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and exhibition of New works from the studio is now at the convent gallery in Daylesford.Blue Stone Cottage Studio is now open Friday-Sunday, 10-4 until the end of July, call in to have a look around, chat to the artist and perhaps find something special to take home.Ballarat Courier April 22 2019 - 5:00PM
Seventeen studios and 41 artists will be on show for the Golden Plains Arts Trail

Artists across the region are throwing open their studio doors and inviting art lovers to visit and enjoy their creations during the Golden Plains Arts Trail.

Seventeen venues housing the works of 41 artists will be open on May 4 and 5, including nine within about 30 minutes of Ballarat.

Previously run through the local council, this year is the first time the shire's creative community have taken on the planning and execution of the annual artistic event through the GP Arts Inc collective.


Two new Haddon art galleries will be among those taking part in the event.

Artists Vida Pearson and Stella Clarke have both recently created new gallery spaces to showcase their work, with Ms Pearson sharing her space with her furnituremaker partner Fred Ross, whose work is also part of the arts trail.

Ms Pearson creates original, hand-coloured lino-cut prints featuring birds and wildflowers, drawing inspiration from the nature surrounding her bushland home and studio, and her field trips in Australia and overseas.

Stella Clarke, who paints in oils, finds inspiration in the local bush, wetlands and coastal landscapes, and works from her Blue Stone Cottage Studio just around the corner from Vida Pearson.

There will be more information posted about this here on the website and on my Facebook page soon, pop this date in your diary! You can also go to @GPartsInc on Facebook and #gpartsinc on Instagram for information.


THE KEEPER'S GALLERY ART EXHIBITION

'Coastal': 18th April - 18th May 2019

A small selection of my paintings is at The Keeper's Gallery, Ocean Grove, 39 Smithton Road, Ocean Grove 3226, mobile 0478 755 804.


BLUE STONE COTTAGE GALLERY ART EXHIBITION

'Water and Gold' May 4th - August 4th 2019

A selection of the paintings detailed on this website are on display and available at the studio over the next few months. The paintings are an exploration of the beauty and character of local landscapes, with a focus upon the presence of water, that most precious and ecologically essential element.


DECEMBER 2018: THE CREATION OF BLUE STONE COTTAGE STUDIO

Last year was very exciting because, after a lot of hard work and planning, we were able to create this new art space. We have moved around quite a lot, internationally, interstate and regionally, but wherever we were, I have always tried to create a studio space, even if it was just a corner of a veranda! This is the queen of studio spaces, and it is a joy to work here and immerse myself in these surroundings.

ART EXHIBITION: 'ON BASS STRAIT'

January 2019 began with an exhibition of my recent coastal paintings inspired by the Victorian coast and shorelines of King Island at Metropolis Gallery in Geelong, which was popular and enjoyed by many visitors.

COMMISSIONS

I completed a number of commissions last year, with both landscape and figurative elements, and was delighted that my clients were very happy with these.  I generally allow time for a small number of these each year, and it is a great pleasure working with people to achieve a finished painting with a personal touch that will be cherished.  Please contact the studio if you are interested in a commission.

NEW PLACEMENTS OF WORK AT REGIONAL GALLERIES

I was pleased to place some new rural landscapes at the Convent Gallery in Daylesford, where I have exhibited for some years, and these are steadily finding new homes, I also placed new work for the first time at Purple Noon Gallery in NSW, near Sydney at Freeman's Reach on the Hawkesbury, and was pleased that the first one sold within hours of arrival.

ECO FRIENDLY ART INITIATIVE

I have also decided to pursue and communicate where possible whatever I learn about more environmentally friendly processes of creating art; after all, it is one thing to paint landscapes, another to protect them, and I aim to make that connection.