Arcadian Artists is celebrating 25 years of continuous annual exhibitions this year. It commenced with a few artists/craftsman opening their studios for one weekend of exhibiting and selling and has now grown to 8 studios, each one hosting up to 7 artists/craftsmen.
The owners of the studios not only act as committee members, setting up websites and various other tasks associated with running an organization, but they have enabled it to grow to be what it is today. About 35,000 colourful brochures are printed but Arcadian Artists is also active throughout social media and have their own website. Many thousands of visitors follow the artists trail, aided by maps and signs. The event takes place in the Hills District behind Sydney and the scenery alone is well worth the trip.
(Primrose Paper Arts member) Peter Stanford joined Arcadian Artists 5 years ago and will be trading at a new venue this year: the studio of mixed media artist, Melanie Jai which is perched on top of Galston Gorge. He exhibits his hand bound books, cards and handmade paper.
It is a wonderful opportunity to show and sell work directly to the public. Food and drink are available at some studios and many demonstrations take place in a diverse range of skills. The standard of work is very high and artists must have reached a high level of expertise in their chosen area to be accepted into Arcadian Artists. Peter, and all the artists, enjoy the interaction with the public and many of them offer workshop opportunities in their chosen field. This exhibition and art trail is a perfect opportunity to speak with individual artists and discuss both their work and what courses they offer.
Peter’s wife, Barbara Schey (another Primrose Paper Arts member), joined the group for the first time last year, selling her range of silk jackets, scarves and accessories. Both Peter and Barbara tell us how much they enjoy the experience and what a great opportunity it is to meet old friends and new as well as introducing their crafts to a wide range of people.
Click here to find out more about Arcadian Artists and to visit their website. They also have an extremely good map to help you get around and find the various studios as well as full details on the participating exhibitors.
So, have a day out in the Hills District and enjoy searching for unique (Christmas?) gifts for your friends, family and pick up something special for yourself.
Image of Barbra Schey http://www.northshorecraftgroup.com/barbara-schey.html
Other imagery from Arcadian Artists brochure.