An Isle of Wight event that sees artists and crafts people throw open their doors to the public will get underway soon.
Isle of Wight Open Studios begins its first weekend on 16 – 19 July in the south and west Island areas before moving to the north, central and east Wight areas on 23 – 26 July.
By opening their doors to their homes and studios, the event provides a unique, educational and inspirational experience to the public, while also supporting professional development and the local economy.
Organised by Isle of Wight Council’s Arts Unit, the event features a cross-section of local artists, some of the Island’s best silversmith jewellers, fine artists and ceramicists, as well as an exciting number of newcomers, with something for all tastes and interests.
Visitors can find all participating studios in the brochure ‘Isle of Wight Artists Open Studios 2010′ which can be picked up for free at Quay Arts in Newport, libraries and other selected outlets. It can also be downloaded at www.isleofwightarts.com
The brochure also gives details of free family arts events such as earth-casting, origami and tree dressing.
A sneak preview of what to expect can be seen at the Quay Arts cafe in Newport from 8 July with a ‘Showcase Special’ where a handful of works by Open Studios across the Island will be on display.
Isle of Wight Artists Open Studios began in 2003 with just 30 artists but has grown since then with almost 100 artists taking part this year.