Artist Michelle Teear in her Blackalls Park studio. Picture: Supplied
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Lake Mac artists open studios to the public this weekend

If you’ve ever wanted to know what makes artists tick, you’re in luck because this weekend you’ll be able to grab a rare, up-close-and-personal insifgt into the creative process.

That’s because more than 40 amateur and professional artists from across Lake Macquarie are set to take part in the 2020 Lake Mac Open Studios program.

Held across 20 sites throughout the LGA, Open Studios encourages visitors to engage with the local art community, learn about their medium and even take home some original works.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to go behind the scenes into an artist’s studio,” Lake Macquarie City Council arts, culture and tourism manager Jacqui Hemsley said.

“Lake Mac has a proud history of producing top-quality artists. Our creative community is such an important element of Lake Mac’s identity and we hope locals and visitors will see the Open Studios as an opportunity to gain a better understanding.”

One artist participating in the weekend-long event is Blackalls Park abstract landscape artist Michelle Teear said she was looking forward to opening her doors to curious art lovers after taking part in 2019.

“My practice looks at ways of developing a relationship with the Australian landscape. I particularly enjoy working with arid environments because it gives you that stripped back viewpoint,” she said.

“This will be my second year involved with Open Studios and I’m looking forward to meeting people and sharing my art practice and creative vision.”

Lake Mac Open Studios is on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 November. Head here for more information including a full list of artists participating and a handy map.

All artists, open studios and visitors are required to comply with the NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.