I am shamelessly plugging the open weekend for the Wasps Artists open studios weekend next weekend. 200 artists are throwing their studios open on the 2nd and 3rd of October.
When Patriot Hall one of the Wasp's studios in Edinburgh needed assistance a few years back I was invited down to see the studios and was blown away. I had seen many of the artists works in various galleries over the years and hadn't realized that they were based in the Stockbridge studio and Gallery. The standard was fantastic and the mix of artists was extraordinary.
I recall visiting a couple of jewelers studios and they were so different. The first studio was almost clinically clean - very tidy and white and you could almost have eaten your lunch off the work benches. The second was gloriously cluttered and much more like a good old fashioned workshop than a Laboratory! Different strokes for different folks.
I also met the chap who had been commissioned by the Herald to paint Scotland dream football team. I had been to a launch party for this at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery not long before hand. The highlight for me was meeting Hibs legend Laurie Reilly.
My cousin Brendan Kelly (see websites on this page) also was billeted at one of their studios a while back. Bren has produced some fantastic work as you can see from the paintings featured on his site.
Anyho' I can thoroughly recommend a visit should you have the time.
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