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Lake Mac artists open their studios to the public

Lake Macquarie artists will offer a rare glimpse into their practice for this year’s Lake Mac Open Studios program. Taking place this weekend, 7-8 November, more than 40 amateur and professional artists, from painters to glass-smiths and sculptors, will take part in the program held across 29 locations.


Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said visitors are free to drop in anytime from 10am-4pm to meet the artists, learn about their creative process and purchase works.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes into an artist’s studio,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Lake Mac has a proud history of producing top-quality artists. Our creative community is such an important element of Lake Mac’s identity and we hope locals and visitors will see the Open Studios as an opportunity to gain a better understanding.”

Blackalls Park abstract landscape artist Michelle Teear is among the dozens of artists who will open her doors for the weekend.

“My practice looks at ways of developing a relationship with the Australian landscape. I particularly enjoy working with arid environments because it gives you that stripped back viewpoint,” Teear said.

“This will be my second year involved with Open Studios and I’m looking forward to meeting people and sharing my art practice and creative vision.” Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser will be heading out to Tinkat Alley Art Studio in Fassifern this Saturday to participate in the event.

“The concept of Open Studios is really special. Our City is full of creative people and this weekend we get to celebrate and learn from them,” Cr Fraser said.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting the Tinkat Alley Art Studio and learning about different art practices and mediums.”

People taking part in the weekend can visit any studio in any order. A map and information about each artist is available on the Open Studios page on Lake Macquarie City Council’s website.

Brochures with maps are also available at Lake Mac Libraries. Lake Mac Open Studios is a COVID safe event. All artists, open studios and visitors are required to comply with the NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.

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