The artists of Gaucin will open their studios to the public for the annual Art Gaucin Open Studios weekends at the end of May and beginning of June, once again inviting visitors to see a wide variety of work by Spanish and foreign artists.
The Art Gaucin Open Studios weekends have become a well-known fixture of the art scene in Andalucia, providing an opportunity to meet the artists, learn more about their work and techniques, and see and buy their paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs and ceramics. The event is set in the pretty village of Gaucin, one of the famous white pueblos near Estepona and Ronda.
This year, the Art Gaucin Open Studios will take place over two long weekends – Friday May 24 to Sunday May 26, and Friday May 31 to Sunday June 2. Visitors will have a chance to see many new works by Art Gaucin’s member artists, as well as the paintings, sculptures and installations by this year’s guest artists, Pepe Barroso, Lieuwke Loth, and Karina Zothner.
Launched more than a decade ago, Art Gaucin has built up a strong following both locally in Andalucia and overseas. Its long-established members include Jim Rattenbury, whose paintings and sculptures are in several private collections abroad, and Michael Roschlau, former Glasgow School of Art lecturer and artist whose works include lithographs, paintings and intricate clockwork wall sculptures. Art Gaucin’s roster of artists includes painters Joseba Sánchez Zabaleta and Ana Pellón, and photographers Chris Klees and Vivienne Whiffen. There are also several ceramicists and sculptors in the group, including Juan Antonio Sangil, Sebastian Fisher, Catherine Hunter, Rosie Venables, Anna McGrane, and Silvia Franco.
With its warren of quiet, pretty streets, Gaucin is a delightful place to explore on foot. It has ancient castle ruins, offers spectacular views across the coast and towards Africa, and provides plenty of places to linger over a coffee, tapas or something more substantial while enjoying those panoramas as the village has several popular and celebrated restaurants. Local artisans will also be showing a selection of jewellery, blankets and other handmade crafts. With the upgrading of the road from Gaucin to the coast, access is faster and smoother – now just 45 minutes from Estepona and 40 minutes from Ronda.
For the full list of artists, details of their works and of the Art Gaucin Open Studios event, please visit the website artgaucin.com
Nick has lived and worked in Andalucia for over 20 years. He and his partner, Julie Evans, have travelled extensively and dug deep into the history and culture, producing authoritative articles on all aspects of the region. Nick has written four books about Andalucia and writes articles for other websites and blogs.
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