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Ar­ca­dian Artists Trail 2018

Monthly Chronicle - - Art & Entertainment -

From ex­tremely hum­ble be­gin­nings, the Ar­ca­dian Artists Trail be­gan 29 years ago as an open day for the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Now flour­ish­ing with 50 cre­ative souls and 8 stu­dios spread­ing through Du­ral, Gal­ston, Ar­ca­dia, Fid­dle­town, and Ber­ilee, this sump­tu­ous feast for the senses at­tracts thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year. What sets the Ar­ca­dian Artist Trail apart from the rest, you may ask? With a care­ful se­lec­tion process to en­sure va­ri­ety and the high­est qual­ity of ar­ti­sans, from emerg­ing artists to those you would only oth­er­wise view within gallery walls. Ev­ery­thing is hand­made and orig­i­nal, and viewed within its au­then­tic stu­dio en­vi­ron­ment. The stu­dios are raw, var­ied, some small and neat, oth­ers ram­bling and chaotic, but all fas­ci­nat­ing spa­ces. Watch­ing the artists at work, talk­ing with them, shar­ing their in­spi­ra­tion and tech­niques, is a rare op­por­tu­nity.

In an in­creas­ingly built in, hec­tic, tech filled world, the Artists Trail of­fers you respite and a space to breathe. Each stu­dio is unique. From ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning moder­nity, to tran­quil gar­dens, rus­tic nat­u­ral bush­land, and peace­ful rolling pad­docks. From man­i­cured beauty to ec­cen­tric, char­ac­ter filled sculp­ture gar­dens. It truly is a de­light for the senses.

New to the trail this year, Yaja Hadrys uses plants to hand- dye tex­tiles, and fo­cuses on na­ture in­spired themes to cre­ate truly unique and stun­ning wear­able art. She in­ti­mately stud­ied the an­cient arts and crafts of Aus­tralia’s tra­di­tional own­ers in re­mote parts of the coun­try, learn­ing her nat­u­ral dye­ing tech­niques from the Yol­ngu women in Arn­hem Land. “As an artist I of­ten col­lab­o­rate with na­ture, feel­ing a con­nected and in­te­gral part of it. When I use plants to dye and con­tact print fab­rics I wit­ness a true alchemy. Wear­ing the tex­tile cre­ations later, hav­ing them close to the body, it’s like be­ing hugged by na­ture, al­most feel­ing her sub­tle breath.’

Re­turn­ing this year is the much cher­ished com­mu­nity from War­rah. This lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion of­fers so­cial ther­apy to adults with in­tel­lec­tual disabilities or autism, which has pro­duced stun­ning re­sults that ri­val many able-bod­ied artists.

Look­ing for art­work for your home? Come and pur­chase unique art­works di­rectly from their cre­ators, not through a gallery. Works range from paint­ing, print­mak­ing, sculp­ture, glass, mo­saic, tex­tiles, jew­ellery mak­ing, fur­ni­ture, wire sculp­ture, and so much more.

Each stu­dio is con­nected by a stun­ning me­an­der­ing coun­try drive. Many of the venues will have cof­fee carts or food on of­fer, though the prop­er­ties pro­vide the per­fect back­drop for you to bring a pic­nic lunch, blan­ket, and a glass of wine if you so choose.

Leave the city be­hind, treat your­self to a feast of in­spi­ra­tional artis­tic tal­ent and beau­ti­ful scenery, and be im­mersed in our cre­ative world this Novem­ber. Road trip, any­one? The Ar­ca­dian Artist Trail is held on

Novem­ber 11–12, be­tween 9am-5pm. The event is free to all vis­i­tors. The web­site www.ar­ca­di­a­nartists.com.au in­cludes a map of this year’s trail, and in­for­ma­tion about all of the artists in­volved. The Com­mit­tee would like to thank Bendigo Bank for its on­go­ing sup­port of this event.

Yaja Hadrys - silk wear­able art

Peter Tug­well - mag­pie

Kim Gibbs - sculp­tor

Rae Wool­nough - Felted scarf

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