Our local Drouin & District Community Bank supported us by funding these way finder signs. The signs worked really well, augmenting our large colourful feather flags allowing our visitors to navigate to the  various open studios on the map with ease. From Longwarry to  Drouin, Jindivick to Neerim South and Darnum to Thorpdale our artists reported that the signs brought curious… Read More


Thank you to those who visited our studios over the weekend. We loved meeting you and talking about our work. We enjoyed showing you around our studios. Great news! The same studios will open again the last weekend in March 2017 so if you didn’t get to all you desired jot down the dates 25th &… Read More


Paper excites me. A little piece of paper that holds an image is something special. You can feel the texture of the paper in your hand — sometimes velvety,  or smooth and transparent — it’s fragile and yet permanent. The way an image sits upon the paper is a delight to me. I treasured picture books… Read More


Art has always played a crucial part in my life….chalk on blackboards, a stick in wet sand, a biro on scrap paper, the child’s paintbox and later the oils!   As an art student, Edgar Degas, the French Impressionist painter, inspired me to try pastel as a medium. Having reared the kids and progressed in… Read More


My studio is located in the beautiful countryside nestled under the Strzelecki Ranges in a little country town called Darnum in West Gippsland. Inspiration is never far away. My working day in the studio usually starts with selecting which music will fit my mood, following on with an assessment of the previous sessions work: Is… Read More


Lisa Kurec studied Visual Arts at Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education, Churchill (now called Federation University Australia). Lisa specialised in Printmaking and after completing a Graduate Diploma of Education (in 1981) has taught art at many secondary Colleges in Gippsland, over the last 22 years. Lisa’s art teaching has been committed to supporting the development… Read More


People often say I am very creative and that they could never do what I do. My usual reply is “of course you could but you have to want to do it.” At school when I was teaching, every child who came into the school at year 7 could draw / paint / or create… Read More


Judy Mackintosh lives on a  Beef Breeding property at Neerim.  She loves to paint in oils on canvas to capture a favourite pet, landscape, or portrait. The old disused dairy has been transformed into Judy’s Gallery and Art Studio and is open by appointment and on Open Studios days. Judy has spent much time away with… Read More


I’ve been a ‘maker’ all my life. My earliest recollections are of making dolls clothes, breaking up my Nana’s discarded beads into ‘new creations’, painting, drawing, knitting, crocheting, enamelling, ceramics, leather…the list goes on. As an adult I continued to acquire skills through the various arts I dabbled with. Calligraphy, bookbinding and drawn Celtic knot… Read More


I love mucking about with clay, and making weird and sometimes interesting sculptural things.  Since my retirement as an industrial designer, I have undertaken an ongoing apprenticeship in the wonderful and exasperating world of ceramics.  I generally try to make larger garden pieces which bring their own challenges, such as how big can a gooey… Read More


After 20 yrs as a Draftswoman/Tracer working for Engineering companies on the drawing board, computers arrived. And I left. I had another few years doing ‘Estate design landscape’, coloured pencils and all, but that too died. My dislike of computers was born. Cold, divorced from reality, I found myself looking for the tactile, the bonding… Read More


I love making glass beads and melting glass. And, right now, I’m feeling inspired with lots and lots of ideas floating in my head.  I dream about making beads and jewellery.  I know it sounds silly but that’s when ideas form for me.  The other night I was wondering how different colours would work together… Read More


Luxurious alpaca fibre, sensational silks and delightful cottons combine to create SAORI woven cloths. I transform each cloth into wonderful one off pieces of wearable art in my studio on my alpaca farm in Darnum. In February 2016 I travelled to Japan to learn the art of SAORI weaving with Misao Jo and her son,… Read More


Imagine for a moment that you are blind. Denied to you are the verdant green of our rolling hills, the azure of our seas. What is more, you are denied so much of the pleasure that you and I gain from the warmth of alizarin crimson or the chill of cerulean blue in a painting.… Read More