Head down Fife’s coast from Buckhaven to Inverkeithing, take a detour inland to Thornton and Glenrothes next month and you will find a galaxy of artists waiting on the doorsteps of their studios to welcome you.
It’s Central Fife Open Studios (CFOS) and artists across the area are throwing their doors open to display their work and talk to visitors about what they do.
CFOS was set up just last year to promote the work of the professional artists who work in the central Fife.
A successful event earlier this year led to this autumn’s event.
Pat Beveridge is one of the organisers of the event, which in future years, she said, will be held in September.
“We have nine new members this year,” she continued, and promised: “We hope to increase by at least that much again next year.”
It’s a wonderful opportunity to visit artists, talk with them about their practice, view and even buy original artworks.
There will be a huge range of artworks on display – if you think of art as being about painting, it’s worth following the trail to these artists’ studios.
For there is everything from textiles to ceramics, photographs to jewellery on display as well as paintings, glassworks and even knitting.
Pat is one of two artists working with textiles based in Glenrothes.
She uses fabrics, paints and embroidery to build up her pictures which are inspired by the natural world.
And Moira Dickson works with material from paper to hand printed fabric, building up the layers to create. She will also be displaying some of her more recent three-dimensional pieces.
If your taste is for photography, take a look at Paul C McDonald’s studio in Thornton where his large format photography, rendering the world in great detail, will be on on show.
Also in Thornton Kathryn Neale’s glass studio will be open. Her inspiration comes from the hills around her home.
Patricia Bray uses a variety of techniques and materials in her work, which go on show in East Wemyss.
And just along the road from Patricia Marysia Lachowicz works, taking photographs of the little details that make up the world, often combining her photography with other disciplines including laser cutting and collage.
In Methil is Rosalind Walker, who designs and knits accessories in luxury yarns, inspired by the environment and the views she enjoys over the Forth.
Another knitter will be showing her wares in Inverkeithing. Anj McGillivray uses a vintage knitting machine to create her quirky accessories.
Inverkeithing is also home to artist Jane Francis who creates abstract paintings, using acrylic, wax pigment and collage techniques.
In Kirkcaldy, Lindsay Kilpatrick is also inspired by Fife and the history and culture of the Kingsom’s fishing villages to create delicate handmade jewellery.
Fay McGlashan, also in Kirkcaldy, is a jeweller too. She works in precious metals, combining ceramics in her work.
Central Fife Open Studios is on on September 17 and 18. More information is available at www.centralfifeopenstudios.org