Posts Tagged ‘Studios of the Scenic Rim’

Open Studios of the Scenic Rim returns

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Andy RemanisScenic Rim artists will open their studios to the public during May for the annual Open Studios festival, which offers visitors a rare glimpse into the creative process
In it’s sixth year, Open Studios of the Scenic Rim 2014 is a celebration of art and culture featuring over 80 artists.
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.


Book art workshops now

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

arts in the olives workshopsThe Arts in the Olives schedule of workshops has been released.
Book early to avoid disappointment, as these workshops are always popular.
Arts in the Olives will be held in the Worendo Olive Grove, Lost World Valley, on Sunday May 11.
The day features live music, art for children, craft and food stalls and the popular workshops, hosted by many of the Scenic Rim’s leading artisans.
This year’s workshops include bamboo flute making, blacksmithing, drawing, felting, aerosol painting, mosaic jewellery making and photography.
Download the full workshop schedule and book online

Studios and Cultural Trails in State Spotlight

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Catherine Anderson in Studio BoonahScenic Rim’s popular studios and cultural trails program has been highlighted as a leading example of regional cultural tourism at a high-level industry forum aimed at making Queensland the nation’s top tourist destination.

Queensland Arts Minister Ian Walker singled out the success of the Scenic Rim Region Council initiative during a presentation on cultural tourism at the DestinationQ forum on the Gold Coast.

Minister Walker identified “art trails including the Scenic Rim’s Open Studios program and the Southern Downs’ Handmade in Country initiatives” as a natural fit for cultural tourists alongside fixtures such as the Queensland Music Festival, the Woodford Folk Festival and Australian Festival of Chamber Music.

Mayor John Brent said the Minister’s remarks were an acknowledgement of the success of the event, with the studios and cultural trails program going from strength to strength since it was first established in 2008.

“It also a recognition of the hard work of Council staff and event participants have put into building this event to a point where it is attracting attention not only from visitors, but at the highest levels of the tourism industry,” Cr Brent said.

The 2013 Cultural Trails of the Scenic Rim Studios and Events Guide was launched by Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey in March, while the 2012 guide was unveiled by Queensland Governor Penelope Wensley.

“Our Scenic Rim communities are home to many talented artisans who make an important contribution to the social fabric of region,” Cr Brent said.
“This year, 86 artists participated in the cultural trails and studios event at 24 locations across five weekends in May and June.”
“The event guide itself also provided cultural tourists with a treasure trove of year-round information on country markets, agricultural shows and rodeos, accommodation, dining, tours and a whole lot more, allowing them to learn, grow and engage with the region and all it has to offer.”

Watch Boonah artists at work

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Felicity Smith

A group of Boonah’s leading artists will open their studios to the public this weekend.

Three artists – Felicity Smith, Catherine Anderson and Rachael Brook – will work from their studios at the Boonah Butter Factory on May 25 and 26, as part of Open Studios of the Scenic Rim.

Sculptor Christopher Trotter will be based in the Council forecourt in High Street Boonah, the location of his latest public art piece, The Blumbergville Clock.

Painter Mark Paddick will be the artist-in-residence at the Art & Soul Gallery in Boonah.

At Aratula artists Suzy Buhle, Christine Leah and Ali George are hosting open studios on the same weekend.

It’s the second-last weekend in the Open Studios Festival, which has been staged at locations across the Scenic Rim since the start of May.

The event offers art lovers an opportunity to meet some of the region’s leading artists and to see them at work.

New to the event his year are Mark Paddick and Christine Leah. (more…)

Step inside Ali’s quilting wonderland

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Ali-GeorgeAsk Ali George to fix a hem or sew a t-shirt and she’ll politely decline, saying she doesn’t have the skills required.

But ask her to create a beautifully-intricate art quilt to adorn your walls or your furniture and she’ll rise to the challenge.

The Aratula-based textile artist discovered quilting in the late 1980s and since then has moved from traditional patchwork to more creative and challenging art quilting.

She runs workshops from the renovated cowshed on her spectacular Tarome property and on May 25 and 26 she will open her studio to the public, as part of Open Studios of the Scenic Rim.

That weekend Ali will work with three other textile artists – Mel Forrest, Chris Jones and her sister Sue George – to demonstrate mono printing, stamping, rolling, tearing, reconstructing and burning. She says the hands-on demonstrations are for visitors of all ages.

“I just love the magic and the unpredictability of the whole range of processes and art processes that come into play,” says Ali.

“I start with a party in my head but I can still never picture the end product. Every stitch represents an emotional journey.”

Ali discovered quilting by chance, when she bought a patchwork book at a flea market. Her initial thought was, ‘Imagine cutting up pieces of perfectly good fabric and putting them back together – who would do that?’

Thousands of patches and stitches later she understands the attraction. (more…)

Mountain views inspire Buhle’s beach babes

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

_DSC1444Suzy Buhle lives in Aratula, in a cute cottage surrounded by spectacular mountain views, grassy hills and grazing cattle.

So it’s surprising that the most popular works in her Aratula gallery/studio are the brightly-coloured, scantily-clad, voluptuous women.

Those bare-breasted Buhle beach babes are hanging on walls around Australia and overseas and celebrate the female form in all its shapes and sizes.

“I trained classically at uni and painted whatever was put in front of me but after that I had a shop at Nobby Beach on the Coast and my style just evolved,” says Suzy.

“I painted surfers, women and nudes. I’ve always painted women but not as distorted as I do now. That’s what I connect with, I’ve always been drawn to the female body. I also love colour – I don’t do dark and gloomy, there’s enough of that in the world, I like my work to be bright and happy.”

Buhle was raised on a cattle property at Aratula but she cut her artistic teeth on the Gold Coast, where she ran a popular chalk art business, servicing cafes and restaurants.

“I started on the Gold Coast in screen printing, working as a graphic designer,” she says.

“I held my first solo exhibition on Hedges Ave in Mermaid Beach, before leaving for Sydney, where I started my menu and chalkboard business.

“I returned to the Gold Coast and the business took off. I made some great connections in the café and restaurant scene and held my next exhibition at Café Affair in Broadbeach.” (more…)

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

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.

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