Set in the beautiful Severn, Wye and Forest of Dean area you can make a day of visiting a few studios at a time whilst stopping for tea and cake on the way but do check individual opening times when planning your trip! If you miss out this week, don’t worry, save the brochure directory! Many artists open their doors by appointment or on regular days throughout the year with updates via their social media or website. There’s no pressure to buy and you’ll find a warm welcome from any of the artists who will enjoy the rarity of talking about their work.
Do check individual opening times before setting off to ensure you don’t miss out!
Suggested routes based on geographical area Bream, Lydney, A48 Why not start with Studio 35 & 39 in Bream with Printmakers Melanie Clarke and Patricia Homewood before heading along to Studio 12 on Brookhollands road to experience painting on a larger scale with Carmen & Stuart Rooksby murals (Bathurst Pool boasts a few too). From there whizz down to Lydney to see Abstract Artist Charlotte Keating at Studio 13 before stopping for a cuppas at Taurus Crafts where you can view art from farOpen artists displayed in the conservatory and cafe. From there you can walk round to Mixed Media Artist, Studio 31 Louise Penny Art based at Vintage Rocks Chalk Paint before one last dash along to Annie Tyhurst, Studio 2, who produces gorgeous felted landscapes.
Lisa Dear Art and Sara Rickard are sharing venue 30 celebrating nature ion the paintings whilst opposite at Studio 22 is Graham Wilde who specialises in oil paintings about the River Severn. A short hop along you’ll find vibrant digital art by Ian Gorton based in Woolaston, Studio 23.
Looking for a winding drive through a magical ancient landscape combined with some art spotting? Start near Chepstow and let abstract artist Maryanne Hawes at capture your imagination with her bold painting at studio 5 before winding your way up along the river, through the magical landscape where you can enjoy a coffee or a tipple at The Anchor Inn & Cafe with a view of Tintern Abbey. (Please observe road closures and diversions). Once refreshed take a look at Philip Stockley’s captivating watercolours at Studio 7 before taking a small diversion to visit Eileen’s mixed media textiles. Back track to Brockweir and you’ll be on the road to finding Mary Edwards, Studio 34, striking oil paintings in Llandogo. Gillian from Art on the Wye in Penallt, Studio 8, is just a short drive from there and well worth the visit to see her landscape & wildlife photography on aluminium .
Take in 6 studios within a few miles of each other! We recommend starting with the lovely Christine at Studio 14 who specialises in colourful felted textiles before cruising on to meet a variety of enchanting, fantasy characters by Impsandthings scultptor at Studio 24. Next door you’ll find creative metalsmith and jeweller Sophie Harris at Studio 43 who specialises in bespoke metal work and antique restoration. From there head inland to meet artist Leah Robinson at venue 3 who’s paintings are influenced by yoga & meditation. Stretch your legs around Soudley ponds before stopping at Dean Heritage Centre to enjoy a treat at Creates Art Gallery and Coffee Shop. Once refreshed take some leisurely time to peruse a selection of work from all farOpen artists exhibiting in the function room Studio 18, and Creates Gallery number 16.. With a range of price points and different forms of art you may even find something to buy!
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