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Trail offers a huge array of art for locals and visitors alike

November 7, 2018 BY

Artist Justine Martin from JUZT art at the Ocean Grove Uniting Church Hall.

THE cooler weather brought the crowds to arts venues rather than the beaches during the 2018 Bellarine Arts Trail (BAT).

Some venues reported record crowds, while others reported asteady flow of visitors.

This year BAT comprised 33 venues in the four participating towns of Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. Bellarine Arts Trail coordinator Karen Shirley said the feedback from artists had been terrific, with many making sales, taking commissions and in at least one case, developing a relationship with a Geelong gallery.

“Visitors were spoilt for choice across the range with options to visit artists in their own studios, or the chance to see a number of artists in one venue,” she said.

Ms Shirley said there was an interesting mix of talent at the group venues, one favourite was the Ocean Grove Senior Citizens Hall, where visitors could see Glenda McNaughton blowing glass, textile and print making by Susan Mathews, and gorgeous and unique ceramics by Kaye Clancy.

She said another group venue that proved popular was the Queenscliff Council Town Hall, where seven talented and wideranging artists were fielding questions, demonstrating techniques
and generally having a great time.

The foyer of the Hall housed a well-known and well-loved sculpture by Rod Dudley, who opened his home studio to visitors, which proved another favourite.

“Perhaps the most exciting aspect for locals and visitors alike is the growing arts precinct in the Ocean Grove Industrial Estate,” Ms Shirley said.

“Four years ago, Ocean Grove didn’t have one gallery or arts venue, yet this year BAT included five venues in this area.

“The precinct is led by the stunning gallery at The Hive, which reported 400 visitors on Saturday and similar numbers on Sunday.

“The brand-new studio and gallery set up by local ceramicist Dani Salvo – the Be My Keeper Gallery and Studio was a huge success reporting at least 500 visitors over the weekend.

“Also prominent in this area is the new studio for Kazworks led by Kaz McGlynn and [email protected] on Grubb Road, as well as Red Dog Studio, which houses a growing number of artists of all genres.

“All these venues were very busy, and the vibe was terrific.

“Visitors to [email protected] were treated to artworks by Jill Shalless, Helen Brotherton, Kerrie Bedson and a special treat, music in the courtyard by local Kurnai/Wotjabaluk musician, artist and storyteller, Norm Stanley.”

Ms Shirley said the Bellarine Arts Trail had once again provided a huge array of art for locals and visitors, and the team at the Barwon Heads Arts Council was thrilled with its success.