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SALA is already upon us!

Yes, some of the SALA exhibitions are open already, and I’m going to spend tomorrow with my nose glued to the grindstone trying to get my own studio into semi-order in preparation for my Grand Opening on August 10.

Open Studio email

The hardest thing about SALA is making time to see any of the exhibitions, and then the second hardest thing is choosing which ones to look at.  My favourite shows are always the open studios, and this time I’d like to visit some of my nearest neighbours, such as Bittondi Printmakers Association (which I belong to), and I’m curious to see Gillian Napier‘s work – she paints animals and marine scenes, and her studio’s in Kangarilla.

Maslin Beach features two open studios, one of a fellow printmaker, Elizabeth Abbott, who’s also in another one at Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, and the other belongs to Eileen Lubiana whom I’ve only just discovered, and definitely want to talk to!

Only open on Sundays and Mondays is Stephen Skillitzi‘s glass studio in Brighton. You can see a demo of his glass blowing skills here.  Another glass artist very close to my studio who’s open for SALA is Glenn Howlett, in Willunga.

Travelling a lot further south, I’d like to pay a visit to Goolwa, to see the Cadell Street Studio, which will be showing work by Yvonne East, and yet another glass artist, Carol Treadwell, is opening her Goolwa studio on August 11. More information about the whole Fleurieu Peninsula SALA program is available here.

I’ll be heading for the Hills at least once during SALA, to visit my beloved Hahndorf Academy, where the Artist’s Voice will be showing a selection of work, some of which was being produced during the last two weeks in the upstairs gallery where it is now being exhibited. And I’m intending to call on Rita Hall, who’s now come back to the Hills from the coast down at Goolwa, and she has a brand new studio in Aldgate that’s open Friday to Sunday from August 9 to the 18.


Rita Hall

Finally, I mustn’t forget to look up a few OPs closer to the city. If I can make time I’d like to visit the Studio Potters Gallery at Klemzig. They are having a grand opening evening on August 9, featuring ‘a fiery Raku surprise’. Sounds exciting!  One OP I will sadly have to miss is Central Studios, which consists of 14 artists’ studios housed in a wonderful old Victorian building next to the Central Markets. Accomplished artists such as Christopher Orchard, Nona Burden and mosaic artist Roz Anderson will be happy to talk to you about their methods on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, when unfortunately I’ll be at home hosting my own open studio!

And I must also mention the Mechanical Gallery in Waymouth Street, which although it isn’t an open studio as such, is always on display because it’s an open air space.  Preparations for the SALA show are under way already, so if you’re walking down Waymouth Street on Saturday July 27 you might see Ryan Sims and a band of volunteers constructing the next exhibit, while serving tea and cupcakes to passers by.  My ‘mechanical haiku’ are being incorporated in a collage somewhere – I can’t wait to see what Ryan does with them!

All the details of these Open studios are in the SALA guide which you can find at every venue, or you can see the Open studios guide here.

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