For those who like to browse, rummage and fossick, to find that unique item, Gippsland has a wealth of art craft venues, antique stores and markets to keep you coming back.
Conveniently situated on the Princes Highway and a perfect distance from Melbourne for a welcome break, is the township of Yarragon. Its bustling village atmosphere with streets and lanes bursting with galleries, gift shops, collectibles and antiques interspersed with cafes and delis distributing the fine food and wine produce of Gippsland is a shoppers heaven.
The award winning Town & Country Gallery is sought out by collectors, home decorators and gift buyers alike, delighting in the extensive range of local and Australian craft and artworks including; glass, ceramics, woodwork and jewellery.
In Traralgon, just over the railway foot bridge next to the Latrobe City Information Centre is the refurbished old railway station that now houses the Traralgon Art Group that has exhibitions and art classes year round. Another interesting feature is the old converted railway turntable shed the Round House that is now arts and craft studios.
Airlie Bank Gallery in Morwell offers a very interesting tourist attraction in a heritage building the Airlie Bank Homestead C1850 houses a unique Australian Light Horse collection of "Dads War Stuff" containing photographs and memorabilia.
Towards Walhalla on Coopers Creek Road is the Boola Boola Winery & Tearooms, which also has a range of crafts to tempt the traveller.
In Sale the Wellington Fine Art & Craft Store is a co-operative of 120 Gippsland crafts people it is conveniently located on the main highway and is open 7days a week.
In Stratford Red River Design Gallery located on the main street in the Historic red brick 1920 old StateBankBuilding. It specialises in high quality crafts both local and Australia wide including; glass, metal work, wood and ceramics.
Antiques and collectables can be found in specialised stores throughout Gippsland and are open most weekends dealing in both Australian and imported antiques. There are numerous antique galleries in Yarragon Village, the Time Traveller at Longwarry, there is Traralgon Antiques &Toby Antiques inTraralgon, Annas Old Wares Morwell, Antiques in Glengarry, Redcoat Soldier Antiques & Nambrok Antiques Sale, Rosewood Antiques & Luxford Antiques Rosedale to name a few.
Many towns even the tiny villages have their own Sunday Market were you can find home grown produce and home made goods, bric-a-brac, collectables and you might be lucky with that very special find! Some become a country fair with music and performance.
If you wish to get creative yourself there are a number of opportunities; Tritec Art & Craft Yarragon holds regular workshops in painting and decorative glass, ARC Yinnar holds a number of workshops catering for all ages, new and experienced. The Briagolong School of Fine Art specializes in weekend summer schools and extended Australian and overseas study tours as well as its regular weekly workshop program. The Lillico Glass Studio in Warragul offers lead lighting classes at all levels.
Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre - Sale
Newly opened in November with much applause was the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre in Sale. This new 400 seat Entertainment Centre boasts state of the art sound and lighting equipment and is Victoria's newest performing arts venue. Playing host to such events as Opera Australia, the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Flat On Your Bacharach the centre captures and highlights an unmistakable mix of performances guaranteed to make your night out in Sale a memorable and enjoyable one. Show details and bookings can be made at the box office at the Centre from Mon - Fri and one hour before the show. Details of coming events can be found at the Centre website: www.wellington.vic.gov.au/entertainment
If you haven't already entered the delicious world of BIS, the Entertainment Centre's cafe, don't delay the exciting opportunity to experience the unmistakable quality of Gippsland's finest produce every day. Stay fro lunch and enjoy the free works of Annemieke Mein and the changing exhibitions on display in the Foyer area.
Ideally located at 100 Foster Street, Sale (Princes Highway) and adjoining the picturesque Port of Sale area the Esso BHP Billiton Wellington Entertainment Centre is the perfect venue for all of your entertainment and great dining needs.
Add a little creativity to your Gippsland experience
Latrobe Regional Gallery Morwell has recently reopened after extensive redevelopment making it one of Victoria's most significant regional galleries. The contemporary interpretation of the original building has created astonishing new exhibition space's that meet the most stringent international art museum standards, whilst enhancing the visitor experience. The LRG will provide display area's for both travelling exhibitions and the permanent collection, that is broadly concentrated on contemporary Australian art post 1971. Within the collection is a significant collection of historical Gippsland works, the Campbell Hughston Print collection, McGaughey Glass Collection, Allan Aldous Asian Art Collection and the Colin Suggett Sculpture Collection. Specific galleries have also been designed to cater for three-dimensional works, sculpture courtyard plus a Community Access Gallery. These, together with the, bookshop, coffee shop, library and studio/workshop space, provide Eastern Victoria with a major state of the art, art museum and gallery.
Further east, Gippsland Art Gallery Sale, has been quietly organising an extensive program of national and international touring exhibitions and regional and local artists exhibitions for many years. The gallery in Sale has built its reputation on the diversity of its program content and professional presentation in very attractive contemporary spaces. Its small but concise permanent collection has been steadily developing through informed acquisitions over the past eight years with an objective of representing contemporary and historical attitudes to landscape and natural environment (particularly in relation to Gippsland).
This collection has recently been enhanced with the inclusion of valuable loaned works by major Australian artists. The Cbus superannuation collection loan is among these but an extensive and valuable collection of Australian woodcraft is soon to be a permanent addition. Exhibitions occupy three spaces around a sculpture courtyard that also provides access to a cafe restaurant. The Gallery contains an extensive art public reference library which can be used by the public during operating hours and a Gallery shop well stocked with high quality craft and design items and art books is worth 'a browsing'.
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