Dorset Art Weeks is an event held every other year at a number of venues throughout the county. Artists and makers invite the visiting public into their workshops during a two week period to experience at first hand what daily life and work is like for the artistic community. This year the lovely Rebecca from Stewarts Garden Centre invited us to join a band of other local artists to participate in an "open workshop" at the centre, we agreed of course!
The event started last weekend, but we had committed to demonstrating at Sherborne Castle Country Fair on Monday, so unfortunately we were unable to be there for the launch. However, on Thursday evening Rebecca organised a "Meet the Artist" evening complete with music, nibbles and refreshments, so we took Bernard along and set up a small display outside the front doors of the centre. The guests arrived - there was a lot to look at and talk about, all of the skilled craftspeople - potters, textile artists, furniture makers, fine artists, sculptors and stained glass creators sat alongside their work willingly discussing the techniques involved. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves basking in the wonderful evening sunshine.
This weekend we were at the centre again offering demonstrations of weaving, we got a lot done! Here's one little childs chair that I managed to finish on Saturday that was photographed in one of the centres planted borders.
We'll be there again next weekend if you fancy popping along!