Six newcomers join other local artists in opening their studios and exhibiting work publicly in the upcoming Nillumbik Artists Open Studio program.
The annual exhibition runs on the weekends of 17-18 and 24-25 November.
Mayor Peter Clarke said Council was proud to continue as the major contributor to the program.
“Nillumbik Artists Open Studios showcases diverse visual arts practices from painting, photography and printmaking to ceramics, sculpture, textiles and glass. There is something for everyone,” Clarke said.
Held across a range of locations in Nillumbik, the program offers visitors an opportunity to get a rare glimpse of local artists at work in their own environment.
Councillor Karen Egan said visitors could meet the makers, view demonstrations and buy original art and handcrafted items directly from the artists.
“Open Studios serves not only as a culturally enriching experience for the community, but also as a tourism drawcard for the Shire,” Egan said.
This year artists are offering an extensive workshop program with opportunities for the public to engage in hands-on activities.
Artist Syd Tunn will be doing painting demonstrations on the first three Sundays of the exhibition from 2 pm to 5 pm in the Eltham Library Gallery.
For further details or to help plan your tour pick up a booklet from the Eltham Community Library or download a copy from www.artistsopenstudios.com.au
The Nillumbik Artists Open Studios was formed three decades ago by a small group of dedicated artists who are still active participants today.
Artists Open Studios Exhibition: Eltham Library Community Gallery, Panther Place, Eltham during library hours from Thursday, October 18 until Monday, November 19 2018.
Artists Open Studios Weekend: Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18 and Saturday November 24 and Sunday , November 25, 10am-5pm.