Day 1 of Hampshire Open Studios 2015.

Hampshire Open Studios.

With it being day one of the Hampshire Open Studios for 2015 we decided to select an area and visit a few artists/groups to see.  We chose a few in the Winchester/Romsey and Chandlers Ford area as a round route for the day.

Open Studio 90 – 2D3D South Contemporary Art.

Picture by Rachel Hunt

by Rachel Hunt

As we have at least one exhibitor at Titchfield that is part of this group we started off at Winchester.  The Exhibition is in the Link Gallery and is a great space to display work.  We particularly liked Karen Eames 2 latest pieces from her Sky series, eminently displayed in front of you as you walk into the gallery.  Today, Sunday 23rd August 2015, they have their meet the artists day from 12 – 4pm.

Open Studio 82 – New Road Artists.

New Road ArtistsWe moved on to New Road Artists in Timsbury, a group of artists that meet regularly at Jubilee Hall, New Road, Timsbury.  This is a great hall, both as an exhibition space and as a working space for them to meet in.  There was some wonderful work by several artists on display, and a couple of familiar names included in them.  We particular liked the work of Jill Jennings here.

Open Studio 79 – Vivien Laura Verey.

Vivien Laura VereyNext we visited Vivien Laura Verey in her beautiful home.  She has a lovely collection of 50 paintings on display and we would recommend a visit to see her paintings of local landscapes.  Vivien and her husband were very welcoming and it was lovely to sit and chat about painting with them on their stunning decking area.

Open Studio 75 – Christine Watkins, Anton Page and more.

Christine WatkinsWe visited Christine last year, and we have been referring to her as the lady with the house ever since.  She has an eclectic collection of her work throughout her house and garden.  There is also Tea and Cakes on offer, which you can enjoy sat in the garden.

Open Studio 77 – Jenny Morgan.

Jenny Morgan
As we were in the area we decided to pay a visit to one of our regular artists, who I don’t believe has missed one of our shows since she started exhibiting work with us. Jenny has a lovely collection of work in her home, and she is passionate about her current collage work which looks absolutely amazing.  She uses scraps of magazines to create pictures. She has examples of work in progress which show how time consuming and difficult it can be to find just the right scrap of paper for each part of the picture.

Open Studio 190 – Louise and Gordon Brown.

Louise and Gordon BrownAgain we visited Louise and Gordon Brown last year, and I have to admit that the main reason for making their Open Studio our last stop of the day was to enjoy their wonderful home made cake and a pot of tea!  Gordon’s photography is well displayed in his studio at the bottom of the garden, and displays a great variety of styles, from iPhone photo’s to local scenes and everything in-between.  Louise has been interested in basket making and has now started to sell some of her baskets as well.  They also do picture framing in their studio.

So after visiting 6 studios, and with quite a bit of talking with people, we decided to call it a day returning home with bags bulging with gift cards, prints and craft.  It is always great to be able to visit artists in a different setting, and we hope that a few of the artists that we haven’t met before may consider exhibiting at our show next year.

Today we are hoping to manage to visit more studios in the area, and keep dry at the same time!

Mark Pearce