On Friday night the 2019 Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail was officially launched at the Southern Highlands Artisans Collective in Robertson.
The Collective, more commonly known as The SHAC, is located next door to the Big Potato and is home to some of our shire's most talented artists.
It was here that guests heard the details of this year's Art Studio Trail, featuring the works of more than 100 local artists spread across 46 Highland studios.
Within these studios can be found traditional and contemporary paintings, ceramic pieces, jewellery, woodwork, textiles, sculptures, metalwork and more.
What's even more encouraging is that this year we have 15 new studios joining the trail for the first time.
All studios are free and again open to the public this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
To find a studio near you, download the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail map from the Southern Highlands Arts File website at www.shaf.com.au.
Speaking of all things art, the council and the Southern Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry have teamed up to launch a very special Christmas Art Competition for our shire's youth.
The theme of the art contest is a Southern Highlands Christmas.
We're asking the children to submit an image of what Christmas in the Highlands means to them. Perhaps it's a special location they visit each year, a unique family tradition, attending a church service or maybe the jolly man in the red suit himself!
The contest is split into four age categories with the winners of each to receive a $50 gift card from Big W and the chance to join me in lighting the shire's giant community Christmas tree in Bowral's Corbett Plaza on Friday, December 6.
Go to www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/christmas-fun to enter. But hurry, entries close Friday, November 22.