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Friday, February 26, 2021

Rare glimpse into Lake Macquarie artists world

Lake Macquarie artists are set to offer a rare glimpse into their world for this year’s Lake Mac Open Studios program.  

More than 40 amateur and professional artists, from painters to glass-smiths and sculptors, will take part in the program across 29 locations this weekend.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said visitors could drop in anytime from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November to meet the artists, learn about their creative process, and purchase works.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes into an artist’s studio,” she said.

“Lake Mac has a proud history of producing top-quality artists.

“Our creative community is such an important element of Lake Mac’s identity and we hope locals and visitors will see the Open Studios as an opportunity to gain a better understanding.”

Blackalls Park abstract landscape artist Michelle Teear is among those who will open their doors.

“My practice looks at ways of developing a relationship with the Australian landscape,” she said.

“I particularly enjoy working with arid environments because it gives you that stripped back viewpoint.

“This will be my second year involved with Open Studios and I’m looking forward to meeting people and sharing my art practice and creative vision.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser will be heading out to Tinkat Alley Art Studio in Fassifern this Saturday to participate in the event.  

“The concept of Open Studios is really special,” she said.

“Our city is full of creative people and this weekend we get to celebrate and learn from them.  

“I’m really looking forward to visiting the Tinkat Alley Art Studio and learning about different art practices and mediums.”

People taking part in the weekend can visit any studio in any order.

A map and information about each artist is available on the Open Studios page on the council’s website.

Lake Mac Open Studios is a COVID safe event. All artists, open studios and visitors are required to comply with the NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.