Buy locally this Christmas - Making Merry Open Studios is back
The City Council’s annual Making Merry Open Studios event will launch this Friday 20 November. The event, which runs until Sunday 29 November, will see many of Winchester’s artists and craft makers opening their studios to the public in the lead up to Christmas; giving visitors a chance to purchase locally-produced Christmas gifts. This year, more artists than ever will be welcoming visitors to their galleries, studios and homes.
Over 30 open studios located in Winchester and the picturesque market towns and villages across the district will open their doors to offer visitors a selection of contemporary and traditional art and craft items such as fused glass jewellery, digital imagery, and exquisite textiles. Witness creativity in action as some artists and craft-makers offer demonstrations, often with mulled wine and mince pies for their visitors. Visitors interested in creating their own works of art can find out useful tricks of the trade and ask plenty of questions.
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This year, the Making Merry Exhibition will be returning to Winchester Discovery Centre’s City Space from 14 November until 3 January 2010, with an enticing display of unusual and eye-catching gifts at a range of prices. Browse at your leisure and forget the crowds on the High Street whilst purchasing that special Christmas gift from a selection of paintings, photographs, jewellery, glassware and ceramics.
Winchester City Council’s Leader with Portfolio for Economy and
A full list of participating venues, opening arrangements and access for visitors with disabilities can be found in the free Making Merry Open Studios brochure available from Winchester Tourist Information Centre, (telephone 01962 840 500 or email email@example.com, open Mon-Sat 10am-5pm), City Museum in The Square or the Discovery Centre in Jewry Street. Alternatively, download a copy from the website www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/whats-on/making-merry
For details of some of the artists exhibiting in the Making Merry exhibition look for the ‘Visit me in City Space’ logo in the Making Merry brochure. The exhibition is open Monday to Friday , Saturday and Sunday . Admission is