Posts Tagged ‘open studios’

Meet the Happy Campers

Friday, March 6th, 2015

A fun video has been released to coincide with the launch this year’s  Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim.

It features the Happy Campers dancing their way around the region.

Arts and Culture weaves trail across Scenic Rim

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 9.45.29 amThe region’s popular Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program has been launched for 2015.

The Studios and Events art and culture program, now in its eighth year, was launched at February’s Scenic Rim Arts Dinner in Beaudesert.

Mayor John Brent told the audience that the month-long open studios event was not a fixture in the calendars of locals and visitors and reflected the significant role the arts community plays in Scenic Rim tourism.

“Art, in all its creative forms, is an important part of the social fabric of the Scenic Rim region and our vibrant communities are home to a number of artisans. This program showcases the talents of our artists and provides an opportunity for people to experience our many vibrant and creative communities, in addition to the natural wonders of the region.”

This year’s studio trail will feature more than 190 individual artists and several collectives across five weekends, running May 2 to 31.

Find out more about the participating artists on the website

“This program continues to go from strength to strength and the numbers speak for themselves. Last year, we had more than 130 artists involved, up from 86 in 2013, and this year participation has topped 190,” says Cr Brent.

“I’m looking forward to another big year for arts and culture in the Scenic Rim and the launch of this program is always a great jumping off point.

“There is also a high level of alignment between the Cultural Trails program and our War Stories and Our Town commemorative program for the Anzac Centenary.”

The Studios and Events: Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program booklet also features a full round up of country markets, agricultural shows, arts and community events, in addition to a loops and trails guide to studios and other destinations within the region.

Go to to view the Studios and Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim program.

Scenic Rim sustains Roberta’s film career

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

roberta-profileRoberta Shaw arrived to the Scenic Rim 13 years ago to work as a costume designer on a film.

She was meant to stay for three months but fell in love with the region and has never left.

She says the Scenic Rim is the ideal location for her work and over the years has worked on productions in Boonah, Canungra and Tamborine Mountain.

Her film credits include Anna and the King, Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, The Hobbit and The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, set to release in July.

2803874-the_wolverine_2013_movie_wide“We film a lot at Mt Tamborine and that’s how I discovered Canungra,” says Roberta.

“We were filming out there and I got to go to these amazing locations and these beautiful properties. I came up for a three-month job and that was 13 years ago. We’ve filmed throughout the Scenic Rim; it’s just a spectacular place.

“I work on set. I dress the actors, keep the continuity on customers, make sure they’re in the right costume at the right time.”

Roberta will be the artist-in-residence at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard on June 1 and 2, for the final weekend of Open Studios of the Scenic Rim.

Over the weekend Roberta will exhibit her felt and textile art, her clothing and accessory designs and her sculpture and wall pieces. She will also happily talk about her experiences working on big budget film and television productions.

“I always wanted to work in costumes since I was 12,” she says.

“I went to fashion school in Sydney, where’ I’m originally from. Then I worked in a fancy dress shop and we used to do a lot of TV commercials.

“I love textiles and the tactile quality of that side of it. I love fabrics and I love the history of fashion and that’s why I always come back to film because I am always learning things. I love researching the costumes, particularly for war films and things like that.”

Roberta discovered felt making 10 years ago and has been hooked ever since and loves being able to make a garment from the fibre stage. She also creates accessories in silver and resin although admits she struggles to find time for her art outside of her film commitments.

“At the moment I’m working six days a week,” she says.

“On my day off I go off to my workshop at Canungra and do whatever takes my fancy that day.

“During Open Studios of the Scenic Rim I will be demonstrating some of my work, I have various textile and felt works in progress at the moment.”


Meet Roberta Shaw during the Canungra-Beechmont Open Studios weekend. Roberta will be the artist-in-residence at the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, along with painter Tamlyn Geiger.

Other participating artists include photographer El Hogan at Boyland, Sharon Louise at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge and an artists collective at the Wallaby Ridge Retreat.

