Local artists open up homes for event

Several artists from the Collie community are taking part in the Art Naturally – Preston River Valley Artisan Trail happening at the start of November. Photos: supplied.

Several artists from the Collie community are taking part in the Art Naturally – Preston River Valley Artisan Trail happening at the start of November. Photos: supplied.

Donnybrook locals are taking part in Promote Preston’s Art Naturally – Preston River Valley Artisan Trail happening at the start of November 

Local artists Sally Young and Cynthia Dix will both be opening their homes to members of the public, showcasing a variety of work. 

Promote Preston member Fiona Richardson said for their Spring calendar this year they chose to do an art trail to promote the region.

“The trail focuses on the Preston River Valley which is a beautiful place in the South West. The focus will be on textile fine art, as this is an area that receives little exposure,” she said. 

Ms Richardson said the trail would showcase artists in their homes as well as a competition and For the Love of Nature exhibition being held at the Yabberup Hall.

Artist Cynthia Dix said joining the art trail and opening her home in Mumballup and studio to members of the public was something she always wanted to do. 

“People can have a look inside my actual studio and I will display my ceramics, paintings and other prints for sale. Ferguson Valley’s Heather Elliot Smith will have her glass art and Collie’s Bob Turner will have his sculptures as well,” she said.

Artist Sally Young said she was already in the process of opening her studio up on a full time basis and decided to join the trail as her studio was already going to be ready by that stage. 

“I do felted, silk and marino wearable art. I am a bit of an environmentalist so I use and work mostly in natural fibers, I call it eco friendly fashion. I also work with wool, cotton and do prints on fabrics as well,” she said. 

The trail runs for two days, November 3 – 4 with six different locations to visit.  For more information go to http://www.imaginegwnp.com/events.html.