Sunny Coast Times February 2021

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Jodi Casey with some of her artwork

Artists ready to open their doors


he work of more than 60 artists will be on show in March for the week-long Open Studios Sunshine Coast. Designed to showcase local artists in their working environment, the event provides art lovers and collectors a glimpse behind the scenes and the opportunity to purchase directly from the makers. Artists will showcase their skills in disciplines including ceramics, drawing, glass, mixed media, painting, photography, print, sculpture, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, jewellery, installation, printmaking and more. “This year's event will be bigger than ever,” event co-ordinator Toni Eggleston says. “Previously a hinterland event, we have extended the program and trail to include the whole Sunshine Coast Regional Council area from Caloundra to Coolum. This has allowed us to access a richer pool of talent and to provide a more diverse experience for visitors. “One of the things attendees always comment on, apart from meeting the artists, is how much they enjoy seeing the maker spaces, which can be anything from a backyard shed to

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a converted shipping container, warehouse, gallery studio or garden retreat. Visitors will be fascinated by spaces from which artists explore their inspiration and create.” Visitors are encouraged to take self-guided tours where they have the opportunity to meet local artists, purchase art, participate in workshops and gain a new appreciation for the creativity of the region’s art talent. It is also am opportunity to see works of art and studios that are not normally available for public viewing. Just one of the many artists to be opening their studio is Jodi Casey, who recycles and repurposes materials from a studio in Maroochydore. “I have always loved the diversity of art in all its forms,” she says. “I initially started creating pieces in my shed for family and friends about four years ago my art technique grew from there. “Rusty tools and metal are the perfect eye candy for me. There is just something about rust that draws me in and the possibility of its use for something artistic is endless. I especially love working with camphor laurel as no two pieces are alike and the timber has a lovely aroma when working with it. “My heart goes into every piece and creating something sentimental for someone inspires me.” Open Studios Sunshine Coast is an initiative of Arts Connect Inc and was established in 2010. The project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grant program. The overall program runs from March 20-28, with hinterland studios open on March 20-21 and Coast studios open on March 27-28. Workshops will run from March 22-26. To plan your week or book a workshop visit



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