Bathurst is a growing regional centre uniquely situated west of the Blue Mountains. The varied landscape provides much inspiration for the many artists who call Bathurst their home.
A few years ago many local artists got together and came up with an idea to open their studios to the public once a month and the Bathurst Arts Trail was created with some 20 artists and galleries participating. Artists’ works range from painting and photography to ceramics and sculpture to textiles. Over the years some artists have left the group and new ones have joined.
When the trail was created my daughter and I made a day of it and visited several of the artists. It was a really fun day even though it was a bit rainy; the artists were all very friendly and loved sharing their works and processes with us. My daughter especially had a great day of learning. At one stop on the Duramana Road, an artist showed us a family of tawny frogmouths living in one of her gum trees. It was so very special to see them up close. Depending on how busy it is at each stop you might even find you get much personalised attention from the artist and maybe a tea and biscuit!
If your new to the area and appreciate art, it is a great way to introduce yourself to the region and delve into what is a very thriving arts community. The Bathurst Arts Trail is open the first weekend of each month and you will find yellow flags helping you get to your destination. Keep in mind that not all the artists are open on the weekend. The best way to check this information is go to their website. On the site you will find a list of participating artists, their contact information and biographies. The artists are all willing to sell their works, but do keep in mind that credit card facilities are probably not available so other arrangements would need to be made for payments.
By purchasing local artists’ work not only would you be supporting them, but how cool would it be to have local art hanging on your wall for others’ to enjoy for years to come? And don’t forget the best way to preserve your art is to frame it. We here at Frame Effect are leaders in the framing industry and are happy to consult with you to make your art work well with the décor of your home.