The Sunshine Coast is set to welcome a new addition to its arts community, with the Solitude Art Gallery and Studio opening its doors to the public this weekend. The gallery will showcase the works of artist and gallery owner, Darren Trebilco, and allow visitors a sneak peak behind the scenes with an open studio offering a glimpse of the creative process. The gallery, nestled in the leafy township of Glenview, has already received a positive response from locals, with business owners enthusiastic about the injection of culture and tourist interest that the new gallery will bring to the community.
“Everyone in the area has been so supportive,” says Trebilco, who recently bought the property with partner, Danielle. “Locals have been hearing about the gallery and dropping in with kind words of encouragement and advice for our new premises. It’s really very heart warming.” Trebilco, a long-term Sunshine Coast resident, has been exhibiting his art in solo and joint exhibitions throughout South-East Queensland for the past several years. Most recently, he has displayed in multiple exhibitions at the Art and Design Precinct in West End and has entered the prestigious Archibald Prize with a portrait of Byron Bay musician, Juzzie Smith, a piece that will be available for viewing in the gallery.
After a very busy 6 months, he is looking forward to the new challenge that will come with exhibiting in and curating the Solitude Art Gallery. “The Open Studio is the part that really has me excited. Whereas I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting in other galleries, something about the gallery medium has always seemed so cold and static to me. Combining the Studio with the Gallery allows people to experience firsthand the energy that I put into my work. When people buy my art, they buy a piece of me. It only seems right that they know who I am.” When asked how he feels about his painting process being placed so publicly on display in the open studio setting, the garrulous painter responds with enthusiasm that he is looking forward to it.
“With my bushy red beard and the bright clothes I wear, people tend to have a good long look at me anyway,” he laughs. “In my studio, people will be looking at what I’m doing; maybe appreciating my paintings and the passion I pour into them. If they get the chance to see that, then they can come and watch me as much as they like. I’ll even answer questions!” The gallery opening, “Winter Haven,” will be a free event held at the Solitude Art Gallery and Studio to give locals and art lovers an opportunity to meet the artist and be amongst the first to view the gallery.
Gallery and Studio Offer a Peak at the Creative Process
Solitude Art Gallery, 163 Glenview Road, Glenview
20th of July 2013
For further information please contact 0413 013 882
Solitude Art Gallery, Glenview
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