A group of local artists of different genres are opening their own working studios to the public so that people can discover and experience the diversity of an artist’s craft and work.
‘The inaugural Open Studios – Ballina, Byron & Beyond will be held over two weekends, Saturday 5 May & Sunday 6 May and Saturday 12 May & Sunday 13 May’ said Paul Button, a Coordinator for the group
Paul says ‘The sixteen working studios are generally located in the Ballina, Byron and Lismore Local Council areas and include a fascinating spectrum of arts such as painting, drawing, ceramics, pottery, metal sculptures, wood-carving, etching, jewelry, textiles, printmaking, mixed media, mosaics and other visual arts practices’.
Learn more about the creative and production process, discover original creations or sign up to a workshop. Where feasible, the public may be offered the opportunity to try their hand at the production process, or experience demonstrations or talks by the artists to discover what’s involved in being a visual artist.
‘It is also an excellent opportunity to buy a painting or piece of art direct from the artist’, Paul says. With Mothers Day on the 13 May, why not buy something special for her or better still take Mum for a drive in our beautiful area to experience it herself.
Paul says ‘The Open Studio would not have been possible without the generous sponsorship of McGrath Real Estate Ballina/ Byron Bay and the intention is for it to become an annual event and growing in geographical spread and studio numbers’.
This area is rich with artistic talent with emerging, established & Award winning & Internationally collected artists. The Open Studio hopes to raise public awareness of our region’s outstanding artistry and craftsmanship and to introduce more locals and visitors to the artistic diversity of the region.
A brochure on the artists with a map of the Open Studios is available at the Tourist Information Offices in Ballina, Byron Bay and Lismore, Art Aspects and Serpentine Gallery in Lismore, Artisans Gallery in Ballina, McGrath Offices in Ballina and Byron Bay, Macadamia Castle at Knockrow.
Details are also available on Facebook: Open Studios – Ballina, Byron & Beyond.
Please contact Paul Button for more information:
Tel: 0418 909 203