The “Armadale Hills [Roleystone] Open Studio Arts Trail” 7-23 September

A group of extremely creative and talented artists are opening their studios to the public for an intimate view of their inspiring spaces and creative processes and you’re invited to come along. On the trail you’ll discover an extraordinary range of artists and art practices, nestled amongst the stunning natural beauty of the Armadale hills environment.

This year the trail covers 27 Studios in the Mt Richon, Bedfordale, Roleystone, Byford, Armadale and Kelmscott area. The number of participating studios has grown from 11 in 2015 to 27 this year! Don your comfy shoes and head up to see some inspiring artists.

They are open over 3 weekends from Friday 7th September, 10 am   to Sunday 23rd September 4pm.

In this article we’d like to give you an insight into one of these talented artists, our valued client Jenny Herbert. Jenny kindly took some time out of her creative world to sit and chat to us about being an artist, thank you, Jenny.

1.     How long have you been an artist for? 

About 28 years on and off. I started painting in the Chinese style in Korea. Their traditional art is very different from ours here. They have set formulae, like the 4 seasons, peonies, shrimps etc and a different method altogether

2.     It seems such a relaxing thing to be creative, do you ever get stressed? If so, how do you manage it? 

I often get stressed! But not while painting, you have to concentrate so hard that you do not have the extra brain cells to spare for your problems

 3.     What are the one to three books that have greatly influenced your life? 

“When a crocodile eats the sun” has haunted me ever since reading it. I was also very moved by “The diary of Ann Frank, which I read as a teenager” Hence Carpe diem.

 4.     What advice would you give to someone who was keen to embrace their creative side but doesn’t know how to start? 

Join a painting group! Not only will you meet lovely people, but they will help and encourage you. Another good avenue is to join an art class. Novices often fear that they will not be as good as the others in the group, but everyone had to start somewhere themselves.

 5.     Are there any quotes that you live by?

Carpe diem. Meaning – used to urge someone to make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future

 6.     What advice would you give to your 16 year old self? 

Give it a go! Whatever it is.

 7.     To be a good artist is it important to be trained? 

Probably not, but training helps develop techniques which help you achieve what you would like to do. I only started art lessons late in life. I now have some of the tools to be able to express myself more fluidly.

 8.     Where do you find your motivation? 

Everywhere; cows in a field, rain, nature, buildings to mention a few inspirational things. Also love people in different settings. Once you start painting and drawing you see things differently. What may not have struck you before now becomes an obsession and you just have to paint it to get it out of your system.

The artists in the hills open their studios for 3 weekends, from 7th September till 28 September, from 11 open studios in 2015 we will be having 26 this year. This will be my first open studio, although I did have paintings hanging with all the other members of the Armadale Society of Artists in our art house in Kelmsott for the first 2 years.

There are 270 members in the Armadale Society of artists. For the last 9 months we have had a rent free pop up shop in the Armadale shopping centre, manned by everyone who has pictures to sell. It has been a raging success. I have met so many other artists through my shifts at the shop and have had some modest success selling paintings. We had to close down last week as the centre found a tenant for our space, but I feel sure we will be back in business soon.

Pop in for a cup of tea or coffee on the banks of the  roaring Neerigen Brook, 92 Amethyst Crescent, Mt Richon, then schedule your other visits. Explore the variety of Art including  Painting, Drawing, Prints, Photography, Textile Art,   Steel Sculpture, Wood work and Glass art on display in the Artists’ Studios. You will not be disappointed. Some Artists will run workshops, some will simply invite you to share the fruits of their vision and hard labour. A tour of the studios will not only be a visual treat, but you will savour a day in the beautiful Perth Hills and enjoy many quirky and interesting workspaces in unusual locations. You will also have the opportunity to invest in affordable, genuinely authentic pieces of art.

For all the details please click here.