Festival-goers told to “Follow the Fish!” …
This year’s St Monans Community Arts Festival has more artists and more venues than ever before, with twenty local homes and studios hosting exhibitions from thirty artists, and over thirty more taking part in the central exhibitions and craft stalls in the Church Hall.
The festival features prominent artists and first time exhibitors, and there is a wide range of workshops and other activities on offer over the weekend (14th & 15th September).
“We have a fantastic range of art and craft on display, with more artists and open houses than ever before,” said committee member and well-known local artist Ann Watson.
“Many of our artists live in the village or have strong links to it, so there is amazing enthusiasm among the artists and a great community feel to the festival. The Open Houses give people a chance to meet our local artists and discuss their work with them, and perhaps be tempted to buy something – but remember that the festival is great value whatever, because all events and workshops are free, and anyone and everyone can come along and take part.
“Demand for some workshops is likely to be high, so anyone who wants to attend them should check the programme for details and book in advance where necessary,”
Follow the Fish!
To celebrate the ten years since the first festival in 2009, the twenty Open Studios will be identified by new and very appropriate signage … large fish! The new signs were designed and decorated by the committee, who are seen in the photograph above outside one of the venues.
“We are trying to be more environmentally friendly, not just with our signage, but also in the festival café and so on, by using recyclable and reusable materials wherever possible. So instead of the balloons that we have used in the past, we have made signs that will be reused in future years. And as a fishing village whose motto is ‘we live by the sea’, what could be more appropriate than fish?”
All the venues and open houses are listed and shown on a map in the printed programme, and all programme details are also available online – https://stmonans.org.uk/arts – along with lots more information about artists and events.