Thursday, April 30, 2015

Following my art

The Nillumbik Artists Open Studios exhibition has been on show for a little while now at the Eltham Library Community Gallery (part of the Yarra Plenty Regional Library), which if you've never been to is well worth visiting.  The library itself was designed by multi award-winning Melbourne architect Greg Burgess and won the Royal Australian Institute of Architects’ Institutional Architecture Award in 1995. The building was designed to to be a cultural and community hub and includes the library, a community meeting room, a community exhibition space and a cafe.  It's also adjacent to the Shillinglaw Cottage Cafe and Food Store and there's a playground and the Alistair Knox Park also close by so in many regards it has definitely fulfilled its purpose.
Agapanthus by Kate Hudson image via artistsopenstudios.com.au
The related Artist Open Studios event is on this coming weekend over three different zones and including around 30 different artists; many of whom I was lucky enough to meet while working as publicist for The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham.  Speaking of which, the gallery may still be reincarnated as a new venture with permit applications still sitting with Nillumbik Council for approval.  If the weather is as nice as today and you feel like a leisurely drive, it would be a lovely way to spend the weekend.
Image via Bundoora Homestead
It must be one for the artists as the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre fete is on this Saturday and sounds like a lot of fun!  Musicians, performers, puppets and artists are going to take over the house, gardens and galleries and the fete will run from 11 am - 5 pm with free entry.  If you have little ones, it's also worth visiting Bundoora Park, which has amongst other things an urban children's farm, wildlife reserve, Coopers Settlement Heritage Village, golf course, cafe and an enclosed children's playground to keep them contained and amused!
Bundoora Homestead image via Visit Victoria

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