In only its second year the event will showcase the works of more than 100 painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators and jewellers.
“The Barwon Heads Arts Council is thrilled with the development of the Bellarine Arts Trail. We have more than doubled since the first event last year,” said event coordinator Karen Shirley.
“This year we have more than 100 artists participating at 40 venues across Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale and Queenscliff. We’ve also included the very popular Ocean Grove Rotary Art Show this year, which attracts a huge following.
“The depth of talent on the Bellarine is incredible. One of the main aims is to provide opportunities for artists to raise their profile and take their art to the market. This event provides opportunities for artists of all levels from hobbyists through to professionals. We also want to showcase the Bellarine Peninsula as an arts destination.”
Ms Shirley said she would not be surprised if last year’s patronage of the trail double from 3,000. More than 5,000 maps have been printed to cope with the anticipated interest.
“We are hoping to be able to continue with the Arts Trail next year, but of course that is subject to funding. At this stage we will aim to limit the number of artists and venues in future years to a manageable number, given the event is completely organised and run by volunteers.
Salt Contemporary Gallery will host world renowned artist Robert Ingpen’s exhibition, Marginal World. It features paintings inspired by a “curious” object he found in Queenscliff in 2015.
Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop will showcase the works of local artists Joel Wolter, Amanda Firenze and Andrew Gunnell. Artists will be demonstrating printmaking during this event.
Renowned glass artist David Hobday will be in his studio and represented at Seaview Gallery.
In Point Lonsdale, Tussock Upstairs Gallery will show an exhibition of ‘small works’ – paintings, prints, jewellery and ceramics by 13 well known artists – and Lighthouse Arts Collective will showcase a range of artistic endeavours including painting, music, performance and poetry.
Other local artists participating in the Bellarine Arts Trail include:
Carolyn McKinnon with sculpture, silver jewellery and photographic works at the venue she shares with Meryl Hodgson in Point Lonsdale
Photographer Tom Rayner at Belsize Cafe
Helen Martin, Vicki Clissold and Kelly Koumalatsos at St Georges Old School Hall
Eight diverse and talented artists at the Queenscliff Uniting Church
Darin Frankpitt and Jane Flowers at the Marina in venues 39 and 40
Botanical artist Lavinia Cuming at her studio in Pt Lonsdale
Textile artist Cheryl Toth and many artists and art students at the vibrant and exciting Queenscliffe and District Neighbourhood House