MEET 18 PENINSULA ARTISTS
November 12-13 & 19-20
RIA BRENCHLEY. Just over a year ago, Ria and her family moved from outer Melbourne to Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Ria found her creative home, and now paints full time, mostly in acrylics but also in oil and pastels. She describes being surrounded by inspirational scenery which directly influences her paintings. Ria’s choice of painting subjects vary - landscapes, seasides, flowers and portraits - with the overriding connection being vibrant colour and often the use of a palette knife to create texture. Formerly a graphic designer, her work has an element of bold clarity and styling, qualities influenced by this profession. She uses photographs as a starting point, translating a scene or image into a painting and recomposing as necessary to create a balanced composition. This is done by small changes such as relocating a tree(s), adding/removing life activity, ‘pushing’ colour enhancement to evoke a mood, adding interesting textures.
Over two consecutive weekends, you are invited to visit the open studios of 18 creative artists located throughout the Mornington Peninsula.
Of the 18 artists that make up the Peninsula Studio Trail, the majority will be opening their studios to the public over two weekends 12-13 and 19-20 November.
Visitors to the studios can expect to see artists in their environment, displaying their art, sharing their ideas, methods and inspirations. It will be a unique and relaxed opportunity for viewers to see the often hidden world of the artist, and a perfect way to chat informally and purchase directly from the artist.
The artists work in many different mediums including painting, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture and textiles, so there is sure to be plenty of variety for visitors.
The Peninsula Studio Trail is a great way to not only see the work of high calibre artists, but a delightful driving experience through diverse Mornington Peninsula locations.
BRYAN BALDWIN. Bryan is well known for his beautiful Mornington Peninsula seascapes, showing his love of the many beautiful beach scenes and their ever-changing moods. He enjoys working in many mediums, oil, acrylic, pencil, pastel and sculpting. Past work has included Murals, Theatrical Set Design, Illustrations and Corporate Imaging. At his Studio/Gallery you’ll find a diverse range of Bryan’s work on display. At the age of 14, Bryan was fortunate enough to travel the Australian Outback with his family. The vivid colours of the sunsets inspired Bryan to portray that feeling in a painting. He has since endeavoured to capture, emotion and mood within his artwork. Bryan studied at Prahran College and graduated with a Diploma of Art and Design in Industrial Design. He has worked variously as an Industrial Designer and Design Draftsman in a number of different companies. In 2007 Bryan ‘took the plunge’ and started his artistic pursuits full time. He opened ‘Backorye – St Andrews Beach Art Studio/Gallery’ in April 2008.
WHY VISIT AN ART STUDIO?
SANDI FAULKNER. Sandi prefers to work in stoneware and porcelain using ash glazes in soft seaside colours. Sandi makes both wheel thrown functional pottery and hand-built whimsical sculptures. Nature, birds, wildlife and all the colour of her coastal surrounds inspire Sandi. She works on instinct, on her dreams, on an intuition beyond her time – but even with her inspirations, the laws of physics still hold sway over the clay. Sandi remains excited by the uniqueness of fuel-fired pottery – her pots are at the mercy of the flame – with no two ever quite the same.
Many of the artists are happy to demonstrate the techniques they use that make their art so unique. During your studio visits you will see works in progress and be able to ask the artists those questions you usually ask yourself…”Why did they paint / make that?” and “How do they do that?”
PLAN YOUR STUDIO VISITS
For information on the artists involved and to download a map of studio locations, visit www.peninsulastudiotrail.org
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Enquiries: email email@example.com or contact Bryan Baldwin on 0417.120.323.