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A warming weekend in the studios
Honestly, we can’t thank our visitors enough for visiting our studios on such a wet and chilly weekend. We loved meeting you. Thank you for your interest in our work, our stories, and our passion. Your visits filled our studios with such wonderful energy – after all, it’s been a year since we last opened. The purchases you made were extra special – thank you. We appreciated visitors checking in with the QR codes or writing in the log – this aspect was a first for our artists, thank you for your cooperation.

Most of our studios are open by appointment and have an online presence so we hope you will keep in touch. You will be able to view our virtual studio videos kindly funded by Regional Arts Victoria on Facebook and on the website.

Our next open studio weekend rolls around on November 13 &14. We look forward to seeing you again.

Thanks again

Discover Something New – Meet The Maker

 Next open days – November 13 &14, 2021

A weekend to meet with the creative minds who make amazing artwork in their home studios. Discover places you never knew existed. Listen to the story behind the work, browse and buy direct from the maker.

This is a self-guided tour.

The number beside each artist’s name corresponds with the same number on the map

    1. Due to COVID this event will be free – but if you wish to donate, we won’t refuse

New 2021 Brochure Now Available for download

2021 Autumn Map

Meet Our 2021 Makers

1. Don Barrett

  290 North Yannathan Road, Modella, 3816

  0438 415 060

Most of my sculpture is contemporary abstract, comprising shape, form, colour and texture; but sometimes during the creative process, figurative shapes appear. I work intuitively, allowing the work itself to dictate the final outcome.


2. Laurel Foenander

  12 Bennett Street, Longwarry 3816

  0438 399 664

A professional artist known mainly for wildlife and flower paintings, her colours have overflowed to include landscapes, still life, abstracts and even furniture and garden pieces.


3. Helen Timbury

   37 Albert Road Drouin 3818

   0408 527 943

The scent of paper permeates this little studio. See Helen demonstrate her linocut printing techniques, talk about ink & press and her prints referencing her respect and interest in the conservation of wild bush.


4. Wendy Hitchins

   22 Silvertown Road, Drouin 3818

   0407 710 180

Handmade glass beads and jewellery. See glass bead-making demonstrations. Unique necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more.


5. Lisa Kurec

   431 Main Neerim Road, Drouin West 3818

   0400 686 634

   More on Lisa…

Inspired by the environment and Ukrainian customs, Lisa works in the traditional processes of printmaking, specialising in etching.


6. Val Connelly

   515 Old Sale Road, Drouin West 3818

   0428 252 916

Val works predominantly in pastel and draws inspiration from the natural world – trees, birds, the shoreline, flowers. Bold skies, strong contrasts, shadows and reflections feature in her vibrant paintings.


7. Gary Miles

   Bradley Hall Fine Art Gallery – 12 Old Telegraph Road West, Drouin West 3818

   0407 443 606

Gary has recently returned from painting Jugiong in Central NSW and is preparing work for exhibition. The paintings are a dance of line, marks and colour. Not traditional, not abstract.


8. Sue Acheson

   143 Old Telegraph Road West, Rokeby 3818

   0407 805 278

Sue’s airy studio surrounded by bush holds her ceramics, paintings and wood carving, with sheds outside for the dirtier work! The exploration of techniques created for tableware are utilised for sculpture and expression of social, cultural and political issues.


9. Laurie Collins

   420 Main Jindivick Rd, Jindivick 3818

  0457 099 094

Wander around the sculpture garden and visit Laurie’s Red Tree Gallery. Find the shed near the piles of rusty metal! Look for the fence with the dragons, fairies and FJ Holden (and the artist leaning on the letterbox).


10. Lauren Murphy

   Level 1  – 97 Queen Street, Warragul 3820

   0432 608 897

Lauren Murphy is a freelance photographer specialising in compelling, authentic portraiture and documentary-style photography that captures the uniqueness of people – their personality and life journey.


11. Anita George – Pen On Parchment Calligraphy

   26 Church Street, Warragul 3820

   0437 562 215

With calligraphy as the starting point, you will find many different mediums in Anita’s studio. Small lettering designs, large abstract art on paper, canvas or wood, garden sculptures, small ceramics and umbrellas.


12. Russell J Lilford

   18 Montgomery Street, Warragul 3820

   0432 043 856

My work moves through personal mythological experiences. I use painting and printmaking to realise an ongoing discourse with humans, culture and environment to examine the situation of our existence.


13. Graeme Myrteza

   424 Trafalgar South Road, Thorpdale 3835

   5634 6387,  0414 346 456

Graeme, a farmer from Gippsland, paints only in oils and mainly paints around the Gippsland area capturing early morn and late evening light. Getting there: best route via Cooks Road.