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A fascinating world of creative discovery in the Armadale Hills

The Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail returns bigger and better with 25 amazing studios opening their doors to the public in September!

Held over three big weekends, 7th-9th, 14th-16th and 21st-23rd September 2018, this is a unique opportunity to explore the inspiring private spaces of artists, discover their processes first-hand and also explore the region's many serene natural attractions.

Showcasing an extraordinary range of artists and art practices in 25 art studios and workshops located throughout the Armadale Hills region, the arts trail involves over 50 local artists working in painting, pastels, photography, glass, sculpture, textiles, natural dyes, clothing, eco-fashion, jewellery, soft sculpture bear making, stoneware pottery and woodturning.

Over four years, the Armadale Hills arts trail has quickly become an exciting cultural tourism initiative that encourages visitors to travel throughout the picturesque Armadale Hills region that is such an attraction for the many artists that live there. "As an artist, your surroundings are your inspiration," said wildlife artist, Irene Young. "Living in the beautiful bush setting of Roleystone within the Armadale Hills for the past 30 years, my artwork reflects my appreciation of the natural beauty and wonder of the native wildlife," she said.

The Armadale Hills arts trail is a collaborative artist-driven project that has developed strong connections and camaraderie amongst artists living in the Armadale region. "The arts trail has brought so many wonderful artists together, created amazing friendships and a sense of community amongst local artists that, until the arts trail, have often been isolated and without support," said Kay Cooper of Cooper Bears.

There are eight new Open Studio locations in this year's Armadale Hills arts trail that offers visitors direct access to meet the artists and discuss art techniques. The personal contact also provides the artist creators with valuable feedback from the public. "It was very interesting to meet with people who had previously purchased my paintings at other exhibitions and wanted the opportunity to meet me and see where I painted," said Roleystone artist Ian Dickinson.

You will be pleasantly surprised to also discover some outstanding local cafes and restaurants to whet your appetites with lunch, morning or afternoon tea. Choose from the unique vegan café Genesis in the Hills, the beautiful Araluen Botanic Park in Roleystone, Avocados Café in Kelmscott, or the Organic Circle in the Pioneer Village in Armadale, all of whom are supporting this event.

A detailed map featuring the participating studios and cafes is available from City of Armadale Perth Hills Information Centre, 40 Jull St, Armadale or www.armadalehillsartstrail.com

Make the most of Spring this September with a visit to the scenic Armadale region and discover why so many artists are strongly influenced by the spectacular natural hills environment.

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When: 7-9, 14-16, 21-23 September 2018
Where: Armadale Region Perth
Cost: Free
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