Regional Artists Open Their Doors

Drawing over 4,000 visitors each year, the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios program showcases the extraordinary cultural community of Central Victoria.  Some of Australia’s finest artists who choose to work and live in the region are opening their studios over three weekends for the fifth presentation of this first rate event. Commencing on Saturday 29th April and continuing DPetrus Spronk jpgover three weekends, concluding on Sunday 14 May, the Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios offers the public the opportunity to go ‘behind the scenes’ of the creative process, meet the artists in their own space and learn about their work and inspiration.  This year 30 artists have been selected to be included in the program.  Established by Arts Writer/Producer Jill Rivers in 2012, this year the program is packed with ‘firsts’, beginning with a new date in the Autumn when the region is looking at its best.

The selected artists encompass an array of artistic practices from fresco painting, mosaic, sculpture and letterpress printing to handcrafted jewellery and art photography. What they share is a Australasian Harrier small-1powerful connection to the region. The Open Studios program is an invitation into their world, to embrace the benefits of arts and culture and to experience the beauty and tranquility of the Daylesford Macedon Ranges. Participating artists include sculptor and print maker Tim Jones, whose work is presented in the British Museum; fine art photographer Deborah Mullins, who is also opening her garden near Hanging Rock; former fine arts lecturers/painters Anne Saunders and Doug Wright, Brae Studios; Greg Mallyon, whose paintings are inspired by aerial views of the landscape; handcraft photographer Ellie Young of Gold Street Studios and Victorian inspired jeweller and Asian-influenced painter, Liz Archer.  Among eleven artists new to the program are renowned sculptor/ceramicist Petrus Spronk and fellow members of Clay Space; scientist/wildlife artist William Ritchie; maker of functional contemporary ceramics, Emma Jimson and charcoal/pastel drawer and painter, Brian Reberger.

This year the DMROS Group will be held at the historic Convent Gallery Daylesford for the first time, plus twelve artists will participate in Art-full Conversations in their studios, hosted by Creative Producer Jill Rivers at the beginning and end of the open days.  For a full list of participating artists and booking details go to www.dmropenstudios.com.au