An exhibition showcasing work by more than half the artists taking part in this year’s Perthshire Open Studios event has opened to the public.

Perth and Kinross Council Provost Dennis Melloy launched the exhibition on Friday night (24 August) at The Barn Gallery, The Bield, Blackruthven.

He said: “The exhibition here this evening gives a taster of the wealth of talent that we have on our doorstep with 122 venues and 178 artists taking part this year.”

The Provost also highlighted the involvement of local communities in this year’s Open Studios event, such as the Leslie Street Art Trail in Blairgowrie and the involvement of Strathearn Campus in celebrating the Year of Young People with a Perthshire Open Studios Exhibition of the art of local young people.

Glenys Andrews, President of Perthshire Open Studios, said:“The Bield is a wonderful venue for the showcase exhibition, which is a chance to see art and craft work of some of the finest artists in Perthshire.  It includes colourful paintings, ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood craft and much more and is a great way to help decide which studios you want to visit during the main event which takes place across Perthshire and Kinross-Shire from 1-9 September.”

Visitors can pick up a free brochure with a directory of all the artists and route maps to show where the open studios can be found.

This year’s featured artist at The Bield is Lucy Poett, artist and sculptor who is exhibiting more than 20 oil paintings of travels to far flung countries such as India, Morocco and Afghanistan.

Lucy has had previous commissions for sculptures of The Duke of Atholl, Sir Alec Guinness and Virginia McKenna.

Her magnificent bronze sculptures at The Bield are a collection of figures of children, animals and birds.

The exhibition at The Bield is open daily from 10am-5pm from now until 9 September.


About Perthshire Open Studios 2018

This year’s Perthshire Open Studies offers the chance to enjoy work by around 200 artists and makers in studios across one of Scotland’s loveliest regions.

A brochure is now available from local visitor centres, libraries, arts venues, cafes and the artists themselves.

One of the great attractions of the event is that it provides a showcase for everyone from professional artists and makers who want to throw open their doors and welcome the public to art clubs and groups getting together to exhibit.


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