ABOUT NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS
A unique chance to visit artists in their private studios over several days throughout the beautiful Sunshine Coast!
WHO ARE WE?
Noosa Open Studios provides locals and visitors to our beautiful region on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, with the unique chance to visit artists in their private studios over several days. Whilst there, visitors can learn about the artists’ creative processes, see their work and perhaps even make an art investment to call their own!
This is a free event held annually. It’s an opportunity to be creatively inspired by painters, ceramicists, mixed media artists and other artisans, whilst driving through the picturesque shire of Noosa, discovering back roads and hidden treasures in this wonderful corner of the world. More than 90 artists and artisans welcomed the public into their personal creative space across the Noosa region in 2020. Making it the second largest open studios event in Australia.
This is a creative community event, produced by artists for artists.
Started as a wannabe ‘rock-star’ and after the heartbreak of the band’s split-up, I joined my hairdresser’s salon and I’ve never looked back. I met my wife Susa – went into business with her, had two kids, expanded into education and event management and then publishing, moved to Eumundi, ran Experience Eumundi and recently Tourism Noosa’s Industry Development, and… I’m back writing and performing with my daughter in a rock band! Art is like oxygen… you don’t know it’s missing until you don’t have any.
Vice President & Secretary
I’ve a passion for travel and nature and love discovering countries and their people, cultures, architecture and capturing aspects of these experiences in photography. With a background in administration I look forward to supporting NOS and artists to connect with community, locally, nationally and abroad. Life is colourful and it is wonderful to share our unique creative expressions. Carpe Diem!
Originally from Brisbane, I have for the past 15 years travelled between Canada, the US and Australia. My career background was predominantly in the legal and corporate retail areas. I enjoy music, golf, and spending valuable time with my adorable grandchildren. Now officially retired, I can proudly call myself a Noosa local and keen to contribute to the incredible concept of Noosa Open Studios and celebrate the immense artistic talent that surrounds us.
Art and tourism are my happy places. Growing up, I painted watercolours and subscribed to Australian Artist then at Uni in Melbourne I majored in Art, Film and Italian and headed off for a solo year travelling the continents (Italy was a highlight, crossing Ponte Vecchio and seeing the Pieta!). Returning home, I completed a Grad Dip in Tourism, worked in planning and marketing at Tourism Victoria then followed the sun to head up marketing with Tourism Noosa. Now, in my own business, I give energy to creative projects that inspire me, trying always to follow my heART!
This is my fifth year participating in Noosa Open Studios. It is such a wonderful opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves – artists and visitors alike – in our beautiful region, visiting and meeting artists while exploring the diversity on offer. As a ceramic artist, I love playing with alternative firings – raku and saggar in particular, to produce unusual surfaces on my forms. The process of evolution from a piece clay to a work of art is exciting and often, but not always, rewarding. I’m looking forward to assisting in making 2020’s event even more successful.
Zambia, Central Africa was where Saren grew up until migrating to Australia in 1976. Since then she has lived in several places both in Australia and overseas and has recently settled in Tewantin. Saren has been painting for over 30 years, and has also used photography, sculpture and drawing in her art practice. With a quirky sense of humour, a philosophical bent and a love of colour, she explores vulnerability, love and our sense of place within the world. Her work is found in public and private collections.
Councillor Karen Finzel, Noosa Hinterland community advocate and arts activist draws on a lifetime of community project visioning, creations and support including:
Artists. Past President/exhibitor Tall Trees Art Inc. Community Art Exhibition, Cooran. Women at risk. Facilitator with the One Millions Stars Project, Pomona Youth. Operator of initial Hinterland bus service Children. Initiator children's playground, Pomona.
Originally hailing from Canada I’ve lived in various parts of Queensland and other States for well over 30yrs. I’ve spent many summer holidays on the Sunny Coast over those years always thinking one day I’ll live here, but it wasn’t until last year that I was finally able to make the move to living up here. I love interior design, architecture and all things creative and while I don’t actually practice any particular style of art my creative endeavour is to be able to appreciate good works whatever mode they be. I just loved the idea of Noosa Open Studios and had to get involved. What better way to experience the art and culture of the Noosa region then via an experiential submersive experience that brings art lovers and creatives together in one place over a 10-day period.
After years living and working overseas I returned to Australia and ended up on the Sunshine Coast and for the past 15 years I’ve been involved with building up our international renewable energy company in Australia. As an art lover, I really enjoy the Noosa Open Studio concept and as this year allows me some more free time, I thought I may be able to get involved and help promote it. Our region has so much to offer in terms of art and environment: my two passions.
PREVIOUS AND CURRENT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Thanks to our outgoing president Trevor Purvis
Welcome our new president Anthony Wynne-Hoelscher
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