Art-enthusiasts, take out your diaries; the annual Alphington Open Studio Weekend is fast approaching! A fantastic occasion showcasing the work of local artists, Alphington Open Studio provides a unique opportunity for visitors to experience art not merely as a final product but as a process.
You will have the opportunity to talk directly with the artists and examine the studios from which their works are born. These will be open from 11am – 6pm on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th.
There is art to be explored in all its shapes and forms, including ceramics, drawings, felting, jewellery, mosaics, mono prints, paintings, sculptures, silk painting, wood engravings and works on paper. Works will also be on sale for those captured by any particular creations. You also have the chance to commission a special work.
I got in touch with two of the participating artists who were kind enough to answer some of my questions.
Bridget Foley, a ceramic artist, has taken part in open studio events since 2004. At that point only she and fellow artist were involved, which eventually grew and evolved as more local artists expressed interest. Finally, Alphington Open Studios as a larger group commenced in 2008.
This year there will be 8 studios exhibiting the works of 11 different artists, most of whom have been practising in their respective fields for many years. Their profiles can be explored on the event's official website.
Here, you will also find a map of the studios- all of which are within walking distance. There are plenty of car spaces and the beautiful Darebin Parklands are also nearby. Many people combine the Open Studio experience with a trip to the park. Perhaps a touch of nature may inspire your own artistic talents!
Marble mosaic artist Cetta Pilati, names her own inspiration as artist Marco de Luca. Her work keeps alive the Ravenna method, an old traditional Italian style of mosaics. She praises the open, informal and relaxed atmosphere of the event and also the rare tight-knit community she is part of- where artists can bounce ideas and share thoughts.
Both artists also recognise the importance of reaching out to art students, who often come to pick their brains and share their own thoughts and ideas.
Whether you are indeed an art student, fellow-artist or just wanting to bring your family and friends along, this should be a wonderful event not to be missed!
Credit: Anne Warren alphingtonstudios.com/artist-profiles/anne-warren