Art Tour promotes work of artists

A popular celebration of North East artists and their work – featuring open studios, exhibitions and classes – returns this month.

The Art Tour 2014 runs throughout June at a variety of locations around the region, including a number of spots in north Northumberland.

As part of the Network Artists North East event, now in its 19th year, members of the public can visit a series of studios throughout the month.

Artists in the north of the county to take part in the open studio aspect of the Tour, and open their doors every Saturday and Sunday throughout the month are Andy Craig, at the Parish Rooms, in Embleton; Renira Barnes, at Gallery 45, in Felton; Sue Fenlon at Alnmouth’s Old School Gallery; Helen Poremba, at 25 Main Street, Felton; and Wendy Ann Stanger, at Rothley East Shield Cottages, Longwitton.Val Roskell Payton, based at West Hazon, near Guyzance, and Linda Scott-Robinson, at Howtel Old School, in Mindrum, will be open on the first three weekends in June.

Nick Potter, at 2 Dunstan Farm Steads Farm Cottages, Embleton, and Anne Dodds, based at the Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham, will showcase their work on the last three weekends in the month.

Entry to the open studios is free and opening times are 11am to 5pm. There are a series of other events during The Art Tour. Andy Craig is holding an Art Tour miniPhotoTrail on Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25, from 10am to noon. Meet at Dunstanburgh Golf Club. The trail costs £45.

Val Roskell Payton is holding a life-drawing session on Thursday, June 12 (9.30am to noon) and Thursday, June 19 (1.30pm to 4pm) at her studio at West Hazon, near to Guyzance. The classes are £25. Book in advance by emailing or pay by cheque on the day.

Helen Poremba holds a machine embroidery workshop on Wednesdays, June 11, 18 and 25, from 10am to noon. All equipment/materials provided. The sessions take place at 25 Main Street, Felton. It costs £20 for a two-hour session and booking is essential on 01670 787668. Linda-Scott Robinson is holding a demonstration of landscape painting on Sunday, June 22, from 11am to 4pm, at Howtel Old School, Mindrum.