KIDDERMINSTER artists are amongst those taking part in Worcestershire Open Studios - the county’s largest free annual art event.

Artists and makers will be welcoming the public into their studios, giving behind-the-scenes access into how they create their art from August 19 to 28.

This year the event has more studios than ever to visit - 97 venues will showcase 128 artists, including three artists in the Kidderminster area.

Steve Sheasby is a painter, his work is heavily influenced by his love of musical performance so there will be a wide range of portraits to see. Keith ‘Taff’ Roberts’ studio will be full of fantasy paintings, as well as larger canvas paintings of movie legends. Steve and Keith are both in Kidderminster.

Katie Jarmin creates colourful oil paintings inspired by the natural world and is based in Stourport.

All of the artists are excited to open their doors, to meet and chat with visitors about their art and how it’s made. All studios are free to visit.

Richard Nicholls of Worcestershire Open Studios said that the event would give the public an excellent opportunity to see the talent on their doorstep, to meet the artists and to find out more about their art. “Artists will show how they work, the tools and materials they use and answer any questions,” Richard said

 “The artists’ work will be on display with the chance to buy original art, many will have cards, prints, and gifts for sale too.”

Katie Jarman is a mixed-media painter. “I’m looking forward to meeting visitors in my home studio where I create colourful oil paintings inspired by the natural world. I’ll have a wide range of artwork on display including sunflowers, animals and landscapes. I’ll be painting each day so you will get behind-the-scenes access to my work in progress,” said Katie.

“My process involves spray paint, stencils and expressive use of oil paint. Not a traditional combination of materials. Enjoy as I spray, drip and scrape paint creating energetic artwork.”