For the 3rd year running, Maggie is flinging her studio door open this weekend for the annual Spring Fling Open Studio event.
More than 80 artists and craftspeople are involved across the whole of Dumfries and Galloway, SW Scotland, including sculptors, painters, weavers, wood turners, photographers, potters and more.
2 years ago (see Spring Fling 2008) we had nearly 350 people pass through our door over the 3 days. Last year (see Spring Fling 2009) it was in excess of 500. However, given the financial crisis that everyone except the bankers are suffering from, hopes are not high for a record-breaking year of visitors or sales this time round.
Like last year, the corner I occupy with my laptop in Maggie’s studio has to be given back, so I’ll be moving from kitchen to living room to bedroom every time I want to access the Internet or edit photos.
Unlike last year, however, Rogan will not be taking a table onto the closed off high street for Food Town Day to sell his home baking. Instead he is supplying our friend Kerry who is opening up her house in the village of Auchencairn for the weekend.
See The Captain's House.
Auchencairn doesn’t have a café or tearoom, so Kerry thought it might be a good service to offer the Spring Fling visitors the chance to rest their weary feet and enjoy some refreshments in pleasant surrounds. She is also displaying arts and crafts for people to peruse while slurping a cuppa and nibbling a fruit scone, including a couple of artworks of Maggie’s and a handful of photos of mine she fell in love with from my 2009-in-Photographs collection
With it also coming up to the last few days of my Portrait Exhibition at the Mill on the Fleet in Gatehouse, this weekend has loomed very large in the Ayres household and the rest of life has all been put on hold until June 1st, when we will collapse in a heap.
If you’re anywhere near the region, it is a wonderful trail to trek around.
And if anyone would like to meet up for a coffee en route, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.