One of the great things about living in the Noosa region is the proliferation of artists. This is an area that supports the visual arts and over time, a thriving community has developed. As part of that community, the Noosa Open Studios exhibition has become an important event in the calendar.
Noosa Open Studios is a 10-day, annual exhibition in October and an important event for the art community in the region. This year, over 100 artists opened their studios and displayed their art, sculpture, and pottery to an audience predominately from Brisbane and Southeast Queensland.
The exhibition is organised in trails, allowing the public to explore different areas and the artists that live in them. For many, it is a wonderful opportunity to get off the ‘tourist strip’ and visit new areas in the region. It is also a great opportunity to go beyond the ‘gallery’ and visit studios and homes and talk to the artist directly.
What I love is the opportunity to meet art lovers and collectors. Over the course of the exhibition, I fielded hundreds of questions about my art and the techniques I use to produce the results. Not all questions are easy to answer (as I work very intuitively) but I still enjoy the process. It was also lovely to meet collectors who already own some of my work, including one lady who purchased her third artwork at the exhibition and promised to see me again next year.
This year we had over 200 visitors during the exhibition and thoroughly enjoyed the process. There was a mixture of art lovers and art collectors, as well as a lot of regulars who come back year after year to experience the changes in the work over time. It is also a great opportunity for me to see the work exhibited together and to appreciate the ambience it creates.
For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to visit my studio, I recommend the 2022 Noosa Open Studio exhibition. Hopefully by then all borders will be open and we will be able to meet our friends once again from all areas of Australia and New Zealand.