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Saturday 26 January 2019

Combine wine tastings with visits to a pop-up art trail

Visitors to Margaret River in Western Australia can combine wine tasting with satisfying their artistic curiosity when the Margaret River Region Open Studios returns from April 27 to May 12.

More than 100 painters, sculptors, illustrators, jewellers, print makers, glassblowers, ceramicists, photographers and furniture makers are participating in the sixth annual Open Studios, and 24 artists are throwing open their studio doors for the first time.

From Busselton to Augusta visitors can meet artists in their home towns, often off the beaten track, for a behind-the-scenes art experience.

Margaret River Region Open Studios chairman Jim Davies said the 16-day event ticked many boxes in providing art lovers with a memorable experience.

“This year's artistic line-up includes many old [and young] favourites, plus a number of artists new to the event, so it's perfect for both first time and regular visitors,” he said.

“There really is something for everyone, whether it be learning about creative intentions and techniques, sharing ideas, admiring art, exploring out-of-the-way back roads, or owning a piece of art created by an artist you have had the opportunity to meet.”

Local artists are the stars of the show and talent this year includes respected names such as Leon Pericles, Rachel Coad, Rebecca Cool, Lauren Wilhelm, Ian Mutch, Christian Fletcher, John Streater and John Miller.

The work of some of the artists is available exclusively from their studios.

Glass guru Gerry Reilly will be providing glass-making experiences, glassblowing and showing how to 'blow your own bauble'.

Ian Thwaites will give woodworking demonstrations and Nalda Hoskins will share how she makes glass beads and jewellery.

Margaret River Region Open Studios is free to attend and bookings are not required.

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