This year’s largest ‘visual arts event’ in Bucks starts this weekend and it is set to be the 'biggest one yet.'
Bucks Open Studios has announced that its 2016 event will be its biggest to date following a record number of entries from artists and makers across the county.
The annual art event, which is also one of the biggest in the country, will include a record-breaking 323 entries made by more than 500 artists including glass workers, ceramicists, jewellery makers, photographers, painters and print makers.
The event will take place from Saturday, June 11 to Sunday, June 26 and will see the participants opening their studios to the public for free demos, workshops and exhibitions.
Bucks Open Studios organisers Bob and Ann Marshall said: “We are absolutely thrilled to announce that this is going to be our biggest year so far. Entries from artists and groups across the county flooded in and we are delighted to welcome both our new creative talent as well as artists and makers who have been doing the event for many years.
“We also have a great spread of talent across all disciplines and geographical locations and have actually doubled the number of participants in the Milton Keynes area which is all fantastic news for our visitors.
“This is a great endorsement of the popularity and professionalism of the event and we hope to top the 48,000 visits from members of the public at our 2015 event. It’s never too early to start planning your visits.”
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One group taking part in the show is the Birchwood Painters, based at Birchwood Scope Home in Fullers Close, Chesham.
Birchwood Painters is a group of artists with disabilities, comprising six who paint regularly and other members at Scope home who participate from time to time.
Delighted to be exhibiting in their Winter Garden studio for the sixth year, they have put together a collection of recent work.
Since their last exhibition at Chesham Museum in October 2015, the painters have been inspired by visits to the Royal Academy of Art and the Spencer Gallery in Cookham.
Mark Urwin, renowned for his Last Supper painting, can be seen visiting Ashridge woods with his care staff and volunteers, to put the finishing touches to a large painting commission he has been working on for more than six months.
The Bluebell Woods is an acrylic painting inspired by the local scenery of the Chiltern woodland in springtime.
The Birchwood Painters studio opening begins on Sunday, June 12 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
Refreshments and demonstrations available throughout the week.
A full list of participating artists and locations is available at www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk.
Local artists taking part in Bucks Open Studios 2016
Marjolein Trewavas - 29 Devonshire Close
Mark Newson - 20 Parkfield Avenue
Ruby Sharp - 20 Parkfield Avenue
Marjorie Waye - 51 Grimsdells Lane
Art Attak - Weavers Barn, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue
Tri-Art - Weavers Barn, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue
Simpatico and Katharine Parkin - St Michael and All Angels Church, Sycamore Road
Annet Stirling - 3 The Drive
Louise Madzia - 6 The Green
Qing Chen - 12 The Copse
Ann Marshall - Stanstead House, 106 Station Road
Bob Marshall - Stanstead House, 106 Station Road
Elizabeth Waumsley - 88 Station Road
Joy Johns - 89 Station Road
Studio 18 - Market Hall, 49 High Street
Matthew Mullins - Vine House, Cherry Lane
Susan Nowlan - 41 Gurnells Road
Varvara Neiman - Artnest Studios, Marlborough House, 45 Wycombe End
Claire Burke at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Giuliana King - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Jane Wilson at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Jo Hanrahan at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Paul Bell at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Trevor Crompton at Studio 24 - Beaconsfield Rugby Club, Hedgerley Lane
Studio 53 - Little Fieldhead, 53 Penn Road
Irene John - Old Dairy, Hedgerley Lane
Anna Rootes - Ryecroft, Copse Lane
Heather Rootes- Ryecroft, Copse Lane
Jane Sandeman-Allen - Ryecroft, Copse Lane
Jennifer Collyer - Ryecroft, Copse Lane
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Sylvia Valentine - 23 Deanway
Nathalie Pymm - 6 The Willows
Alison Berthelsen - Coniston, Chiltern Road
Elspeth Hector - Coniston, Chiltern Road
Rosemary Dwight - Elmley, 68 Clifton Road
Common Thread - 28 Bois Lane
Elaine Wells - 33 Bois Lane
Suzanne Raffellini - 33 Bois Lane
Pam Page - Huge Farm, Bellingdon
Liz Raymond - Garden Studio, 4 Cheyne Walk
Jane Grant - Garden Studio, 4 Cheyne Walk
The Birchwood Painters - Birchwood Scope House, Fullers Close
Denise Williams - 5 Swan Close
Rhama Payne - 5 Swan Close
Bodenpress - Unit 3 Pentagon Place, Rear of 195 Berkhampstead Road
Mina and Rupa Davies - Mina Trading, The Luckings Estate, Magpie Lane
Jon Willcocks, The Barn, Mead Farm, Beaconsfield Road
Zoe Albright - Fairholme, 9 Copthall Lane
Alphabet Soup - Alphabet Soup, 69 High Street
Candida Spencer - Alphabet Soup, 69 High Street
Dennis Keeling - 1 Church Street
Lisa Robson - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards
Michelle Hayes - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards
Shelley Jennings - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards
Wendy Johnson - The Orchard Studio, The Orchards
Roger Longdin, Carol Read, Richard Ballantyne - Broomfield Farm, Rignall Road
Tanya Tuckey - Hampdens, Church Road
Lilly Henry and Rookwood Studio Group, Laurel Lodge
Natalie Francis - 32 Fairacres
Francesca Foot - 82 Clare Road
Lynn Callaghan - 82 Clare Road
Sabina Smith - Bluebell Studios, 10 The Hill