Arts & Culture

Blaze an art trail to Braidwood this weekend

Alex Rea 24 October 2019

Gill Burke’s The Silken Tent at Braidwood. Photo: supplied

The end of October sees a range of artist studios and workshops, as well as permanent galleries open for the 13th annual Queanbeyan-Palerang Arts Trail.

Last weekend Queanbeyan and Bungendore took their turn; this weekend the doors to studios and galleries in Braidwood will be open.

Across the region 32 artist studios and workshops are open, showcasing the range and depth of artistic talent in the local community.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has created a useful online map that pinpoints all the participating studios. The web page also provides downloadable copies of the 2019 Arts Trail booklets which profile all participating venues.

The covers of the QPRC Art Trail Booklet.

Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their creative spaces and experience a diverse range of creative methods and techniques including ceramics, woodwork, painting, glass blowing, textiles, botanical drawing and much more.

This weekend (October 26 & 27) in and around Braidwood the following venues are participating:

  • Altenburg & Co Gallery;
  • fYRE Gallery;
  • The Left Hand Gallery;
  • The Silken Tent;
  • Round the Bend Art and Framing Studio;
  • Vetro e Metallo;
  • Merilyn Rice Studio and Gallery;
  • Ray Monde at Riverbend;
  • Wheatfield Gallery at Millpond Farm;
  • Braidwood Community Arts Centre;
  • William Verdon Manufacturing Jewellery;
  • Noonan’s Pearls & Gems.

Wheatfield Gallery at Millpond Farm will be open both weekends with a Retrospective Exhibition of Master Sculptor Antony Symons. Photo: Andrew Gow

If you are heading to Braidwood via Queanbeyan, The Q is currently exhibiting the 2019 QPRC Regional Art Awards.

Braidwood’s Linda Denning took out the major prize of $2,000 for her charcoal drawing ‘Into the Night’.

‘Into the Night’ by Linda Denning – Regional Art Award winner 2019. Photo: Supplied

The $500 Emerging Artist Award went to Holly Treadaway for her drawing on paper, titled ‘Vickie’, and The Hive Studio Exhibition Award (valued up to $1500) was won by Patrick Morison for his painting, titled ‘Sweetheart’.

This years’ guest judges were Susan Foxlee, Co-owner and Director of Suki & Hugh Gallery in Bungendore, Alex Asch, a practising artist whose work is in corporate collections in Australia, USA, UK and Netherlands, and Maggie Hickey, President of BRAG – Braidwood Regional Art Gallery.

Helen and Simon Ferguson of the Queanbeyan Hive judged the Hive Exhibition Award.

Holly Treadaway and her work ‘Vickie’ took out the QPRC Emerging Artist Award. Photo: Supplied

The judges’ decisions were unanimous, looking to award works that demonstrated ‘risk-taking’ and deviated from the norm be that in subject, media or technique.

While you are at The Q, vote in the People’s Choice Award which will be announced on 31 October. The exhibition continues until November 2, the gallery is open weekdays 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

Hard copy Arts Trail Booklets are also available from The Q, the Queanbeyan Visitors Centre and Council’s libraries, or click HERE to download.

The covers for this year’s booklets feature the work of local artists Harriet Schwarzrock and Jack Featherstone with Jack’s painting ‘Mist Bow Over Gillamatong’ appearing on the Braidwood cover and Harriet’s glasswork 4 a common thread’ on the Queanbeyan-Bungendore cover.

See you on the art trail!

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