Artist celebrates a decade of collaboration

Catherine Anderson in her studio at the old butter factory. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

Catherine Anderson in her studio at the old butter factory. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

AN artist who has taken part in Scenic Rim Open Studios since the beginning, will open her space to guests for the 10th year.

Catherine Anderson, who is well-known for her bronze sculptures, will once again open her Boonah studio to guests on May 27 and 28 and to celebrate the decade-long event.

Ms Anderson said she was eager to invite visitors into her studio at Boonah’s old butter factory and educate people on how she made her sculptures.

“A lot of people over the years come to see me and the other artists in our studios and we also get history lovers come by to admire the building too,” she said.

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Ms Anderson said the weekend would let people enjoy what was behind the scenes when artists create their artworks.

“People like to see the creative space, the mess and the tools because that is the process we go through,” she said.

Christopher Trotter and his sculpture.

Christopher Trotter and his sculpture.

“It’s not like an exhibition when you see the finished product in a nice, clean gallery.

“Open Studios allows them to see artists at work.”

Being a former Open Studios committee member, Ms Anderson said there was now a point of difference that gave the event a new edge.

“It’s opened up to many different things since it began,” she said.

“When we first started, you could only be a part of the event if you had a studio.

“Now there are so many beautiful pop-up galleries and artists-in-residence in the Scenic Rim to visit that weren’t there before.”

Among Ms Anderson, artists at Boonah, Harrisville and Mount Alford will also open their studio doors and share their their perspectives of their creative processes.

Joining Boonah’s Open Studios for the first time, Christopher Trotter who is known for his City Roos sculptures in Brisbane, will exhibit his work.

Other artists opening their space to the public will include Felicity Smith, Sally Hart, Sue Russ and Colleen Gardener.

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