WORDS FROM OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Only a few more sleeps until the Gardiner Street Arts Collective Community Exhibition opens! With over 30 pieces of art available to peruse and purchase, guests at the exhibition will be spoilt for choice. We will be showcasing new, upcoming artists, from our regional community and beyond. We are beyond thrilled to be welcoming local Elder Yued women’s artworks to our second community exhibition. Imagine gifting someone an original artwork this Christmas – what a wonderful idea! The Gardiner Street Arts Collective Community Exhibition runs from December 2 – December 17.
I have always known that here in Moora and surrounds we have some serious creative talent. Did I know about the untapped talent that was about to embark on Lyle Wright’s Watercolour workshop? I did not! Oh, my goodness! Under Lyle’s helpful tutelage, exceptional works were produced by students at the workshop.
As we hurtle towards the end of 2021, I wanted to take a moment to thank our very special crew of volunteers here at the Gardiner Street Arts Collective. When I look at the fantabulous, energetic and dynamic people we have attracted to our Collective and Community Garden I am reminded of Elizabeth Andrew’s words that “volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart”. From our tireless Board to our spontaneous volunteers, to our incredible Gardiner Street Gardeners – every one of you is a treasure. Thank you so very much for all that you do.
November turned out to be incredibly busy at the Gardiner Street Arts Collective and, as artwork rolls in the doors, it looks like December will be no different.
The famed, Rhonda Tonkin of Wester Widlfower Farm, is hosting a wreath-making workshop on December 11 from 1 – 3pm. During this two-hour workshop, Rhonda will guide her guests to design, style and create their very own Christmas wreath. All florals and sundries required to craft a spectacular wreath are supplied, as is a cheeky glass of Yule-tide bubbles.
The Gardiner Street Gardeners have been beetling away in the garden. The Gardeners invited you to head ‘out the back’ to the Community Garden and check out the shade shelters over many of the garden pods, and the new reticulation. Head Gardener, Cindy Brassington, wished to thank Susie Robson, Margaret Waterman, Linnie, Tracy Humphry, Louise House, Donna Tierney, David McDonald, Ross and Dianna Adams and Sherly Bryan for their contribution to the garden. There is ample food to harvest – take along your basket, pick a few weeds, then select from delectable fresh vegetables and herbs in the garden. Dinner is sorted!
As with so many community groups, the Gardiner Street Arts Collective welcomes the support of the many volunteers who come through the door and garden each year. Creative Director, Nyree Taylor, says “we love the heart and spirit of our volunteers. We understand that their time is precious and are so very grateful for their help.”. Ms Taylor added that the GSAC are looking for more volunteers to join their crew in 2022 and suggested interested individuals check out the GSAC website and social media pages to learn more.