The Samford region lies to the northwest of Brisbane and comprises the Samford Village and Samford Valley. The delightful Samford with its gently undulating hills, was first settled in the mid-1850's and today, is a location that many hobby farmers love to call home.
Samford has maintained its old worlde charm and truly makes its visitors feel like they're a world away from the city, with its wide open spaces and country quaintness. The café scene is highly sought after, with guests eager to linger longer for that second cup of coffee, before meandering off to the next door shop for local fresh produce.
The Arts Trail is proudly showcased by Creative Samford Inc - Image: Creative Samford Inc FB
The 7th Annual Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail is very proudly showcased by Creative Samford Inc, a community not-for-profit group, that promote and foster the arts in the Moreton Bay region. From Dayboro, the enchanting town of yesteryear in the north, to Samford and beyond, Creative Samford Inc encourages artists and artisans, in all forms of visual art and craft, as well as writers, musicians and performers, to join their dynamic group.
Get to visit artists in their quirky studios ... Image: Running Duck Studio
After a brief hiatus, the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios is once again happening every weekend throughout June, giving day-trippers, weekenders and locals, the unique opportunity to visit artists in their studios and shared spaces; meet the actual makers; listen and learn from the creatives' stories and techniques and get to enjoy exceptional art, all whilst appreciating this stunning region's natural beauty.
... and their shared spaces - Image: Christa Coetzee Studios
The Arts Trail Studio Guide is well worth downloading here to find which artists and creatives are participating (Pages 2 and 3), the studio locations (Pages 10 to 27) and the opening times. Please note that the map (image above) indicates how studios and artists are grouped together, which will make planning your weekend trip a tad easier.
Catalogue books will be available at various outlets as well as maps with the addresses of participating studios. Some of the studios do not have EFTPOS facilities - ATM locations will be marked on the visitor map.
Carved pot by Karen Hannay - Image: Arts Trail Coordinator, Samford & Surrounds Arts Trail
On page 7 of the Studio Guide is a list of Workshops facilitated by some of the talented artists - workshops that are available for visitors to attend and participate themselves in the creative process. Bookings can be made by contacting the facilitator directly or through the Creative Samford website: www.creativesamford.com Please note that bookings online may incur a small booking fee.
A visit to the iconic Slab Hut in the Samford Village - with varied and unique pieces showcased by approximately sixty local artists and craft people - is definitely another one for the to-do list.
Housing unique pieces by 60 local artists is the Slab Hut in the Samford Village - Image: Slab Hut FB
Plan a day, plan a weekend or plan all four weekends in June to visit picturesque studios, friendly cafés, charming parks and a never-ending supply of engaging places of interest within the Moreton Bay Region - the Samford and Surrounds Art Trail in 2021 is an absolute must-do for creative lovers, day-trippers and weekenders.
Stunning jewellery by Marie-Ann Coyle, Visual Artist - Image: Arts Trail Coordinator, Samford & Surrounds Arts Trail