For information on all of the participating Open Studios artists and events go to


Clock’s ticking for Chris’s latest creation

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

chris trotter copyBoonah sculptor, Christopher Trotter, is close to revealing the new town clock and will discuss his progress during Open Studios in Boonah this weekend.
Chris is working with local horologist, David Bland, to create the Blumbergville Clock. It will replace the simple Boonah town clock, which ticked its last tock in April.
A public call for donations of old farm machinery and other historically-significant items was successful and some of the donations will feature in the finished clock, which Chris promises will be wacky, zany and a real conversation starter.
This weekend you’ll find Chris in the Council forecourt in High St Boonah, along with some of his latest creations.
The Blumbergville Clock will be officially unveiled in the coming months.
Find out more

Social Media injects new life into art career

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Cherie StrongCherie Strong lives Boonah, a small country town, population 2500. She works from a studio on her rural property, juggling art around her hectic duties as a mum to five boys, aged 16 to eight years.

But that hasn’t stopped the prolific painter and street artist from achieving phenomenal sales around the world.

She’s just left for an exhibition in London’s Portobello Road, where her reputation precedes her.
Cherie thanks Facebook for her new-found international popularity. She says social media has enabled her to find new customers, irrespective of where she is based or what galleries she is exhibiting in.

“I was signed to a local gallery for four years and last year I decided to leave and do it on my own,” says Cherie.

“In the past 12 months my profile has gone global. I sell my art overseas all the time. I would send to America every week and in the UK they’re telling me I’m quite popular over there.”

Cherie says her life raising a house of boys has influenced her artwork. Her favourite – and most popular series – feature China Dolls and Geisha Girls. She also does a great edgy Alice in Wonderland series and a ‘drippy’ series, which features dripping paintwork.

Meet Cherie and watch her work during Open Studios of the Scenic Rim, which is being held across five weekends, starting on May 3. The celebration of art and culture involves 86 artists working in 24 studios around the Scenic Rim.

The Open Studios festival offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process. Cherie says she’s looking forward to working in such a public place and an environment far removed from her solitary studio.

Cherie started painting in her late teens and studied art in Perth straight out of school. But soon after graduating she met her husband and started breeding boys. During those early years her art took a back seat but about nine years ago she decided to focus on it again.

“I was about 30 and knew I was missing something,” says Cherie.

“I bought some paint and canvases and started painting. It just went from there. I didn’t even realise I missed it until I started painting again. I’m going to London for a show on Portobello Rd and when I get back I have a solo exhibition in Melbourne. People are coming to me now thanks to Facebook and social media. (more…)

Art Studios open to the public during May & June

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Dave-Groom-for-webScenic Rim artists will open their studios to the public during May and June for the annual Open Studios festival, which offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process.
Open Studios of the Scenic Rim 2013 is a celebration of art and culture, which began five years ago and this year involves 86 artists working in 24 studios across five weekends.
As well as art exhibitions, visitors have the opportunity to learn from some of the Scenic Rim’s talented professional artists, including Christopher Trotter, Therese Flynn-Clarke, Kate French and Ali George.
Art workshops and master classes are being offered throughout the region, with Open Studio events being held in Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Aratula, Tamborine Mountain, the Lost World Valley and Beaudesert.
The event is an initiative of the Scenic Rim Regional Council and celebrates the region’s rich and diverse artistic and cultural community.
The event begins on May 3 in Beaudesert with a Murri Arts Festival.
On Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, Open Studios moves to the magical Lost World Valley for Arts in the Olives.
On May 18 and 19 Tamborine Mountain takes centre stage, with 19 artists and art studios open to the public.
On May 25 and 26 Boonah and Aratula artists will open their studios to the public.
Finally on June 1-2, the Wallaby Ridge Retreat will host Canungra and Beechmont artists for workshops.
This event is visually spectacular and offers visitors to the region a very unique experience.
Full event details are online.

