Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hebden Bridge Xmas Open Studios (well, at least Northlight anyway)


In two weeks time, the weekend of December 4th and 5th (from 11am to 5pm) sees the artists of Hebden Bridge throw open the doors of their studios to the general public.

Unique pieces of work lovingly (and sometimes tortuously) created can be yours at "straight from the artist" prices.


Hebden Bridge Open Studios usually happen twice a year with a big event in the summer, round about the time of the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, and another in November or early December for Christmas shoppers. Usually a combined booklet or information is produced as, together with the big "collective" studios of Northlight, Brooklyn and 39 Steps, many individual artist open their doors too.

Usually there is something about the combined event on t'interweb but this year I can only find out about Northlight Studios for some reason (who are serving mulled wine and mince pies too), but I would imagine the other studios will also be putting something on.

Personal favourites of mine whose work I have bought at Northlight are Holly Rowan Hesson's abstract photography and painting, Kate Boyce's stunning contemparary local paintings and prints, Helene Fletcher's gorgeous abstract canvases (some of which remind me of Miro, especially her Cornwall series) as well as Kate Rhodes who makes beautiful and original jewellery using titanium, gold and silver.

If the other studios are also open I would recommend popping in to Brooklyn Studios to see Gay Wilshire's delicate abstract washes and Sakinah Haq's mosaic mirrors.

If 39 Steps is open, make sure you go and see the extremely talented Roo Waterhouse whose treatment of mundane household items and toys in her canvasses and photographs shows the hidden beauty in the everyday things we take for granted.