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Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, ceramics and textiles were all on show, as artists across the Sudbury area allowed visitors into their creative spaces throughout the weekend.

Ten artists and makers threw open their doors as part of the Sudbury Art Trail on Saturday and Sunday, to give an insight into their creative processes, their inspirations and their latest works.

The Mill Tye Gallery in Great Cornard is also open each weekend throughout the month in support of the open studios event, which takes place annually each summer.

Sudbury Artist Open Studios. C'Art Group. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264341)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. C'Art Group. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264341)

Designer and illustrator Caryn Noad, who works out of Corporal Lillie Close in Sudbury, said being part of the trail had been a very satisfying and enjoyable experience.

“Over the weekend, I had 61 people through the doors and made some good sales,” she told Suffolk News.

“I had a lovely mix of visitors, some being friends and others I hadn’t met before.

Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Caryn Noad. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264326)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Caryn Noad. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264326)

“Everyone who came showed interest in the work and art in general. I had some great conversations with like-minded people.

“It was good to see a few younger children genuinely interested in the art weekend as well. All in all, it was a positive experience for me.”

Friars Street-based abstract painter Lupe Cunha, who was participating in the event for the first time, described the weekend as a “very worthwhile endeavour”, welcoming more than 40 visitors.

Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Lupe Cunha. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264343)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Lupe Cunha. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264343)

“I was very pleased with the numbers of my visitors, especially as I was at the end of the trail,” she said.

“Most visitors who came stayed and chatted for a good while and I had three sales of artwork from new and returning clients which was very satisfactory.”

Printmaker and ceramics specialist Cathy D’Arcy, of Straw Lane, added: “The weekend went very well.

Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Cathy D'Arcy. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264332)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Cathy D'Arcy. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264332)

“There were lots of visitors from far and wide, who really seemed to be enjoying the tour, with the close proximity of artists’ studios open.”

Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Judith Glover. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264333)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Judith Glover. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264333)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Lorna Hoey. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264340)
Sudbury Artist Open Studios. Lorna Hoey. Picture by Mark Westley. (57264340)