Now in its fourth year, Noosa Open Studios keeps growing bigger and better each year. To accommodate more artists, galleries and visitors, six art trails have been created this year, including over 75 artists across the entire Noosa region over two long weekends this August.
On the Cooroy trail, there are a number of artists, including three on Musa Vale Road. Well known ceramic artist and educator, Rowley Drysdale, at 151 Musa Vale Road, heads up the gallery and studios at Quixotica Art Space. If you have not visited before, this is a great opportunity to visit and see this beautiful place, with extensive gardens, a waterside gallery, ceramic kilns and working studios. This is where Rowley holds his workshops for many aspiring and established potters, and the gallery there hosts exhibitions throughout the year. This year, former Noosa Open Studios president, Sarah Therese, will be showing her paintings, mixed media and ceramic works in the striking gallery there too.
Also in Musa Vale Road, at number 27, local painter Trevor Purvis will be opening his home and studio to show his exquisite acrylic and oil landscape paintings. It is a wonderful space on the top of a rise, with amazing views across the district. Trevor also holds painting workshops both in his studio and in the outback, with groups of painters traveling with him to be inspired by natural surrounds further afield.
All studios in the event are open 10am to 4pm on two long weekends 16-18 and 23-25 of August, with additional days at some galleries and selected artists’ studios.
If you’d like to learn more about Noosa Open Studios, you can see the website (www.noosaopenstudios.com.au), or pick up a copy of the studio guide at local exhibitions featuring Noosa Open Studios artists at Wallace House and the Noosa Regional Gallery. It’s a great way to meet local artists in their studios, learn about their work and perhaps make an art investment for your home. Noosa Open Studios is a free event, supported by Noosa Council, Tourism Noosa and the hard working voluntary committee.