By Beverley Ford.
For the past 16 years the Southern Art and Craft trail has provided an amazing insight into the range and talents of Great Southern artists and artisans.
This year about 300 creators will exhibit their work from Albany to Hopetoun and Walpole to Gnowangerup at more than 80 wineries, cafés, dedicated art galleries, community halls, studios and pop-ups.
The Trail will be open from September 21 to October 13.
The diversity of style and creativity on show is demonstrated through painting, sculpture, textile art, photography, jewellery, pottery, woodcraft and more.
In some venues artists will give demonstrations and talks in their working studio contexts, giving an added sense of welcome and community.
Trail organisers ArtSouthWA say that the annual event is a fantastic way to enjoy the art, food, wine and inspiring environment of the region.
Visitors can also explore ‘mini trails’ off the beaten track that take in studios, galleries, wineries and out-of-the-way venues.
Towns into which The Voice is distributed represent a good-sized slice of the event – Denmark has 15 venues, Mount Barker and Kendenup nine, the Porongurups two, and Walpole has three exhibitions in two venues.
Several venues will present the accumulated work of scores of local artists in groups or associations of creators.
The ArtSouthWA website has comprehensive information to help visitors find artists geographically and read about their works – see www.artsouthwa.com.au/booklet/
Printed brochures can be obtained from the Denmark and Mt Barker visitor centres, as well as all the Trail venues.