Wellington Arts Centre to host Arts Trail in July for community

Wellington's first ever art trail is being held this winter to not only showcase the work of local artists, but to provide a networking for people across the region.

The Wellington Arts Centre is hosting the inaugural Arts Trail on July 14, which will give locals and visitors the chance to travel to as far as Orange to see the amazing work various artists have created.

The local artists who will be opening their studios on the day are Eris Flemming, Marilyn Hickey, Robert Keen, Jan Payne, Gillian Ryan, Sue Towney and Paul Hannelly plus Ken Vodden and Chris Hardy.

The idea for the Art Trail came about after local artist and Wellington Arts Centre member Jan Payne heard about similar events in Newcastle.

"I thought 'why don't we do one for the western region?', so we opened up expressions of interest for people to put their names down to be on the trail about three months ago...," she explained.

The aim of the Arts Trail was to provide a networking for budding and established artists, but also to provide central west families with the chance to have a nice day out, Ms Payne said.

"To me there's a lot of people... who are keen to do something with art...," she said.

"There are so many people who are so talented in their arts and their craft, (we want) to showcase some of those people so the general public can get an idea that these people exist within the community.

"And if they want to make contact with the people themselves to do some classes... or get information.. to start their own artistic journey."

The Western Stores Building in Wellington will also open on the day with pop up shops for artists that don't have a studio.

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Some of those works will include quilting and hand craft, wind chimes, photography and home produce cooking.

The Arts Trail will run from 9am to 5pm, with the pop up shop and the various open studios having work for sale.

For art lovers it only costs $5 to see the work at the Western Stores Building and each of the eight studios.

Participants can also purchase a $25 bracelt which will allow them to go to all of the eight locaitonds, or they can pay $5 at the door.

The money from the Arts Trail will go back to the Wellington Arts Centre to help them fund future events, Ms Payne said.

One of those events will be Arts and Sculpture at Hermitage Hill in September.