Art studios set to open their doors

Merlin Currie will be on of the artists involved in the art trail and her portrait of 'Pete' is showcased here.
Merlin Currie will be on of the artists involved in the art trail and her portrait of 'Pete' is showcased here.

It’s time to ensure that the weekend of 24 -27 April is free in your diary because this year is the third Ayrshire art trail.

The exciting Ayrshire Art trail is organised by the Open Studios Ayrshire.

Open Studios Ayrshire is a not for profit organisation which aims to promote artists throughout the area and their hard work culminates in the art trail every year.

And 2015 will see many Carrick artists involved over the weekend which promises to be the biggest and best so far.

Carrick artists continuing their success include Alan Lees at Kirkmichael, Merlin Currie at the gallery in Barr, Beryl and Keith Dawdry at the Peinmoor gallery in Pinmore and Elspeth Laurie and Janet Guthrie at the Carrick Centre in Maybole. New Carrick artists for 2015 include the Little Art School at the Town House in Girvan who will also be providing free workshops to the public, including children as well as Peter Tudhope at the McKechnie Institute in Girvan, Joan Walker at Camregan Farm and joining Elspeth and Janet at the Carrick Centre will be the Ayr Art Circle and Ayr Sketch Club.

The Open Studios hope that the event will bring many people into the area and they are working closely with hotels and B+B’s as well as developing links with local councils in order to promote a vibrant art culture in Ayrshire.

Leading up to thge trail weekend there will be free workshops to try art for yourself. With venues all across Ayrhsire from Stewarton to Girvan, Open Studios are in the process of putting a brochure together for the event which runs from Friday-Monday which will enable you to plan a route over the weekend taking in a trail of an exhilarating landscape of painting, ceramics, glassware, jewellery, mixed media, textiles and photography.

Up and coming artists will be on show as well as experienced ones so there is something to suit everyone’s tastes and being able to chat to the creators of such varied pieces will give art lovers a unique insight into their way of thinking.

Membership is closed for the 2015 Open Studios Ayrshire art trail, however you can find when membership opens for next year by visiting www.openstudiosayrshire.com, where you will also discover images of all artist members artwork. Should you like to be part of this growing group of creative individuals, you can email a note of interest to osa12@hotmail.co.uk. 

And look out for the brochures detailing the full weekend of events in local libraries, art shops and hotels very soon.