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Bucks Open Studios preview at Barn Studios, Winslow. Buckingham and Winslow artists. Standing from the left, Paul Bursnall,Alexandra Buckle, Cathy Read, Peter Keegan,Laura Boswell, Clare Tebboth,Helen Shaw and Tlws Johnson. Seated, from the left, Paul Millichip, Shirley Bradford and Lauren Isherwood. PNL-140605-151959009

Bucks Open Studios preview at Barn Studios, Winslow. Buckingham and Winslow artists. Standing from the left, Paul Bursnall,Alexandra Buckle, Cathy Read, Peter Keegan,Laura Boswell, Clare Tebboth,Helen Shaw and Tlws Johnson. Seated, from the left, Paul Millichip, Shirley Bradford and Lauren Isherwood. PNL-140605-151959009

The largest visual arts event in the county starts next week when Bucks Open Studios kicks off on June 7.

The annual event, which lasts until June 22, is one of the largest in the country.

More than 500 artists and makers from across Bucks will open their studios to the public free of charge, to showcase their talent with demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops.

Painters, glass workers, basket weavers, metal workers, wood turners, jewellery makers, book makers, print makers, ceramicists, silk makers and more will be showcasing their work during the event.

Joint chairs of Bucks Open Studios, Bob and Ann Marshall, said: “Bucks Open Studios has grown in every way year on year – more participants, more venues and more visitors.

“And we want to make sure that it continues to gain in popularity with the public.

“There is an amazing wealth of talent within Buckinghamshire and Bucks Open Studios covers a vast array of artistic disciplines and levels of involvement from professional artists with international reputations to passionate hobbyists.

“So whether you are an art enthusiast or just fancy an interesting day out, you can talk directly to the artists about their work, watch demonstrations and even be inspired to take up a new hobby.”

Among the artists taking part, fused and cast glass artist Tlws Johnson will be holding daily ‘Have-a-go’ workshops to make a small piece of glass in her established glass studio in Gawcott.

There you can see a cornucopia of colourful decorative fused glass bowls, panels and jewellery alongside impressive cast glass sculptures for home and garden.

In Little Horwood, you can see figurative oils, printmaking and mixed media by Helen Shaw, Clare Tebboth and Mel Makinson in a working studio.

Chat to the artists about their work and techniques and watch daily demonstrations. www.helenvictoriashaw.

Visitors are welcome at the two adjacent studios of international contemporary painters Paul Millichip and Shirley Bradford in Horn Street, Winslow.

Visit Cathy Read’s converted Victorian chapel home in Tingewick to view her striking batik-style architectural paintings alongside Alexandra Buckle’s colourful linocuts of woodlands and countryside.

Both artists will be demonstrating their individual techniques and available to chat about courses and tuition.

In Nash, you can see Cate Wetherall’s wildlife portraits in pastels and oils, inspired by animals in their natural environment.

In Botolph Claydon, silversmith and jewellerJames Dougall will again be opening up his workshop to show visitors his latest work.

Finull details of all the artists and open studios at www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk

 

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