A free taster exhibition has been held at the Victoria Hall in Oakham for the annual Rutland Open Studios event, which runs from 20th June to 5th July.
There was a huge assortment of pieces on display from traditional paintings to textiles, jewellery, sculpture and pottery, showing just what diversity is found within the Rutland area. Our own Robert Fogell was there too, as was I with a piece of 'sculptural' jewellery entitled 'frozen' made from wire and holographic lurex.
The idea of the taster was to give people some idea of the type of work they would be able to see by visiting the studios during the open period (all the pieces were also for sale). During the open studio period, you can just visit any of the studios and see the artists in their natural habitats, see their work and chat with them about it. Some artists will be exhibiting alone, whereas others will group together so that you can see the work of more than one person in the same place.
Brochures are available at Stamford Arts Centre or from many places around town (including I'm sure, St Leonard's Gallery) - there are several artist displaying in the Stamford area, as well as all around Rutland. It makes a great day out to wander around the villages and call in to various places and see what's going on. The brochure contains a full listing of all the artists and
workshops open, with a fold out map at the back to help you plan your route.
Do pick up a brochure and take a wander and support our local artists.