Every year since 2003, local artists and crafters have opened the doors on their studios and allowed the general public to view their work in an event called North East Open Studios.

NEOS runs from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September this year and with hundreds of participants to visit it's difficult to know where to go and when!

Over the next few days I'll be visiting a load of venues and will let you know what I see!

To kick off my tour I went to Hatton Of Fintray Village Hall to see the Garioch Art Group's exhibition.

Recently I've been considering taking art classes or improving my knowledge and ability in some way, so I was keen to go along and find out more about this local club.
The exhibition contains a wide range of paintings, collages and sculptures created by members, alongside stained glass work by Jennifer-Jane and barrel-framed photographs by Fintray Fine Framing.

The Group meets every Thursday from 7-9:45pm in the Garioch Community Centre in Inverurie. It only costs £1.80 per session and you just turn up with your arts and crafts supplies and work alongside like-minded people. It's described as a self-help group as it isn't a set class, but members share techniques and knowledge and they regularly have workshops and exhibit annually in the local town hall.

Sounds great doesn't it?! I'll definitely be popping along!

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