This was the 16th edition of the Open Studios Gaucín and surely my 6th visit to them. Last year I had the pleasure to be an invited guest artist, which was a great experience and I hold very good memories. Though: I had nearly no chance to visit the other artists! So this year, with quite a lot of time on my hands, I walked through the village, had a lot of very nice chats with the artists, saw many of the studios and saw again – like always – impressing art work. It was a very enriching day! It is quite an exercise to walk up to all the studios – I think I managed to see all but two or three of them.
This year my fellow artist of the Costa del Arte Collective, Lieuwke Loth, was an invited Guest Artist. She and Vivienne Whiffen shared their studio.
La Huerta was a really buzzy center of artists. Six artists had showrooms there and presented quite some different artwork. Great pleasure to meet Sara Webb, who was my studio neighbour last year and who`s work I very much appreciate. Very nice to see the progress in the work of other “old” neighbours.
My visit then went along the street to the showroom of Jim Rattenbury, who turned a garage into a great experience and a great pleasure to visit. New this year was Catheriene Hunter with her ceramic sculptures and taking part since long, Michael Roschlau who shows a rich body of work using very different media.
I visited the wonderful landscape and flower paintings of Jennifer Waterhouse and the landscapes of painter Stephen Mitchell, who, like Jennifer features the surroundings of Gaucín and the studio of Paddy Robinson who shows impressing detailed paintings but also quite some abstract art.
I was again captured by the most interesting very geometric presentation of houses by Ana Pellón (especially as I lately got a special interest in the old farm houses here in Andalusia), as well by the ceramics of Juan Antonio Sangil. Not far from this house was the studio of Pepe Barroso who`s works I saw for the first time this year.
I spent a lot of time in the studio of Karina Zother, a guest artist from Tarifa. I was impressed by the very loose way of her works and the movement in it. After quite an exercise to get there I spent quite a while in the studio of J.Sánchez Zabaleta, enjoying his art and the talk with him and his wife Maria. In both studios I met dogs, that fascinated me. Though I am a dedicated cat lover, I am always attracted by the looks of dogs – they are such characters.
I had a great day out in Gaucín! Many thanks to all the wonderful artists!