St Matthias Vineyard | Tourism Tasmania | Owen Hughes

St Matthias Vineyard | Tourism Tasmania | Owen Hughes

The Tamar Valley starts in Launceston and heads north up each side of the Tamar Valley. The Tamar Valley Wine Route is already well known (and well worth a day out), and now the Tamar Valley Art Trail has been launched.

The trail includes the chance to meet artists as you visit their studios and galleries. All stops on the trail are from 5 to 50 minutes from Launceston.

You can read a little about it from the article below (courtesy of The Mercury) and on the website for the trail – here.

Trail of art leads to valley known for its food and wine

A trail showcasing the Tamar Valley’s artistic spirit will provide extra reasons for visiting a region that is already known for its wine and food.

Deviot’s Bettina Hockey is among 11 artists, with galleries up to 50 minutes’ drive from Launceston, who will welcome visitors on the Tamar Valley Art Trail.

The trail was launched yesterday by Premier Lara Giddings, who had provided a $9500 grant from the Premier’s Discretionary Fund, to help establish a promotional website.

Mrs Hockey said a lot of artists, herself included, had recently settled in the valley having been seduced by its peace and beauty.

Originally from Germany, where she trained in art, maths and teaching, she moved to the valley in 2001.

Mrs Hockey specialises in felt, from which she makes objects that can be useful and ornamental, such as a colourful bag – which could easily be mistaken for a hat – on display yesterday at Legana’s Velo Wines.

The tail complements the Tamar Valley Wine Route and also involves Jonathan Bowden Studio, Mary Wilson, Susie McMahon, Pieter Zaadstra Art Studio, Artisan Pottery, Nigel Lazenby Studio Gallery, Jon Morrison Studio Gallery, Gem and Stone Creations and Tamar Valley Art Shack.

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If you get a chance to tour the Tamar Valley, let us know what you think.