Artists throwing open their doors

Art Group at Penny De-Corte's
Art Group at Penny De-Corte's

LOOK for the red balloons and make sure you don’t miss out on an art extravaganza heading to Pocklington next week.

As Part of National Craft & Design month, artists in Pocklington and the surrounding villages are opening their studios over the weekend of May 12.

Twelve talented artists are taking part in the nationwide initiative by putting their work on display across a series of six venues.

Red Balloons and signs are to be placed around each village to help people find their way to each exhibition.

Highfield House, Seaton Ross will find Cluny Chapman showing her traditional textile art along with portrait and figurative art from Jan Jones and jewellery and textile creations from Carol Seaman.

At Providence House, Ellerton, ceramicist Jill Ford will have a body of work on display at her home studio and will demonstrate her talents. Jill will be joined by Avril Cheetam showing her enamel, fine silverware and jewellery.

At Fangfoss Pottery in Fangfoss, there will be displays and demonstrations from ceramicist Gerry Grant, jewellery from designer/maker Mo Burrows and June Hammond’s abstract pen and ink drawings.

Also in Fangfoss, Shirley Davis Dew will be exhibiting her paintings in her studio.

56 Garth’s End, Pocklington, will find Penny De Corte displaying and demonstrating the making of her ceramic sculptures, joined by pastel artist Cath Inglis exhibiting and demonstrating her portrait art.

At 3 Stable Court in Londesborough, ceramicist Tony Wells invites people to peruse his domestic and functional ceramics.

All venues will be open from 10am to 5pm on both the Saturday 12 May and Sunday 13 May.

They are free to enter, with visitors being urged to look out for the red balloon markers and take a circular route to allow them to view the work at all six locations.

Participating artist Penny De Corte said: “There are a lot of talented artists in the locality and we hope to get as many visitors as possible to view their work.

“During this national event we are waving the flag for local artists and guarantee visitors will experience a warm welcome, with artists happy to share their inspirations and work methods.

“With collections of art ranging from ceramics and jewellery to paintings, drawings and textiles there is something to suit most people’s tastes. Most of all, it is hoped to provide an enjoyable experience for all age groups and to celebrate our abundance of local art during this national event”.

Leaflets featuring a map of the studios can be picked up from the Pocklington Post reception on Railway Street and from many local shops.