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Unveiling high country artisans
Artist Deborah Burton in her Gumnut Gallery, Highfields.
The InStudio Art Trail is a celebration of art, on display over each weekend in August 2022. In this, it's 11th year, participating are thirty-five artists in the high country region north of Toowoomba, from Highfields to Hampton to Crows Nest. A schedule of which studios will be open each weekend can be obtained from the Crows Nest Art Gallery or downloaded at Crows Nest Arts & Crafts. All the displays are open from 10am to 4pm. Bookings are not required. Free entry.
Jane Arthars 'She Oak Shades' on display at the Crows Nest Arty Gallery.
The eight featured artists are Sue Nelson (acrylics and pastels), Annette Baxter (acrylics, mixed media and poly clay), Janette Swindells (acrylics, pastels, mixed media, cards and craft), Pauline Good (watercolours), Naomi Hatt (graphite, charcoal and ink), Anna Battle (acrylics and watercolours), Rob Prentice (models / dioramas) and Deborah Burton (acrylics).
The first weekend unveils artwork by Sue Nelson, Rob Prentice, Deborah Burton, Lynda Georgeson, Julie Nash and Margaret Shaw.
Deborah Burton's studio 'Gumnut Gallery' in Highfields will be open each weekend. Deborah's passion is for blending colours, mostly in acrylics and exploring changes in light, for example light refraction in water. She feels part of the country and her art expresses femininity and the beauty of nature. Prices are around $250 to $480 with some miniatures to enjoy as well. Fill in the visitor register for a chance to win $100 gift voucher to spend at the Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts store. Deborah's studio is at 10 Greenaway Crt, Highfields.
Paintings by artist Deborah Burton at Gumnut Gallery, Highfields.
Lynda Georgeson's vibrant colours on silk come in a variety of desirable and functional objects. A silk-painting workshop with Lynda is a relaxing experience as she is a patient teacher who helps beginners to enjoy creating their first silk painting. Come and learn how to paint your own silk cushion cover or scarf at 58-60 Anduramba Rd, Crows Nest, open each weekend.
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Rob Prentice is a hobby model-maker who is excited to be opening his studio each weekend. Rob has been creating models for over twenty years with his latest being a diorama featuring animals. The components of his models includes metal and timber and reflect his love of Australian rural history. His work is not for sale. You can see Rob's work at 1 Bronzewing Dve, Highfields, where there is a workshop and two display areas.
Models by artist Rob Prentice of Highfields.
Ross Smith will create a portrait for you in pastel and pencil, so take along a photo of a loved one or pet, or sit for an image of yourself. Ross' attention to detail creates heart-warming portraits. You'll find him in the Glass Room, Crows Nest Community & RSL Hall, Williams St, Crows Nest on the weekend of 20 to 21 August.
The Crows Nest Art Gallery currently houses three samples of work by two of the featured artists of the InStudio Art Trail. Two watercolours on paper, 'A Turn in the Road' and 'Quiet Backwater' are by Pauline Good. Mixed-media, collage and oil on canvas, 'She oak Shades' is by Jane Arthars. The gallery was established in 1996 and enhances the cultural life of the town as well as nurturing and encouraging local talent. They are open from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Quaint shops and cafes line the streets of Crows Nest.
Don't miss the famous flavours of Crows Nest Soft Drinks and Syrups.
Many of the studios in the InStudio Art Trail are in the lovely town of Crows Nest. While there, don't miss a visit to Crows Nest Soft Drinks & Syrups, famous for their flavours of the past (eg, Portobello, Double Sarsaparilla and Musk). There are several cafes to choose from in the town. The peaceful green town square features bottle trees. Shop at the quaint stores including, of course, the Community Arts & Crafts store. It's also a great place to stay to explore the surrounding national parks and historic places of interest. The Crows Nest Museum and Historical Village is well worth a visit, on the corner of Oxford Street off the New England Highway.
The InStudio Art Trail is a feast for the eyes, an inspiration for your easel and an opportunity to talk with professional artists in a relaxed atmosphere. And maybe to take home a beautiful work of art.