Art Trek Open Studios

Open Studios – Art Trek 2011

Bondleigh artist, Celia Olsson, is once again opening her garden studio at Little Linhay, Bondleigh, for Art Trek 2011- a major North Devon Festival event. During last year’s open studio events 200 visitors, locals and from as far afield as Cumbria, Hamburg and Israel, enjoyed the ‘wonderful colours and atmosphere’‘lovely evocative views’ and ‘wonderful workshop in perfect setting.’ Celia is looking forward to welcoming previous visitors and meeting new people to see her work and chat over a cup of tea or coffee.

A mostly self-taught artist, Celia has been painting in Bondleigh for the last ten or so years. She paints in a loose style mainly using watercolour because of the wonderful choice of vibrant colours and she also enjoys experimenting with various texture media. Her work is inspired by the local area, as well as by her travels. In fact she is never without her sketchbook. Getting the feel of a place is important, so meeting people as she sketches, often hearing stories of the place or being guided to other interesting sites and views is for an important part of the creative process. One of last year’s visitors commented ‘the sun shines out of the sketch books.’

During Art Trek Celia will be working on two commissions based on North and Mid Devon scenes and also exploring the effects of acrylics, which she finds very different from watercolour.

Celia’s studio will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm every day between 10 to 26 June, except Mondays and Tuesdays. On Thursday 16 June, there is an evening opening from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Once again, Celia is offering workshops for visitors to have a go at creating texture in watercolour – on Saturdays 11, 18 and 25 June, from 2pm to 4pm. (Weather permitting, Saturday 25 maybe a sketching in the village workshop.) The cost is £10 per person to cover the cost of materials. All materials are supplied and these events are suitable for beginners and more experienced paintings wanting to try a different method. The main idea is for you to have fun without worrying about ‘the rules.’

For more details and to book a workshop please contact Celia on 01837 82796