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Navigate your way through studios and galleries of great art
Following the huge success of the inaugural Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios event last year, local artists and artisans have been busy preparing for the upcoming June event. Each weekend in June studios and galleries from Mt Glorious to Mt Mee will be throwing their doors open and welcoming the public to their workspaces. This year 31 individual artists, four community art galleries and 21 venues will be participating. This is your opportunity to meet the artists, discuss their techniques and watch demonstrations. If you're a bit short on time it's worth noting that a number of studios have several artists exhibiting, making it easy to catch a group of artists in one location. If your time is your own, why not turn this event into a short break? There are many accommodation options along the trail - call into the Visitor Information centres at Samford and Dayboro for maps and brochures relating to this beautiful region. With the weather finally cooling off and stunning winter days, it's the perfect time to embark on an art driven adventure!
Some of the artists featured in this year's event include:
Janina Liddell Janina's distinctive style is characterised by strong colours and a diversity of work. Her works include seascapes, florals, landscapes and abstracts. With18 years of experience as a professional artist, she conducts art classes in her home studio. Janina's specialty is commissions and she also creates garden mosaics and art works for children's rooms. Visitors to her studio will be both surprised and delighted by the variety of work exhibited.
Kathy Sydes Having resided in the Samford area for 25 years, Kathy often draws inspiration from bush walking, both locally and further afield. Her work with recycled silver, copper, and brass is influenced by the shapes and textures found in nature, resulting in stunning and unique jewellery pieces. Kathy works with natural Australian stones such as jasper, opal and agate. Her beautiful works are sure to catch your eye.
Shan Wood Shan is a visual artist who uses cold and hot wax as well as acrylics, oils and a range of other media to complete her work. In her home studio she produces paintings, drawings, eco-dyed products, brooches and cards. When selecting a focus for her work, Shan draws on her travels, surroundings, nature and personal history. She facilitates both introductory and advanced workshops in encaustic art and workshops in cold wax painting and mixed media - she also tutors with Flying Arts Inc. Visitors to Shan's studio will enjoy browsing the wide variety of beautiful work showcased here.
Kate Sharp Kate has many years experience teaching and supporting children in their artistic development and currently works as an arts therapist. She enjoys her own daily practice of time spent rendering quickly and simply, drawing with ink and washing with watercolor. Kate uses a range of media to produce her pieces. She has attained both a Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy and Counsellong and an MA in Creative Art Therapy. Make sure you check out her unique horses.
Carol and Peter Williams This husband and wife team enjoys working with glass - a passion which began over 25 years ago following a TAFE course in lead light and tiffany style copper foil. They enjoy learning, experimenting and teaching their art. Their work has evolved to include kiln worked glass and traditional stained glass. A real feather in their artist's cap, Carol and Peter have been invited to exhibit their art in New York and London. Don't miss the opportunity to check out their stunning glass work.