Brochure puts enthusiasts on local arts trail

A mixed media artist who spent time in residence at Riversdale, home of Arthur Boyd’s Bundanon Trust, is among many creators featured in a guide to the Macedon Ranges’ art scene.

Lorna Thrift Brooks and Lara Le Reveur (pictured) are among almost 30 artists featured in the latest Macedon Ranges Art Trail brochure, available from tourist information centres, libraries, cafes, wineries and online.

Now in its third year, the guide also lists open galleries, artisan businesses and events.

The 2015-16 edition includes Sunbury artists for the first time.

Brooks, who will soon turn 84, says that while she’s done everything from ledlight and jewellery to pottery and even making paper, painting continues to give her the most joy. ‘‘I just love it. It’s such a part of who I am,’’ she says. ‘‘I’ve done portraits and figures, landscapes and everything else. I’ve just always loved art. I’ve been an artist from a very early age and had so many exhibitions now.’’

Brooks says anyone with a deep interest in art should get in touch with the artists in this year’s guide, who welcome visitors by appointment.

‘‘There are some wonderful people who are doing some really wonderful things,’’ she says.

Trail founder Nadine Hartnett says the guide, funded by artists and Woodend Lions Club, is reaching further than ever before.

‘‘Copies have gone to information centres in Melbourne and interstate, and a few were even taken to Spain last week.’’