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
An exhibition of encaustic works by Sandra Henderson
Sandra moved to Penguin, Tasmania in 2013 from Perth, WA after teaching Art and English in WA Secondary Schools and Senior Campuses for 25 years. Sandra’s earlier work was mainly very detailed watercolour and mixed media – from full sheet size down to miniatures. She enjoys exploring new media and techniques and this led to her excursion into the world of encaustic in January 2016.
From the first moment she was aflame (excuse the pun) and she now paints with melted, coloured wax and a blowtorch! Her obsession with this fluid and serendipitous medium has led to some exciting experiences – not least of which was setting fire to her chair. She now has a fire extinguisher close at hand in her studio!
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.