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One plus two equals great art

If you haven’t yet had the chance to saunter into one+2 studios then now is the time.

Housing an array of emerging and established artists, the studio is a melting pot of creative styles and genius where artists produce a variety of works, from paintings and sculpture to exquisite glassware, ceramics, installation and mixed media.

Rozelle studios was established in 1990 by Rogerio Blanc-Ramos with seven artists who had the desire to create a working environment to practice their craft and together develop their practices. Over time the studios grew to house 21 artists and by 1996 extended to accommodate 32 artists. Now the studios expand over two premises in Rozelle and Balmain with around 80 artists across both spaces. For one weekend every year the studios invite the public to mingle with these artists and check out their exclusive works and exhibitions at the one+2 studios Open Weekend – where visitors can also buy directly from the artist and share in the creative experience. This year the Open Weekend will be officially opened on Saturday 26th October at 2.30pm.

The highlight is the wide variety of art mediums and quality work, amongst which you can always find an artwork that you relate to or strikes your visual senses. The weekend will showcase work by ‘Shoot the Chef’ winner 2013 John McCrae. John’s exploration of fine art photography has seen his personal projects being exhibited in galleries throughout the nation, as well as internationally – he is represented in Rome by the eminent photographic gallery, Il Ponte Contemporanea. John’s work is regularly chosen for inclusion in some of Australia’s most prestigious photographic awards, including the National Portrait Prize, The Olive Cotton Award and Sydney Life – Art and About and Moran Contemporary Portrait Prize. He was also a finalist in the coveted Blake Prize.

Other artists worth checking out include Leslie Oliver, Martin Goklap, Mariola Smarzak, Toni Messiter, Rone Waugh and Dot Wilkin.

When: October 26th & 27th , 10am to 4pm. Where: 483 Balmain Rd, Lilyfield.


arts-balmain-Felicia-AroneyGet crafty in Balmain

The Inner West art event of the year is about to hit Balmain, join hundreds of local art lovers as they browse an impressive collection of contemporary art, sculpture and design pieces from local and international artists at the Balmain Art & Craft Show 2013.

Now in it’s 18th year, the Balmain Art & Craft Show will be held over the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd and offers something for everyone from craft activities to silent auctions, all while raising money for the Fr John Therry School.

Felicia Aroney is the show’s feature artist this year and her work will be showcased along with other contemporary artists including Nana Ohnesorge, Rochelle Haley, Hayley Megan French, Ron Adams Kylie Banyard, Kate Beckingham and Linda Zucco across three galleries. There will also be a dedicated Indigenous Art gallery.

Kids are welcome to join in the fun too, with plenty happening to keep them busy such as face painting, inflatable slides, sandart workshops and painting activities, plus an animal petting farm. Entry is free and ‘The Village Table’ cookbook – filled with 90 recipes contributed by the school’s families and friends – will be on sale for $35 as part of the fundraiser.

The Balmain Art & Craft Show is open Saturday from 9am to 4pm & Sunday 10am to 3pm at the Fr Joh Therry School (Eaton & Jane Streets, Balmain). For more information visit



Elsewhere in the Inner West…

Artbeat is the mini arts, craft, food and music festival set to hit St Fiacre’s Primary School in Leichhardt next month.

The mini festival, which will raise funds to improve the school’s learning environment, promises to be full of fun, celebration and community building for local parents and friends. The evening will include an auction of the children’s artwork as well as a silent auction, art exhibition and craft market – the perfect place to pick up a few Christmas gifts. Canapes will also be served throughout the festival to keep you satisfied while your browse. Tickets are on sale for $40 at until October 29th. Don’t miss your chance to check out some locally made art while supporting a good cause.

When: November 1st, 7pm to 11pm. Where: 98 Catherine St, Leichhardt.

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