In early November artists from around the Arcadia and Galston region open their studios up to the public. Each studio features the artists work alongside other local artists. We had a spare morning to visit three of the eight studios and we look forward to seeing more next year. Click through the links to learn more about the artists exhibiting at each of the venues we toured.
First we visited 31 Blacks Road. The Red River Gum furniture was a definite highlight and we also found a lovely little glass snowman for our Christmas Tree. They were doing devonshire teas on the verandah and under the oak tree. We didn't want to spoil our appetites for lunch but apparently it was particularly good with freshly made scones and finger sandwiches.
The second studio was that of stainless steel sculptor Ulrich Steiner at 38 Calderwood Rd. I particularly loved the chinese brush paintings of Evelyne Zuercher Hadfield though she mostly had woodcut prints on display.
The final studio we visited was at 25 Muraban Rd and featured a diverse range of painting by Merilyn Chappel. My other favourite artist here was the ceramic work by Greg Gregan using pit firing to create the abstract patterns and colours.
It was interesting to note how different all the studios we visited were in terms of the landscape of their setting. The first studio was a leafy green homestead abundant with flowers, the second was embedded within the dense dry bushland whilst the third had a coastal tropical feel walking down the driveway with a mediterranean inspired house and studio overlooking open bushland.