Art Gallery and Local History
The Wonders of Wynyard hosts a feature exhibition each month showcasing the work of predominantly local artists and community groups including paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and much more. There are also permanent displays of locally significant collections, and local historical interpretation displays. Entry to the Gallery space is free!
This month's feature exhibition
love of colour
by Jo Sharp
From a young age I grew up loving painting it was my favourite pastime. I excelled in art at school and wanted to study fine arts at University , but I took an academic pathway instead.
My life took twists and turns until I ended up caring for my husband with Motor Neurons Disease. Unable to leave the house I needed some “me” time. So I started painting again, that was in February 2018 after a 30 year hiatus. He has since passed away but I continue to paint.
Inspired by the sea, I now reside at Sisters Beach with my young son Anthony. I consider myself an abstract colourist.
The cells are made by adding silicone liquid and /or methylated spirits to my paintings to mix my paint.
Too runny and the paint turns to mud, too thick and the paint won’t move across the canvas. Just right and I get the desired effect.
Displays permanently held at the Wonders of Wynyard include a Japanese Doll Collection, a life-sized paper sculpture of F. M. Alexander – founder of the Alexander Technique - and a detailed history of the Tommeginer people. All of these displays have local historical significance.
Along with our unique historical motoring display, our maritime history is also featured at the Wonders of Wynyard. Historical data records the naming of Table Cape by explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798. The Table Cape Lighthouse was built in 1888 and is the only operating Lighthouse open for tours on mainland Tasmania.
The unique geology of the area, including Table Cape - the remains of a 12 million year old volcano - the fossil rich sandstone cliffs of Fossil Bluff and the Basalt headlands called Doctors Rocks can also be discovered at the Wonders of Wynyard.
And just 50 minutes from Wynyard at the gateway to the Tarkine Wilderness, the township of Waratah has a staggering history of riches and pioneering spirit that can be explored at the Tarkine Interpretation Centre and Courthouse Museum.