I have had two lovely weekends of art and dance and another one on the way next weekend.
A couple of weekends ago I was involved with Sol y Sombra Spanish Dance Company &
School of Dance (of who I am a member) when they performed flamenco dancing and held portrait poses for a life drawing afternoon at Jacksons
Drawing Supplies in Busselton on Sunday as part of the Margaret River
Regional Open Studios arts program.
We were made very welcome - it was a wonderful event - and everyone, dancers, artists and photographers thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.
Many of the artists took photos during the performance so they can draw or paint pictures later.
I am updating Sol-y-Sombra's facebook page, so I took lots of photos, and then joined in for the last two dances. Here is there Facebook link if you would like to take a look - Sol-y-Sombra on Facebook
This is our beautiful principal dancer and teacher Nicole performing an amazing dance with castanets.
Mandy and Nicole performing "gypsy"
Nicole and Peter with the cape and artist Chris
The last couple of weeks I have been hard at work selecting, printing, matting up and preparing photographic prints for a display
I was invited to display some of my photographic work on Sunday at beautiful Lyndendale Gallery on a farming property in the lovely green rolling hillsides of Ferguson Valley as part of the Dardanup Art Spectacular Art Trail.
Despite the dull weather and a couple of drizzly rain showers it was a lovely day chatting to people about my photographic work, and sharing the verandah space with artist Christine Blowfield.
SolarisCare (a support agency for those affected by cancer) sold morning and afternoon teas, and lunches, and there were also musicians bringing beautiful music to our ears through the day. Click here to find out more about Solariscare - Solariscare
My sincere thanks to Denise Gillies from Lyndendale for the opportunity and the invitation to participate. Artist Denise is an amazing and generous supporter of the arts and artists in our area and her gallery displays and sells work from a diverse group of artists from watercolorists and embroiders to potters and iron masons.
Lyndendale is a wonderful place to be creative and immersed in the arts in a peaceful rural setting.
Throughout the year a variety of artisans run workshops at Lyndendale with the support of Denise.
I will be there on 7 June when I run an introductory photography basics workshop.
The Dardanup Art Spectacular includes an annual exhibition and art awards of work by local and outside artists in the Dardanup Town Hall. Local galleries open their doors over the weekend showcasing art and craft from artists in the region. It is a great weekend for exploring the region, viewing and possibly purchasing local art.
It was a privilege to be involved.
Here are some pics from Lyndendale today.
Lyndendale Gallery on Facebook
Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit the other galleries on the trail, but I managed to stop by Bonking Frog Wines to see Inge's beautiful iron art work, and to have a wine taste.
Bonking Frog on Facebook
Why Bonking Frog?
Vineyard owners Phil and Julie say - Bonking Frog Wines are named after the Western Banjo Frog. He is only
one of many frogs that live on the property but his call a loud "BONK"
can be heard over all the others. We aim to follow his lead and stand
out from the crowd.
Below you can see the beautiful gardens at Bonking Frog, an amazing mosaic water feature, and beautiful iron artwork by Inge.
Metal Art by Inge on Facebook
Next weekend I will be involved with more creative work - when I assist at a Food Photography workshop at Evedon Park Bush Resort in the Ferguson Valley with the Photography Group of Bunbury - here is a link to their web page - Photography Group of Bunbury
Another new development is that I was invited to join the on-line community at COMMUNAL GLOBAL - please click on the link in my side bar to go to their site and see posts from contributors from around the world including mine!
Here is there link - Communal Global
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