RUURLO – “Do not make it your goal to visit all 90 artists and all 54 locations in two days. It is impossible. Then cut the route into pieces and make a choice. ” See here the emphatic advice from the organizers of Atelierroute Berkelland, which took place last weekend on both days of Pentecost. And if you still wanted to see works by all the artists, it was good to visit Kulturhuset in Ruurlo, because there was an exhibition in the great hall of a work by all almost 90 participating artists.
By Jan Hendriksen
It was also Kulturhuset on Saturday night, where the third edition of the Berkellandse Atelierroute was launched. After Barbara Bodegom from KunstKring Ruurlo welcomed almost all 90 participating artists, it was councilor Gerda ter Denge from Berkelland municipality who officially opened the Berkellandse Atelierroute by removing a curtain from the foyer to the main hall. Ter Denge praised the collaboration and the coherence that the study route entails. “You can get acquainted with art in the broadest sense of the word. From ceramics, paintings, drawings to sculpture. There is a lot to see and admire and all this of high quality. And the artists talk about it with great passion. ”
The variety and number of studies that could be visited was truly unprecedented. And it was truly impossible to visit them all during the two days of Pentecost. But if all the studios were located at a distance, such as on the Burgemeester van Tuyll van Serooskerkenweg in Ruurlo, then they would have come a long way. There were no less than three studios less than a hundred meters apart, where a total of five artists exhibited. Starting at house number 16, where Riny Slütter had exhibited a number of different oil paintings in the garden. Already as a child she was very interested in drawing and painting, and this has been the case throughout her life. Nature was her main source of inspiration. During the period when she had a family with three daughters and a busy job, there was not always room for it, but it continued to fascinate her. As the family spent less time, she was given more opportunities to further develop her drawing and painting talents. She participated in several workshops to gain experience with different techniques and materials. Through these experiences, she found her direction where she wanted to go next, namely oil painting. And that was clearly visible in her works last weekend.
A little further on by house number 24, three different art techniques could be admired in the garden and the gazebo. Lieneke Bosch from Barchem was a guest of Wil and Cees de Waard as a potter. As a wool filter, Wil had postponed his work in a garden shed at the back of the garden. Her husband Cees had, as a wooden turner, shown an overview of his work on a number of tables. The trio was surprised by the great interest in the route. “Yesterday there were more than a hundred visitors, and today we are already at 85 visitors,” Cees said around three o’clock on Pentecost Monday when it threatened to rain.
That was the reason why Christien van den Dries – Steenbeek picked up his patchwork and quilting in house number 26. A little later, there was a sign in the garden that the patchwork and quilting had been brought in due to the weather conditions, where they were placed in a large pile on the couch and could no longer be admired. Christie was disappointed. “Unfortunately, it’s no different,” she sighed disappointed. De Ruurlose explained that patchwork is the sewing of often geometric pieces of fabric. “Color choices and contrasts are very important here. Quilting is the ‘piping’ of the three layers: top, fleece and back. Patchwork and quilting can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. But if they are made by hand, they are often worth more. ”