If you’ve ever wanted to know what makes artists tick, you’re in luck because next month you’ll be able to grab a rare, up-close-and-personal insight into the creative process of some of Lake Macquarie’s most talented creatives.
That’s because almost 40 amateur and professional artists from across the city are set to take part in the 2021 Lake Mac Open Studios program.
Held across various 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.
One artist who is taking part in the weekend-long event is Goya Torres whose art had taken her around the world – from city walls in Europe and Mexico to a suburban studio in Lake Macquarie.
Goya, who has spent the past 10 years in Australia but only recently settled in Lake Mac, said the weekend was a chance to meet the community and connect with other people who shared her passion.
“What I love about art – it’s basically a way of living for me,” she said.
“I don’t really see it as a job, definitely not as a hobby and probably not even as a profession. It’s probably just something I do, like I eat or I breathe.”
Goya’s works vary from giant murals painted on walls across Europe and Central America to delicate lino cuttings the size of a dinner plate.
She added that while her work was steeped in the culture of her Mexican homeland, Antipodean influences can also be found.
“A lot of the work that I do, a lot of people say that it brings them quite a bit back to my roots, which is Mexican heritage,” she said.
“However, I try to implement quite a bit of Australian into it, probably with the themes and the scenes as well.”
Open Studios 2021 runs from Saturday 5 June to Sunday 6 June. Head here for a full list of participating artists and a handy Open Studios brochure and map!