Viewing a stunning work of art is a great experience – but however evocative the image, the human being behind it often remains a mystery.
That will not be the case in Suffolk next month when artists from all over the county welcome visitors to their studios.
Suffolk Open Studios gives people the chance to immerse themselves in the best of local artistic talent.
Art lovers will hit the road across the county for a rare chance to meet artists on their home turf, see their work, and gain an insight into what makes them tick.
In the Sudbury area 17 painters, sculptors and craftspeople are getting together to offer a two-day visual feast.
The Around Sudbury Art Trail includes paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, collages, ceramics, mixed media, photographs, glass and jewellery.
Artists who work in Sudbury, Long Melford, Acton, Boxford, Assington and Nayland are among those taking part on June 20 and 21.
Some will demonstrate how they produce their creations, and let visitors have a go. Work is for sale but there will be no obligation to buy,
The aim is to open people’s minds to art, says Tom Lund-Lack, chairman of the project which began in 1993 and grows bigger each year.
Belinda King, one of the Sudbury Trail artists who has exhibited in the UK and abroad, said: “We have studios ranging from huge ones to tiny ones to sheds in gardens.
Visitors to her Assington studio will see landscape-based paintings that veer towards abstraction and emphasise colour, light and mood, plus prints and drawings.
Anne Townshend from Wissington near Nayland, works in linoprint and has just bought a Victoria cast-iron relief press.
“Suffolk Open Studios has been brilliant, enabling links with other artists and support in many areas. I hope as many people as possible enjoy this free and interesting event,” she said.
On the trail are: Katie Green, artist and weaver who paints wildlife then translates the images into sumptuous woven pieces. 8 Clopton Drive, Long Melford CO10 9LJ.
Val Jones, drawing, painting and mixed media exploring and reflecting the world as she sees it. Firbank, Acton Lane, Sudbury CO10 1QN.
Rebecca Mansbridge’s contemporary fused glass. 83 Dove House Meadow, Great Cornard CO10 0GF.
Anne Townshend, printmaker, inspired by the Suffolk landscape. 1 Blacksmith’s Cottages, Bures Road, Wissington. CO6 4ND.
Heather Rachel Johnston, vibrant paintings that reflect nature and landscapes. 63 Coach Road, Great Horkesely. CO6 4AX.
Belinda King, life drawings and landscapes, 13/14 Vicary Estate, Assington. CO10 5LL.
Gail Bushell, glasswork inspired by the sea and natural forms. 13 York Road, Sudbury. CO10 1NE.
Clare Kelby, 2D and 3D mixed media and textiles, exploring how the natural world reflects thoughts and emotions.
Sandy Larkman, ceramics and colourful paintings. Old School House, School Green, Edwardstone. CO10 5PJ.
Emily Fox, close up imagery of nature and urban degredation. 9 East Street, Sudbury. CO10 2TP.
Brin Edwards, wildlife and landscapes concentrating on light and atmosphere. 59 Barracks Road, Assington. CO10 5LP.
Catherine Allen combines handmade glass beads with silver to create unique jewellery. St Christopher’s Cottage, Nayland Road, Leavenheath. CO6 4PH.
Marnie Deakins, ceramics, collage, drawing and painting. St David’s Hall, 40a Friars Street, Sudbury. CO10 2AG.
Elizabeth Martland DeAlwis draws and paints the ever-changing landscape through the seasons. 23 Daking Avenue, Boxford. CO10 5QA.
Diddy Kirton’s pictures reflect her obsession with trees and love of experimenting. 23 Springfield Road, Sudbury. CO10 1PH.
Judith Glover, professional illustrator, is known for delicate images of nature and is now working on larger pastel studies. Greyfriars, 40 Friars Street, Sudbury. CO10 2AG.
Anna Boon produces textured paintings, and sculptures made from recycled fabrics. 18 Heycroft Way, Nayland. CO6 4LN.
Work by trail members will also be shown in shops and businesses around Sudbury in an Art About Town event from May 18 to 30.