"There's An Artist In My Food Garden"
Alene Bonser- Mosaics
I have been painting for 21 years and was then bitten by the mosaicing bug and it’s addictive. I was lucky to be taught by Mary Gabriel while working on the compass rose in the Warragul Park. I love the chance to recycle and give objects a second life
Alene will be on site at The Rowley's Garden, 33 Rankins Rd, Trafalgar.
Preserving your own harvest is so satisfying by making jams, chutneys and marmalades. It is something that I always enjoyed to do in my professional life as a chef. Nothing more comforting come winter time to open the pantry cupboards and see glistening jars of this and that……a reminder of the summer past.
Here at Vue, we run a boutique Eco Conscious Bed and Breakfast, where we love to serve what is homegrown, local and seasonal.
For Creative Harvest, there will be a range of our favourite preserves for sale.
Do pop by our table and say hello.
Anita will be at Vue.
Elizabeth Smoorenburg- Jewellery and mosaics
Besides mosaics, which I have been doing for the last 5 years or so, my other creative addiction is the designing and making of jewellery which started when I was in my early twenties (many, many years ago!) After having recently finished “crazy paving” my back veranda, I’ve gone back to jewellery making for a change. I work mainly in copper, brass, sterling silver and alpaca, and sometimes include semi-precious gemstones, that I’ve cut and polished. My interest in gemstones and jewellery has never left me, and over the years I have learned different techniques (I’m basically self-taught – the trial and error method), and this experience in working with a variety of materials and tools, has also come in very handy when I’m creating a mosaic. At the Creative Harvest event I will be demonstrating jewellery making, and I will also have a few of my mosaics on display.
Elizabeth will be at The Edge.
Laurel Foenander- Painting
A practising artist for 25 years, Laurel Foenander remains unconfined to any genre as she continues to explore and evolve images and ideas with passion and drive. Many of her paintings are held in private collections in Australia and internationally, in particular her studies of Australian birdlife which today push on abstract boundaries.
She has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows and has won more than 100 awards for her captivating paintings that range from detailed wildlife to pure abstraction.
Laurel will be at Eurabbie.
Caroline Hammond- Beekeeping
A colony of bees teaches us that we aren’t in this life alone, we have an entire community around us that want to support and encourage us. Visiting open gardens, meeting likeminded people and sharing our thoughts and passions gives us an opportunity to connect with our communities, near or from afar.
Come Fly With Me Beekeeping is my little bee business which was born to celebrate the connections we have with each other and our environment through the meeting and mentoring of like-minded people.
By teaching, I aim to empower confidence and understanding in people around me who are willing to give things a go. I have a good selection of local raw honey, beekeeping equipment, protective clothing, live bee sales, paradise honey hive equipment, extraction services, unique gifts and artwork (coming soon).
Caroline will be at Green Hills Farm.
Cathy Almond- Preserves and Drying
I am a Warragul local who likes cooking. I started because I hate seeing food go to waste; friends knew I cooked and started offering me their excess produce. I soon had way more produce than I could give away and started selling them.
You can now find me at Longwarry market on the first Sunday of every month; most of my produce and all jars are sourced locally from friends. My favourite items to make are Fejoa Chutney, Lemon and Ginger Marmalade, Shortbread and Lemon Butter (because I get to lick the spoon afterwards!)
I welcome tastings of all my produce and look forward to hearing what you think.
Cathy will be at House of Joy.
Helen Timbury- Linocuts
Helen Timbury works from her tiny studio in Drouin, overlooking a leafy backyard. Trained as a graphic designer and illustrator, her colourful limited edition linocut prints and other works on paper tell stories of her experience of family and of a lifelong appreciation and observation of the Austrailan bush and coastline.
Helen will be at Green Hills Farm.
Cathy Smith- Painting, Sculpture
Cathy works in a variety of media when reflecting her interest in Central and South American fauna, culture and arts. Here she will work with clay, making small objects based on animals and birds from Inca mythology.
Unfortunately Cathy has had to withdraw from this year's event due to illness.
Graham Duell- Sculpture
Graham Duell makes sculpture using hand built ceramics, steel and timber. Humour is a common theme in his pieces, which often involve wombats in curious attire, or other Australian fauna. Pieces are typically intended for garden installation, and in Graham’s view an ideal garden is scattered with interesting, colourful and perhaps slightly weird sculpture.
