Be immersed in beauty beyond our natural world by visiting the working art studios of local Nillumbik artists. This is a rare opportunity to visit artists while they work in their own intimate and private sanctuaries.
The open studios program includes Warrandyte, Eltham, Christmas Hills, Diamond Creek, Panton, Hills, Cottlesbridge and St Andrews. These are all beautiful towns in their own right and worth taking time to look around. The work of Nillumbik artists has obviously been influenced by their beautiful and serene surroundings.
Last year when I visited I wondered what it would be like everyday for the artists who get up, make a cup of coffee and wander into their studio in their pjs to spend hours on the thing they love. How lucky are they to produce creative pieces that are admired by so many.
Artists have opened their door for over a quarter of a century. Workshops are offered and art will be available for sale or commission your own special piece. Many of the artists offer after school programs and art workshops. The open studios give a taste of what you could aspire to as a budding artist.
This year's range of artists, genres and styles is extensive. With 25 artists, studios and disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, glass art, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and photography you can create your own self-guided tour.
Transform your garden perhaps?
One of my favorites is Mosaic artist Shaaron Smith. This studio has been transformed indeed, it looks alive. Mosaics are growing up walls and seeps outside growing from all sorts of ceramic pieces in the garden. Take time to look closely at the individual pieces no doubt collected from various visits to op shops and vintage stores. The collection of broken china and the way it is combined no doubt tells a story.
Here's a couple of other suggestions for putting on you self guided tour schedule. You might like to visit Diana Jackson whose work has been recognised with 20 awards. She is an expressive watercolor painter with a colorful style. Rob Hayley is a glassware artist who work is both artistic and functional. He specialises in leadlight, fusing, slumping and casting glass.
Nillumbik is just 30 minutes from the CBD and only open three weekends of the year so make sure you don't miss it. Be inspired! There's something for everyone interested in art in the 2015 Open Studios. You too could be a proud owner of an original Nillumbik artwork.
While in the area make time for a visit to some of the local cafes. Search Weekend Notes for some ideas.