Noosa Open Studios is returning for its sixth year in October, with more than 100 artists welcoming the public into their personal creative space.

The free event is an opportunity to be creatively inspired by painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans while driving around the Noosa region. 

Noosa Open Studios president Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher says the event is an opportunity to see inside the creative process of some of the region’s most talented minds.

“Get up close and personal with the artists whose work you love, learn about their creative techniques and processes, and most importantly take home something wonderful for your ongoing pleasure, or perhaps a gift that surprises and delights someone special,” he says. “Remember, art is like oxygen – we only notice it’s missing when we don’t have any.”

One of the participating artists is Noosaville’s Rosie Lloyd-Giblett. She says the open studios initiative allows artists to connect with the community.

“Artists tend to work in isolation and the Noosa Open Studios provides a platform to share art and creativity with all ages,” she says. “I always have some of my students pop in, which is great for them to see that I am a practising artist as well as an art teacher.”

Rosie says her art is a reflection of her environment and she aims to stimulate her audience’s senses.

“My abstract paintings and drawings express a subtropical climate,” she says. “I work primarily en plein air using calligraphic marks, depth of shadow and varied surfaces to evoke felt energy within subtle seasonal variations of the local landscape on the Sunshine Coast. My ambition is to entice viewers to smell the foliage, view the colour pathway and understand the tune of the natural world.”

Noosa Open Studios, which is Queensland’s largest event of its type, will be held from October 1-10. This year the studios and galleries are grouped into five trails, each centred around a different part of the shire. All of the artists’ studios will be open on October 1-3 and 8-10. Midweek there will be a dedicated trail for Monday through Thursday – and some will also be open other days midweek or by appointment. It is recommended to start at Noosaville’s Wallace House, where volunteers can assist to select the most suitable trail. It is a self-drive event.

The event will also include a series of art workshops for visitors. Twelve artists will share their tips for tapping into your creativity and expressing it through various media. Workshops are usually held in the artists’ own studio spaces.

Meanwhile, 40 of the artists taking part in the art trail also have their work on show at the Gold Coast’s Swell Sculpture Festival as part of the Deckchairs on the Green installation, appearing at Currumbin Beach until September 19.

Deckchairs on the Green will also be exhibited at the Gympie Terrace Parklands in Noosaville on September 25, followed by a Deckchairs Picnic and Auction event at the Noosa Botanic Gardens on September 26.

For more details on Noosa Open Studios and to download the 2021 Artist Guide visit noosaopenstudios.com.au.