ART ON DISPLAY: Stanthorpe Boomerang Bags' founder Brooke Summerville will be involved in the Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail.
ART ON DISPLAY: Stanthorpe Boomerang Bags' founder Brooke Summerville will be involved in the Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail. Contributed

Showcase highlights region's art

TACTILE delights await visitors to the upcoming Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail - Open Studios Event.

From jewellery making with alpaca fibres in a Mongolian ger at The Summit to basket weaving with the GBATSIC Indigenous collective, the event is set to provide a fully immersive experience of the rich tapestry of culture, talent, history and artefacts in the region.

Organiser Rosy Chapman has been working with others behind the scenes to refresh the Stanthorpe Community Fabric Collage, a beautiful wall hanging that was created in 1988 as part of an Australia Council project, a view of the town from Mt Marlay. It will be on display in the Art Gallery during the event.

"Ros Paton was the artist commissioned to create the design and co-ordinate the many people who took part 30 years ago,” Ms Chapman said.

"Everyone was invited to choose a part of the town that had meaning for them and make the fabric equivalent. We are excited to have the chance to refresh and restore this community artwork during the open studios event in the Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery.”

Trail participants will also have the opportunity to:

Visit Honeysuckle Cottages at Applethorpe (just behind McDonalds) and see wonderful wearable art - watch a fashion parade and enjoy the work of a truly talented group of fibre artists.

Make soap and try felting with alpaca fibres in a beautiful Mongolian ger at The Summit. There will also be jewellery and accessory-making using alpaca felt and fibres.

Visit Boomerang Bags at The Summit and try sewing re-purposed materials such as coffee bags with industrial and domestic machines.

See WWII knitting patterns and contemporary knitting in the Lantern Café at Carramar Villas.

Visit the GBATSIC Indigenous collective at Railway St and learn traditional crafts handed down through generations.

The Granite Belt Art and Craft Trail - Open Studios Event will be held over two weekends and follows a trail map to discover a variety of local artists, as they exhibit at studios and galleries as well as taking up residence in community spaces.

What's on

When: October 19-20 and 26-27.

Where: Stanthorpe and surrounding Granite Belt villages.

Time: Open 10am-4pm and by appointment with studios.

Contact: gb.art.trail@gmail.com or phone 0411586695.