Opening night at the Omeo Caravan Park - Friday night from 6.30pm. Bonfire, Burgers and Banter
Join us on opening night for a burger and beer from Lou's Red Caravan (onsite), grab a chair to sit next to the bonfire, and settle in for some storytelling from local yarn spinner Jeff Cooper (Coops).
Music at the Albion - Saturday night from 7.00pm onwards.
Live music at the Albion Hotel, Swifts Creek featuring Nick Fletcher, acoustic guitarist extraordinaire. The Albion boasts an award winning menu, and if you want to dine there, best book. Then join us for free, live and local music.
1. All Things Wool Benambra Public Hall, Benambra
Spinning, dyeing, weaving.
Join our spinning, weaving and dyeing experts at the Benambra Public Hall, Benambra for a weekend of all things wool. Why not bring along a project you are working on or thinking about for advice and suggestions; have a go at weaving, spinning and dyeing, and contribute a few lines of weaving to the community loom.
Displays of different fleeces (Alpaca, Border Leicester, Angora) will be on show with explanations of which wool is best suited for which purpose. Why not spin yourself a piece of wool (supplied) on one of five spinning wheels? Local experts will show you how. We may even have a couple of angora goats around to feel their coat!
Samples of hot and cold dyes will be on show, including indigo, woad and wattle bark. Bring a piece of material to see how the dyes take. Have a chat with locals about where to source and how to use different plants that can be used for natural dyes.
Have a go at weaving on a cardboard mini-loom, and take it home with you (or buy one for further use for $3.00). Great for children to learn!
Books on colour matches, colour ideas and practical samples of materials will be available for reading. Samples of garments prepared using local plant dyes will be on display.
The CWA will be at the hall providing food and drinks to keep everyone replete, and there will be some stalls with goodies to buy.
2. Art & Books @ Octagon Bookshop, 143 Day Avenue. A wide range of local books on the history, flora and fauna of Gippsland and Alpine areas. In stock a range of the latest novels, cookbooks, children's books and a lot more. Books by local authors which are not stocked elsewhere are often found at the Octagon Bookshop. Some are autographed by the authors. Featured for the Trail are works by artists Andrew Smith, and Deirdre Jack.
3. Petersen's Gallery, 156 Day Avenue. Terry paints traditional works of the High Country, his great love. The gallery also acknowledges, historically and visually, the contribution of Chinese immigrants to the Omeo Gold Rush.
4. Old Standard Pop Up Shop, 168 Day Avenue. From a print shop and local newspaper, through many transformations, the Old Standard Pop Up shop is now a private residence whose owner opens up the front (ex Pizza Parlour) space specially for the Trail. The Shop features a wide variety of items from the Great Alpine Basketry Group, including baskets (of course), trays, light fittings, succulents in a mini garden and hangings of all types. Also available are crafts from local artists, including warm and toasty hats for the Victorian winter.
5. Florabundance Garden, 100 Tongio Road. Long-time rose enthusiast and avid gardener Paul Slattery has a history of creating beautiful gardens, most well known for his work in creating The Dappled Garden in Heathmont, Victoria.Entry is by donation, with all proceeds going to the Omeo Hospital.
Also check out the Omeo Historical Society's museum and display at Justice Precinct (in the centre of town).
The Oriental Claims at the southern end of town, is a gorgeous walk through the gold rush claims that were the reason for Omeo coming into being.
6. Bill's Taxidermy, 672 Cassillis Road. Bill is the area's most experienced taxidermist, and is opening up his workspace to demonstrate and display his varied works.
7. Allan Fox open studio, 925 Cassillis Road.
8. Mt Markey Winery, 1346 Cassillis Road. The Winery is Omeo Regions award winning, family owned, cool climate wine producer. Located midway between Omeo and Swifts Creek in the picturesque Cassilis Valley Gold Fields, Mount Markey is a small producer of hand crafted, deliciously different wines.
The tasting room is opening up just for the Trail!
9. From Pits to Pith to Pizza, an hour long talk, and tea at Nullamanjie Olive Grove, Saturday and Sunday, 10am. Bookings essential.
