Discover hidden artistic talent in Devon’s dazzling landscape with Devon Open Studios, September 9-24 2017, when over 250 artists will be showing in more than 160 venues across the county.
Expect to find a rich seam of art behind the studio doors – from paintings, prints, furniture, sculpture and photography to handmade jewellery, cutting-edge fashion, crafted ceramics and one-of-a-kind accessories – just by following your whim and the little yellow studio arrows dotted around Devon’s winding lanes.
- View and download the full Devon Open Studios brochure here
- Find more art events across Devon this year
- Visit arts and crafts attractions across Devon
- Find galleries, theatres and museums across Devon
People of all ages will enjoy these self guided tours, with the flexibility of visiting as many artists as you wish, guide in hand, for just a couple of hours or for an indulgent day of meandering.
Meet Devon Artist Celia Olsson
Once again established Devon artist, Celia Olsson, will be welcoming visitors to her studio in the garden, venue 67 near North Tawton in west Devon.
On Saturdays 16th and 23rd September Celia will be running workshops ‘Playing with Colour’. Guests at these workshops will be invited to have fun mixing watercolours and creating textures. They are suitable for those who have never painted before and those who want to get out of a rut and experiment with new methods. They start at 2.30pm, finishing at 4pm with a cup of tea. The cost is £5 and booking is essential as space is limited.
Celia’s studio will be open on 9th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd and 24th September from 11am to 6pm.
This has been another year of travel for Celia – south as far as Belize and north to Spitzbergen. As always, Celia takes her sketchbooks to record the things she’s seen, which visitors to her studio will also be able see.
“It’s hard to say which was the best place,” says Celia. “The Azores were a delight (even on a wet day), Havana in Cuba was overwhelming and the fjords of Norway were just stunning.”
Celia has returned home with many memories, which, with her sketchbooks, are the inspiration for the paintings she’s working on at the moment.
All this travel to far flung places doesn’t mean she’s forgotten home, however – she’s now seeing it from a different angle: “Having breakfast on deck, watching Ilfracombe and Combe Martin go past, albeit under a blanket of cloud, was a bit surreal,” she says. She’s also producing paintings of woodland near home and, of course, of her beloved Dartmoor.
Celia paints in a loose style mainly using watercolour because of the wonderful choice of vibrant colours, but also likes to experiment with acrylic inks and various texture media.
She also runs watercolour classes locally, and is invited to demonstrate and run workshops for art groups all over the South West. At all these events she likes to encourage people to have a go without fear of failure.
Devon Open Studios is organised by Devon Artist Network (DAN), which promotes, celebrates and champions the arts in Devon.