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.
I love the idea of us local artists having this amazing forum for showing off our art once a year. I also love road trips of all kinds. Most of all, I love exploring the remote places and painting them to bring back for Noosa Open Studios.
Joanne has been involved with the creative industries as a film accountant since 1994. She has lived and worked in Sydney, UK and been in Tewantin for over 6 years. She spent many years since bookkeeping on the Sunshine Coast and volunteering with Water Polo, supporting her daughter's sporting endeavours. She has a passion for all things Art but especially cinema.
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!
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.
Artists and art makes my world go around. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, textile designer, caterer, nurturer, loves outback travel, loves animals and life.
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.
Karen has been fortunate enough to be able to exercise her artistic passions in various paths throughout her life. Earlier years were spent in the advertising industry, then interior design and now oil painting and ceramics in her studio in Little Cove, Noosa. Having attended the Noosa Open Studio for the last few years she is looking forward to opening up her studio and contributing to the ongoing success of this event in 2020.
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.
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.
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