Bucks Open Studios: Have you visited yet?

Winter Blues, by Jan Pursey Grange, one of the many stunning pieces featuring in Bucks oPen Studios by MK artists
Winter Blues, by Jan Pursey Grange, one of the many stunning pieces featuring in Bucks oPen Studios by MK artists
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We told you all about the bustling Bucks Open Studios event last week, but it’s not done yet!

The 28th annual visual arts show runs all the way to June 23rd, and boasts just shy of 600 artists from the county – including painters, glass workers, basket weavers, metal workers, wood turners, book makers, print makers and too much more to mention.

Since 2007, this colourful explosion has doubled in size, and there is so much happening that we could fill an entire GO! section and still not list it all, but here are a couple of essential visits in the area:

Northend Studios, Willen Road, Milton Keynes Village have painting, textiles, wood and sculpture on the menu from seven creatives, including Ashley Norman, and this Saturday and Sunday is ‘activities weekend’ with live music, face painting, tea and cake.

Donations are welcome, for Willen Hospice, but admission is free.

> Diana Tonnsion and Clare Abbat are holding an outdoor Raku kiln firing demonstration on Saturday.

For the uninitiated, Raku is a Japanese technique for firing clay, and the end product is a delicious looking crackle effect, colourful piece of cool.

While at the studio, you can feed the baby ducklings onsite, and indulge your own bellies in some yummy cupcakes.

Proceeds to Willen Hospice.

Get more at www.dianatonnison.co.uk

> In Gawcott, the Holy Trinity Church will show paintings by city artists Alan Chown, Irene Foster and Lisa Campbell.

More than 100 pieces of work will be available for perusal and purchase. The Church is open daily for the duration of BOS.

Last year, more than 38,000 visits were made to studios and exhibitions during the fortnight long show.

There are so many wonderfully talented people on our doorstep, and no better way to explore and learn about them than with Bucks Open Studios.

You will find a wealth of information online at www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk