Artistree gallery is owned and operated by Larissa and Anthony Kruck. Anthony is one of the timber craftsmen featured in the gallery and Larissa manages the business and is your customer service contact.
Wood is a very tactile medium and Anthony takes a lot of care with his finishes so that others can also enjoy the “feel” of timber, as well as the visual effect created by the natural colours and grains. He takes care in finding beautiful form and shape that will enhance each individual piece. There is always a thrill in stripping back an old weathered bit of wood to expose its natural beauty.
Anthony’s love for working in wood started in high school. As a teenager, the subject he enjoyed most was manual arts. It was then that he was able to start learning how to turn his continual flow of artistic ideas into handmade creations.By the age of 20 he had already started collecting timber and had purchased his first lathe.
Over the next years an apprenticeship and work as a diesel fitter, then marriage and children, meant wood work and collecting and milling timber became “squeezed in”, but always a passion. Many after hours were spent out in the shed creating. And many a day off hunting salvaged timber.
About 10 years ago a series of events triggered the decision to make working with timber a full-time career. Anthony is now fortunate enough to be able to work doing what he enjoys most. Our own Art Gallery has been the next natural progression in the story. We designed and built the building for this purpose and opened our doors on 30th June, 2014.
You will find us on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland. Being up in the mountains behind Cairns we have a temperate tropical climate of crisp winters and pleasant summers. Our region is enriched with fertile farm land, first class produce, inspiring landscape and outstanding natural wonders and tourist attractions. The village of Yungaburra which is home to Artistree gallery is an heritage listed village with a rich history and welcoming, supportive community.
There is a wealth of inspired, skilled artists based in the north. We currently represent more than 30 artists, displaying a variety of talents. We are blessed to live in this glorious part of the world and look forward to sharing our passion for the creative talent to be found here.