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By Euan Maxwell

Superb Start to Spring FlingÕs 15th Birthday Open Studios Weekend ScotlandÕs premier visual art and craft open studios event got off to a cracking start yesterday as 93 artists and makers threw open their doors to the public. Among those taking part were hat maker Kay Ribbens, photographed who has been participating right from the start in 2003. Kay, based near Kirkcowan, is renowned for her beautiful and extraordinary hand crocheted hats. She said: ÒItÕs been a great start to the weekend. People love Spring Fling because itÕs always such high quality art and craft thatÕs exhibited, and it never rests on its laurels, thereÕs always offers lots thatÕs exciting and new.Ó The event is taking place across Dumfries and Galloway from 27-29 May and includes painters, printmakers, woodworkers, ceramicists, photographers and many others. Neil Hanna Photography 07702 246823

Hatmaker Kay Robben

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