Saturday, 5 June 2010

Dorset Arts Weeks

I've had a lovely couple of days this week out and about visiting open studios and exhibitions for the D.A.W. Every two years, artists, makers and creators throw open their home and/or studios to the general public and put on show their work. Fantastic isn't a word I use often, but it is definitely pertinent here.
I've seen embroidery, quilting, patchwork, bonnet making, stained glass, weaving of various kinds, painting and sketching, lino cuts and photographs, feltmaking, wood turning - all sorts. The artists are very welcoming, delighted to talk about their work, show you round, offer you cups of tea and generally be lovely people, as artists of every persuasion are.
I came home hugely inspired, full of ideas for my own making, and with big plans to maybe even take part in the next D.A.W. in two year's time.
If you get the chance to visit working artists, do take it - make time to go and talk to them - there is never any hard sell, just a request to write in their visitor's book or similar, and they are invariably appreciative of your visit and your taking the time to look at what they do.
Do you visit local artists? Local galleries/studios?
I can thoroughly recommend it. :)

1 comment:

Susie said...

We have one of these in Cambridge - Cambridge Open Studios. It's a lot of fun, like you say. I must make an effort to go this year (ours is in July).