Textural textiles: Lyn Dickson's Twisted. Photo: SUPPLIED

ALTHOUGH their Community Arts Trail wasn’t held in 2020, Golden Plains Arts Inc’s has thought innovatively to share their work with the community, whether in studios or online. The not-for-profit supports creatives in the Shire and champions diverse mediums, with visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, historians and writers in their fold. Secretary Marita Reynolds said members are inviting the public to engage with their artwork and practices. “Leading up to Christmas, Barry Wemyss from Red Echidna Studios will be open every Saturday by appointment, from 10am to 4pm until Saturday, 19 of December in the north of the Shire” she said. “Lyn Dickson, Roslyn Bosnar and I will also be exhibiting from Marita Reynolds Art Studio in the south of the Shire, and will be open one day only on Saturday, 28 November, 10am to 4pm. No appointment is necessary. “These events are COVID-safe, with social distancing and a limit on numbers applied.” Reynolds said the pandemic period has been a positive “turning point” for the collective. “When we couldn’t do the arts trail, it was devastating, but we had to regroup so we sent out a survey to our members. “Everyone’s listened to the options that have been put out to them and have done what they think is the best,” she said. “We’re very inclusive, although we might be perceived as just visual. We’ve got musos now, literary people, including a writers’ group. It’s certainly been a time of change.” The website, gpartsinc.com.au, was created by members to showcase their works always. Each artist will eventually have their own profile page, alongside a GP Arts Inc news feed. Find Red Echidna Studios at 95 Kirks Road, Smythes Creek, and Marita Reynolds Art Studio at 13 Camden Mews, Bannockburn. Make contact with the group via [email protected].
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