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Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail

30 August 2019

Studios, galleries, and creative spaces will open their doors in September for the 2019 City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail.

Studios, galleries, and creative spaces will open their doors on Saturday, 14 and Sunday, 15 September 2019 for the third annual City of Melville Open Studios and Exhibitions Art Trail.

This exciting event showcases 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 Mayor Russel Aubrey said the event was set to build a sense of community, bringing people together to celebrate local talent, art and join in group activities.

“The weekend will be jam-packed with art and activities, including demonstrations and a community mural painting session at John O’Sullivan Park in Palmyra with artist Mikaela Miller,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“There will also be demonstrations of wood block printing at Woven Stories in Myaree, the pottery wheel at Isa Igloo Pottery in Melville, gelli printing and watercolours at Maureen Lipa’s studio in Bateman and Raku firing at South of the River Potters club.

“On foot or on wheels, the great thing about this local event is that the locations are close in proximity so families and visitors can find their 30 whilst enjoying all of the artworks by talented local creatives – and even getting involved in community art themselves.

“We encourage you to visit the many sites around Melville and make a day of it with your family and friends – furry friends too!”

Several exhibitions will be on show throughout the City, including the opening of the City’s Annual Art Awards at the Civic Centre with more than 260 artworks on display, while resident studio artists at Heathcote Cultural Precinct will welcome visitors to their working spaces, including the Swan River Print Studio and Not Yet Perfect Studio.

Local arts groups will share their artworks, including Atwell House who will be showcasing activities and running a special kids’ art feature. The Embroiderers’ Guild will be showing their historical textile collection and discussing Wearable Art on Saturday.

Other notable creatives opening their doors throughout the City’s suburbs include Isabella Middleton (ceramics), Jennifer Gaye (textiles), Sheree & John Dornan (painting, textiles and glass), Elwyn Morgan from Ellume Life (textiles), and Susan Sheppard (painting).

A number of local businesses are also getting involved and have teamed up with artists, including Otherside Brewhouse in Myaree who will be hosting six artists over the weekend including Ben Crappsley, Moody Rabbit and Ruby Sew Oh. Myaree Ceramics will be hosting photographer Chris Saunders and painter Gail Dell.

Feld and Co, will be hosting events with Open Hands Creative, including a community mural project and workshop, the Open Table fine Dining experience and a Sunday Night Gathering welcoming all to finish off the Open Studio’s weekend.

Melville City Arts and Events Instagram page will host a competition in the lead up and during the weekend with the chance for an entrant to win a $250 gift voucher to spend at the Heathcote Cultural Precinct HCP Shop, featuring handmade crafts and items by local artists and creatives.

For more information, including a full program of participating artists and trail map and Instagram competition terms and conditions, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/openstudios  or contact 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

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