Whitby and district’s artists open up their studios

Lynne Glazzard, a jewellery designer from Glaisdale is taking part in open studios.
Lynne Glazzard, a jewellery designer from Glaisdale is taking part in open studios.

PEOPLE can discover printmakers, blacksmiths and stonecarvers while exploring the scenic delights of North Yorkshire this June when over 120 artists will open up their studios to the public as part of the North Yorkshire Open Studios.

With many artists in the Whitby area taking part it will be the chance for art-lovers to meet some contemporary artists and craftspeople who have decided to make this area their home.

This popular free event runs across two weekends in June from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 June and Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.

Much of the adventure lies in tracking down the studios, which can be found in a variety of interesting spaces ranging from ottages and barns, to racing stables, railway stations and suburban living rooms, using the helpful maps and guides which are available free from the organisers or online at http://www.nyos.org.uk.

Whitby based Elaine Edmunds and Heather Gatt will be inviting people to find out more about what inspires their paintings.

Elaine works in mixed media and her work has a distinct spiritual dimension while Heather’s work explores the effects of light especially on water.

Along the coast at Lythe is the great opportunity to discover more about the process behind Alan Davis’ stained glass windows, many of which are commissioned for ecclesiastical settings.

At Sneaton pottery John Egerton’s ceramics which are inspired by nature will be showcased alongside Juliet MacMichael’s atmospheric paintings featuring the sea.

Ailsa Nicholson will be inviting people into her ceramic studio at Sleights and further down the coast visit two painters who simplify and stylise the landscapes that inspire them, Ian Mitchell at Staithes and Clothylde Vergnes who is based in Loftus.

Visitors can follow the trail of studios inland to discover Lynne Glazzard’s jewellery at Glaisdale, Caroline Riley’s paintings at Commondale and Emily Hesse’s driftwood sculptures in Kildale.

For more details and studio addresses of all the artists taking part visit www.nyos.org.uk

Studios are open across the two weekends from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

A free pocket sized event guide is also available from the organisers, Art Connections by calling (01756) 748529 or email: info@art-connections.org.uk.