Pittwater Artist Trail
Painters, sculptors, jewellery makers and ceramicists are among the many artists across the peninsula, who are throwing open their studio doors. COVERED. stepped onto the Pittwater Artists Trail to discover the various talents that will be on show in October.
What began as a way for the many talented artists on the Northern Beaches to showcase their work to a wider audience, as well as give the community an opportunity to see the various talents in their back yard, has steadily grown in popularity.
The Artists Trail began back in 2011 and this year features 18 separate artists, from Terrey Hills and Elanora Heights to Avalon, who are opening their studios between 10am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday October 14 and 15 and again on the weekend of March 10 and 11, 2018.
Apart from giving people the chance to interact with the artists directly and to source original art, the trail forges links between the various members of this creative community.
Sculptor Katarina Wells, based at Clareville, says she loves being part of Pittwater Artists Trail (PAT) because of the support and camaraderie of the other artists. She hand builds her work over a few days finding inspiration in nature.
“I find it very satisfying to follow an idea through to the finished object and for others to appreciate it and get enjoyment from it,” she adds.
Katarina shares a studio with painter Nicola Woodcock. Both were finalists in this year’s Northern Beaches Art Prize.
Sculptor Ron Tuck, based at Newport where he shares a studio with Kay Runcie, who works in ceramics and mosaics, says his work is influenced by the natural beauty of the area. “My current series of whale tails are a direct result of the migration of whales along the east coast, particularly Migaloo, the white whale,” he adds.
Jewellery maker Brenda Coleman says there is enough inspirational things in the area to keep her busy for the rest of her life. She shares a studio in Elanora Heights with Penel Bigg, who works with glass, and Debi Dassonville, an eco dyer.
“Belonging to this group gives me a sense of community and is a forum for sharing thoughts and ideas,” she explains.
Painter Claire Armstrong takes her inspiration from birds and shares a studio in Avalon with artist Evan Armstrong, a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize.
“We love a paint-off, where we choose a subject and apply different techniques and styles,” she says.