Sculptor Andre Sardone

Artisans open their doors this weekend to explore, meet and enjoy.

Spring Gully and Mandurang Valley artisans will be welcoming the public into their studios and workplaces for the inaugural Mandurang Valley Artisan’s Trail event.

There will be six locations to visit, all with something unique to offer.

As well as a chance to meet and talk to the artisans in their place of work, the event offers visitors the opportunity to view demonstrations and buy artwork and local produce.

Saturday, October 13 will see doors open at 10am, and visitors are encouraged to take a look at what’s on offer, all within a 15-minute journey from the Bendigo CBD and within minutes’ drive of each other.

Sculptor Andre Sardone will showcase some of his latest works in steel and visitors are invited to observe and engage directly with his process.

Bespoke furniture maker and timber sculptor Linton Torr will offer visitors a chance to go behind the scenes and view some of his unique timber work.

Also on show in Mr Torr’s Chook Shed Gallery will be a range of paintings by local artists.

Marilyn Sprague, wildflower grower, will delight visitors with her extensive knowledge as she takes tours of her well-established native garden in the heart of the Mandurang Valley.

She will also have a range of flowers and plants for sale.

Wes and Pamela Vine from Mandurang Valley Wines will also open their doors to share their locally made boutique wines, along with fine food, coffee and local art, including paintings by Pamela.

Other activities include a stop at the fully licensed Spring Gully General Store for a take away coffee, a sit down lunch or perhaps some afternoon tea and some refreshments.

If the weather is fine, a table in the spacious courtyard overlooking the sustainable kitchen gardens makes a great choice.

Also, pop into Truscott Art and Framing, run by local artist Nick Truscott, picture framer and watercolour artist.

Peruse the striking original artwork Nick and fellow local artist Sally Poltrock have on display.

“This unique event offers an exciting opportunity to meet artists and makers on Bendigo’s doorstep, to hear about and see first-hand their practice and to admire their work,” MVAT coordinator Bridget Finch said.

“The open days also allow visitors to meet fellow enthusiasts en route.”

All Open Doors are free, with the exception of Marilyn Sprague’s garden, which includes a guided tour at $5 per person.

All profits from which will be donated to support a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/MandurangValleyArtisansTrail