Going Behind the Scenes – Marion Brandis

Going Behind the Scenes – the 2016 Artist Open Houses Brochure Photo Shoot Featuring the work of Marion Brandis “Very pleased and utterly surprised” was how Marion Brandis described how she felt when she found out her work had been chosen for this years cover design for the Artists Open Houses Brochure.  Marion is based […]

2nd Weekend!

The winds of storm Clodagh may have blown wildly this weekend, but it didn’t keep Christmas Artists Open House explorers getting out and discovering more great art and craft this weekend. [email protected] reported on twitter that Salon Des Sources in Seven Dials had queues outside before opening as did Studio Loo (no 5) in Hove. […]

Families that Festival Together …

Number 10 in the fresh-off-the-presses Artist Open Houses Christmas Festival brochure is Bailey and Daughter in Grand Avenue in Hove.  Geoff is an accomplished photographer and his daughter Samantha is an emerging visual artist, working in painting, drawing and sculpture. Goeff had some of his photography on display at last spring’s Artist Open House Festival […]

The Artist Profile: ELIZABETH ANNE NORRIS – Jewellery

Exiting Shoreham-by-Sea train station and heading towards the sea there is a bright store front, home to Shoreham Art Gallery.  Inside this friendly shop is a great selection of original art and photography as well as gifts and home items.  Upstairs is the studio of Elizabeth Anne Norris, jeweller and Christmas Open House Artist.  This […]

The weekend past and what’s to come!

 Resin bangles by Kathie Murphy at Salon des Sources le (left) The first weekend of the Artist Open Houses is complete.  So many spaces have been transformed into magical places celebrating the best of creativity in their community. The festival continues for with new houses opening this weekend.  Here are some highlights from last weekend. […]

The Cicada Christmas Cracker

Just one more feature open house post before the festival gets under way this Friday.  The Cicada Christmas Cracker is hosted by Nick Osborn & Moira Macfarlane. As a watercolour artist and jewellery maker, Nick has had great success.  The open house is named for Cicada Jewellery, a line Nick developed in the seventies.  After […]

11 Rugby Road is back for Christmas Open Houses

After a busy summer of pop-up shops and growing online sales, 11 Rugby Road is back for Christmas Open Houses with some new products, great gift ideas and a room full of Christmas Trees. Dan and Adam and co. are looking forward to the flurry of Christmas, but took the time to answer a few […]

Families in the Artists Open Houses – The Ruffells

Any story about Artists Open Houses wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Ruffells.  Fran Slade, Colin Ruffell and their daughter, Shyama have been enthusiastic participants of both the Fiveways and now, Seven Dials trails for years.  Fran and Colin were one of five or six of Open Houses originals.  They were welcoming hosts for over […]

The Artist Profile: ELIZABETH ANNE NORRIS – Jewellery

Exiting Shoreham-by-Sea train station and heading towards the sea there is a bright store front, home to Shoreham Art Gallery.  Inside this friendly shop is a great selection of original art and photography as well as gifts and home items.  Upstairs is the studio of Elizabeth Anne Norris, jeweller and Christmas Open House Artist.  This […]

The Open House Host – Martha Mitchell

THE OPEN HOUSE HOST: the planning, the guest artists, the event!  In this series of interviews we ask experienced Open House Hosts what they love about taking part in the Christmas Festival. In the second part of the series we visit Martha Mitchell of Martha Mitchell Design in Hove. A drizzly, grey day did not […]