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Artists open their studios for annual event

By Pat Scott

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ARTISTS from across the region are taking part in a new format North East Open Studios (NEOS) which got under way last weekendand continues until Sunday

NEOS visitors in and around Huntly will find variety.

On just one stop at Cragganmore, Wardhouse husband and wife Tony and Lynn Staples Scott work with wood and glass, (numbers 19 and 20 on the NEOS map).

Lynn produces simple and clean designs inspired by the landscape of north east Scotland and this year is focussing on making traditional leaded panels and experimenting with glass fusing.

Downstairs in the studio they share Tony uses locally sourced timber to make a variety of objects including bowls, pot pourri dishes, clocks and plates.

Zoe Robson at Fleece4ewe, near Cairnie, (67 on the map) is urging visitors along to her croft to see the wonders that she works with pure natural wool.

Some of her work can also be seen and bought at the Ethical Gift Shop in Huntly.

Meanwhile, artist Claire Hamilton will be at Kellockbank. She loves to paint flowers and most of her work is watercolour, graphite or coloured pencil.

Details of the locations and opening times of all the artists and crafters is available online at northeastopenstudios.co.uk

NEOS chairwoman Fiona Duckett, who is based at Watergaw Ceramics in Whitehills, said: “We are really pleased to have managed to hold the event this year in the new blended format.

“The venues that are open have measures place which include track and trace, hand sanitiser, one way systems and mask wearing. The focus is on keeping visitors as safe as possible.

“We are looking forward to meeting people and speaking to visitors across the region.”

For the most up-to-date information on NEOS visit www.northeastopenstudios. co.uk

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