We were fortunate enough to go to last Saturday’s open studio featuring the work of celebrated local artists Richard Adams and Jane Beecham at their home, White Cottage in Playden.
Despite the miserable weather, the bunting along the hedge at their lovely home set the scene for a warm welcome. Met at the front door by both Richard and Jane, we were offered refreshments then shown to their front room which by now had been transformed into the open studio which overflowed into the hall and sun room.
The open weekend was on Saturday and Sunday, October 12/13 from 11am to 5pm and featured a good selection of their work as well as a selection by Evie May Adams. Thankfully, for those who missed out there is another chance to visit Richard and Jane this coming weekend, 19/20 October as the studio will be open again between 11am and 5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday.
It was a very informal and laid-back atmosphere with the opportunity to buy works directly from the artists but there was no obligation or pressure to buy and before long the house was full of visitors, some of whom had taken the opportunity to pop in for a chat but all were made extremely welcome.
This was a great opportunity to view the artists’ latest work in a cosy setting amongst friends but the studio had also been visited by long-standing and established collectors of their work, keen to add to their collections which explained why many of the works had a red dot stuck to the price tags, which confirmed that the pictures had been sold.
This is an annual event and one not to be missed. Judging by the number of red dots on view it had also been a huge success. My only tip is to make sure you go on the Saturday as by the Sunday many of the works had been sold and if you like what you see, buy it because if you don’t, chances are someone else will pip you to the post.
Image Credits: Nick Forman .