The private studios of leading local artists are being thrown open to the public this May, showcasing the thriving Yorkshire art community.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural Artists Around Wetherby Open Studios, which saw 6,000 people visit, the event is back for a bigger and better second year. More than 26 artists, living in areas including Boston Spa, Bardsey and Tadcaster, will open their doors – some for the first time – to welcome art lovers into their creative dens.

Now in its second year, the popular event will be held over two weekends on the 16th and 17th May, and 23rd and 24th May.

The art extravaganza will feature a wide variety of artists and genres covering watercolours, oils, photography and pottery. Visitors will be given the chance to get up close and personal with the artists and quiz them about their styles, influences and techniques while they work. Some will host hints and tips classes, and many will offer the chance to purchase their work.

Organisers have linked up with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service and a percentage of all sales will go to the lifesaving charity.

To encourage art fans to ‘studio hop’, there will be a fun raffle. Visitors who collect 10 unique tickets at venues across the two weekends will be entered into a chance to win a variety of prizes.

Well-known painter, Richard Newman, who was recently selected to exhibit at the prestigious Great North Art Show, will offer a glimpse into his world of acrylics and watercolours in Boston Spa. Also involved is Ailsa Reed, from Bardsey, who produces seascapes, and Jan Bulley, from Boston Spa, who works with pottery and print works.

 Studios are free to enter and will open at 10am and close at 4pm.

To find out more about venues and artists, visit www.artistsaroundwetherby.com

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