Each year, local artists enjoy the opportunity to open their studios to the public under a scheme promoted by the South East Open Studios organisation, now in its 22nd year.
Nearest to Rye are the studios of John and Anne North at Church House farm, East Guldeford. John North says “I have for some time designed and created contemporary furniture but now concentrate on sculpture. My abstract sculptural pieces explore intricate forms.”
Anne North is a multimedia artist using materials relevant to the subject or idea, such as fused glass paint canvas, wood metals stain and paint. The studios are open June 7 -23 (excluding Thursdays).
Slightly further afield are eight artists at Smallhythe Studio, near Tenterden: Phil Auden, Baljit Barlow, Deborah Humm, Jo Lucas, Rowena McWilliams, Carol Mitchell, Michele O’Neill and Elizabeth Strachan. Opening times are 10-4pm on June 7,- 9, and 13-16. There will be refreshments and artists demonstrating.
South East Open Studios is one of the finest open studios events in one of the most beautiful areas of the UK. Promoted by a beautifully-produced booklet and advertised in the South East, the event is a draw for creative people of all ages. Hundreds of artists open their work spaces to exhibit their art, and for many it is the premier opportunity to bring out into the light the art created throughout the year, a chance to meet the public, talk to fellow artists and to sell their work.
Image Credits: Rowena McWilliams .