Surrey Artists Open Studios events

Frensham and Dockenfield trail
Six artists and makers will be exhibiting their work in Dockenfield during Surrey Artists Open Studios, in sheltered garden settings, as part of the Frensham and Dockenfield trail. At the Oaks in the Street, Dockenfield, is Lynne Thomas, wildlife artist, with her paintings, prints and cards. At Jeffreys Cottage, Bealeswood Lane, is Ruta Brown, jeweller; Alison Ellen, knitwear and wool dyeing; Justine Jenner, ceramics; Vicki Nigoumi, painting; and Shirley Ann Stephens, printmaking. Both studios are open the weekends of June 12 & 13, 19 & 20 from 11-5, and on other dates listed on the website:

Hampshire artist exhibits Surrey Open Studios!
June 5 to June 20, 2021, 11am to 5pm daily Maria Ellis, Surrey Artist Open Studios, inspiredbycolour Studio, 17 Reyntiens View, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1AF. It’s only 34mins away from Surrey! Maria exhibits every year as part of SAOS. Having studied a three year degree course in Graphic Design at Gloucester College of Art, Maria then worked as a visualizer in an advertising agency and a freelance illustrator while having a family. “Now I will get into my studio and absorb myself in drawing and painting, as much as I can,” she says. “Inspiration comes from a life-long love of my garden, nature and travel, and often discovering wonderful colour combinations and patterns in the simplicity and beauty of birds and wildlife. My painting style has evolved to using vivid colouring techniques and I would say a freer, semi abstract style. Different colours create different moods and have a great effect on the mood you feel when looking at artwork. I love the vibrant colours of acrylic paints, and sometimes combine them with acrylic inks and pen work on paper, board or canvas. A technique I find lends itself to some of my pictures. The balance between colour and line works well, and the line doesn’t overwhelm but adds another dimension.”

Discover your artistic community — Bourne and Beyond Artists’ Trail (June 5th-20th, 2021) – part of Surrey Artists Open Studios).
This pandemic has driven home the importance of community so why not explore yours further with the Bourne and Beyond Artists’ Trail? This art trail offers the chance to get to know the artists living and working in your streets, roads and lanes! The Bourne and Beyond Artists’ Trail is a walking route showcasing the best of local art. Artists living and working in the Bourne, Wrecclesham and Rowledge are opening the doors to their working studios to welcome you in to have a good look round and the opportunity to chat with them directly and maybe even commission a piece. The trail is part of the annual Surrey Artists Open Studios event (5-20th June, 2021). Seven artists’ studios make up this easy walking route with the artists covering a huge range of disciplines including screen printing, jewellery, hand embroidery, textiles, ceramics, photography, pet portraits, collage and painting. Artworks, cards, wrapping paper, jewellery, silk scarves, ceramics and more will be on sale, all unique and things which can’t be bought in any shop! The trail also passes a bakery, the Pottery cafe and pubs for those seeking refreshments. The studios will be open from 5-20th June, opening times vary daily for each studio, all times can be found at This is a lovely event which can be enjoyed by adults, children and families alike. Many of the studios will be putting on workshops, free events and demonstrations throughout the two weeks. Geraldine Besgrove’s studio in Ford Lane will be running screen printing and gelee workshops, as well as a cyanotype session and three children workshops; Wild About Horses, Discover Gustav Klimt and Finding Frida Kahlo where the children will create a portrait and flower garland headband. Helen Locke at Echo Barn Lane will be showing you how to create a cushion cover or purse using a heat transfer technique, as well as screen printing a tea towel. Sarah Allen will be demonstrating hand embroidery techniques at The Grey Shed Studio. The other studios will be holding demonstrations throughout the event. Visit four studios on the trail, collecting either a signature or stamp, to receive a hand made badge by the artists; a lovely reminder of your day on the trail and the community of artists living in Farnham’s Craft Town.

OKO:Art Gallery in Onslow Village, Guildford to host its first Open Studios as part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios 2021
Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) has been running for over 20 years and is opening the doors of studios throughout Surrey again from 5 – 20 June this year. Covid-19 hit hard last year with few studios being able to open to the public and most exhibitions cancelled, so artists are really pleased they can now open their studios again in Covid-19 safe ways. One such venue is OKO:Art Gallery & Studios. Two working studios will be open for most of SAOS – those of Tania Oko and Becca Clegg – and the work of 6 additional talented local artists will be on display with theirs in the impressive Gallery space, with stewarding by 2 – 3 artists at a time. Tania Oko says: “Oko Art Gallery is delighted to host SAOS for 8 talented and varied artists. This is the first time we have participated in SAOS and we are thrilled to be opening our doors again for live art viewing after being closed due to covid-19!” Tania and Becca will be demonstrating their working methods, on vibrant abstract and impressionist landscapes respectively, and all artists will be hosting a “Meet the Artist” evening Thursday on the 10th of June from 6 to 8.30pm where they’ll be happy to discuss their art, inspiration, and techniques. This year will be slightly different as refreshments can’t be served due to the Covid restrictions, nevertheless, you can be assured a warm welcome from the artists. and

Creative Response
They are pleased to announce that they are part of Surrey Arts Open Studios this year at Vernon House West Street, Farnham, on Tuesdays Wednesdays and Thursdays from the 5th-20th June and our open day is on Saturday 6th June 11-5pm. There will be an opportunity to buy specific pieces upon request and to view the exhibition is by appointment only. (Covid restrictions in place). Contact them to book a place: 01252 716876, Also, as part of SAOS , they are also exhibiting some of theirwork at Birtley Woodland Art Space which is a community arts, crafts and wellbeing outdoor studio. Contact them to book a place at:

Members of Wey Ceramics Society
They will be taking part in this year’s Surrey Artists Open Studios in South Holmwood. They are so pleased that this event will be taking place and will be working hard to ensure that it is Covid compliant.  Running from Saturday 5th June until Sunday 20th June on selected days.  Experience the exciting and varied art of this friendly group of ceramic artists.  They will be demonstrating their work each day that they are open.  This will include vessels, sculptures, paintings and jewellery.  They will also be giving demonstrations of Raku Firing on 5th, 13th and 19th June at 12noon and 2pm.  Come and see this fascinating rapid firing technique.  Lots of flames and smoke with unpredictable but beautiful result.  See the SAOS brochure or the website Studio number 75 also or visit us on facebook  This studio is part of the South Dorking Art Trail. New members are always welcomed to the group.

Two Sues Open Studios
Sue Jelley and Sue Ransley are two artists with a number of things in common, not just their names. Both are participating in the 20th Anniversary edition of Surrey Artists Open Studios in June, both are inspired by the public as their models, and both will be fundraising for charities with children as the focus. Both artists being inspired by people for their work, have found the lockdowns have had a big impact, because they have not been able to use models, travel, or go to events, and so they have had to find alternative inspiration for their work. The two Sue’s are donating a percentage of their sales to children’s charities. Sue Jelley has long been a supporter of the ‘Children with Special Needs Foundation’ as she has a personal connection through a close family member. Sue donates a percentage of all sales of her very popular signed limited edition prints, and her studio is near Smithbrook Kilns, Cranleigh. Sue Ransley will be donating a percentage of all sales during the Open Studios to Keech Hospice, as they have been a lifeline to her great nephew Jacob, who has Hurlers Syndrome (MPS). You can read about Jacob’s story on Sue’s website. Her studio is between Chiddingfold and Cranleigh just south of the County boundary, in Kirdford. Both artists are excited to welcome the public to their home studios, to rekindle old relationships, and make new ones too – as that interaction is key to both their work, and is what inspires and motivates them. and

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