Superb Start to Spring Fling’s 15th Birthday Open Studios Weekend

Scotland’s premier visual art and craft open studios event got off to a cracking start over the weekend as 93 artists and makers threw open their doors to the public.

Among those taking part were hat maker Kay Ribbens who has been participating right from the start in 2003.

Kay, based near Kirkcowan, is renowned for her beautiful and extraordinary hand crocheted hats.

She said: “It’s been a great start to the weekend. People love Spring Fling because it’s always such high quality art and craft that’s exhibited, and it never rests on its laurels, there’s always offers lots that’s exciting and new.”

The event is taking place across Dumfries and Galloway from 27-29 May and includes painters, printmakers, woodworkers, ceramicists, photographers and many others.

Every participant is specially selected, and this year the line-up included seven artists and makers based at the Wasps studios in Kirkcudbright. Among them is Suzi Plunkett who creates incredibly detailed illustrations with thousands of hand drawn tiny dots and circles.

Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: We couldn’t have wished for a better start to our 15th birthday event – great weather, lots of visitors and a huge range of studios to visit.
“What’s particularly special is that we have such a mix of artists and makers, some like Kay who have been part of Spring Fling from the very start, some like Suzi who have joined us in recent years, and others who are absolutely new.
“It means that people can see the latest work from their favourite artists and also find something completely fresh and unexpected.”

For full details of Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-fling.co.uk.

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