The Crows Nest Community Arts & Crafts will host the annual InStudio Art Trail on 19 and 20 August. Eight artists from the Crows Nest area, including Groomsville, Mountain Camp and the township of Crows Nest, will open their studios and exhibition spaces to the public.

The trail is in its seventh iteration, with each year offering a new selection of artists to visit. This year will feature works from Tracey Wegner, Gwenda McNamara, Gail Grunske, Jane Arthars, Daph Pallister, Jeanette Barney, Sylvia Free, Michiko Gustafson and Pam Shipman.

This self-drive trail will invite the public to gain a glimpse into the artists’ creative lives and to see original artworks for sale.

Artistic styles will range from stained glass to textile art, wildlife, mixed media, kiln glass art, and garden art.

The trail has gained significant local and regional interest since it began in 2011 and attracts hundreds of visitors each year. The secretary of the organising committee, Crows Nest Community Arts & Crafts Inc., Margaret Donkin, says she loves to see the artists emerging into the public eye.

“The Crows Nest area has such a strong arts community and the trail gets people out and about, visiting studios, and gaining an insight into our artistic talent, all whilst exploring this very pretty area,” she said.

“It’s a big step to open your creative space for viewing. We are so happy that we continually find interesting and talented artists who are keen to be involved. It is a real educative process, from both angles, with the artists learning how to show and market their work while public gains an insight into the processes involved in a wide variety of art forms.”

The InStudio Art Trail will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August.  Brochures and maps are available from the Hampton and Toowoomba Visitor Information Centres, Crows Nest Community Arts and Crafts shop, or can be found online here.

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