The best of art on display

Arthur James is one of many exhibitors that are booked in for the event. Picture: COURTESY YVACCA

By Romy Stephens

The Yarra Glen Racecourse will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of artists as the inaugural Yarra Valley Arts, Crafts and Antiques Expo comes to life this year.

More than 160 highly-skilled artisans – including blacksmiths, jewellers and wood-turners – will showcase their work on 19 and 20 October.

Visitors will find a range of stalls featuring everything from oil and watercolour paintings to fine gold and silver jewellery, sculpture, leather goods (including hand-sewn jackets and trousers), fine adults and children’s clothing, and much more.

It’s set to be a major event, with inquiries from potential stallholders coming from across Australia and even as far afield as North America.

Emmanuel Panourakis, a director of the company organising the event, said the vast range of things to see would fascinate visitors.

“There will be many artisans actually working on-site showing off their skills,” he said.

“We are particularly pleased with the strong support from antique dealers presenting collectables and antiquities from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.

“There will be lots of great art nouveau, art deco and items from the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.”

Tastebuds can be tempted in the Fine Wine and Beer Pavillion, which will feature wines and beers from Victoria’s finest vineyards and craft breweries.

Meanwhile, sellers from Victoria and interstate will offer thousands of antique, collectable and vintage items.

Children will also be thoroughly entertained, with face painters, an animal farm, a giant slide and a number of other rides.

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