We are a home based arts business based in beautiful northern Tasmania, just outside the small but very creative town of Deloraine. Jacque is an artist who specialises in sculpting, especially garden art figures. When not doing clay work, Jacque paints and quilts. John sells books and CDs, especially music by Tasmanian musicians, who, despite the fact that we have a recording studio in town, are too modest to make CDs. We can be found at the Deloraine market on the first Saturday of each month, starting in September. We are exploring other appropriate markets and venues. In the fullness of time we will be setting up workshops etc. so keep an eye on our blogspot for these and other ventures. Thank you for taking the time to look at this, and do contact us should you see anything you like, or if you should want any art materials.

Books & CDs

We are continually changing our stock of books, and we try to keep our prices as reasonable as we can - they can be so expensive!

As well as new art technique books, whenever we find them we try to get in pre-loved art books. They aren't as common as you might think. I think artists must also be hoarders.

A small selection of our art technique books

With our love of literature, both classical and contemporary, we also stock antiquarian & new interesting books as in the pictures below.

First Edition Joseph Conrad

1893 Strand Magazine with an original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short story (sadly not a Sherlock Holmes!)

As I've already said, we are always on the lookout for interesting books, so I'll keep updating this page when I find something good.

At the moment we also have a range of contemporary "holiday" reading, but they are going quite quickly.

If you are looking for a gift for someone who likes literature and books, we also stock literature and music orientated gifts and cards.

Our range of Tasmanian CDs includes:
  • Cary Lewincamp. Cary is a Hobart based guitarist, playing beautiful and haunting music which he writes himself. You can also catch him at the Salamanca Market every Saturday.

  • Patrick Gambles. Patrick is a Westbury based singer and guitarist. This is his first album and is a lovely folky CD.

  • Lance Gooda. Lance is a Meander based guitarist, singer and piano accordionist. This is his first album and has a sort of country feel to it, probably because of Gary Smith's CW lead guitar on some of the tracks. Jacque's flute playing also features on one track. 
  • Ethereal. They are a Hobart based 'ensemble' featuring mainly instrumentals with a variety of instruments, including harp, cello, violin, keyboards and guitar. The album featured here was one which they produced at an art exhibition where they sat underneath art works and improvised to the inspiration of the art.

  • Charlie Bobongie. Charlie is a Penguin based singer and guitarist, but he also plays a lot of aboriginal music with his group of traditional musicians.
  • Michael Horsphol. Michael is a Winnaleah based composer and pianist, specialising in "big" orchestral music soundtracks.
  • Rough Bark. They are a very Australian band, based in and around Deloraine.
  • Teresa Beck-Swindale. Teresa is an Ulverstone based singer with a jazzy sort of voice. The CD of hers which we stock has $5 of each sale going to Amnesty International.
 Non-Tasmanian CDs (other music we like!):
  • Don Grieve. Don is a Port Fairy (Victoria) based singer and guitarist who specialises in Scottish music. This album is a tribute to Robbie Burns.
  • Secret Garden. They are a Norwegian keyboard player and an Irish violinist duo, who play a lot of their music with many different guest musicians and singers. Theirs is a haunting sound, often with a Celtic feel to it.
  • Suade. They are a male a capella group from Melbourne. Their harmonies are great and their music has heaps of energy!
  • Spiral Dance. They are an Adelaide based band, producing what they describe as mystical and mythical music.
  • E-Type Jazz. This is another Adelaide based group, and as their name suggests, play and sing all the smooth jazz standards.
  • Cotters Bequest. They are a Lenswood (Adelaide Hills) traditional Celtic group.
  • Carisma. This is a beautiful, Queensland based, trio of harp, cello and flute.
  • Kobya. Kobya is a Byron Bay based singer of traditional southern African music. His favoured Reggae sound seems to sneak in a bit on some of his albums.
  • Chanson. This is a now defunct trio of harp, cello and flute, although two of their members form 2/3 of Carisma. Their album "White Chocolate" (what a great title!) is a mixture of jazz standards and more contemporary instrumentals. As its title suggests, it is very warm, smooth and comforting!
World Music:
  • We have a large selection of the Putumayo CDs of world music, including their range especially for children. To sample the music you can listen to any of their current stock on http://www.putumayo.com/en/