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Art galleries do not only contain paintings and sculptures, but other forms of history and art. One of the new exhibitions at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery will give visitors a taste of something traditional, but in an unexpected medium. The art gallery, located in Royal Park, showcases the traditional artistic practice of wooden spoon making with a collection of spoon carvings by artist Deloraine Allan Lane for over 30 years. Ashley Bird, acting senior curator of visual arts and design at QVMAG, said the tradition of spoon carving dates back thousands of years. READ MORE: Mask-wearing will continue in Tasmania next month. Examples of old spoons include the Welsh love spoons presented as gifts of romantic intention or the Norwegian wedding spoons traditionally used by married couples on their wedding night. “Here in Tasmania there is a long tradition of wooden spoon carving folk art, and QVMAG has one of the largest collections of carved wooden spoons in Tasmania,” Mr Bird said. “I don’t know what it is about the spoons that have made their carving such an enduring hobby.” At the risk of putting a lot of chefs offside, I think it may be the simple fact that the spoon does more in the kitchen than the knife or the fork.” Mr. Bird said the spoons were practical cutlery that came in handy whether a person was out in the back country or dining in a Michelin-starred restaurant, and explained that people have memories related to the utensil. “So why do people carve them? I think spoons remind us a bit of family ties, they have a practical use and you can carve a spoon using simple tools,” he said. “We all have memories of spooning, whether it’s your mum giving you medicine – here’s the plane – or eating hot soup when it’s cold outside. “Even Little Miss Muffet had a spoon for her curds and whey. It’s also a pretty simple shape to sculpt.” READ MORE: Plans are falling for what could be Launceston’s newest rooftop bar However, of all the spoons Mr Bird has seen, he said those made by Lane were among the most interesting. “Allan Lane has been making wooden spoons since the mid-1980s, using a range of Tasmanian woods,” he said. “In this collection of spoons, we have myrtle, sassafras, king billy pine, huon pine, blackwood and banksia. There’s even a small matchstick cut spoon and a matchstick cut spoon. ice cream.” However, not all of the spoons in the collection are serious, with a sense of humor behind many of the pieces on display. “There’s a fork spoon, a knife spoon, a spoon with a hole in it, a spoon that doubles as a pipe, and a spoon that’s a musical note,” Bird said. “There’s even a spoon inspired by Edward Lear’s poem, The Owl and The Pussycat, in which Lear talks about a runcible spoon – it’s a spoon with elements of a spoon, fork, and spoon. ‘all in one knife, and we have one here as well.’ If spoons aren’t to the liking of visitors, there are plenty of other exhibits to check out at the gallery, such as the work of Tao Sublime. The exhibition features the work of artist Tony Smibert and takes viewers on a journey of abstract landscapes. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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