A new arts space is opening in Buninyong next week headed by local artists Annie and Mark Ross.
A gallery with teaching space, Studio 408 is located next to the Buninyong information centre and will create a central point for local artists to display work and residents to learn new skills.
“It’s an independent art space showcasing contemporary work, craft design, and supporting local creatives,” Mrs Ross said.
“Mark wil be teaching beginner guitar and keyboard classes for kids and adults and I will be teaching beginner face painting.
“It’s also it is a gallery for artists to exhibit; we have seven artists in the space of from Friday February 9, the day of our soft opening.”
Mark Ross said he is hoping Studio 408 provides a space for local creatives to express themselves and thrive from each other’s inspirations.
“This is an opportunity to bring our passion for art and music to something that is local and central,” he said.
“A place where we can actually get other locals involved and discover what is going on artistically here in Buninyong.”
Artists will be able to display their works for up to 8 weeks int he space before the works are tuned over and others get a chance to create some local exposure for their work.
Mr Ross is hopeful the new art space will provide Buninyoing with a new streak of colour and life while supporting local endeavours.
“Buninyng needs a space like this; we have been here for nine years and have seen a lot of businesses come and go and we think this could eject some new vitality and life into the place,” he said.
“A lot of locals are doing artistic things but don’t have the opportunity to get it out there and while this isn’t a huge space, it’s giving as many people the chance for that so it’s a win-win for everyone.”
Studio 408 will be open from February 9 from 9.30am for their soft opening night and are inviting the community to come along and meet the dedicated artists who made the space possible.
Studio 408 is located at 408 Warrenheip St, Buninyong, next to the free public library.