10. Tongio Triangle Installation. In a green triangle, off the Great Alpine Road, at the corner of Bindi Road, Al Wunder's Mayan inspired all wooden drums are there for you to try out your inner drummer. Also on display are Lynden Nicholl's locally inspired photos.
Attention all creative types! The Market @ Swifts Creek Community Hall has been specifically set up to encourage local artists, craftspeople, artisans, photographers, sculptors, knitters, crocheters, leather makers and so on to display and sell their work during the Trail weekend. Please download the booking form here. gatt_tables.pdf
11. Great Alpine Gallery 6881 Great Alpine Road. The Gallery houses a permanent exhibition of local artists and craftworkers, as well as three special exhibitions per year. One of the oldest volunteer run galleries in Victoria, we celebrate 20 years in October 2018.
As well as presenting exhibitions, the Gallery maintains an active network built to support and encourage local arts folk. Grants from various sources including East Gippsland Shire Council help us run artists in residence programs, with our 2017 artist, Sophie Dieu, returning in March for an exhibition at the East Gippsland Art Gallery in Bairnsdale
The Gallery also runs workshops, aimed at developing artistic practice among the community, and also presents workshops at the Swifts Creek School, to encourage creativity among students. The tiles outside the gallery, and the mosaic seat on the south side of Swifts Creek are collaborations between the school and the gallery.
12. Creekers Cafe, 6864 Great Alpine Road. The cafe is extending the crafts it features inside, to stalls outside the cafe. Coffee and craft?
13. Market @ Swifts Creek Community Hall 6869 Great Alpine Road. Featuring an inside market jammed with craft stalls, artisan products, local produce including cider from the local winery. Crafts people will be demonstrating their skills, and sharing techniques. Also included is an exhibition of historic photographs from the area.
The CWA will also be providing tea, coffee, yummy cakes and soup to keep you going.
14. Carole Pepper Open Studio, 208 Swifts Creek Road East, Doctors Flat.
15. Tiffany Forster Open Studio, 12 Spring Gully Road, Ensay North.
16. Wot A View Studio Art Gallery, 5170 Great Alpine Road (enter through Johnston Street). Wot A Vu is owned and run by Leanne Lockwood and features her own artwork and those of local artists and craftspeople. Leanne will welcome you with a Devonshire tea, and leave you to browse. Leanne also conducts workshops for artists.An eclectic collection, this gallery is a gem.
17. Ensay Winery Cellar Door, 5094 Great Alpine Road. Jenny and David Coy own and run this beautiful winery, with the help of a small herd of dorper sheep and a friendly dog. Check out their rammed earth cellar door offering free tastings and sales of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines which are 100% grown, made and sold on the property.
The winery is also the centre of basketry in the area, and members of the Great Alpine Basketry Group will be on hand to demonstrate some of their basketry skills, all weekend. Saturday also sees a talk by Cassie Leatham on Indigenous basket making, and on Sunday, a workshop with Lynn Lochrie on Knotless Knitting. Bookings essential. (Sales of the groups' products are available at the Old Standard Pop Up Shop in Omeo).
18. Old Pub Gallery, 35 Old Pub Road, Ensay South. The gallery was a thriving pub until alterations to the Great Alpine Road took it off the highway, and it gradually declined into an ex-pub. Drinkers' loss was arts gain. The gallery now features the works of Rob Logie and is a work of art in itself. Various refurbishments have created a mix of styles, including Art Deco, by the same builders who refurbished the Golden Age in Omeo after a bush fire. The kitchen is panelled completely in pressed iron.
19. Crafts at the Ensay Recreation Reserve, 59 Ensay-Doctors Flat Road. Join local artists and craftspeople for an exhibition, market and display of local talent.
20. Rob Logie Open Studio, 139 Logies Road, Reedy Flat.
21. Natural Dyeing Workshop with Cath Rayment, 3730 Great Alpine Road, Tambo Crossing. Booking essential.
22. Needle Felting Workshop with Sarah Carr, 3730 Great Alpine Road, Tambo Crossing. Booking essential.