Chiddingly Artist Open Studios 2016

It is that time of year again for the wonderful Arts festival set in the the Wealden village of Chiddingly



And out of that wonderful arts festival celebrating it's 38th year (more listing and details of Chiddingly Fesitval Here ) grew Chiddingly Artists a wonderful Artist Open Studio trail.

Which for me will always be a time of reflection, because this time back in 2011 was the first time I exhibited my engravings - it was what started me on this amazing journey into the art world. Looking back on my previous blogs about my involvement with CAOS I always list the amazing things that have happened to me over the past 12 months that would never have happened if I had not made the move and started selling my artwork. And again this year has been an exciting one  - I've been to Germany twice, both exciting sculptural opportunities - I was involved in creating a sculpture on the Rhine almost a year ago (more here) and earlier in the Summer I was out there again creating a sculpture for a Black Forest village celebrating it's 750 anniversary (more here). 

Lewes artwave is an great time of year for me - and this exceeded my expectations again - it really was a brilliant year (more about Artwave here). This year was topped off by my venue being shortlisted into the top 3 in the  'Best Venue' of the Artwave Awards- out of 120 other venues and me winning 'Favorite Artist' which when you consider it was a public vote with over 400 artists exhibiting - I find it quite extraordinary!

So, onto this years Open Studio. I have joining with me two artists Eloise Nash, an incredibly gifted ceramist creating beautiful porcelain inspired by meadowlands. And Alan Jones who is creating incredibly striking paper collages, which really have to be seen to be believed!

We'll be here at the workshop 11am to 5pm 24th/25th September and 1st/2nd October. I will be working on my current engraving and I'll have my printing press set up for you to play on!

You'll find maps and artist guides on the supporting web site (HERE). There are lots of other artist here at the Village Works, so you won't need to go far to see some exceptional work!

I really hope you can come and visit me in my workshop - now I really must get on, where has my broom got to! 

Tags: printing press, Wood engraving, Keith Pettit