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
A Week at Waldheim
Sketches by Jo Lawrence and paintings by Marilyn Patton
On display until September 29th
Artists statement: Jo Lawrence
"Over the past few years I have spent time in the Cradle Valley recording my impressions of the unique scenery. I am intrigued by the visual difference between the rounded, glaciated landforms and the sharp dolerite columns of Cradle Mountain. Vegetation also has its contrasts: the rounded shapes of button grass and Leptospermum shrubs in amongst the pencil pines and snow gums. Glacial lakes are deep and cold whilst reflecting the colours of sky and mountain. Painting a landscape ensures that I really look at it, seeing things and remembering more about it than when taking a photo."
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.