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Studio doors open for Southern Highlands Arts Festival

9 October, 2014Posted in: Community, Events
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The Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail, a once a year opportunity to see beyond the studio door of some of our local artists, is on again this November.

The Art Trail is the feature event of the Southern Highlands Arts Festival, a time to celebrate and enjoy the creativity of the region. The month-long festival features exhibitions, workshops and performances, as well as the Art Studio Trail which runs over the first two weekends of November.

The Art Studio Trail allows a sneak peek into the creative processes of some of the region’s brightest artists, with studio doors open across the weekends of 1 – 2 November and 8 – 9 November, 10am – 5pm.

Twenty six studios featuring the works of more than 50 artists will be opening their doors as part of the festival.

“The Southern Highlands has long been a place favoured by artists,” said Council’s Cultural Development Officer Celeste Coucke.

“The beauty of the area provides the perfect conditions for inspiration and creativity,” she said.

Mediums on display will include both traditional and contemporary painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, fine furniture, textiles, painted tiles, printmaking, fibre art, photography, aboriginal art, sculpture, botanical art, mosaics and art conservation.

“Guests from previous years have remarked that the trail provides a fantastic insight when they visit the artists and spaces where the art works are made,” Celeste added.

“The Southern Highlands Arts Festival really is the ideal time for locals and guests to view first-hand some of the amazing talent and skill that our local artisans are renowned for.”

As part of the Art Trail visitors will be able to purchase artworks directly from the studio.  Entry to all participating studios is free.

For more information, including a full program and Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail map, visit www.shaf.com.au or contact the Southern Highlands Information Centre in Mittagong on 1300 657 559.

For media images or to schedule an interview with one of the artists, contact Council’s Cultural Development Officer on phone 4868 0761 or via email at celeste.coucke@wsc.nsw.gov.au.