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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Event to provide a glimpse into art world

Lake Macquarie artists will open their studio doors this weekend (5 and 6 June) to showcase the life behind their art as part of Lake Mac Open Studios.

Across 20 locations, 40 artists will offer an insight into their passion and the things that inspire them to create.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager of Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley says Open Studios will give art lovers the chance to meet artists, immerse themselves in the creative practice and get their hands on some local artwork.

“Lake Macquarie has a proud artist culture – it’s part of our identity and we’re excited to bring this to the community,” Ms Hemsley said.

“It’s a great opportunity to see artists working with a variety of media, including textile, oil, acrylic and sculpture.”

Watercolour artist Jenny Elks believes the Open Studios weekend is a fantastic way for the community to engage with art and meet their local artists.

“I love to hear when people come along to Open Studios and say they’ve always wanted to try art but they’ve never had the chance,” Ms Elks said.

“The creativity in Lake Macquarie is truly remarkable and this weekend we get to celebrate and share this passion with others.”

Last year, 3,000 art enthusiasts were welcomed at Open Studios and the local creative industry generated $26,000 from artwork sales.

Studios will be open throughout the weekend, with visitors free to drop in anytime from 10am-4pm. A map and information about each artist is available on the Open Studios page on Lake Macquarie City Council’s website.

COVID-safe measures will be in place at each studio involved in the event.

-Allie Martinelli

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