Jessica Spalding’s exhibition is part of a big weekend at Peppercorn Farm. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Local Artist Jessica Spalding’s works are set to bring to life the new art space at PepperGreen Farm.

Obnoxious Weeds – an abstract exhibition of floral natives and introduced species, will open this weekend, and is one of the highlights of a weekend of celebrations for PepperGreen Farm, a not-for-profit social enterprise officially opened by City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke last night.

The newly designed arts studios and gallery space are just one of many initiatives to transform Bendigo’s original market garden, located at 40 Thunder Street, into a flourishing tourist precinct full of activity.

Ms Spalding produces bright, large format abstract works and for more than 10 years she has been a sought-after and widely collected artist, both in Australia and internationally. She was also the artist-in-residence for Jimmy Possum stores for many years.

Access Australia Group chief executive officer Michael Langdon said artists in residence was one of the features at PepperGreen Farm.

“PepperGreen Farm encourages artists, tourists, home garden enthusiasts and the community to come together,” he said.

The popular PepperGreen Farm community market is also on tomorrow, from 10am to 4pm, offering the chance to pick fresh produce straight from the paddock to the plate.

Obnoxious Weeds officially opens at noon on Saturday, June 9 and runs through to July 17.