Arts Series have a habit of turning artworks into glorious, living tributes to the artists that create them. Mark Schaller’s love affair with landscapes fits well with picturesque Bendigo; his influences spanning Keith Haring’s contemporary to Henri Matisse’s modernism. Joining the ranks of Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman in Art Series’ tribute to Aussie greats, the experiential accommodation of their country Victorian outpost services the city with world-class hospitality, demonstrated by Guest Experience Agent and Bendigo local Naomi.
A Bendigo Art Affair
Naomi: My name’s Naomi, I’m 25, and I’ve been living in Bendigo for the past seven years. A typical work day for me involves checking-in and out guests, tending to all guest enquiries, providing local recommendations for tourist and dining options, as well as being flexible and occasionally toasting a delicious flatbread for our café, The Pantry. Our guests always seem quite taken aback by the layout of The Schaller Studio, particularly our beautiful communal areas on ground level. This contradicts sometimes what guests assume a regional hotel to be like. I feel our hotel provides a sense of a ‘home away from home,’ as well as providing locals a classy yet comfortable and hip place to relax in.
Guests staying with us, particularly for leisure, are always enthusiastic to explore the rich history of Bendigo. The old gold-mining town, even though it’s small, has maintained all of its historical listed buildings and most of its old gold-mining sites, which are very popular amongst guests staying with us. We also have a large variety of trendy cafes and restaurants, which pride themselves on gourmet food; this is always an attraction for art and food lovers alike.
I think The Art Series Hotel Group chose Bendigo for its first studio branded hotel because Bendigo is quickly expanding and becoming an up and coming regional location. It is also the regional arts hub of Australia, which is a perfect marriage for Art Series Hotel Group. This is displayed down View St – perfect for a hotel which is inspired by a namesake Australian artist. Bendigo provides a huge sense of community and family values, which allows people to feel at home even for the shortest of stays in our town. It’s a melting pot for creativity of all walks of life. We are also proud to be the official hotel partner for the Bendigo Art Gallery, which often has a variety of rare exhibitions.
Bendigo is also fortunate to host a vast variety of live music shows at venues around town. We also have a lot of unique local galleries, boutique shops and a many yummy gourmet cafes. Parks lined with giant oak trees and flowers are perfect for families or a relaxing afternoon for any individual or couple. We’re very fortunate to be exposed to these creative venues, events and experiences.
What I love most about my job, as a Guest Experience Agent at The Schaller Studio is the atmosphere and environment I walk into each and every day. Even though I’m coming to work, The Schaller Studio allows me to feel as if every day is a holiday – very rare for someone to enjoy a full time job as much as we do here!
The Old Green Bean – Tasty coffee, equally as delicious food, fantastic customer service and a cosy environment. They even provide crotched blankets and bean bags
Bob Boutique – Quirky, unique, local made gifts with a twist! You’ll almost never find these items in another store, it’s totally original!
Best Road Trip
My favourite road trip memory was a spur of the moment decision with my best friend. We woke up one morning, craving that smell of salt in the air and wind in our hair, so we took off to St. Kilda beach. We listened to loud music and sang at the top of our lungs both on the way there and the way back. We frolicked along the beach, made friends with locals, did some shopping (of course) and checked out Luna Park. We headed back before sunset because watching the sun go down on the way back to Bendigo from Melbourne is quite a beautiful view – though we didn’t make it very far. It’s a day I’ll remember forever.
Dream Road Trip
My IDEAL road trip would be in an old jazzed up Combi Van along the Great Ocean Road, with good company, a bunch of mix-tapes, absolutely no itinerary, no materialistic objects, just following the road and exploring all the sights we might happen to stumble across along the way.