Monday, May 14, 2012

It's that time of year again, autumn in the Dandenongs and time for the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios.

Scattered amidst the Dandenong Ranges, just outside of Melbourne, lie some of the Victoria’s hidden artistic treasures. Over one exciting, interactive weekend in May the Open Studios program shines light on over twenty-four of these vibrantly-diverse artists as they open up their homes, studios and artistic process to the public. 
The weekend sets an eclectic range of artists and mediums against the backdrop of one of the state’s most beautiful and popular tourism destinations – one with a proud heritage of artistic inspiration and appreciation. Celebrating its ninth year in 2012, the annual event attracts artistically-minded, culturally interested and generally curious people from across Victoria. Visitors use the Open Studios map to guide them through the tall trees and winding roads to the artists’ secluded ferny studios. There they can experience the artwork in its natural environment, while meeting the artists as they work and gaining a unique insight into their creative process.

Artists’ studios are open from 10am to 5pm onSaturday and Sunday, 26-27 May (as well as other times right throughout the year by appointment). An easy-to-use Open Studios guidebook with touring map is available free online, and in hardcopy from Burrinja Community Cultural Centre and other tourist and arts locations throughout the Hills.

I'll certainly be taking a wander through our iconic hills, hope to see you on the arts trail!

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