Participating in the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Weekend this May are nine of the most talented young artists the hills have to offer. Check them out! Some of our artists are also running events across the weekend, so make sure you head along to support them.

The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is a program run by Burrinja, and consists of nearly 30 artists and collectives from across the Dandenong Ranges opening their personal studios to the public for a weekend.
This year the weekend takes place May 5 and 6, with all studios open from 10am until 5pm both days.

You'll find Growing Pains Synapse at
Level 1 of Burrinja
351 Glenfern Rd (cnr Glenfern Rd and Matson Dr)
Upwey 3158

Make sure you also check out the collaborative artwork create by Growing Pains Synapse in the Open Studios exhibition, "What Lies Beneath", on show in Burrinja's main gallery space from March 29 until May 6.

If you miss out over the Open Studios weekend, no problem! We'll have some of their work on display in our gallery space from that weekend until May 27.


Bae L'amour

Bae L'amour is Melbourne's favourite heartbroken Drag Queen. Haunted by visions of past failed romantic encounters, Bae spends her days baking cookies and hanging out with her friends. Bae's performances are high energy and tragically adorable which will leave you gasping for la-more.

Insta: @baelamourqueen
Facebook: /baelamour

Open Studios Events

Drag make up tutorial
Step by step drag make up tutorial
11am-12:30pm (both days)

Drag Performances
Lip syncs from your favourite heartbroken Drag Queen Bae L'amour and her friends.
Both days, hourly from 10:30am
Free, no bookings required

Strike a pose
Dress up, jump on stage and get a photo looking like an absolute queen!
From 12:30pm both days
$20 (cost covers professional photos taken) no bookings required


Katherine Reynolds

Working primarily in acrylics, Katherine is interested in pattern, and how it interacts with form. Her works generally have bold pattern cutting through the figure, obscuring and abstracting the form. She’s completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is currently Managing Partner and Curator of Growing Pains Initiative.

Insta: @katherinereynoldsart
Facebook: /katherinereynoldsart

Open Studios Events

Face Painting
Get your face or arm painted
All day, both days, no booking required
$5 per person

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Theo Goslett

Theo is a guitarist and founding member from the melodic death-metal band Hollow World. After three CD's and numerous national tours Theo is now in the process of working on a Solo album titled Coven. Exploring diverse timbres and unusual instrumentation, you can expect that Coven will be more art than music.

Open Studios Event

Get Your Band Gigging
A workshop detailing everything you need to know to start a band and get it onto the stage.
Saturday, 2pm


Molly Simons

Molly Simons is a Costume Designer focusing in armour making and Cosplay. She mainly works with floor foam mats but is now exploring with a material called Worbla. She works primarily from home and uses conventions such as Comic Con to display her work. She has completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Facebook: /MollysHouseOfMakeBelieve

 Image Credit Cathy Ronalds

Image Credit Cathy Ronalds

Kell Kitsch

Kell Kitsch is a 23yo artist residing in Melbourne Australia. She is currently undertaking a Bachelors Degree in Visual Communication & Design where she’s learning and experimenting new ways to depict her stories; to bring new concepts of storytelling onto print & digital media...and to publish her first picture book
She gets her inspiration wandering the forests, thinking about seemingly trivial observations & ideas for her next piece. She finds drawing very therapeutic and an essential part of her life as she uses it to unleash ideas that she would otherwise find difficult to describe through other mediums.
She hopes her art inspires, brings a sense of positivity or creativity in some way or another.

Insta: @kellkitschdesign
Facebook: /kellkitsch

 Secret Garden

Secret Garden

 Man and Monster Case

Man and Monster Case

 Watch You in Your Sleep

Watch You in Your Sleep

 Image credit Cathy Ronalds

Image credit Cathy Ronalds

John Vajna

John is an amateur artist aiming to create provoking pieces which evoke humour and amusement. He is a an ambitious individual on a quest to master the intricacies of graphite drawing and unlock the treasures trapped in his head. John has not obtained any qualifications in regards to art, however, he has clocked up a considerable amount of time sketching in his room.

 Image credit Cathy Ronalds

Image credit Cathy Ronalds

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Zahara Lingard-Coe

This is Zahara’s second time in Open Studios as part of The Growing Pains Initiative. The biggest part of Zahara’s artistic process is uncovering new mediums. With new materials come new concepts, subject matter and style to explore. She views her art process as a journey with no one particular destination in mind. Zahara finds inspiration and encouragement in her local art community within the Dandenong Ranges. This year she has come to open studios with works in acrylic paint, carved lino prints and pyrography.


Kiah Reynolds

Kiah is an artist of many mediums including graphite, gouache, acrylic, print making and most recently oils. Mentored by local artist Glenda Wise since she was in grade two, Kiah has now begun teaching her own art class. Her recent work turns away from her previous traditional works to explore dreams and imaginative themes including the colour and terror of the dream realm.

Insta: @kiah_reynolds


Mitchell Fisch

Mitchell Fisch is a blacksmith artist from Melbourne, Australia. Specializing in artistic commissioned pieces, Mitchell has studied the art of blacksmithing for 5 years both in Australia and overseas, and is a qualified boiler maker. Mitchell’s work combines traditional smithing skills with modern techniques to create unique works of art for individual’s homes and corporate enterprises.

Insta: @mitchellfischblacksmith