Preston Valley Artisan Trail returns

Artists between Collie and Donnybrook are putting the last touches on their showrooms as they gear up for the 2019 Art Naturally - Preston Valley Artisan Trail this weekend.

Following its wildly successful launch last year, the trail will run from November 9 and 10 and will see seven local artists show their talents for locals.

The trail has been organised by volunteer group Promote Preston, which is made up of community members from the Yabberup Community Association who all work together to promote the Preston River Valley.

Promote Preston member and local artist Cynthia Nix said living and working as an artist can be an isolating experience and the trail was an opportunity for both artist and locals to see local grown beauty.

"It's really going to be a celebration of art and the community," she said.

"The artists involved are all into different scenes in the art spectrum and there will be something special and interesting for everyone within the community."

Ms Dix said the weekend chosen for the trail was an easy choice as it aligned with the opening of Jan and Colin Atherton's Fernbank Garden as well as Coral's Garden, which are renowned in the South-West.

Other artists along the trail will include Sally Young of Collie, Janelle Barnes of Yabberup Studio, new face Richard Fry in his carbon neutral home and studio in Noggerup, Marilyn Dreaver of TheSaltedEarthStudio and Bob Turner and Heather Elliottsmith will be joining Ms Nix in her studio.

The trail, which has been made possible by the Yabberup Community Association and a grant from the Shire of Donnybrook-Ballingup, will also celebrate The Yabberup Craft Group's 20 years of craft.