Around the East Neuk over the next couple of weekends wanderers will find bunches of red balloons flying seemingly randomly over homes and shops.
But it’s not an unfeasibly large number of birthday parties all taking place at the same time - rather the balloons are the signal that the area’s artists are throwing their doors open to the public in the latest East Neuk Open Studios event.
Across the area dozens of studios will be open, allowing artists to showcase their work in progress, demonstrate practice and processes, and, of course, offer work for sale. From Upper Largo to Boarhills via St Monans and Cellardyke visitors will be able to enjoy a range of artworks with printmaking, painting, jewellery, sculpture, photography, glass making and ceramics all on the menu.
For the first time artist Arthur Nuttall will be welcoming visitors to his new Cellardyke studio to enjoy his paintings of the local area, while close by in the village Jake Brown will be displaying his range of artistic skills.
Boarhills artist Helen Firth also takes her inspiration from the East Neuk, while close by, at Cambo is another artist inspired by the area, Susan Forsyth.
St Monans, Kilconquhar and Pittenweem also play host to open studios, including, in Pittenweem, printmaker Kirstie Behrens who specialises in detailed prints of trees, and in St Monans pharmacist turned artist Ann Watson. Corinne Mouries is based in Kilconquhar, bringing her South African heritage to bear on her paintings, while at Abercrombie ENOS founder member Patricia Tribble invites visitors to enjoy her garden, which provides some of the information for her botanical studies.
East Neuk studios are open on October 10, 11, 17 and 18. Go to www.eastneukopenstudios.org for more information.