Discover Creative Melville on the Open Studios & Exhibitions Art Trail

30 August 2018

More than 36 studios, galleries, creative spaces and Artist Run Initiatives (ARI’s) will open their doors on Saturday, 8 September and Sunday, 9 September 2018.

It will mark the second annual City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail. 

The event, which debuted last year, showcases the many artists and creatives who live or work within the City, offering the community a chance to see artists at work, participate in art activities and purchase art from local residents.

City of Melville Deputy Mayor Matthew Woodall said the event gives people a behind-the-scenes look into the arts world, which they wouldn’t be able to experience normally.

“The City of Melville is home to many artists and creatives and the Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail gives them the opportunity to showcase their work and practices to the local community,” said Cr Woodall.

“The weekend will be jam-packed with art and activities, including demonstrations and hands-on activities at the Atwell Arts Centre, a Sunday ‘Garage Art’ sale on The Esplanade, and the Plein Air painting group in action at Mt Henry Bridge, to name a few.”

Several exhibitions will be on show throughout the City, including the opening of the City’s Annual Art Awards at the Civic Centre; Scene 2018 Exhibition at Nyisztor Gallery; the ‘We Love Art’ Exhibition at Atwell Gallery; Mandola Art Award Finalists at St John of God Murdoch Hospital and MindMatter at Heathcote Museum & Gallery.

An eclectic range of works can be explored at Heathcote Cultural Precinct as resident studio artists welcome visitors to their working space, including Sarah Pearn, Jane Griersen, Tiffany and Migara Ramanayake, Marina Saker, Robyn Laycock, Fiona Bucchanan, Lauren Gavriel, Olivia Jones and Ross Potter. New tenants - the Children’s School of Contemporary Art, Art and Design Workshops and others in Murray House will also open their doors.

Members of local arts groups will be sharing their art including the Embroiders Guild, the South of the River Potters, the Designing Women, Atwell House Spinners, and the Alfred Cove Art Society.

A number of local businesses are also getting involved and have teamed up with artists including Feld and Co, who will be hosting a number of local artists, Applecross Art and Framing, Woven Stories, Palmyra Farmers Market, and Jacksons Art Supplies - who will host illustrators Samantha Hughes and Jamie Wyatt over the weekend.

Other notable creatives opening their doors throughout the City’s suburbs include Kerry Moore (painting and textiles), Isabella Middleton (ceramics), Jennifer Gaye (textiles), Sheree & John Dornan (painting, textiles and glass), Daniela Dlugocz (painting and drawing), Lindsay Pow (painting), Elwyn Morgan (textiles), Harley Springer (wood and metalwork) and Susan Sheppard (painting).

Susan Sheppard and Elwyn Morgan will also open their studios to other artists, with Linda Johnson joining Susan and Cha Higginston joining Elwyn over the weekend.

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