Art trail set to leave visitors with plenty of new ideas for creativity

Former art teacher Mary Wyatt who creates creating ceramic sculptures in the studio in her Felixstow

Former art teacher Mary Wyatt who creates creating ceramic sculptures in the studio in her Felixstowe home. - Credit: Archant

Nine artists in the Felixstowe area will be opening their studios next month, creating an art trail around the resort.

The project is part of the Suffolk Open Studios event to allow people to see art in progress, talk to the artists about their work and perhaps buy something that takes their fancy.

Ceramics artists Louise Greenwood and Mary Wyatt, Helen Cassells, who specialises in pine needle weaving and ceramics, painter Tracy Barritt-Brown, glass artist Naomi Brangwyn, Verena Daniels, who works with fused glass, weaver Cherrie Stevens, painter Richard Carr and painter and photographer Jim Nind will be opening their studios during June.

The plan is to open the studios – most of which are in artists’ homes – between 11am and 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, though not all will be open every weekend.

A full diary and details fo the trail are available on the Felixstowe Art Trail Map available from the town’s library, shops or on line at www.suffolkopenstudios.org/artist-trails#Felixstowe-Trail or www.visitfelixstowe.co.uk


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Across the county more than 128 artists will be taking part with visitors treated to a huge range of art, from watercolours and acrylics, to photography and printmaking, and jewellery and sculpture.

Chairman of Suffolk Open Studios, Tom Lund-Lack said: “I love the variety in artists that we attract each year; returning artists, up and coming artists as well as established ones but who are new as members to our Open Studios.

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“We hope to have record numbers of visitors this year as previous years of success suggest we will.

“We encourage Suffolk Open Studios guests to plan their route, including somewhere to stop for lunch, to ensure an enjoyable day that runs smoothly.

“This is an experience designed to open your mind to art, there is no pressure to buy but please leave with your head full of creativity and inspiration.

“We don’t put potential members through a rigorous selection process – we are often our own harshest critics anyway without others judging whether you art meets correct standard.

“Art is subjective, so we don’t try to judge and with our website and social media displaying the artists and their work, people are able to see for themselves what they’d like to go and see.”

Suffolk Open Studios has been running since 1993 and has grown from its humble beginnings of a group of around 15 artists in the Snape and Aldeburgh area to a networking now covering the whole of Suffolk.

Many of the artists collaborate by creating mapped trails incorporating several studios to create a great day out for visitors, many also demonstrate their craft, allow the public to try their skill for themselves and provide refreshments.

The Suffolk Open Studios committee is also keen to keep growing and to attract new artists to join.

Mr Lund-Lack said: “Artists nearly always work alone which may feel lonely at times and means there may not always be a source of feedback for new ideas and work. We’ve had feedback from members before that being part of this Open Studio network gives artists a sense of belonging and a ready-made network for discussion on all things arty and creative.”

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