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East Neuk artists open up the studio doors

COlour DPS illustration showing Robert the Bruce in battle helmet and blue cloak, on his decorated horse, surrounded by cheering people.

COlour DPS illustration showing Robert the Bruce in battle helmet and blue cloak, on his decorated horse, surrounded by cheering people.

Artists and designers throughout the East Neuk will be opening up their studio doors over the next two weekends to let visitors see the creative process in action.

They are taking part in the East Neuk Open Studios (ENOS) initiative, which twice a year lets the public see the artists at work.

For example, award-winning local illustrator Jill Calder, one of the organisers of ENOS, is planning to show and discuss the original concepts, drawings and sketches behind her recently published picture book, “Robert the Bruce, King of Scots”, written by well known Scottish author James Robertson.

Based in Cellardyke, she was commissioned to illustrate the book to coincide with the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Jill said: “Open Studios offer a rare opportunity to meet the artist in their own work space and to ask questions about their work and methods - one that the artist gets as much enjoyment from as the visitors!”

The event is on May 24-25 and May 31-June 1.

This year’s summer ENOS is the biggest yet, with another seven artists joining in.

Now in its 11th year, the team at the helm has given the event a makeover, including updating the brochure and website with a new design and placing more emphasis on the artists and their work.

The ENOS trail will be marked by red balloons and signs indicating each artists’ Open Studio, which reach from Upper Largo to Boarhills via St Monans and Cellardyke.

A range of paintings, textiles, prints, jewellery, illustrations, photographs, ceramics and furniture - even some bespoke wooden surf boards - will also be on sale.

For information go to www.eastneukopenstudios.org

 

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