Launching the 2017 edition of Open Studios, a new exhibition at Quay Arts has given 45 local artists the chance to have their work on display a week before the main Open Studios event gets underway.

With a variety of work on show there was much interest at Saturday’s launch event with the exhibition being staged in The West Gallery until 24th July. Subjects on show cover most artistic mediums and materials and talents are reflected in prices which range from £30-£2,500.

There are a number of Island vistas depicted in mediums from classic oils to photography and includes Zara Linington’s signature work in nail varnish.

Several well- known artists have work at the exhibition including Birgit Ackroyd; Susana Watts; Pat Clarke; Gillian Clarke; Patsy Carter; Edna Coatsworth; Martin Swan; Julie Sajous; Viv Garrett; Tony Westmore and Brian Marriott, whose work in glass is always full of colour, texture and interest.

Most of the artists have 2-3 pieces on display so there is plenty of choice and as well as having work on show at Quay Arts, most will host more of their work either at their own studios or other venues for the main Open Studios event which runs from 14th July – 24th July.

For details of when studios and venues are open see the Isle of Wight Arts free booklet ‘Open Studios 2017’, obtainable across the Island.

This year’s Open Studios event will enable you to see an extensive and eclectic range of work from artists both contemporary and traditional, in their own studios or at local venues. Entry for the public to every Open Studio event, including venues and studios, is free and artists will offer you a warm welcome to view a great range of work including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, textiles, jewellery and ceramics

Visiting an artist’s studio in either their home or specially constructed venue, often in delightful gardens, is an adventure and new discovery of work. However, for those, perhaps short of time, a visit to one of the many collective venues is ideal. These are situated across the Island and include Jubilee Stores, Newport; Gurnard Village Hall; Community Hall, Yarmouth; Depozitory Studios and People’s Gallery, Ryde and Quarr Abbey, Ryde. The St. Lawrence Art Society have an exhibition of their work at Holy Trinity Church, Ventnor.

Look out for the red Open Studios bunting, this will guide you to the artists’ doors!

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