2017 Arcadian Artists Exhibition and Art Trail

SILKY SMOOTH: Mark Dobson of Maraylya is the newest member of the Arcadian Artists and will be showcasing his work at this year's trail. Picture: Katrina Vo

SILKY SMOOTH: Mark Dobson of Maraylya is the newest member of the Arcadian Artists and will be showcasing his work at this year's trail. Picture: Katrina Vo

Sculptures, paintings, mosaics, jewellery and hand-crafted leather goods are just a few of the unique items which can be found at this year’s Arcadian Artists 2017 Exhibition and Art Trail.

The event brings together the work of more than 50 acclaimed Hills artists, with the trail taking you through Dural, Galston, Arcadia, Fiddletown and Berrilee.

Run by the Arcadian Artists, the trail will be held this weekend from November 11 to 12. Over the two days, attendees will have the opportunity to discover eight private studios.

“It’s a great way for the community to see first-hand how our artists process and create their pieces,” printmaker Julia Elsey said.

“And this year we are excited to be including two new private studios along our trail in the Galston area.”

Since childhood Mrs Elsey has loved anything to do with paint, pencils, ink, chalk and paper.

STOP NUMBER ONE: Entry is free and visitors are given the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase unique artworks from their creators. Picture: Ranford Elsey

STOP NUMBER ONE: Entry is free and visitors are given the exclusive opportunity to view and purchase unique artworks from their creators. Picture: Ranford Elsey

“I was always meant to be a printmaker,” she said. “My grandfather was a printer so I believe it is in my DNA!”

The Arcadia resident will open her private studio to the public as the first stop on the trail.

“I encourage everyone to bring a picnic blanket and find a nice spot on our property to just relax and enjoy,” she said. “There will also be an organic food truck at my stop and tea and coffee.”

There will be food trucks at four venues and selected artists will also be demonstrating their skills over the weekend for the very first time, including Arcadian Artists newest member Mark Dobson.

The Maraylya resident creates a range of products from his alpaca herd.

“Most of the main materials I use are made from alpaca wool and silk,” Mr Dobson said.

PRETTY PRINTS: Arcadian Artist and printmaker Julia Elsey with her works. "I love to create prints using natural elements," she said. Picture: Katrina Vo

PRETTY PRINTS: Arcadian Artist and printmaker Julia Elsey with her works. "I love to create prints using natural elements," she said. Picture: Katrina Vo

“My alpacas are white. The allure of the white fleece allows me to experiment with a vibrant colour palette, while the more natural coloured fleeces allow me to produce warm and earthy tones.”

The process includes dyeing the alpaca wool and embellishing them with silk and mohair from Angora goats.

Scarves, wraps, shawls and fabrics organically evolve from the hand-dyed fleece and silk.

“As a medium, I’m attracted to the alpaca fibre because of its softness to the touch and its natural lightness and drape,” Mr Dobson said.

“While the hand dyed silk adds the dimension of iridescent lustre and the opportunity for vibrant embellishment, together they create a wearable gourmet fabric that is luxurious to the touch.

“The end product is incredibly light weight, very warm when worn and unique in its handcrafted design.”

  • Arcadian Artists 2017 Exhibition and Art Trail, 9am-5pm, November 11-12. For details and map visit: arcadianartists.com.au.
2017 Arcadian Artists Exhibition and Art Trail