Open Studios offers glimpse behind the creative curtain of Lake Mac a

Published on 18 September 2020

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Accomplished and emerging artists across Lake Macquarie will offer a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse when the second annual Lake Mac Open Studios kicks off in November.

The 7-8 November Open Studios weekend is back bigger and better after the outstanding success of the inaugural event in 2019, with 40 artists opening their doors to the community.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said painting, printmaking, glass art, textiles and mosaics were among the artistic disciplines set to be showcased.

“Lake Mac Open Studios demonstrates the diversity of artistic talent on Lake Macquarie,” Ms Hemsley said.

“Usually, we only see art hanging on a wall or sitting in a gallery, but this is an opportunity to see where it comes from and how it is created.”

“Equally important – it’s a chance to meet the artists behind the works and learn more about what inspires them, what drives them and what makes them tick.”

All participating artists will be fully briefed and equipped to comply with COVID-19 health guidelines, with limits on attendee numbers, and registration of visitors on arrival at each studio.

“Open Studios is another way to support our local creatives and help them reconnect with the community,” Ms Hemsley said.

“It’s also a chance for people to buy original works from local artists, either for themselves or as gifts in time for Christmas.”

Award-winning Kilaben Bay glass artist Cherie Platen is among the dozens of artists who will open their doors for the Open Studios weekend.

“The community who walks through my studio door are visiting because they are interested in my passion,” she said.

“The conversations often channel your thoughts to aspire to new creations, and also to see your art through their eyes.

Platen said Open Studios didn’t just connect artists to the community, but helped connect local artists and build creative relationships.

“It opens up the opportunity to learn from each other and share techniques. It gives birth to collaboration, and it opens the mind and creative spirit within each of us,” she said.

For more information and an online map showing the location of Open Studios artists, go to