Artists to stage second open studios

Artists in the Wetherby area are drawing up plans to put their work on show next month.

Studios within a six-mile radius of the market town will open over two weekends to help boost funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

A spokesman for the Artists Around Wetherby organisers Richard Newman said: “Open Gardens has been a big hitter for a number of years and now it has spread to Open Studios.

“This is where the public are invited to look over the wall and watch artists carrying on their work in their studios while taking a cup of tea and eating a home-made biscuit.

“The whole family has a chance to snoop about among the prints and cards, discuss a new picture for the mantelpiece and, often, meet friends who are also out for a good day.”

The event, which is the second staged by AAW, will see 26 artists put their work on show on May 16 and 17 and May 23-25, from 10am-6pm

Paintings, prints and ceramics will be available for visitors to examine close up.

And anyone who visits ten studios over the two weekends will be entered for a raffle prize which is a package of framing for pictures.

Entry is free but proceeds from refreshments and cakes sold at the studios will be donated to the Air Ambulance which provides a vital service for the region.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance has developed into a sophisticated emergency service that provides state-of-the-art medial care throughout Yorkshire.

To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air it costs £9,990 per day and, as a charity, relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire.

Artists taking part in the AAW event include award-winning Julie Cross, Mike Oakes, Pat Willard, Fred Davie, Jill Neale and Maggie Goodwin.

“We now have our own website: www.artistsaroundwetherby.com and maps showing the locations of the studios together with information on the artists can be collected at Yeadon’s in Boston Spa, Touchwood and The Decoration Centre in Wetherby,” added Richard.

“People will easily find the studios by the plethora of orange balloons and posters pointing the way to the artists.

“As if this is not enough many of the studios will be providing a mystery picture for sale in Wetherby Town Hall on Saturday May 23 just £25 each. Many of these are by well-known artists.

“All proceeds go to our charity being a win-win situation for both the buyer and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

“This is a very good day out for all of the family, enlightening, fascinating and also just plain good fun.

For more information on the open studios event, next month, and for examples of work of the artists, visit: www.artistsaroundwetherby.com