Thursday, May 8, 2014

Art and Antiques

Aaah...these have become two of my grand passions in life. The Melbourne Antiques Fair opens tonight and runs until Sunday at the Royal Exhibition Gardens in Carlton.  It's held by the Australian Antique & Art Dealers Association and the three day exhibition brings together more than 50 AAADA member antique dealers and associated organisations from around the country showcasing the very best in antiques and fine art.  This year's Melbourne Fair is dedicated to the memory of renowned interior decorator, the late Stuart Rattle.  Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 concession with children under 16 free (but you'll need to watch them!). Book online at or buy at the door.  Opening hours are Friday and Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, Sunday 11 am - 5 pm.
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Also on this weekend is the Nillumbik Artists' Open Studios and if the weather is anything like today, then it will be a much nicer weekend to spend outdoors and on the road.  Studios open from 11 am - 5 pm with over 35 artists in their studios providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.  Open Studios is open to the public only four weekends a year and the program takes you through the leafy towns and villages of Warrandyte, Eltham, Research, Bend of Islands, Christmas Hills, Diamond Creek, Hurstbridge, Panton Hill, Cottles Bridge and St Andrews.  Named by the Wurundjeri-Bulluk and Wurundjeri-Willam people, Nillumbik is also home to artist colonies Montsalvat and Dunmoochin.
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Whatever you do this weekend, for all the mothers out there, I hope you have a wonderful day on Sunday!

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