I am writing this in the knowledge that I am about to be extra confusing, because, whilst this is written tomorrow for most of you, the events took place about a week ago. Thus you will be taken magically forward and backward at the same time, so I hope that your time travelling spaceship copes with the stress!
One week and one day ago (for me), we had the pleasure of visiting Glenfalloch Woodland Gardens. Glenfalloch is situated on the Otago Peninsula not far from the city of Dunedin, and only two minutes drive away from Macandrew Bay where Bellamy's Gallery is located. You may have picked that "Glenfalloch", with its "loch" ending is a Scottish name. Glenfalloch is said to be Gaelic for "hidden valley". Many of the place names in our part of New Zealand have Scottish origins, even the street names of Dunedin are based on those found in Edinburgh. This area was the Scottish settlers home away from home.
The garden was established in 1871, and rhododendrons, azaleas, and a delightful collection of woodland flowers and trees, mix and mingle with native species, the most ancient of which is a 1000 year old Matai tree.
Genfalloch has its toes almost in the waters of the Otago harbour, but its head rests high up the spine of the peninsula, and visitors to the gardens ascend meandering paths through woodland and sunny open areas.
We travelled to the gardens to take part in "Art in the Garden, a splendid event that the Otago Peninsula Trust hosted, under the direction of Glenda Bruce. Our good friends, Mark and Rhonda also wanted to take part, so we all journeyed in from the wilds of Waikouaiti, and set up our tables beside each other.
|Rhonda and Mark|
We were joined by Jo Howard and her daughter Celeste. Jo is a fellow member of the Stuart Street Potter's Co-op, and it was fun to have her at a table on the other side of us. Further away, but in earshot, was another member of the Stuart Street Potter's Co-op, Suzanne. She spent the day carving Oamaru limestone, and it was impressive seeing her attacking a large pillar of soft limestone stone with an axe and various chisels.
|Guess who ?? and Laura!|
Mark had a display of some of the wonderful clocks he has been making recently from all sorts of discarded things, such as old plumbing fittings, bits of wire, and other mysterious metal objects. He also showed two of his lamps with beautiful stained glass shades.
Rhonda showed a selection of the clothes that she makes. Rhonda recycles old clothes, cutting them up, saving the good and interesting bits. Then gives the material a new, colourful and glorious life as part of one of her creations!
Rhonda brought her camera with her, and took photos of some of the other artists at work, and views of the garden.
|Glenfalloch Homestead peeping out between the trees.|
Of course, I neglected to bring my camera (but I did remember my ukulele!), but Rhonda has kindly agreed for me to pepper this post with a selection of the photos that she took.
The idea of "Art in the Garden" was that artists and musicians would make art and music in the garden for the day, and this is what happened.
Around many twists and turns of the paths, and behind various trees, people painted, sculpted, played or sang.
|I brought my Ukulele|
|Elsewhere the Cantores Choir was making serious sounding music!|
It was a delightful occasion, and we were all most fortunate to have good weather for the day, and a throng of happy people attending.
Towards the latter part of the day, I was able to catch up with Manu Berry, who is a print maker. Manu was printing a lino cut that had several individual colour "plates". I was impressed by his ease of printing quite a complex image on a trestle table out in the open air, with just a wooden burnisher to press the paper against the inked image. Manu also had hand printed tee shirts for sale.
|Tee shirts printed by Manu Berry|
Our sales for the day broke no records, but we covered our costs of getting there, having lunch, and buying two weeks supply of gourmet cat food for Nigella Stopit. We had an enjoyable day out, and were able to introduce some of my work to people who had not seen it before. It was also nice for me to be "back" at a craft table, it marked another step closer to recovery and being a potter again!
In the early evening we visited Bellamy's Gallery at Macandrew Bay, where there was an exhibition opening in full swing. It was nice to hear live accordion music wafting out the gallery door as we entered. The exhibition has a Celtic theme, in fact the exhibition is titled "Celtic Spirit", and features watercolours of Scotland by Ron Esplin who painted and travelled with his father, when he was still alive, and continues painting and travelling still; dreamy, haunting, and atmospheric recollections of Irish landscape by Pauline Bellamy, and also mono prints of Irish dancers that have managed to capture the gesture and movement of the individual figures; and jewelry and framed etched and patinated copper with Celtic designs by Chris O'Regan. The exhibition runs until October 27 and is well worth a visit if you are in the Dunedin area.
Bellamy's Gallery also has a very interesting series of work by Manu Berry on show.... and you should be able to see a small selection of my pots there too!
We are very thankful to Genda Bruce for organizing the event, and for all those people who made "Art in the Garden" at Genfalloch possible.
A big Thank You to Rhonda for the photos of the day we spent at Glenfalloch!
More about Glenfalloch Woodland Garden.