Town’s artists put on mass exhibition
CAREFULLY crafted doll house furniture, shell-rimmed mirrors and oil paintings were a few of the treats on offers for art-lovers over the weekend as the town’s artists showcased their works.
Swindon’s hidden creative gems were on display at Central Library and Artsite as the town’s eighth Open Studios kicked off.
The event, which finishes on September 15, is organised by a committee of volunteers who are passionate about art and keen to publicise the artwork being produced in the area.
Colin Curtis, events officers at the library, said there had been a steady flow of people throughout the weekend.
Artists who brought their pieces to the event, which ran between Saturday and Sunday, were also painting and showing off their skills to members of the public.
“It’s great to see the artists painting, it’s really inspirational for people who come in,” said Mr Curtis.
Benoit Philippe had a number of his oil paintings on show over the weekend.
“The event is great as you get to talk to people which you can’t do at an exhibition,” said Mr Philippe.
“Having that interaction with the public is great.”
He added these kinds of events were one of the only times he is able to let the public see his works, which would otherwise be hidden at his home in Old Town.
Carmen B Norris’ mixed-media art attracted a lot of attention at the library. Her work comprised of a blend of paintings, photographs and other materials.
“We’re in a prime location here and a lot of people have come to have a look,” said Ms Norris.
Macarena Terllez, 39, of Stratton, said it was her first time at Open Studios but she had really enjoyed it.
“It’s very nice to learn about the different artists,” said Ms Terllez.
“I wouldn’t have known there were so many artists out there in Swindon if I had not come today.”
The Open Studios continues at the library or Artsite this Saturday and Sunday. For more information visit swindonopenstudios.yolasite.com
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