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Meet the Maker at Open Studios West Gippsland

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Discover a unique piece of art
Head out to West Gippsland and discover something new at Meet The Maker.

Spend the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2017 meeting the creative minds who create amazing artwork in their home studios.

You'll discover places you never knew existed and may even find yourself a masterpiece. Listen to the fascinating stories behind the different pieces and buy direct from the maker.

This runs as a self-guided tour. Download a copy of the map and the number beside each artist's name corresponds with the numbers on the map.

You can start at any studio. Once you've chosen the first one, just pay $5 per person (under 18 free) and you will be given an adhesive ticket which will admit you to as many other studios as you wish to visit.

Below is a list of all the Makers and a brief description of their artwork.

1. Graeme Myrteza

424 Trafalgar South Road Thorpdale 3835
Graeme, a farmer from Gippsland, paints only in oils and mainly paints around the Gippsland area capturing early morn and late evening light.

B]2. Angela Betheras[/B]
Nickelby At Darnum 308 Darnum Shady Creek Rd Darnum
SAORI is a free-form method of weaving, created from the heart with passion. Angela will show how she turns alpaca fibre into garments as one-off wearable art pieces.

3. Russell Lilford
18 Montgomery Street Warragul
Russell's work moves through personal mythological experiences using painting and printmaking.

4. Anita George
Pen On Parchment Calligraphy - 26 Church Street, Warragul
With calligraphy as the starting point, you will find small lettering designs, large abstract art on paper, canvas or wood, garden sculptures, small ceramics and umbrellas.

5. Wendy Hitchins
5 Canterbury Close, Drouin
Handmade glass beads and jewellery. See glass beadmaking demonstrations. Unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.

6. Lisa Kurec
431 Main Neerim Road, Drouin West
Inspired by the environment and Ukrainian customs, Lisa works in the traditional processes of printmaking, specialising in etching.

7. Val Connelly
515 Old Sale Road Drouin West
Val has won several awards for her bold and vibrant pastels shaping her vision of nature. Inspiration may come from a breaking wave, a striking bloom or the curve of a hillside.

8. Jessie McLennan
64 Platts Road, Buln Buln
Jessie's sculpture studio is crammed with her figurative sculptures. She works in ceramic, plaster, concrete and metal and also teaches sculpture classes in this studio.

9. Kerrie Warren
381 Old Telegraph Road East Crossover
Through intuitively based artworks that include large-scale abstract paintings, thrown stoneware ceramics and poetic assemblages, Kerrie Warren explores life's delicate balance.

10. Roger Terrill
145 Old Telegraph Road West Rokeby
Roger, a fine furniture artisan, creates African drums, Red Rock Drums, guitars and teaches percussion from Straw Studios, the home of his inspiration.

11. Sue Acheson
143 Old Telegraph Road West Rokeby
The ceramic work that Sue is producing is created and inspired by the bushland on her beautiful block.

12. Phil Henshall
1116 Main Neerim Rd, Rokeby
Phil continues to explore ASPECTIVISM™ at his new studio.

13. Laurie Collins
420 Main Jindivick Rd, Jindivick
Wander around the sculpture garden and visit Laurie's Red Tree Gallery. Look for the fence with the dragons, fairies and FJ Holden (and the artist leaning on the letterbox).

14. Judy Mackintosh
1525 Neerim East Road, Neerim
Local farmer, animal & bird lover, and passionate artist, Judy offers pet portraits in oils on canvas. Judy's gallery and studio, once part of the old dairy, features portraits, landscapes and still life paintings.

West Gippsland is approximately an hour from Melbourne, so makes a perfect day trip. Or why not make a weekend of it and stay a night or two? Check out the Visit Baw Baw web site for full information on accommodation options and things to do in the area.
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Why? Find a unique piece of art and meet the maker
When: Saturday 25 and Sunda 26 November
Phone: 0407 805 278
Where: West Gippland
Cost: $5.00
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