We are now well into Somerset Arts Weeks, which runs until 5 October and which this years follows the format of Open Studios. Davina Jelley explains:
Perusing the guide for this year’s Somerset Art Weeks, you cannot fail to realise that the majority of artists living and working in the region are inspired by the landscape.
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Sometimes we are all too familiar with where we live; we are all creatures of habit. The beauty of Art Weeks is that it makes us explore, drive to forgotten destinations, discover hidden corners and quirky pubs. Encouraging us to look with fresh eyes, art allows the artist to translate this land of contrast for us – whether it be through photography and film, paper sculpture, clay, painting or printmaking. Some 32 of the 200-plus venues taking part this year are located in West Somerset, featuring work by 40 local talented and professional artists; there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.
This year Art Works takes the form of Open Studios, a rare opportunity for you to visit the creative inner hub. Some are cluttered and chaotic, others organised and methodical depending on process and personality. There is great joy to be derived from witnessing where the transformation of ideas into reality takes shape. Of course some of the artists paint on location or, as artist Alison Jacobs likes to describe it, en plein air. She can often be spotted in Watchet sketching on her iPad; this work she then transcribes onto large canvasses, painting with acrylics, combining
hi-tech with traditional methods.
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To plan your artistic explorations pick up a SAW guide in your local shop or you can send for one by calling 01458 253800. You can also visit the website: www.somersetartworks.org.uk
PICTURED: Work by Lucy Pendrick