This year is a first for me in taking part in the annual Open Studios Cornwall week when artists across the county throw open their doors. I must admit a little apprehension …. what if no one visits? My listing is under East Cornwall where you will find a selection of talented artists including painters, printmakers, illustrators, potters, jewellers, glass artisans and ceramists. So there should be something for everyone. The south east corner of Cornwall offers rolling AONB (area of natural beauty) countryside, pretty harbours and dramatic coastlines. The Diane Whalley Art studio is just a mile out of Fowey at Polglaze Farm on the B3269 on the Fowey, west, side of the river (and not on the Polruan, east, side as may be interpreted from the guide map). To find artists taking part just look out for the orange circle signs through out that week and follow the arrows.
My studio is set in over two acres of garden and orchard which becomes a campsite in July and August. From the garden is a stunning panoramic view of Cornish farmland and hills. Just a few minutes drive away you will find the ancient port of Fowey with many cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs; quaint retail outlets, several offering quirky homewares; galleries; walks along the Esplanade to Ready Money Cove and beaches; and for the more adventurous, trips on the river. The Eden Project is just 15 minutes drive away and the Lost Gardens of Heligan within 30mins by road. And with it being half term week there is plenty to occupy the children locally too!
The front garden at Polglaze Farm looking down towards the house and the Diane Whalley studio/gallery … surrounded by rolling hills and AONB