Studios of the Scenic Rim have opened their doors to the public, allowing visitors to see artists at work in their studios.
From humble beginnings with only 15 artists, Studios of the Scenic Rim open sessions have grown to showcase more than 187 individual artists and several collectives, attracting a plethora of tourists and art enthusiasts to the region.
The five weekend event, spread out over 28 Scenic Rim locations kicked off last weekend with Tamborine Mountain artists opening their studios to visitors from all over south-east Queensland.
Three artists featuring in the 2016 program have been opening their studios every year since the Open Studios’ inception, two of whom reside on Tamborine Mountain; Bec Andersen, a textile artist specialising in the design and production of hand-tufted rugs and Margaret Goldsmith, a professional artist of 35 years, whose painting and glass work always attracts many visitors to her studio.
The work of six individual artists, four artists’ collectives and two artists-in-residence will be on display over the three weeks from 9am to 5pm daily.
The six individual artists are Maki Horanai (paintings, ceramics, mixed media), Debaran Wright (mixed media painting), Louise Grove Wiechers (acrylic painting, printmaking, drawing), Monique Quarantini (pottery, works on paper) and Bec Andersen and Margaret Goldsmith, as mentioned above.
Tony White (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture) and Clinton Barker (oil painting, printmaking) are artists-in-residence at Larkin Art Projects, Cindy Wood (basketry, sculpture, jewellery, fibre art), Tania Crossingham (medieval illuminations, watercolour, pencil drawing) and Sharon McLeod (painting, jewellery, drawing, illustration) are artists-in-residence at Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds displaying their works alongside the members of Tamborine Mountain Arts Collective (TMAC). Tamborine Mountain Creative Arts, Blue Bird Art Studio and The Art
Gallery Artists Collective will also be opening their studios with a wide variety of art-forms on show.
A first for the program, Long Road Studio will open its doors to visitors, and give them the opportunity to see exactly how music is created and recorded.
Tamborine Mountain is followed by the Lost World Valley Arts in the Olives festival on Sunday 8 May, Beaudesert 14-15 May, Boonah and district 21-22 May and Canungra and Beechmont 28-29 May.
The Studio and Events booklet which includes addresses, maps and details of all the artists, is now available at libraries, customer service centres, visitor information centres and cultural centres as well as other selected outlets.
For more information visit www.liveatthecentre.com.au