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Walking Art Tours

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To be honest, I’ve always found the art scene to be rather superficial. I enjoy good art, but some pieces and trends leave me perplexed. That is until delightful art consultant Bernadette Alibrando from Walk to Art helped break it down for me.

Walk to Art helps educate people about the art world and sweep aside the barriers and intimidation. It is technically a tour, although it feels more real – like spending an evening in someone else’s shoes. As part of an intimate group of adults you visit gallery openings, re-discover your surroundings, talk and pop into some lovely little establishments for refreshments.

The twilight tour (running until 23rd March) began with drinks at Bar Ampere and we were soon zipping through the crowds in hot pursuit of Bernie, who packs as much fun and intrigue into the walk as possible. Each tour is unique and she seems to relish the playful mystery of it.

Not long after viewing some street art, we were rubbing shoulders at a small art show, and then onto local artist Greg Wood’s studio. It was one of the most unique behind-the-scenes experiences I’ve ever had, and an insight into the life of a real artist. In high spirits, we ended our evening with gourmet wine and cheese at another of Bernie’s favourite little places, Von Haus, and received our ‘starter pack’ to continue our exploration of Melbourne Art.

The most valuable thing I took from the experience is that underneath all the trends, fashion and marketing it’s clear that what matters is good art, and above all being true to yourself – a beautiful message to take away and plan my next art adventure.

Tours run Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and by appointment. Prices start from $78, which includes coffee, wine, cheese, bottled water, tram ticket and an experience to remember. For more information and tickets visit www.walktoart.com.au


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