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An Arts Trail. The Golden Plains Arts Trail no less!
Golden Plains Arts Trail 2016
What is an Arts Trail? It's a trail that leads to artists - and their work - across the Golden Plains in Victoria. Or you could call it an annual art touring event. To join in this wonderful artistic adventure, log on to the website and choose an artist, or a trail, or a location.
By browsing the Map provided, you can follow the Gold or Red or Green route to discover artists at work or to view their art on display at various locations across the Golden Plains. If you view an artist, on the website, and scroll down the page to "where to find me", at the bottom of the map is a blank box that tells you "Enter your address to get the itinerary". When you enter your address into the box, and click submit, a webpage pops up, giving you the details on how to get to that location. How cool is that?
When I viewed the website for the first time it was hard to decide which way to take my tour. It's easy to navigate the webpage if you know an artist. I didn't know any of the artists so I chose to take my tour based on the Routes.
When the Arts Trail tour is on, in March 2016, I will probably follow the Red Route, which takes in the towns of Batesford, Bannockburn, Inverleigh, Teesdale, Wingeel, Maude and Meredith. I live close to Batesford and Bannockburn.
While writing this article I chose to highlight three artists involved in the Arts Trail. You can view some of the information about them below. Their work can be viewed in open studios, hotels and halls. You can meet the artists in their studios, and you can get your hands dirty with their "hands-on" activities and workshops.
What a great way to spend a weekend. Explore the Golden Plains, view some amazing art work, meet the artists and then stop for a meal at one of the hotels along the trail, or drop in to a winery for wine tasting or a meal. You can also find some lovely accomodation across the Golden Plains. I haven't started to explore "places to stay" in Geelong yet, so I'm sure you can "google" accomodation in Geelong or the Golden Plains Shire.
The Golden Plains Arts Trail is held in March every year. Artists and makers across the Golden Plains open their homes and studios for a great weekend. Watch artists at work, visit different locations and see group and individual shows, with venues such as sheds, living rooms, studios and wineries.
When you view the map, you will see three distinct trails that you can follow around the Golden Plains Arts Trail. Each trail covers a different area within the Golden Plains.
The Red Trail covers Batesford, Bannockburn, Inverleigh, Teesdale, Wingeel, Maude and Meredith. This is the Southern end of the Shire, with pretty townships, nice picnic spots, great food and wine tasting.
The Gold Trail includes Haddon, Smythesdale, Smythes Creek and Linton. This part of the Shire includes quaint townships, beautiful bush and scenery, and (apparently) the smell of Gold.
Along the Green Trail are the towns of Warambeen, Dereel, Garibalei, Napoleons and Cambrian Hill. Within the Green Trail area you can explore the Indigenous and Colonial History of Victoria, and taste the best home made tea on the Trail.
I chose to view three artists, on the Red Route, whose work will be on display during the Golden Plains Shire Arts Trail.
Samantha Thompson is a visual artist who works from her studio on a property in regional Victoria. Samantha grew up in Melbourne, and was influenced by the scenery in the Dandenong Ranges. Her creative influence comes from her mother's talented patchwork quilt making - this gave Samantha a love for colour that shows up strongly in her work. Samantha also gained a sense of femininity working in her father's Bridal shop.
Her art is highly sought and valued by collectors. Her compositions display a playful exploration of the female form, and the dynamic relationship of bodies to conjure erotic expressions of femininity.
You can view Samantha's work at 81 Goggin Road, Lethbridge. VIC 3332
Vera Deans ( Vucicevic ) expresses herself through painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
Vera has shown her work at the 2015 Golden Plains Arts Trail and the Bannockburn Cultural Centre. Vera has also exhibited her prints at the Red Rock Art Gallery, Colac, and at the Birregurra Art Show and Expo.
Vera says "I am an artist / designer with a background in fashion design and I am also an amateur photographer." Vera creates paintings, illustrations, mixed media art and printmaking.
You can view Vera's work at 1 High St, Inverleigh,VIC,3321. Her work is on display at the Inverleigh Hotel.
Sam Gilmore is a landscape artist. He uses oil and watercolour in his work. His work is well known. His work in Land and Sea scapes have earned him awards at art exhibitions.
Sam Gilmore is on the Red Route. His work can be viewed at 27 High St, Bannockburn VIC 3331, Australia. His work is on display at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library.
Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library
Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library
One of the locations for the Arts display is at the Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library, at 27 High Street, Bannockburn.
Discover the Heart and Soul of Bannockburn, as you enjoy some of the Shire's most established artists at the Cultural Centre and Library, Bannockburn.
Contact Number: 03 5220 7260
About The Golden Plains - in Brief
Golden Plains is a municipality situated between Geelong, Ballarat and Melbourne. This vibrant, progressive Shire offers access to the city services, while providing a country lifestyle.
Golden Plains Shire invites visitors to discover the unique, untouched beauty of the Shire. Come for the rolling green hills, the golden fields of canola and wheat and the rugged bush landscapes. Photograph the rocky plains, travel through historic gold mining towns, and picnic in the shade in the river valleys.
I hope that when you head to the Golden Plains Shire, and meet artists at work, that you have a great time, as you get to know the artists, and the lovely Golden Plains Shire.