When you first walk through the door of the Latrobe Fine Art Gallery you are embraced by a world of vibrant colours and soft hues.
The glassware (in jewellery and decorative objects) is amazingly bright or softly subdued. The paintings on the wall are diverse, including those by owner Beverley Skurulis, whose unique paintings are displayed along with work by other Tasmanian artists.
Interesting History and Art in Latrobe
Indeed, all of the wonderful art objects in this gallery are Tasmanian. The building in which the Latrobe Fine Art Gallery is situated at 41-41a Gilbert Street has an interesting history, having been used by many different occupants. The building is C1865 and has been Nathan’s Store and residence, the Mistletoe Lodge (United Order of Druids), a photographic studio, a public hall, a bank, a post office and a place for band practice.
Prior to publishing this article, we’d received a message from Penny Skurulis-Winter inviting us to visit.
She’d been following Think Tasmania on Facebook for a while and looked forward to reading about where we’d been. She was wondering if we’d like to drop into the Latrobe Fine Art Gallery at 41 Gilbert Street at some stage. The business (housed in a renovated 1864 property) has been used for the town hall, a photographic studio, a bank, a bric-a-brac shop and now an exclusively Tasmanian wares gallery.
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We were able to expedite this article when Lorraine volunteered to research and report back about places in and around her home town of Latrobe.
Lorraine McNeair is a volunteer with the Latrobe Information Centre. She is a writer, photographer, poet and artist, and is passionate about sharing all the interesting things she knows about Tasmania.
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