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Surrey Artists Open Studios 2011 - look out for orange signs

PUBLISHED: 08:19 22 June 2011 | UPDATED: 18:23 20 February 2013

Surrey Artists Open Studios 2011 - look out for orange signs

Surrey Artists Open Studios 2011 - look out for orange signs

Your annual chance to go behind the scenes and into the studios of some of our county's top artists, Surrey Artists Open Studios runs from Saturday June 11 to Sunday June 26. Here, Matthew Williams speaks to some of the participants

Your annual chance to go behind the scenes of some of our countys top artists, Surrey Artists Open Studios runs from Saturday June 11 to Sunday June 26. Here, Matthew Williamsspeaks to some of the participants



Surrey Life magazine continues asthe main media sponsor of this fantastic annual art event

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2011


SAOS opening times vary. For details of all the artists appearing as part of this years Surrey Artists Open Studios, visit www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk



Alex Davies, 40, Tadworth
SAOS openings: Thursday June 16 to Sunday June 19
@ Highlands Farm, Headley Road, Leatherhead KT22 8QE
Contact: 07973 315051

Tell us about your work...
My interest in sculpture at art college led me into fine art casting and I have been running foundries for over ten years now, including three-and-a-half years as foundry manager of the historical Morris Singer foundry in Essex. Ive now been running my own foundry, Milwyn Casting, for over two years in Leatherhead. My sculpture, mainly in steel and bronze, is based around simplifying the shape and form of humans and birds.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
After many years of moving around other parts of the country, Surrey is the place Ive felt most inspired to produce my work.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
The Fire and Iron Gallery in Leatherhead is definitely my favourite. There is always some new and interesting work there.

Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
Having started my art college career at Farnham, now the University for the Creative Arts, Ive always thought of Surrey as equally creative to most others in the country.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
As well as the work in progress, visitors will be shown the art of casting step-by-step. On Saturday June 18, I and others will be doing demonstrations in many aspects of sculpting and casting, including a steel carving demo and a bronze pour. There will also be a large variety of sculpture exhibited around the farm.



Alison Orchard, 39, Hindhead
SAOS openings: Saturday June 11, 18 & 25; Sunday June 12, 19 & 26
@ The Drawing Room, Hindhead Scout Hut, Hindhead GU26 6RF
Contact: 01428 607926

Tell us about your work...
I often get a startled reaction from dog walkers on the Devils Punch Bowl, when they stumble across me, paint-smeared, brush in hand, trying to capture the incredible variations of the sky. I use acrylics and mixed media.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
The dramatic landscapes that can be discovered around Hindhead.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I am fortunate to be represented by the GalleryOne in Grayshott. They have some incredible exhibitions.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
Very creative! Every Thursday evening, Nicky Chubb and I run The Drawing Room (7.30pm to 9.30pm, 15). Weve an amazingly dynamic group of artists.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
This will be my second year and I will be exhibiting alongside Nicky. We will both be painting on site, throughout.



Jackie Jackman, 66, Godalming
SAOS openings: Saturday June 18 & 25; Sunday June 19 & 26
@ Tilthams Farm, Tilthams Corner Road, Godalming GU7 3DE
Contact: 01483 429959

Tell us about your work...
I am a calligrapher and heraldic artist and have been practising for some 30 years. I love poetry and words, using beautiful handmade paper and write with ink, gouache or watercolour as I feel the piece demands.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
Walking around my fields at dusk; its magic. It is the peacefulness that allows in the ideas.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I have two favourite galleries in Surrey, The Riverside gallery in Walton because it does not overwhelm you and Guildford House Gallery because it is close and I can visit it often and it is such a beautiful building.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
Surrey is a hive of hidden talent and SAOS gives us the opportunity to dip into this gold mine. I always find something I feel I have to buy when visiting other studios and have never regretted a single purchase made over the years at SAOS.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
I am very fortunate that I have an amazing studio. Two years ago, we renovated a 300-year-old cowshed, and part of this building with its beautiful exposed timbers is my space.



Joanna London, 43, Bookham
SAOS openings: Thursday June 16 & 23; Friday June 17 & 24; Saturday June 18 & 25; Sunday June 19 & 26
@ 30 Greenway, Bookham, Leatherhead KT23 3PA
Contact: 01372 817079

Tell us about your work...
I design and apply surface decoration for fine bone china tableware. My designs evolve from drawings, paintings, collage and textile work, other scanned materials and digital photography. The tableware designs are digitally printed in ceramic inks to produce transfers, which are then applied by hand to pre-glazed bone china pieces and fired in my kiln.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
I am inspired by our design and trend conscious residents and creative hubs such as Farnham Maltings.

Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
My favourite art gallery is the WOW Gallery in Dorking; it is friendly, bright, vibrant and full of exciting craft, art and design and objects.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
I believe Surrey is a very creative place. It has many hubs of professional creative activity with strong amateur arts groups whose presence can be seen increasingly in local exhibitions and the rising membership of SAOS. It is also home to the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and Epsom.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
Visitors to my studio will be able to buy items of bone china tableware and wall-hung plates in a large selection of designs and to discuss bespoke commissions. They will also be able to see how primary material such as a print or drawing is developed for use as a ceramic transfer using the graphics programme Photoshop.



Joe Szabo, 51, Redhill
SAOS openings: Saturday June 11, 18 & 25; Sunday June 12, 19 & 26; Thursday June 16 & 23
@ 29 Oakdene Road, Redhill RH1 6BT
Contact: 07929 794011


Tell us about your work...
I am a glass artist. I trained and worked as a stained glass maker for about ten years in Hungary before moving to the United Kingdom in 2008. I am very interested in creating contemporary glass art. I love sharp contrasts. I also enjoy stepping away from glass as the primary medium and combining it with other media, such as metal and ceramic.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
I am very much inspired by nature and spend quite a lot of time outdoors admiring the Surrey landscape. I have drawn inspiration fromthe Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the North Downs, especially the hills from Box Hill to Reigate Hill.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham is probably my favourite at the moment, partly because of the wonderful experience of participating in last years Baines Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition. I found the building that forms the gallery itself fascinating too. I think that it lends itself perfectly to themed exhibitions.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
I have not been living here long enough really to be able to comment on this. I am deeply touched by the way local art lovers and artists have supported me though.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
I enjoy experimenting with new ideas and media so I am planning to exhibit something very different from last year. I am afraid I cannot invite the public to watch me in action but all are welcome to come and see my works, which are for sale, in my home during the two weeks of the SAOS.



Julie Holt, 45, Woking
SAOS openings: Saturday June 18 to Sunday June 26
@ Mode Bellus Jewellery Studio, Mayford Green, Woking GU22 0PP
Contact: 01483 219530

Tell us about your work...
I make fabulous, one-of-a-kind jewellery with each piece individually handcrafted using precious metals and semi-precious gemstones. My customers can buy a piece as it is, adapt a design to customise it to their needs or commission something completely new. When not making jewellery, I indulge in my other passion, which is teaching others how to make jewellery for themselves using the techniques I use.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
I love colour and find inspiration from the window of my studio as the landscape changes with each season. Nothing can beat nature for creating amazing combinations of colour.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
It has to be The Lightbox in Woking.With all the exhibitions and activities on offer, it is very inspiring and I feel fortunate to have this on my doorstep. Whatever you do, dont miss the Essential Accessories: Handbags and Heels Exhibition thats on now its simply beautiful.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
I believe Surrey is full of creativity and if not able to pursue a creative career, many will seek an outlet to express themselves. I see it constantly every time I run a class from my studio.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
Do pop by during SAOS there are three artists exhibiting at the Mayford Centre, so you get three-for-one! My work will be for sale, I have workshop sessions scheduled that visitors can take part in, plus I will be working that week, so there will plenty of opportunity to watch me in action and find out more about jewellery making.



Malcolm Skipp, 72, Alfold
SAOS openings: Saturday June 11 to Sunday June 26
@ 6 Stone Hatch, Alfold, Cranleigh GU6 8JF
Contact: 01403 752559

Tell us about your work...
I really enjoy mosaics, and aspire to have my work known and respected by contemporary mosaic artists. My work ranges from portraits to a sign at the entrance of a golf course, restoration of a local shop doorway and abstract themes.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
Mosaic art is so different that none of the areas, which inspire painters, apply.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
The same is true of galleries as inspiration, since the nearest places to see mosaics are Fishbourne, Bignor and Lullingstone and these are all Roman mosaics. I know of no galleries in the area where contemporary mosaics are displayed.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
Through participating in open art exhibitions in Surrey, I have observed a great depth and range of creativity across the whole art spectrum.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
For visitors to SAOS who would enjoy viewing a very different art form with roots in antiquity, seeing me at work, purchasing my mosaics, or even commissioning a mosaic of their own, come to my studio!



