A great show and all the glitter at the opening. The weather behaved - and if the approaches to Como Landing were a little primitive we look forward to better this coming weekend - we have a promise from the engineers at Stonnington Council!
Karen Foley with Bromiliad
We'll have more images from the opening soon - some of our photographers are perfectionists and won't let images out unless they are amazing...
Admiring Joy Lea's work
In the mean time prepare for the start of enjoyable autumn weather - 25° both days - the island will be a great place for a picnic!
The Basketmakers finally had a full weekend to show their work - and wasn't it wonderful! So now you have another exhibition to visit! Here is the information from the Contemporary Art Society - and watch this space for images!
We would like to extend an invitation to you, and all art lovers, and lovers of nature, to visit our eighthContemporary by Nature:An interpretation of the natural world, an art exhibition by members of Melbourne's own Contemporary Art Society of Victoria.It's part of the 2014 Herring Island Summer Arts Festival and opens Next Saturday!
Do join us for drinks at the opening of our art show THISSaturday 22 February, 12 noon to 2pm, in the Herring Island Gallery. If you can't make it to the opening, our show is open each weekend till Labour Day, Monday 10 March - we'd love to see you, and we're sure you'll love this year's show! Gallery open: 11.30am - 4.30pm. Note: access to the island is from Como Landing South Yarra via the Parks Victoria Punt service (during gallery hours).Contemporary by Nature 2014will
include sculptures in forged steel and found objects, sculptures in
precious metals and stones, oil and acrylic paintings on various
surfaces, drawings and prints in numerous media, photographic and mixed
media works, all interpreting aspects of nature in very different ways.
Be it animal, vegetable or mineral, land or sea, storm or calm, night or
day, light or shadow, there will be something to delight the eye, the
senses, the imagination. Come and enjoy ....
More info....Herring Island is in the middle of the Yarra River, just 3km from the city. The Herring Island Park
is a haven for nature and art lovers alike. The exhibition will be held
in the gallery on the island. There are several permanent sculptures
made from natural materials that reflect the island's tranquil setting.Access to Herring Island is by the Parks Victoria punt service from Como Landing
(Melways ref Map 58, G2) and the service operates between 11am and 5pm.
Punt charges: $2 per person or $5 per family, with pensioners,
unemployed and children under 12 free. Car parking is available in
In this exhibition, both established and emerging
contemporary artists have explored aspects of nature, in a wide range of
artistic media! Each day of the exhibition a different exhibiting
artist will be "on duty" at the gallery. A great opportunity for you to
ask questions about their artwork, and inspiration behind the work.
Saturday was hot - Sunday was a disaster - in fact a series of disasters. Yes it would be far far worse in a bushfire zone - but the sitters who arrived on Sunday to open the gallery and care for the hardy souls who braved the heat to see the artwork waited on the landing - in the heat - in vain. The punt had mechanical troubles and was unsafe to run - and no one told our gallant sitters - their red faces were due to a combination of heat stress and irritation.
We have lessons to learn - about communication mostly - as we can't plan for those gremlins in the works. So apologies all round - sorry everyone that you couldn't visit on Sunday. But....
Next weekend will be better - better weather for a start - a blissful 23 degrees - oh joy - a touch of rain - bring it on! Parks Victoria has had the mechanics in and the punt is running well. And no one got in and bought that work that you wanted - so get in this weekend and see those amazing works in fibre.
Yes it will be hot on the island on Saturday, and only marginally less hot on Sunday - so gird up - take your hat, sunscreen and water bottle - there are cool drinks and amazing artworks in the gallery.
The Gallery opens at 11:30 am - before the heat really gets going? Be there to enjoy the work.