Crows Nest InStudio Art Trail highlights district’s creative talent

Members of Crows Nest’s creative community will open their studio doors to the public for this weekend’s annual InStudio Art Trail (August 19 and 20).

Members of Crows Nest’s creative community will open their studio doors to the public for this weekend’s annual InStudio Art Trail (August 19 and 20).

Toowoomba Regional Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said the popular insight into the inner workings of artists’ private studios would be open from 10am to 4pm over the two days.

Cr McDonald said the self-drive trail had become a popular fixture since starting in 2011.

“The tour combines a drive through the picturesque district around Crows Nest while offering a unique and personal view of the talented artists who live in the area,” Cr McDonald said.

Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts secretary Margaret Donkin said the weekend attracted hundreds of visitors each year.

“The InStudio Art Trail is a great opportunity for local artists to connect with the public and show their work,” she said.

“It is a big step to open your creative space for viewing. We are so happy that we continually find interesting and talented artists who are keen to be involved.

“It is an educational process, from both angles, with the artists learning how to show and market their work, while the public gains an insight into the processes involved in a wide variety of art forms.”

Participating artists include:

• Tracey Wegner – concrete and mosaic garden pots, birdbaths and wall art,
• Gwenda McNamara – leadlighting,
• Gail Grunske – textile creations,
• Jane Arthars – landscape and interior paintings (pictured top),
• Daph Pallister – freehand machine embroidery,
• Jeanette Barney – woven scarves and garments,
• Sylvia Free – kiln-fired glass art (below left),
• Michiko Gustafson – wildlife paintings (below right), and
• Pam Shipman - landscapes inspired by rural surroundings.

Brochures and maps are available from the Hampton and Toowoomba Visitor Information Centres, Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts shop or can be found online at www.crowsnest.info

The InStudio Art Trail is supported through funding from the Crows Nest and Highfields Community Branches of Heritage Bank with support from Toowoomba Regional Council.

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