Returning after the inaugural event last year, the Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail (CCART) provides local artists in the Southern Downs region the opportunity to reveal their processes and share their inspiration in a very authentic way.

The concept is not a new one, open studio trails exist around the globe, however people who love art have an insatiable hunger for the stories behind the paintings and sculptures. The thrill of watching an artist create in the moment is inspirational and memorable with the bonus of conversation and connection adding even more to the joy of the experience.

CCART returns in 2021 on the 6 and 7 November.  The joy of the Trail is that it is a carefully curated collection of studios and galleries that can be visited during an easy drive around the town of Warwick and east to four small villages Swan Creek, Emu Vale, Killarney and Loch Lomond.

The Swan Creek School of Arts Hall, a destination in itself, will be the venue for Helen McConville’s and her quirky metal sculptures made from recycled metals.  Not far down the road Frogs Hollow Country Retreat at Emu Vale will offer colour and creativity in the most delightful setting. Neighbours Dianne Kelly and Loretta Grayson are very well known and talented artists whose work is distinctive and collectable.

In Warwick the place to begin the art adventuring is Warwick Art Gallery where artist Rudy Kistler will create magic on concrete with his three dimensional illusion chalk art.  Inside the Gallery former local and internationally accomplished artist Trisha Lambi will be artist in residence. Her work The Ballet Roche won the Warwick Art Prize in 2009 and is one of 50 works from the Southern Downs Regional Council Collection at the Gallery.

The Condamine Country Art and Open Studio Trail features nine open studio and gallery experiences. It is an initiative of Warwick Art Gallery. The 2021 Trail has received support from the Southern Downs Regional Council, Australian and Queensland Governments through the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements. A map of the Trail and list of artists and other places of interest can be picked up from Warwick Art Gallery.

The event has also been sponsored by Assumption College Warwick, Maxwell Lancaster Solicitors, Warwick Credit Union, Condamine Accountants, Rose City Shoppingworld, Warwick Friendly Society, The Hon David Littleproud MP Federal Member for Maranoa, Mapstone Geotechnical Services, Goomburra Valley Campground, Geoff and Gillian Knott and Goomburra Valley Happy Hour.

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