Local artist takes over classic studio and gallery


Howard Salkow

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Liz Showniruk at the Whyanbeel Valley Studio and Gallery. IMAGE: Howard Salkow - Newsport.

VISITORS to the Hoglund Glassblowing Studio, once home to world-renowned artists and the recently-retired Ola Hoglund and Marie Simberg-Hoglund, will be pleased to know it is now in the capable hands of highly talented local artist Liz Showniruk, who has re-named it Whyanbeel Valley Studio and Gallery.

Nestled in the tranquil Whyanbeel Valley and a 10-minute drive from Mossman, Showniruk purchased the property, along with the spectacular Artists’ Residence, which adjoins the studio, from the Hoglunds, who have since re-located in New Zealand.

The new studio opened at the beginning of last month and focuses on porcelain, lusterware, glass, ceramics, jewellery, tableware and fired arts. There is a workshop where Showniruk, who is also a botanical artist, can be found on most days; and a gallery showcasing unique gifts, collectables among other unique items which can be purchased.

“This has always been a brainchild of mine. I had thought about doing this for some time and when I heard the Hoglunds were retiring, I shelved the idea of setting up on my own property, and bought the studio,” said Showniruk.

A graduate from the College of Fine Arts and a highly regarded professional ceramic artist and teacher, Showniruk’s work is complemented by three celebrated artists whose work is also on display in the gallery.

Ellen Terrell started potting in the early 1980s and realised that “playing with clay” was an addiction from which she would never recover.

Sam Matthews is an artist and landscape gardener and considers “being creative” as essential for her well-being and happiness.

Losa Satele is inspired by native Melanesian, Polynesian and Australasian culture interpreted in modern mediums.

“The Rainforest Studio” is open to the public on Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-4pm and you’ll get the opportunity to not only see the artists at work, but experience the finished product.

For more information: www.whyanbeelgallery.com.au

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