Last year's promotion for the Noosa Open Studios.
Last year's promotion for the Noosa Open Studios.

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Noosa Open Studios president and artist Trevor Purvis said the art trail would be kicking off in October with 98 talents compared to about 70 last year.

“The big difference to other events which have cancelled I don’t think anyone will have any more than 10 or 15 people in the studio at any one time,” Mr Purvis said.

“It will be consistent for the 10 days of the trail … on average we’re hoping for the same as last year.

Open door attraction to art with Trevor Purvis.
Open door attraction to art with Trevor Purvis.

“It’s about 250 people at the better studios and with 250 people each asking about art and wanting to look at every single painting you’ve got or pottery is quite a lot – we couldn’t cope with more quite frankly,” he said.

This art trail will be held from October 9-10.

Mr Purvis said this year they would not have passing trade from Victorian, New South Wales or Kiwi visitors but they have been promoting Open Studios through the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas.

Ceramist and painter Dianne McInerney is one of 98 artists on the trail.
Ceramist and painter Dianne McInerney is one of 98 artists on the trail.

“We’re hoping people will include this in a weekend or overnight stay,” he said.

“All going well Brisbane folk will be the new Victorians.

“A lot of people come just to stickybeak and have a look at the houses and the land upon the Coast … there’s a lot of tyre-kickers who are interested in art but they’re more interested in moving up to the Sunshine Coast,” Mr Purvis said.

Mr Purvis, who paints from his country Cooroy home studio out on Belli Creek Rd, said last year most people he met were amazed by the lush hinterland setting.

“They come out here and it’s quiet and you can’t see any other houses, but as the art goes they are very, very interested because they’ve made the effort to get here,” he said.

“Everybody’s geared to steer them to nearby artists.

“Quite a few artists made 10 grand per artist and for an artist that’s like winning the lottery.”

Mr Purvis said he sold about 12 paintings last year and with no gallery overheads to pay, that made for lucrative trading.

You have to hand it to the talent of Dianne McInerney.
You have to hand it to the talent of Dianne McInerney.

As part of this year’s event, 26 artists will each paint canvas on deck chairs handmade at the Cooroora Woodworkers workshop in Cooroy.

These will then be auctioned off at the Noosa Botanical Gardens amphitheatre to help fund next year’s Open Studios.

The canvasses will also be used to help Tourism Noosa promotions as well.

Already the Noosa Open Studios, which is supported by Noosa Council, is the second largest art trail in Australia after only five years in operation.

Art trail guides will be available at historic Wallace House in Noosaville, which will have an exhibition showing one example piece from every artist on the trail.

The volunteers at Wallace House will offer advice on how visitors can tailor their arty road trips.


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