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Arts trail leads visitors on a magical mystery tour
The picturesque view from Lorraine Emerson's studio. Image taken by writer
As autumn turns to winter, there's no better place to be than the countryside, but if you need more than sunny winter days to get you on the road, then this event just might do the trick. Each weekend during the month of June, artists from Samford and the surrounding district will be throwing open their studio doors to visitors. Be both inspired and amazed at the beautiful work of local creatives as you follow this Arts Trail. Download the flyer and map from the website, pack a picnic basket and head, quite literally, for the hills. You'll be embarking on a mystery tour as the trail takes you to artists' studios that are, in their own right, works of art.
From a cute and quirky train carriage to studios with panoramic views of the Dayboro Valley, visitors to this event will navigate themselves to parts of the area they may never have seen before. From Samford to Mt Glorious and on to King Scrub and Ocean View, studios, galleries and other venues will showcase artists' works, give demonstrations of various techniques and run workshops for visitors keen to learn. This writer was very fortunate to visit a handful of the artists who will be participating - and those enthusiasts of art and the great outdoors who hit the trail are in for a real treat! Here's a sample of what the Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios event has in store in June:
Wendy Bailye has been feltmaking for nearly 20 years and from fine silks and wool fibers creates stunning lightweight scarves, clothing and accessories as well as beautiful wall art. Making handmade wool felt is an ancient technique that has become an advanced contemporary art form which Wendy will demonstrate at her studio. With a bit of a nip in the air, her beautiful scarves and felt hats will have many reaching for their wallets! Word has it that you might also find macadamia nut pies and homemade lemonade when you visit!
Lorraine Emerson experiments in a variety of media and subject matter which she incorporates into her works. Having completed studies in Fine Art and Design, printmaking, book binding and figure drawing, she enjoys experimental challenge and combines mono printing, mixed media and collage to express her own distinctive style. Speaking with this artist, it's clear that her artwork is the result of a wonderfully creative imagination and a real passion for her art. Lorraine's studiio sits atop a ridge at King Scrub and has an amazing view down and through the picturesque Dayboro Valley.
Graham Radcliffe has been practicing his skill as a professional sculptor for 25 years and together with wife, Margit, has created the Phoenix Sculpture Garden which has been opening to the public every Sunday since 1995. Here, visitors can see Graham's life's work of sculptures and paintings in a naturally beautiful setting which is amazingly peaceful and quiet. A walk through this garden is a real joy and you can't help but emerge from the foliage feeling both inspired and blissfully relaxed. Make sure you walk to the top of the garden, where an impressive view awaits!
Helen Evans' artwork can be found in private, corporate amd public collections and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions internationally. Currently, her practice is connected to her environment, flora, fauna and landscapes. Whilst Helen uses mixed media, she particularly likes the practice of encaustic art. This artist has the good fortune to have two studios, one being her home studio at Cedar Creek and the other is a converted train carriage in Samford Village where she works and conducts art classes. Both studios will be open during this event.
Carly Wagstaff's studio reveals her love of woodwork, in the form of cute and quirky yard art. Bright and colourful, this artist's work gives recycled timber an extended life and personality! A potter in earlier days, Carly is now passionate about wood craft, attributing her 30 year love of this craft to the beautiful flow of the wood grain. Her "creations with attitude" vary from cows to kangaroos and pink flamingos!
Find your way to the top of the Phoenix Sculpture Garden and enjoy this breathtaking view. Image taken by writer
Check out the website for more information about participating artists. You'll find an exciting range of artists including glass artists, a photographer, a ceramic artist, a furniture maker, an indigenous art gallery and much more! Whilst this will be a fabulous day out, why not make a weekend of it and stay in the region for a weekend escape? There are some beautiful accommodation options in this area, amongst them the Blue Ridge Lavender Farm and Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks. For those with time on their hands, Dayboro, the "Town of Yesteryear" is also a great little place to explore. Whichever way you decide to hit the trail, you're guaranteed to be delighted by both the skills of these local creatives and the beauty of Samford and its surrounds.
This event is proudly sponsored by Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Image source: Moreton Bay Regional Council website