SIX artists from the Mandurang Valley will throw open their studio doors to the public for the first time this weekend.
It will be a chance for visitors to meet and talk to the artists, view demonstrations and buy artwork and local produce.
Metal sculptor Andre Sardone, furniture maker and timber sculptor Linton Torr, artists Nick Truscott and Sally Poltrock will give visitors a glimpse behind the scenes of their work.
Wildflower grower Marilyn Sprague will take groups on tours of her well-established native garden and Mandurang Valley Wines owners Wes and Pamela Vine will showcase some of the boutique wines alongside fine food, coffee and local art.
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Sardone said the group was inspired to develop the trail after seeing it successfully done in the Castlemaine area.
“Seeing artists’ studios is a great way to let people get behind the scenes,” he said.
“We wanted to put together a variety of things that interest people. It is a lovely time of year to get out in Mandurang Valley and have a look around.”
Sardone hopes the success of this weekend can pave the way for an annual event.
“There seems to an art community out this way. One of reasons to do this is to find out how many artists in Bendigo might want to also open their studios,” he said.
“Castlemaine has massive arts community and Bendigo might have the same but we don’t know unless we have the opportunity to open our doors and find out.”
The Spring Gully General Store will serve as a starting point for the Mandurang Valley Artisans Trail with maps and flyers available.
People can also find the details on the Mandurang Valley Artisans Trail Facebook page.
Studios will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 10am. All open doors are free, with the exception of Marilyn Sprague’s garden, which is $5 entry that includes a guided tour. All profits will be donated to support a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.