Thursday, April 10, 2014

Branching out

I found myself out at Montsalvat today, despite the rain and the mud, as son number one still has a peacock fetish.  They've lost their beautiful feathers at the moment but he still enjoyed chasing them around the extensive grounds as well as looking at the gaggle of geese who also live there.  There are always things happening at Montsalvat, besides the in-house restaurant (now managed by the team from The Boulevard Restaurant in Kew) and Made at Montsalvat shop, there was also a film crew there today (Montsalvat has been used as a location for Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and MasterChef on TV) and you can catch live music and attend book launches such as Kate Ceberano's book launch with the Eltham Bookshop tomorrow night of her book 'I'm Talking.'
Branching out image via Montsalvat website
There is an exhibition on in the Long Gallery which opened on 3 April and runs until 11 May called Branching Out - The Tree Show celebrating trees as its theme by a Nillumbik based arts group called Thou Art Mum.  This exhibition highlights the diversity, symbolism and aesthetic charm of the often overlooked tree and includes both two and three dimensional artworks with styles ranging from traditional to contemporary.

There's also an exciting exhibition starting today called 'Soundings' by the Montsalvat Artists in Studios, which explores the depth (and diversity) of creativity at Montsalvat.  Almost 20 participating artists are involved including jeweller Jeanette Dyke who I've previously featured on my blog.  It will be the first time this group of artists have exhibited together and the opening is being held tonight from 6.30pm in the Barn Gallery.  Please RSVP to 9439 7712.  Please also note that Montsalvat is a not for profit art centre and charges entry fees (children under 5 are free).
Sponsored Leaves image via
While I'm talking about trees, I also wanted to mention The Tree Project - a copper and steel gumtree being forged with leaves made from blacksmiths who've volunteered their time from Victoria and around the world in response to the Black Saturday bush fires of 2009.  There are people I know who lost family in the fires and I think it's a beautiful tribute to the fragility of life and the inherent humanity that exists in the world.  Once complete, the finished tree will be erected in Strathewen as a permanent memorial.
Major branch of the tree image via

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