FROM art lovers through to gardeners and even those who simply have an appreciation of beautiful things, a big crowd flocked to Bibbenluke on Saturday to enjoy local artist, Lucy Culliton’s open studio.
Lucy threw open her Bibbenluke Lodge studio on the day to share over 60 paintings destined for her ‘Bibbenluke Flowers’ exhibition at the Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney.
Each stunning painting featured flowers grown in Lucy’s own garden, with the blooms perched in interesting old bottles which were recovered from a well on her Bibbenluke property.
The paintings were displayed on the studio walls amongst the artists’ brushes and paints, one image still being a work in progress which fascinated visitors.
And there were plenty of those. Around 150 people came along to admire the works, with very high praise being heard from all as they made their way around the studio.
Some travelled quite a distance to take in the display, and all appreciated the rare opportunity to see such a talented artist’s paintings in the setting in which they were created.
“It’s just good to show the community what I am doing out here, and everyone was very nice and very appreciative,” Lucy said.
“It was great so many came along, and the weather was perfect.”
A generous spread of food and drinks was enjoyed as visitors took their time to view the paintings, and the Bibbenluke Lodge setting itself was greatly admired. So too were Lucy’s many animals!
Some sales were made to thrilled locals on the day, and all of the works are for purchase through the gallery.
The paintings will now be sent away to be photographed for a catalogue and framed, and the ‘Bibbenluke Flowers’ exhibition will start at the Ray Hughes Gallery in Surrey Hills on April 14.