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Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail is held on the 1st Sunday of each month from 10:00am-4:00pm. It gives the general public a chance to come and meet a diverse range of artists at their art studios, see their work in progress and get some inspiration from their studio atmosphere. These artists' works are from painters, sculptors, pottery masters, glass artisans, jewelry designers and mix media designers. If you are a serious art collector, you can purchase their artworks at a studio price.
There are two ways to get you to Bundeena and Maianbar, two small townships in the Royal National Park, by car or by ferry. Since it was a great day, I chose to take ferry from Cronulla, which took about 20 minutes to arrive the village. Once you got off the ferry, you would easily get a copy of the Art Trail Map. You could also see the monthly Market By the Sea on the Horderns Beach side, right beside the Ferry Wharf.
From my own experience, I would suggest you visit the Market By the Sea first and then started to follow the Art Trail Studio Number from your left hand side. Before you start the walk, you should double check which studios are closed and mark them off from the map, so you could figure out the best walking route to cover at least the majority of the studios. All the studios will be marked with an yellow sign, some of the studios even had the flag to help you spot them in a distance.
During my visit to different studios, I was very honored to meet the founder of the Art Trail, Peter Mulder, the Kimberley Landscape Artist known as the Studio Artgecko. He was very happy to tell me that Sunday, 6 January, 2013 will be the anniversary of the Bundeena and Maianbar Art Trail. It has grown to become one of the Sutherland Shires best kept secrets and a highly appreciated tourist attraction of southern Sydney. Peter considered back in 2000 that many talented local artists who exhibited just once or twice a year at community art exhibitions could benefit greatly by having their artwork exposed on a more regular basis. He also considered local residents and visitors that passed his studio may be curious as to what secrets an artist's studio may hold and allowing access to a chain of studios would be a unique experience - hence the Art Trail was born.
The founder of the Art Trail Peter Mulder and his Studio Artgecko
We visited 14 art studios in total on the day and had a lovely beach picnic while waiting for the ferry back home. I felt that something about this quiet little village, isolated from the busy urban life, was such an ideal place to pursuing arts. No wonder there are nearly 100 artists living in this area, a truly artisan's village. Peter told me that after the Art Trail, sometimes the artists would gather together, have a drink and talk about their experiences of the day. "It was also a great way to connect the artists together and promote the sense of community we have nurtured for the past 13 years."
The Art Trail website is updated monthly with maps and the location of 'open' studios as well as details of each artist. Each year a group exhibition is held and in November past it was in the Fountain Court area of NSW Parliament House. Full details of upcoming days and events are available from the website.