Yarra Ranges is my stomping ground. I never tire of its beauty,the creativity of its people, and the abundance of things to do and see.
Published July 15th 2014
Artists in their native environment
The Yarra Valley is world renowned for its amazing natural beauty, and the great chance it provides to take a short break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Less is known however of the diverse creative community that calls the Yarra Valley home.
This community of artists regard themselves as the luckiest people in the world to live in a region that provides constant inspiration for their creativity. However, the introspective nature of creating art has often kept these local gems hidden in studios away from the public eye.
Yarra Valley Open Studios (YVOS) offers locals and visitors alike a rare insight into the creative process by allowing the public to visit artists in their studios to see at first hand what inspires them, and what makes them tick. Tucked in amongst tall trees,fern gullies and mountain ranges you will find painters, ceramicists, textile artists, sculptors, photographers, mosaic artists, jewellers, glass artists and more - often working from unique and fascinating spaces.
The restaurant will open early for an 'Open Studios' inspired breakfast on the weekend of the event (Sept 13 & 14, 2014) giving visitors a chance to view original artwork and plan their weekend studio visits using the YVOS guidebook or iPhone app
A second 'group show' will be held at The Memo Gallery in Healesville. 'Prelim' will exhibit a rare collection of preliminary sketches, studies, plans, visual diaries, models and maquettes that artists use to inform their work.
This intriguing exhibition helps highlight the many hours of work and research that goes into a final piece of artwork. It's a peek behind the curtain for many that will visit YVOS – a rare opportunity to find out more about local artists.