Arts Open: Festival of Open Studios. 52 Castlemaine Artists opening their Studios from April 25 -29th 2012

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ARTS OPEN is a biennial festival held in Castlemaine that highlights the skills and talents of the artists of Central Victoria, Australia. Focusing on regional visual arts, this festival will open the doors of artists private studios throughout the region for visitors to tour and meet local artists.

ARTS OPEN, a biennial festival held in Castlemaine, highlights the skills and talents of the artists of Central Victoria, Australia. Focusing on regional visual arts, this festival will open the doors of artists private studios throughout the region for visitors to tour and meet local artists.

ARTS OPEN announces the first ever Festival of Open Studios and Galleries in historic Castlemaine. Over 40 local artists in 30 different studios will be opening their doors to the public,
allowing guests inside their galleries to see their work in person while seeing them creating their art and being able to converse with the artists.

The long weekend for the festival opens on Wednesday 25 and runs through Sunday 29 April, 2012.

Arts Open will be a regular event held on alternate years to the Castlemaine State Festival.

When asked about the scheduling, a spokesperson for ARTS OPEN Michelle Day stated, “We visualise April as becoming Arts Month in the Mount Alexander shire. The Castlemaine State Festival already embraces the arts across various mediums, and we will create a solid connection
between ARTS OPEN and the Castlemaine State Festival."

The organizers of the festival have created a new Artist Trail, which will help guests plan tours of the studios based upon the type of art they enjoy. A range of mediums and artistic styles will be represented at the event, showcasing the artistic diversity of Castlemaine.

“By giving guests the opportunity to interact with local artists in their own galleries, their ‘natural habitat’ if you will, we believe we can build a stronger connection between the thriving art community and the general public,” stated Michelle Day. “Many people are surprised to see just how vibrant our artistic sector is, and we are proud to offer a festival that embraces that and highlights the work of our artists."

ARTS OPEN will be based out of Castlemaine but will include artists from the surrounding Central Victoria district. It is held with the support of the Mt. Alexander Shire.

For further information or to see the artists work please visit http://www.artsopen.com.au

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