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East Neuk open studios event artist, Yolande Keddie, Jake Brown, Ann Smith, Elinor kirk, Kate Laundon, Fraser Reid.
East Neuk open studios event artist, Yolande Keddie, Jake Brown, Ann Smith, Elinor kirk, Kate Laundon, Fraser Reid.
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Visitors to the East Neuk will be following the red balloon trail this weekend as a popular art event takes centre stage again for winter.

Artists from Lower Largo to Crail will be throwing open their doors for the free East Neuk Open Studios (ENOS) which takes place this weekend and next.

ENOS is in its 11th year and holds events every summer and winter. It has grown hugely in popularity with hundreds of people making their way to the ‘Neuk to see the plethora of artworks and speciality crafts on offer.

Twenty-nine artists will be welcoming people into their homes over the next two weekends, from Upper Largo to Abercrombie and along to Cellardyke and Boarhills, to show off their unique and individual pieces, many of which will be on sale to the public.

This year, Jill Caulder has taken over the reins from Jo Whitney who set up the ENOS group and has run the event for the past 10 years.

Having worked as an illustrator for 21 years, Jill, who lives in Cellardyke, has been involved with ENOS for around eight years.

Although she won’t be opening her studio doors this weekend, she is very much looking forward to visiting the other studios and getting feedback from the public.

“Jo set up the group and has done a fantastic job over the last 10 years.

“The event has definitely got more popular over the years, and even in the last week alone, I’ve had enquiries from London and Leicestershire about it.

“People like to make a day of it, and they always ask me where they can go for a bite to eat or for a coffee, so it definitely has a knock-on effect for other businesses.

“And people love coming into someone’s studio – you get a real sense of how they work and what they do and I think that’s what makes it unique and so popular.”

This winter, the ENOS group has three new artists on its list – Frazer Reid in Crail, who makes bespoke hand made furniture and wooden surf boards; Vanessa Bullick in Cellardyke who produces patterned pots, coloured porcelain and stoneware tableware and Yolandé Kenny, also in Cellardyke, who produces oil paintings and drawings of people and animals.

In fact, there are nine artists from Cellardyke taking part in this event, and Jill thinks the area is “one to watch”.

“Whenever you think about the East Neuk and art, it’s always the Pittenweem Arts Fesitval, which is fantastic, but there is a real artistic community which has developed in Cellardyke over the past few years.

“But overall, we have a real broad spectrum of artists from all over the East Neuk taking part.”

ENOS takes place this Saturday and Sunday and November 30 and December 1 between 10.30a.m. and 6.30p.m.

For more information on the artists and where they are, and for more details about ENOS, please visit www.eastneukopenstudios.org.