Studios of the Scenic Rim 2013 coming soon

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

ali-profileVisitors can step inside the art studios and workspaces of some of the region’s most talented artists during May and early June, when the Studios of the Scenic Rim event returns.
This year Open Studios features 86 artists at 24 studios over 5 weekends.
Studios and events will be happening across the Scenic Rim, including Canungra, Beechmont, Boonah, Aratula, Tamborine Mountain, Lost World Valley and Beaudesert.
Find more information about each weekend  and start planning your visit today.

Open Studios ends with Binna Burra and Canungra

Monday, May 28th, 2012

THE month-long Open Studios of the Scenic Rim ends this weekend with artist in resident workshops at Canungra and Binna Burra.

The final installment in studios of the Scenic Rim will be held on June 2-3 at Wallaby Ridge Retreat Canungra and Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.

Wallaby Ridge retreat will host an Arts Collective and all of the participating artists are offering workshops to visitors. The talented mix of local artists includes Gerard Walk (water colours), Wendi Trulson (fibre artist), Tamlyn Geiger (water colours and pastels), Debbie Oberhardt (pottery, sculpture) and Joy Drescher (poetry).

A Raku firing demonstration and workshop will be held on Saturday afternoon and early evening. Devonshire tea and coffee will be available all weekend, with wood fired pizza available Saturday evening.

Find out more at

At the Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, two artists will offer workshops and demonstrate their craft to visitors. (more…)

Open Studios Boonah & Kalbar

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

VISITORS to Studios of the Scenic Rim Boonah & Kalbar next weekend will meet leading professional artists and see inside two of the region’s most historic buildings.

Open Studios moves to Boonah and Kalbar on May 26 and 27, where artists will welcome visitors from the Boonah Butter Factory and the heritage-listed Wiss Emporium at Kalbar.

They are two of the area’s most well-recognised character buildings and reveal much about the history of the local area.

Boonah artists Catherine Anderson, Felicity Smith and Rachael Brook work from the Boonah Butter Factory and that’s where they will welcome visitors next weekend. The trio will provide an insight into bronze sculpture, glasswork and mouth art.

At Kalbar’s beautiful 103-year-old Wiss Emporium, a collective of developing artists will gather to welcome visitors and share their passion for their craft. The collective features Louise Mossom (fibre artist), Lisa Kirk (artist), David Mossom (experimentalist fibre dyer), Sue Wright (fibre artisan), Denise Foster (silk artist), Sue Russ (leadlighting) and Uvon McManus (textile artisan).

The studios are open from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and entry is free.

Boonah mouth artist Rachael Brook overcomes the physical barriers of cerebral palsy to create brightly-coloured paintings which are full of life and strongly stamped with her unique style. (more…)

Tamborine Mountain artists open their studios

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

TAMBORINE Mountain artists will open their studio doors to the public next weekend, for the third instalment of Studios of the Scenic Rim.
On May 19 and 20, visitors to Tamborine Mountain can join an open studio trail which takes in about 15 artist studios and artist collectives.
Studios of the Scenic Rim is a month-long celebration of local arts and culture and features artists and art studios right across the region.
While the region grew on the back of rural production, it also boasts a strong and vibrant arts community which is showcased during the month of May.
Sculptor Christopher Trotter will be the artist in residence at Marks & Gardener Gallery on Tamborine Mountain next weekend. His Dr Suess-styled sculptures, fashioned from disused pipes, scrap metal and old machines, are full of personality and life and are instantly identifiable.
This is the second year the Boonah-based sculptor has been involved in Studios of the Scenic Rim and he says it provides visitors with a rare insight into the creative process involved with producing professional art.
Newcomers to Studios of the Scenic Rim this year include sculptor Kate French and landscape painter Fiona Rafferty. Fiona is also a relative newcomer to Tamborine Mountain and says for a landscape artist the mountain hideaway is a 24/7 hub of inspiration. (more…)