Closed through necessity during lockdown, The Studio by Laing+Simmons Young Property at Careel Bay Marina in Avalon is re-opening its doors to art-lovers and Northern Beaches locals in December to showcase the inspiring works of multi- award-winning marine photographer Rita Kluge.

Of German and Korean origin, Rita has found her home and passion on the Northern Beaches. From December 2, she will be sharing an incredible underwater adventure which captures wildlife against the background of the stunning marine world in a new collection called Extreme.

The inspiring collection will be accompanied with music by Simon King and all works will be available for purchase.

In keeping with the community-first theme of The Studio’s free exhibitions, 10% of proceeds will go to Living Ocean, the environmental association which promotes awareness of the human impact on the ocean through research, education, creative activation and support of others who sustain ocean health and integrity.

Rita enjoys working with charitable organisations foremost to spread awareness and to help keep our oceans clean and protect the life they hold. Amy and Matthew Young of Laing+Simmons Young Property, the local real estate business behind The Studio, share the same passion.

“After the challenges of lockdown, we’re glad to be able to welcome the local community back to The Studio and Rita’s collection is the ideal way for people to re-acquaint themselves with a space that has been created for them,” Amy Young said.

“It’s also an inspiring, wondrous reminder of the importance of caring for our beautiful marine world. It’s a privilege to support the critical work of Living Ocean at The Studio and we can’t wait to see those familiar local faces again,” Ms Young said.

The Studio is a community-focused hybrid creative space at Careel Bay Marina in Avalon, an initiative of Laing+Simmons Young Property. Husband and wife team Matt and Amy Young are passionate about supporting locals and each month will feature a new exhibition at The Studio in support of a local cause.

To date, the not-for-profit community initiative has raised over $6,500 for local causes including Living Ocean, One Eighty, Dreams2Live4, Sea Shepherd Australia, the Seabin Project and the Avalon Beach Historical Society.

The Rita Kluge Extreme collection will be on display free to the public at The Studio from 2 December to 3 January from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Saturday and Sunday 8am to 12pm. 10% of proceeds go to Living Ocean.

Contact Amy Young from Laing+Simmons Young Property on 0422 225 227 for more information.

The Studio by Laing+Simmons Young Property is located in Careel Bay Marina at 94 George Street, Avalon.