From master blacksmiths to painters, poets and printmakers – Spring Fling has been attracting visitors to dozens of delightful venues during the Bank Holiday weekend.
Among the top attractions have been the spectacular Threave Garden and Estate, a National Trust for Scotland property, where visitors have flocked to see work by painter Catriona Taylor and illustrator Lucy Hadley.
The sunshine has also seen large numbers of visitors going to villages like Kirkpatrick Durham to see the studios of potter Clare Dawdry, painter Pamela Grace and the forge of blacksmith Adam Booth.
Adam, who makes everything from letter racks to huge designer gates for great estates all round the world, said: “It’s been a fabulous weekend so far, with lots of people loving the chance to see so many studios and so many different forms of art and craft all round the region.”
Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier art and craft open studios weekend, with 94 specially selected artists and makers across Dumfries and Galloway throwing open their doors from 20-30 May.
Catriona, whose work is inspired by the natural environment, said: “Threave is a lovely venue, people have really enjoyed the chance to meet and chat about art and spend time wandering round one of the loveliest gardens in the region.”
The award-winning Skye Loneragan was chosen as Writer in Residence for this year’s open studios contemporary visual art and craft event, which took place across Dumfries and Galloway from 28 to 30 May.
The project will also see her take part in the internationally acclaimed Wigtown Book Festival, which runs from 23 September to 2 October.
She said: “I am very excited to have been chosen as I’ve heard such a lot about Spring Fling and the Wigtown Book Festival.
“And what I’m also really looking forward to is meeting the artists and makers, creating connections between different artforms.”