Artists Open Houses: See you Next Year!

Artists Open Houses: See you Next Year!

Opening our doors for the Artists Open Houses has made for an interesting month of May this year. More reassuring red dots have appeared around the studio and I’ve had many interesting conversations. Thanks so much to all of you who visited, it was a real pleasure to see you.

It’s been a painterly week. It was a beautiful evening on Thursday with low sun across the downs as we drove over to the tiny hamlet of South Stoke, near Arundel. An exhibition of paintings by brothers Nick and Matt Bodimeade was housed in a sturdy 19th century barn where they had both worked as farm labourers in their youth. Curated by Zimmer Stewart the exhibition brought together art and agriculture in a very beautiful setting.

The trouble with doing an Open House is that it’s difficult to visit any of the others while looking after your own. We did manage to visit other venues during the week and decided not to open on the bank holiday Monday so we could catch the last day of the Ditchling Art Trail. A favourite was seeing the work of David Browne at the Blue Shed Studio. David has an olive grove near Rome and his work is almost entirely connected to olives; huge olive-charcoal drawings, hand-made paper from olive pulp and burnt and punctured sculptures made from olive wood.

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Have a great week.

Fiona

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