This year, the Greenwich Village Arts Trail is not only celebrating art and artists in their 10th anniversary year, but three of the 31 artists are celebrating charities by giving part or all of their profits to worthy causes.
On the first weekend of November when the jacaranda trees are in full blossom, local artists open their studio doors to the public to show and sell their work in what is known as the Greenwich Village Arts Trail.
For such a small community it’s amazing the number of artists that live and practise in the suburb. Award winning contemporary painters, illustrators, sculptors, ceramicists, jewellers, photographers and textile artists.
The Art Trail takes you around Greenwich, a hidden gem of suburb only a few kilometres from the CDB, and offers a wonderful experience through bush paths and stunning water views back to the coffee shops at the centre of the village.
The trail is open from 10-4 pm Saturday November 5 and Sunday November 6.
Celebrating Charities Amongst The Arts
Petrina Slaytor, a potter of over 40 years, has been donating since the Arts Trail’s inception to Mahboba’s Promise, an Australian charity currently looking after 4,000 women and orphans in Afghanistan. It was founded by Mahboba Rawi in 1998.
“I first heard Mahboba speak at a local event about her life as a refugee”, Petrina says. “I read her book “Mahboba’s Promise” and was convinced that hers was a unique charity in great need of support.”
During the inaugral Greenwich Village Arts Trail in 2012, Petrina displayed posters and gave out pamphlets about the charity’s 90 projects on the ground in Afghanistan, and received a wonderful response including interviews on the ABC.
Over the years, the support has grown to the point where Petrina now requires helpers on hand when the doors open on the Saturday morning of the Arts Trail, to cope with the deluge of visitors. Her small garage studio is completely cleaned out by the end of the weekend, and her garden denuded of ceramic garden ornaments.
“Last year I was very pleased, despite Covid disruptions, to raise over $3,000,” said Petrina. “I don’t receive or want any rewards, but I regularly receive invitations to Afghan evenings with wonderful Afghan food and dancing.”
Above: Petrina Slaytor in her studio (left) and presenting a cheque to Mahboba Rawi from Mahboba’s Promise (right)
The charity Youth Insearch benefits from the profits of painter Susan Rothwell, another long-term artist on the Arts Trail. Youth Insearch supports kids in need or trouble between the ages of 12 to 25.
“I’ve been involved with Youth Insearch for 20 years through my husband when he was on the board,” said Susan. “The charity supports kids’ mental health & wellbeing by peer to peer support, a very effective and proven method of reaching out to around 1000 young people a year.”
Susan, a renowned architect and twice hung in the Archibald, generates her donations from the sale of her vibrant, colourful oil paintings depicting subjects that surround her – local area landscapes, harbourscapes and still lifes.
Above: Art by Susan Rothwell
When Marianne Urth joined the Arts Trail in 2017, not only did the buyers of her energetic seascapes benefit from her talent and passion, but so did Mary’s House, a local charity supporting women escaping domestic violence.
“Over the years I have donated over $10,000 to this charity,” says Marianne. Mary’s House provides accommodation and professional services that enable their residents to be safe, hopeful and empower them to rebuild their lives. “Empowering women is something I’m very passionate about. My art has enabled me to live my life to the fullest and if I can help others take the first step towards doing the same, it’s a win-win.”
Above: Marianne Urth presenting a cheque for Mary’s House (left) and one of her artworks (right)
These three artists and 28 others will be displaying their artwork at the 2022 Greenwich Village Arts Trail on the weekend of 5-6 November. The artists range from printers and landscape photographers, jewellers and children’s book illustrators, wood carvers and weavers, potters and sculptors, along with a plethora of painters working in acrylic, oil, watercolour, mixed media, encaustic, and ink.
Visitors can follow the suggested walking route past all 22 sites, or hop on and off the free bus supplied by the Lane Cove Council, stopping at cafes, picnic spots or bush trails around the idyllic harbourside suburb.
Studios are easy to spot by the orange flags out the front and there is plenty of parking in the streets – or go green and catch the ferry, train or bus.