Artists are getting ready to throw open their doors to visitors for the great Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail, which will be held across three days between 29 and 31 October.

Art lovers will be able to meander around the Granite Belt on their own self-guided artistic jaunt. About 30 artisans will share their wares and knowledge—and even help some of their visitors take the first steps in their own artistic journey.

There are opportunities for both appreciative viewing and active doing. For viewing, the choices include a photographic exhibition and demonstrations ranging from wheel-throwing and raku to watercolour pencil and the art of oil painting. You can also listen to a talk on taking your art supplies into the field, see candlemaking, join a public art walking tour, and watch how a useful bag can be made from a pillowcase or an animal feed bag.

Additionally, you can purchase art for your walls, sculptures for a special corner or even a frying pan for your own kitchen masterpieces. Alternatively, you can get hands-on by having a go at cheesemaking, trying resin art, making a pinch pot, doing some alpaca felting, taking an acrylic class or getting creative with some precious metal clay. Immerse yourself in cardmaking, poured glass art or candlemaking. There’s an art to craft and there’s definitely a craft to art, and this is your chance to try your hand at both.

Get a quick introduction to all the artisans at the website, where you also make all your bookings. (Everything, even free demonstrations, must be booked in advance.) Choose your own level of involvement. GBART is essentially an immersive experience, so there are many, many opportunities to have a go. It could be the start of a whole new world of creativity for you.

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