Graham will be at Vue.
Wayne Foenander- Sculpture
Wayne Foenander has been keeping the beat most of his life, a working drummer in countless bands over the years. In recent times he has also turned his attention to sculpture and the creation of unique furniture and homewares. Often these pieces are related to music or another love, the sea, resulting in quirky drum tables or brass instrument light fittings, fantastical fish or boats made of all manner of strange things.
His sculptures are constructed rather than welded, often tending towards a steampunk aesthetic, but uniquely his own. In Wayne's World, kick drums and tom toms turn into coffee tables, a tuba becomes a standard lamp and French oak wine barrels transmorph into fruit bowls, serving trays and candelabras.
Wayne will be at Eurabbie.
Joan Best- Textiles
Joan likes to make things with natural materials . They could be wool , eco-dyed and then embroidered, or weaving with local plants ,or clay bases for sculpture combined with fibres . Sometimes paper making is on the agenda which then leads into making books.
Joan will be at Monkey Gully.
Joan Bognuda- Watercolour
A Watercolour artist who ‘Tree changed” to Yarragon from the Mornington Peninsula where a love of painting old homes and history led to working along side the National Trust producing books, prints, placemats, cards as well as paintings. Teaching and Arts Therapy has also left its legacy on my art journey, along with Art Shows and owner of Tritec Art Supplies until recently sold. Creative Yarragon Art Group has shown much good fruit since starting it up for teaching art and community activities. Although painting nearly every subject it is now a joy to stop and ‘smell the roses’ and paint this amazingly beautiful environment.
Joan will be at Butler's Garden.
Spider Lee- Children's Author and Illustrator
Spider Lee is a dynamic artist, illustrator and children’s author living and working in South Gippsland. Spider loves creating gorgeous rhyming pictures books for younger readers, using watercolour, acrylics, printmaking and collage in bright bold illustrations. Spider also has something to engage the older reader; with themes of friendship, peer pressure and trust, Living Next to Dr Death is a gripping read. This year, Spider has expanded her beautiful mixed media art to create a richly decorative 2021 calendar and gift card series, printed locally in Drouin using sustainable materials.
Spider will be at The Taylor's Garden.
Sharon Anderson- Pastel Drawing and Cyanotypes
Sharon has been as a practicing artist for thirty six years living and working in Latrobe Valley. She creates her pastels, paintings, cyanotypes, and screenprints in her Moe studio. Many of her artworks are about memory and nostalgia and often depict the land in Latrobe Valley where she has a generational connection.
She also teaches art workshops in many of these mediums. Sharon is also an active member of the arts community in Gippsland. She is involved with the artist run space arc Yinnar which is an important creative organization in Latrobe Valley. She was one of the founding members of Moartz which organizes Open Studios Latrobe.
Sharon will be creating at John and Jan Tulloch's garden.
Jeff and Jeanette Hyde- Sculpture
Based in Jindivick, Jeff & Jeanette are a creative duo who have collaborated over many years on projects from unique lightshades to large scale sculptural installations.
Inspired by the abundant animal and birdlife that frequent their property, Jeff & Jeanette seek to capture the sense of fun they feel observing these wild creatures at play. From sketch pad to free hand plasma cut steel, they bring stunning silhouette panels and playful garden stake characters to life.
Their designs are regularly exhibited at Victorian and interstate art shows.
Jeff and Jeanette will be at the Off Grid Hobby Farm.
Martin Dunn- Beekeeping
Bees are one of the most fascinating and vital creatures on this planet but they go about their business with so little fuss that they largely go unnoticed. I plan to help as many people as I can to not only notice them, but to understand, respect and maybe even create a home for them.
Hive Skills Australia offers safe and comprehensive hands-on beekeeping courses over the Spring and Summer months. We also offer full service hive management on your property and beekeeping ‘experiences’ to give you a glimpse into what beekeeping is like (warning - it is very addictive!).
I’ll be in Anita’s wonderful garden - Vue at Jindivick - with some different types of hives, equipment, honey sales and conversation. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram @hiveskills or at www.hiveskills.com.au
Harry Hoo- Fresh Asian Rolls
Unfortunately, Harry Hoo will not be able to attend this year's event due to illness. They were scheduled to be at Lesley and Geoff's garden in Modella.