Forth valley artists open their studios to the public

Picture: Susan Smith

Picture: Susan Smith

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Artists across Forth Valley will be opening the doors to their studios to give the public a unique glimpse into the area’s creative side.

From June 8 to 16, the work of more than 145 artists will be on display in a number of unusual locations.

There is even a new iPhone and iPad app to help visitors negotiate their way around the different venues which are taking part in the fourth annual Forth Valley Open Studios festival.

In Falkirk, there will be 30 artists and two art groups participating showing ceramics, furniture making, painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, weaving, digital art, photography and mixed media.

The participating artists will open their studios and work spaces inviting all members of the community to view their work.

Many will offer demonstrations and provide the public with a unique experience, taking time to engage with the audiences and explain their ideas and inspiration for their work.

This will include international artists Lesley Anne Derks from Grangemouth and Catherine King from Carron.

Recent jewellery and silversmithing graduate Elaine MacKay from Denny is also taking part from her studio at Delta Studios, Larbert and will offer visitors taster sessions in jewellery making.

New to this years event are Digby Morrow, a furniture maker from Linlithgow, Mark Lancaster, a photographer from Larbert, and Susan Smith, a painter and printmaker from Falkirk.

The Park Gallery is also taking part, showcasing Fraser Ross’s interactive art pieces.

Avril Nicol, project co-ordinator of Forth Valley Open Studios, said: “The 2013 festival - aims to be the best ever. “As a not-for-profit organisation we are committed to connecting communities through art, while at the same time providing a mechanism for artists to sell work and to meet the public, many of whom will never have had the opportunity before to visit an artist in his or her own studio.”

“We believe FVOS is a great cultural event for the community which not only helps raise the profiles of artists but also introduces people to the wealth of talent within our own communities.”

For full details on the Falkirk Route go to www.forthvalleyopenstudios.com