By Beverley Ford
The 2019 Great Southern Art and Craft Trail is under way and will be available to indulge our artistic appreciation for the next three weeks.
The Voice was fortunate to be able to attend the opening of three of the 15 exhibitions in Denmark.
On September 19 the Touchstones exhibition at Denmark’s Arthouse opened with works by nine artists, some new and young, and some well known and celebrated.
It is a vibrant and diverse body of work that explores the theme ‘Touchstones’, the anchor points to which we return as the world around us changes.
It plays with the idea that we all have ways of grounding ourselves as we leap into the unknown.
Visitors are invited to make their own touchstone.
The evening of September 20 saw the opening of the evergreen Mill Art Group exhibition in the Community Resource Centre gallery space.
The group always produces works that stimulate and satisfy the senses.
The opening this year introduced a new element – a performance by local a capella group Sound Bites.
It was a gig enjoyed by all.
The exhibition includes a wall of 30cm x 30cm paintings by group members entitled ‘A Brush with Denmark’, depicting the artists’ interpretations of the shire and instilling a very local feel to the showcase.
The Butter Factory gallery never disappoints with its professional approach to art and craft, and this year is no exception, the daytime opening on September 21 being a perfect time for some bubbles and OJ.
The venue is a grand space in which the many eclectic works are displayed to maximum effect.
Works include jewellery, ceramics, photography and of course many different modalities of painting.
A visit will certainly not disappoint.
This year’s Art Trail promises to be the best yet if the three visited by The Voice are an example of the offerings throughout the region.
Booklets containing a guide to the Great Southern Art Trail are available from visitor centres and Art Trail venues.