Following from last year’s successful windows street gallery in all the shop windows of Emu Bay Road, Arts Deloraine, the Tasmanian Craft Fair, retail traders and Meander Valley artists welcome you to WOAD 12.
New works and installations by local artists craftspeople will provide a glimpse as to why the region is known for its creativity and resilience. In addition to the works in windows, look out for the results of community arts projects placed at the top end of town.
A predominant theme for the community involvement projects in 2012 is resilience and recycling.
UPTOWN PROJECT: Our beautiful knitted scarf that enticed you over the bridge last year has been transformed into building and pole wraps, along with knee rugs and knitted plastic bags turned into ‘roofing tiles’. More than 400 people have made this happen.
SINGING BRIDGE: This amazing installation is a variation on the theme of The Town Crier where you get to make the noise. One hundred and forty school children from 8 Meander Valley Schools have created elements from recycled hub caps, tent poles, flower pots, keys, poly pipe and various odd bits and pieces that you can ‘play’ crossing the Meander River bridge entering the town.
ORIGAMI FOR CHRISTMAS: Hideyho Design artists, Sam and Maya Beckman, have taught origami, fine motor skills and patience to grade 8 Deloraine High School students. Check out their beautiful and delicate baubles in the Deloraine Post Office windows.
COMMISSIONED GRAFFITI from 16 young aspiring aerosol artists is spread about the street. Amongst their bright and youthful offerings on recycled car bits and tarps is a community rainbow installed at an automotive paint shop up near the Visitors Centre.
GREAT WESTERN TIERS HIGHLAND TARTANS on show in the Deloraine Aged Care Centre windows. Eight local weavers were invited to design tartan cloth inspired by Quamby, Projection, Liffey Bluffs, Mother Cummins Peak, Wild Dog Tier at Pine Lake, Stephen’s Hill and the Cluan Tiers.
LOOKING BACK is a display of photos from the Examiner Newspaper’s archives over past 31 years of the Tasmanian Craft Fair. Look for it especially if you are a dedicated craft fair patron YOU MIGHT BE IN IT!
Rotary has provided Shuttle Bus B – drop off/pick at venue 5 Community Complex and Great Western Tiers Visitors Centre.
Arts Deloraine’s WOAD event gratefully acknowledges support from 66 Retails Traders and Service Providers of Emu Bay Rd, the 100+ Meander Valley exhibiting artists, Meander Valley Council, the Westbury Community Health Centre, The Regional Arts Fund, Deloraine and Districts Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, Trash transformers and Rotary Club of Deloraine.
WOAD 12 annual bonus event at the Tasmanian Craft Fair is supported with funding from Arts Deloraine, Rotary Deloraine, Meander Valley Rural Primary Health Services Program, Meander Valley Council, The Regional Arts Fund and Deloraine and Districts Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
Windows On the Arts at Deloraine in partnership with the Tasmanian Craft Fair is now in its second year. Again it has has been a joy to work with the generous artists and business people who live in the district and a pleasure to be associated with Rotary Deloraine. We pride ourselves in being a creative community and over the years Deloraine’s strength has come shining through in so many ways. The arts have the capacity to build a community’s strength by being inclusive and brave in the way we go about our daily business, creating opportunities to imagine, dream and manifest healthy outcomes socially, culturally and economically – building community. I hope you enjoy the shop windows of Emu Bay Rd, showcasing the 2012 works by our local artists, craftspeople and community participants in WOAD 12.
...Niecy Brown for Arts Deloraine, contact: 0458 818 178