Return of the Open Studios

Some of Whitby and District’s finest artists and crafts people will be opening their studio doors once again to showcase their fascinating works.

As part of the 7th North Yorkshire Open Studios event, over 120 artists, designers, printmakers, blacksmiths and stone carvers will be displaying their talents throughout the region.

One of Whitby’s artists has converted her brick-built garage into a studio in preparation for the event.

Elaine Edmunds of Cleveland Way works in paintings, sculptures, texts, mixed media and installation and has recently relocated to Whitby.

Her practice derives inspiration from mystical traditions. She uses wire, fabric, light and traditional techniques to explore themes mostly based on the human figure.

She said: “Whitby is a fantastic place to be inspired and get ideas, one of my texts was created from inspiration I gained from visiting weathered stones in the graveyard of St Mary’s Church.”

“The quality of work by the artists is outstanding, I feel very honoured to be involved.”

Local batik artist Heather Gatt will be showcasing her works at the Green Lane Centre, with pieces including images of Whitby harbour and beaches, and Skinningrove bonfire.

Three artists from Robin Hood’s Bay will be showcasing their works in their joint studio in The Station Waiting Rooms.

Lynne Wixon focuses on man-made structures that connect with the land and sea as part of her oil painting works.

Sue Webster is a photographer who uses her practice to capture images of waves as it has always been a inspiration of hers.

Lou Hughes is a photographer who currently explores the relationship between the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay and the North Sea.

Open Studios is organised by Art Connections, which is based in Gargave, North Yorkshire, and is one of the most important dates in the county’s cultural calendar, it is a free event not to be missed.

The fun starts today through to Sunday and will also be running next Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.

For maps and guides which locate the studios you can access their website on: www.nyos.org.uk Also to access a free guide from the organisers of the event you can call: (01756) 748529 or email them at: info@artconnections.org.uk