Spring art trail blooming with southern creativity

Gerry Reilly.
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Gerry Reilly. Images supplied.

Satisfy your artistic curiosity and celebrate originality at this year’s Margaret River Region Open Studios (27 April to 12 May).

More than 100 painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, printmakers, glassblowers, ceramicists, photographers and furniture makers are participating in this year’s Open Studios, and 19 artists are throwing open their studio doors for the first time.

From Busselton to Augusta in Western Australia’s south west, meet artists in their home towns and off the beaten track for a unique behind-the-scenes creative experience in this stunning region.

Rachel Coad.
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Rachel Coad. Images supplied.

Margaret River Region Open Studios Chairman Jim Davies said the 16-day event ticked many boxes in providing art lovers with a memorable experience.

“This year’s artistic line-up includes many old (and young) favourites, plus a number of artists new to the event, so it’s perfect for both first time and regular visitors,” he said.

“There really is something for everyone, whether it be learning about creative intentions and techniques, sharing ideas, admiring art, exploring out-of-the-way back roads, or owning a piece of art created by an artist you have had the opportunity to meet.”

Lauren Wilhelm.
Image Tim Campbell.

Lauren Wilhelm. Image Tim Campbell.

In keeping with the creativity of Margaret River Region Open Studios, this year’s event has a new visual design, which will feature on the cover of the event guide and website.

The free large-format event guide includes new-look maps showing studio locations, cross-referenced with artist images and biographies.

Local artists are the stars of the show and talent this year includes recognisable artistic names such as Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Rebecca Cool, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Christian Fletcher, and John Miller.

Fi Wilkie.
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Fi Wilkie. Images supplied.

Margaret River Region Open Studios is free to attend and bookings are not required.

To find out more visit www.mrropenstudios.com.au, email art@mrros.com.au or follow the event on Facebook (mrropenstudios) or Instagram (@margaretriverregionopenstudios). Pick up a copy of the event guide at your local Jackson’s Drawing Supplies shop in Perth or the south west or local Visitor Centres and attractions.