Capel trail will allow art fans to meet their makers

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Capel Makers’ Trail coordinator has been overwhelmed by the response she has received.
Camera IconCapel Makers’ Trail coordinator has been overwhelmed by the response she has received. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Artisans and art appreciators alike will be spoilt for choice in April when the inaugural Capel Makers’ Trail is launched for one weekend only.

The trail is the brainchild of Capel shire resident and artist Tracie Walsh who said its intention was to gain more exposure for local artists and showcase the best of handmade creations.

“All the participants are local,” she said.

“It’s both about makers and artists and encourages young makers to get involved.”

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Still with more than two months to go, more than 75 artists and makers have already committed to the trail, according to Ms Walsh.

Venues for the trail will include the Capel Community Centre, RSL Hall, South West Rail and Heritage Centre and the Dalyellup Community Centre with the council quick to jump on the bandwagon.

“The trail opens in the heart of each town in their community centres,” Ms Walsh said.

“The shire’s been amazing, mentoring, giving me guidance, helping with grant applications, you name it.

“They’ve just got on board as a financial partner as well now which is fantastic.”

Capel Shire Council has committed $5000 to the trail through its community grants scheme as well as donating some of the venues free of charge.

Boyanup blacksmith Rachel Wyder said the trail would be a great way to showcase local artisan talent.

“Blacksmithing is an old tradition that’s being lost,” she said.

“There are lots of makers around and it’s a great way to meet other makers.”

The Capel Makers’ Trail will launch on April 26 and run until April 28 with both the public and contributors invited to create their own maps to explore the different studios and venues.

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