watercolourist Linda Powell, and by painter Sally Milligan who is now well established in her studio.

Project Workshops was joined by a few visiting artists which included a wildlife photographer, Ed Crispin and Mary Lou Hoare who showed pastels pictures of acrobats and birds and an installation by Deanna de Roche. Also on display was a group of paintings by participants of the Art Group held at Andover MIND assisted by Mandy Atkinson-Willes. Some were able to visit the show and were really pleased how good their work looked framed and in a gallery setting.

Thanks to the artists for donating their work for the raffle, £194.47 was raised for Andover MIND and the winners were delighted with their prizes.

The next date for your diary for our Christmas Open Studios is 3rd & 4th December 2016.

Matt Duke
Sally Milligan
Amy Goodman
Soraya French
Nicola Ravenscroft
Amy Goodman
Ava Reeves