Open Studios arrives in Daventry

Texture from a ceramic vessel by Dot Crowe.
Texture from a ceramic vessel by Dot Crowe.

Artists from around Daventry are opening their gardens, workshops and studios as part of Northants Open Studio Trails from today (Saturday).

The event, which is the largest visual arts event in the county, is taking place in Daventry and surrounding villages from today (Saturday August 29) to Saturday September 26.

Ceramic vessel by Geoff Crowe.

Ceramic vessel by Geoff Crowe.

Visitors to participating venues will be given the opportunity to find out where the artists find their inspiration, where and how they transfer this to works of art and what makes them passionate about their craft.

There will also be sessions that will allow visitors to get involved in the likes of ceramics, drawing, sculpting and painting.

Among those taking part are Dot and Geoff Crowe at their ceramic studio, Cleves Garden Studio in Barby at which people can see paintings by Ricardo Insua-Cao, stonemason and sculptor Nicholas Morton at The Old Dairy Farm in Upper Stowe, abstract artist Tim Beer at Orchard House in Everdon and Judy Davies, who paints in watercolours, mixed media and acrylics, at Daventry Library.

The central exhibition for Northants Open Studios Trails takes place at The Alfred East Art Gallery in Kettering, where work by all participating artists will be displayed in one room, today from 11am to 4pm. The day will include a programme of family activities, including the Little Draw for children and the Big Paint for adults, and a private view of the artwork from 5pm to 7pm.

A full list of exhibitors taking part in the month-long event is available in a brochure which can be downloaded from the Kettering Borough Council website at www.kettering.gov.uk/NOST