Artfest planned for Muckle Toon

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Langholm and Eskdale artists are having their first collective open studios weekend on October 4 and 5.

Artists in and around the town of Langholm will be opening their studios from 10am-5pm each day, including the Cut The Mustard Gallery, on the town’s High Street.

Many of the artists and makers are well known, regularly exhibiting throughout the UK and taking part in Dumfries and Galloway’s annual arts event, Spring Fling.

As well as giving the artists another opportunity to exhibit their work to a wider audience, organisers hope it will give visitors another reason to come to Langholm –and keep returning.

The event, which organisers plan to run annually, has been supported by Langholm and Eskdale Visitor Network and the David Stevenson Trust.

More information can be found at www.mustardgallery.co.uk/openstudios

Participating artists and makers include: Cut the Mustard Gallery, Barry Young Photography, Lisa Rothwell-Young (Jeweller), Ann Smith (Artist), Elizabeth Waugh (Sculptor & Artist), Daniel Lacey (Furniture), Blue Moon – Crafts from the Muckle Toon, Solway Soap & Skincare, Margaret Walty (Artist & Illustrator), Dave and Jacky Brittain (Pottery), Phil Gunn (Artist) www.philipgunn.com, Marilyn Wright (Hat Maker), Dennis Cockburn (Abbotts Chocolates), Joe Peart – Sticks ‘n’ Stuff, and Pat Douglas who offers handcrafted homes and interior gifts and cards.

The regular farmers’ market will also take place over Autumn Artfest at the Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, 9am-1pm on Saturday, October 4.