After 20 years in St Arnaud, artist Michael Brierly is packing up his studio in the beautiful La Cochon Rose on Napier Street, and heading off for a change of scenery and a view of the ocean. Before he goes coastal on us however, Michael will be opening up his St Arnaud gallery one last time for the Tiny Towns Arts Trail.

Primarily, self-taught, Michael explores his creative vision through the use of abstraction expressed in painting and sculptural form and his experience as a fine furniture maker adds a layer of craftsmanship to his work. His extensive body of work will be on show as a collection in the wonderful private gallery at La Cochen Rose over the trail weekend.

For those planning on making a full weekend of the trail, La Cochon Rose offers motel style accommodation (bookings essential). Meanwhile all you lovers of quality collectibles and pretty art glass might need to avert your eyes, or at least be prepared to have cash in your wallet, because the attached emporium of treasures, Scrappy Cocos Collectibles, is so jam packed with delights you are guaranteed to be tempted.

While you’re in St Arnaud be sure to check out the exhibition The Raillery Art Gallery and take the time to wander around the town to take in the fantastic street art and silo painting by St Arnaud local, Kyle Torney.