Follow the winter trail to open studios


Artists throughout Angus are inviting you to ‘follow the winter trail’ and experience the breadth of talent on offer from Angus Open Studios.

Over two weekends in November they are opening up their studios to show what they have on offer, from Kirriemuir at the foot of the Angus glens to studios on the coast.

They are displaying a whole host of mediums, from etchings, acrylic and pottery to stained glass windows, handmade textiles and beaded gem-stone jewellery.

The open weekends are a follow on from three very successful spring/summer Angus Open Studio events during which art lovers meet the artists in their own homes and galleries to get a real feel for their work.

There are two trails to follows over the weekends of November 16 and 17 and 23 and 24.

Full details on the participating artists are available from the website

Due to commitment not all artists are taking part in both weekends but the easy to follow leaflets, which are available now from local libraries, give a clear indication of which galleries are open and on what weekends.

The two weekends are a wonderful opportunity to visit artists, contemporary and traditional craftsmen, and design-makers across Angus to buy unique Christmas presents and cards.

Six artists are only taking part in the first weekend - November 16 and 17.

They are Alison Rouse, printmaker (etchings); Fran Marquis, pottery and raku ceramic sculpture; Gemma Teviotdale, handmade textiles and accessories for fashion and interiors; Hawskgrove Artefacts - hand sized, individually sculpted ceramic animals, birds and dragons; Norma MacLean, watercolour, mixed media and oil landscapes and Robert Walker, ceramics, raku, platter and tiles). They are all exhibiting at Springfield Creative Arts, 4 Springfield Terrace, Arbroath, DD11 1EL.

Among the artists taking part in both weekends are Angela Hamper (oil paintings, canvas prints of original oil paintings and etchings) and Gallus Glass (traditional and contemporary leaded stained glass) at 102 The Roods, Kirriemuir.

Elizabeth Watson of 3 Gateside Cottage, Roundyhill, Forfar will have a selection of acrylic paintings, collage, mixed media, prints and cards whilst Forfar artist Issy Valentine will open up her house at 78 Lour Road to display her selection of framed and unframed paintings in mixed media.

Carnoustie artist Janet Brown of 15 Thomas Street, Carnoustie is taking part in both weekends exhibiting her printmaking (etchings, screenprints and woodcuts) as well as photographs, paintings and cards, and the detailed and atmospheric paintings of urban and rural Scotland produced by local artist Jonathan Mitchell will be on display at 16 Kirkwynd, kirriemuir.

Among the other artists taking part are Michael Kay (jewellery designer), Patricia Griffin (printed textiles and soft furnishings, and Ros Macdonald’s ‘Inky Works’ all at Steading House Studios, Emmock Farm, Tealing, and Maralyn Reed Wood at Redcastle Pottery, Inverkeilor, Shona Barr at Strathvale Studio, Douglastown, Forfar and Stained Glass and Jazzy Jewels @Sa’ty Dyke at Rossie Braes, Montrose, DD10 9TA.

Teresa A. Bennett of TabArt Studios, 142 Denstrath View, Edzell Woods, Victoria Kerr, 57 Tarry Road, Arbroath, Wendy Walker at Redcastle Pottery and Woven Willow (baskets, willow sculptures and woven Christmas decorations) at 75 Suttieside Road, Forfar, complete the line-up.