Skipton Open Studios 2012 has started at Weighbridge Place, and at studios around the island. The idea is that you come to town and see examples of many local artists’ work in one place, then go visit the studios of those that interest you.
Almost all the art is either in or on shipping containers right in front of the Royal Yacht, by the harbour. Tonight was a Private View from 6-9pm, which means “just show up and act like you are supposed to be there.” That’s what I did, and I suspect I wasn’t the only one.
The event in town is from now until June 28th, 10am-5pm Saturday & Sunday, Noon-4pm Monday-Thursday.
The open studios are this weekend and next, 10am-4pm. Best bet is to come this weekend and get a brochure, or visit the Jersey Arts Trust website for details.
When I arrived, there were quite a few people already there. There were singers and free beer and wine, which always helps the mood. I didn’t have any and Shirley isn’t commenting either way. We saw a few friends and met some new ones. That’s what I like about events like this. You meet people with similar tastes. You meet artists and get to understand their work more deeply, and you can see how interactive some of it is. If you think going to art exhibits is dull you probably haven’t been to one. Not one like this at least.
Check the weather forecast since it looks like rain is coming this Sunday. If you come Saturday or get a brochure online, you can just go directly to one of the open studios and not have to walk to the Weighbridge in any bad weather.