Crossing Borders for the ever growing Arts Trail

Crossing Borders Arts Trail
Crossing Borders Arts Trail

After a growth in the number of sales and visits to their exhibitions last year, artists involved in the Crossing Borders Arts Trail are feeling confident for 2013.

There were 2,437 recorded visits during the two weekends of the 2012 trail and with even more of the Borders’ creative types taking part this year, 2013 looks set to go one better.

The action on the first weekend is taking place in the ‘West’, i.e the central Borders, but for the second weekend, September 6-8, artists in the Berwickshire area are opening their doors to visitors.

From her base in Bassendean between Gordon and Westruther, versatile artist and designer Sylvia Quin Home will showcase her love of colour, life drawing, landscapes and photography.

Swinton will become a hotbed of crafts for the occasion, with three different exhibitions in the village.

Laura Brittain will display her fabulous felt designs; Flight Weaving will open their garden studio up to the public so people can see how the ancient art of weaving is done, while Anne Collin will welcome visitors to her jewellery workshop.

Like Swinton, Allanton, although small, boasts a wealth of artistic skill for this year’s Crossing Borders Trail.

Fresh from its successful open exhibition, Allanbank Arts will be home to five different exhibiting artists.

Laura Johnson will display her unique range of jewellery, made from locally collected sea glass and pottery and is inviting people to make their own creations, while Rich Johnson will exhibit his drawings and paintings made using oil paints, pencils, pens and ink.

Similar to Rich, Hannah Longmuir’s artistic weapon of choice is a pencil which she uses to bring her interpretations of the Borders landscape to life.

The final two artists hosted by Allanbank Arts are Gill Walton who will be showing an extensive collection of life drawings, paintings and ceramics as well as leading a drop in portraiture class and Richard Oldale who will be displaying his ‘Woodgoods’,

Other venues on the map for the Crossing Borders 2013 trail are Eyemouth’s Smokehouse Gallery and Coldstream Gallery.

And another local artist featured in the lineup is Duns’ Amanda Mitchell whose glass work will be available to view and purchase at a number of galleries.

For further info visit www.crossingborders.org.uk or to become a member email membership@crossing-borders.org.uk