Leonard Abrams, 56, Caterham
SAOS openings: Saturday June 11, 18 & 25; Thursday June 16 & 23 (including evenings); Sunday June 19
@ 1 Dome Hill, Caterham CR3 6EE
Contact: 07941 095086

Tell us about your work...
I am a fine art photographer concentrating on travel, wildlife, nature and landscape photography.


Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
I have found the woodlands of Surrey a source of inspiration last year I spent two weeks (about 30 hours in all) painstakingly photographing a set of fox cubs as they grew.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I enjoy browsing through the creativity of others. I would hesitate to choose a particular gallery in Surrey over others though.


Outsiders dont often perceive us as a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
I recently moved back to Caterham where I am now working in photography in a semi-professional capacity. Surrey is perfect for me and plenty of others in the arts.


What would you say to entice readers to your studio this year?
What I intend to achieve in my first year of doing SAOS is to give a taste of the scope of my work. Limited edition photographic prints will also be available.



Roger Marsden, 66, Cobham
SAOS
opening hours: Saturday 18 to Sunday 26
@ Rose Cottage, next to the Prince of Wales pub on West End Lane, Esher KT10 8LA
Contact: 01932 866645


Tell us about your work...
Im an artistic woodturner. Recent work has included some large platters made from British hardwoods - I particularly like the black 'spalting' lines in beech made by fungi growths in the wood.


Where do youseek inspiration in the local area?
I find the Surrey Hills with their little woodbounded lanes and hedges and weird and wonderful root structures to the trees inspiring,


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I love the architecture of the Watts Gallery in Compton


Outsiders dont often perceive us a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
Although not a painter myself, as exhibition organiser for Oxshott Art & Crafts Society I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of even the amateur artists in the county.


What would you say to entice readers to visit your studio this year?
During the period of the SAOS I will be exhibiting at Rose Cottage together with a painter, a photographer, a sculptress, a metalwork artist, a ceramicist and stained glass artist. On some of the days I will be there demonstrating as well.



Rosina Lyford, 68, Shepperton
SAOS
opening hours: Saturdays 4 and 11, Sundays 5 and 12, and Thursday evenings 9 and 16
@ 14 Hamhaugh Island, Shepperton TW17 9LP
Contact: 01932 243320


Tell us about your work...
Ive been a working painter for 40 years and am a modern contemporary figurative artist. I like to think my paintings lead you into a different way of seeing the world.


Where do youseek inspiration in the local area?
I love water of any kind. I do like to walk along the tow paths of the River Wey or by the Thames to Chertsey or Walton. I still swim in the River Thames and enjoy rowing my little old dinghy.


Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
I like the Robert Phillips Gallery in Walton-on-Thames. It is a properly designed with high ceilings and great lighting.


Outsiders dont often perceive us a very creative county. What are your thoughts?
This has not been my experience at all. An artist is as good as the paintings they produce, regardless of race. I have had quite a few very successful exhibitions abroad and the work has been very highly rated my experience is that I have always been treated very well. In fact, in Norway, the artists are treated the same as film stars.


What would you say to entice readers to visit your studio this year?
I will have an exhibition on display of about 60 works ranging from large original canvases to some delicate line drawings. There will be a film running about my working life and there will be seating in the garden to relax and chill out by the river or browse through the itinerary and price list.


SAOS 2011 REVIEWS


Share your own by e-mailing feedback@surreylife.co.uk or commenting below.


Left: Jeremy Hunt joins Alison Orchard at the launch of her exhibition in Tilford

Saturday June 11 finally arrived, marking for me the start of Surrey Artists Open Studios. I jumped in my car and to me such a delight to see orange flags indicating studios open, and a relief that this event has finally started after months of planning.


My first port of call was Alison Orchard and Nicky Chubbs studio in Hindhead; they have a great set up in the old scout hut, ideal for showcasing their paintings as well as running life drawing classes.I had just finished my welcome cup of tea when a celebrity guest arrived: Jeremy Hunt MP had taken the time out of his busy schedule to visit their studio.He was certainly taken with Alison dramatic landscape paintings and it also gave me the chance to talk with him on what this event has to offer. Mr Hunt seemed delighted and praised us in achieving such a great event and he hopes to have some time to visit other Open Studios!


I managed to visit five studios on my first day and each a delightful experience, especially Mary Wondrauschs pottery in Compton which is such a gem of delights with wonderful pots and a splendid garden in full bloom containing many fabulous sculptures. I now cant wait to visit more studios over the coming two weeks"


Caroline Jackman, Surrey Artists Open Studios coordinator

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