Held over three big weekends, 8th-10th, 15th-17th and 22nd-24th September 2017, 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.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones OAM, JP said that the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail is a fascinating world of creative discovery in the hills.
"Throughout 24 studios on the arts trail, visitors will discover an extraordinary array of beautiful artwork including; painting, drawing, pastels, textiles, eco-fashion and couture, ceramics, stoneware, sculpture, glass, art bears, and a local Aboriginal art studio."
Exciting NEW highlights to the arts trail this year include an Aboriginal Art Open Studio at the Champion Centre in Seville Grove, a mother and daughter studio partnership with Lorraine Corker and Eve Wolfe in Kelmscott and a shared glass studio with sisters Lorraine Chaplin-Mills and Tania Ferrier in Wungong.
Selected artists from Byford have also been invited to join the arts trail by Armadale artists in a neighbourly spirit of creative inclusion.
"The arts trail is a tremendous opportunity for art lovers and local artists from other areas across Perth to come to Armadale and connect with studio artists in the Armadale hills.
"This is a spectacular opportunity for these artists to showcase their work, gain inspiration from fellow artists in the area, build connections and strengthen their arts sale," said Henry.
Now in its third year, the arts trail started as a local artist-driven cultural and tourism initiative in 2015 and has grown into a popular segment in the Spring into Armadale festival calendar.
"The Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail began as an idea from a local painter and textile artist, Sue Doorey. During the first year, 11 studios opened their doors to the public which attracted 2,500 visitors from across Perth and $23,000 of art work sales in eight days.
"Last year, the trails had grown to 20 open studios and attracted 3,700 visitors from across Perth and $52,000 of sales and commission over eight days.
"People in Perth love their art and there are many very talented and professional artists in the Armadale hills region.
"People travel from across the City to come to the art trail and it has grown into a popular event that continues to grow each year and runs as part of the City's Spring into Armadale festival.
"I would encourage everyone to come and check out the trails during one of the three weekends in September. There is an array of art studios and I am sure that there is something that will appeal to everyone on the trail – you may even find a favourite piece to take home with you.
"I invite visitors to the area to visit other events and attractions on the festival calendar between September and November," he said.
The studios will present an extraordinary array of beautiful paintings, watercolours, pastels, drawings, textiles, couture, ceramics and stoneware, steel sculptures, fine wood turning and photography and even brilliant bear making! Come and meet the talented local artists face to face and gain intimate inspiration of how each artwork is developed. You may be lucky enough to see a few artists at work and can also purchase affordable artwork direct from the respective artists.
Come and meet the talented local artists face to face and gain intimate inspiration of how each artwork is developed. You may be lucky enough to see a few artists at work and can also purchase affordable artwork direct from the respective artists.
Participating artists include:
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, Hopscotch Café and Sculpture Park in Karragullen, Avocados Café in Kelmscott, or the Organic Circle in the Pioneer Village in Armadale, all of whom are supporting this event.
The Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail will open from 10am to 4pm, Fridays to Sundays, 8th to 10th, 15th to 17th, 22nd to 24th September 2017.
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.
A detailed map featuring the participating studios and cafes is available from City of Armadale Perth Hills Information Centre, 40 Jull St, Armadale or from the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail website.
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