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PUBLISHED: 17:17 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:45 23 August 2010

OPEN DOORS: Christine Angell shows off some of her fine handiwork.

OPEN DOORS: Christine Angell shows off some of her fine handiwork.

IF you ve ever stared at a piece of art and wondered what s this all about? then some of north Kent s finest are offering you the opportunity to ask. South East Open Studios, which began on Friday and runs until June 20, allows the general public a uni

IF you've ever stared at a piece of art and wondered "what's this all about?" then some of north Kent's finest are offering you the opportunity to ask.

South East Open Studios, which began on Friday and runs until June 20, allows the general public a unique opportunity to enter the homes of top professional and part-time artists to view their work.

Launched 10 years ago, the scheme has grown in popularity and in the Gravesham and Dartford areas there is a choice ranging from painters, sculptors, print-makers and ceramics producers.

Christine Angell, of Cobham Terrace, Greenhithe, is the area co-ordinator and an artist herself.

She said: "It is an opportunity for people to just talk to us about art.

"It is great because it gives people the chance to ask the 'dumb' question they would be far to embarrassed to ask in a gallery."

Ms Angell, who suddenly lost her hearing seven years ago, is currently exploring contemporary art forms such as multimedia, videos, and wax sculpture, but is also a prolific painter. Less than five miles away at The Thrift, Bean, Dr Mike Fryer is working on a huge panoramic view of London commissioned by BT.

Dr Fryer, who has produced a series of 16 images of the Lafarge Chimneys prior to their demolition earlier this year, works with photography and paints in vivid colours.

"My prime medium is acrylic," he said. "What I love about open studios is when people come around it is more intimate, I can make them a cup of tea and you can really talk about art and the work."

Ceramicist Claire Keane, of Dormers Drive, Meopham, has also signed up this year, as has Michael Kennedy - a painter and print-maker in New Ash Green.

Full details of visiting times, contact details and a brief description of the artists are available in a free programme to be found at libraries and information points across the county.

You can also visit: www.seos-art.org for details of how to sign up as an artist or join the friends of open studios to receive special offers.

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