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Sadly my series from Montsalvat is nearly at an end.  Once I have the photos of Dena Ashbolt's 'grand finale' it will be complete.  It won't be the last from Montsalvat however.  I'll still be out there for events and concerts.  It's been such a wonderful experience that they wont be able to keep me away.

My special thanks go to Montsalvat CEO Rob Hauser, without whom the blogs would not have been possible.  He supported me every step of the way.  Also to Sana Kojicin whose professionalism with logistics and contacts was always present.  To Sigmund Jorgensen, thank you for giving up so much of your valuable time to fill me in on the development of Montsalvat's restaurant- The Meeting Pool.  My very sincere thanks to Morag Fraser whose integrity and hard work ensure that Montsalvat will welcome people into it's buildings and grounds for many years to come.  Lastly but by no means least, thank you to the Montsalvat artists and artisans for so generously welcoming me into your studios and allowing me to take endless photos.  It has been such a privilege for me to meet you all.

So...What's next for Isiiad?...I hear you say. The Nillumbik Open Studios Program kicks off again on 30th April-1st May 2011.  I've already met with several of the artists.  My camera has had a serious workout and my creative juices have been tantalized once again.  I can't wait to show you the work of people like Shaaron Smith whose studio and garden is like a wonderland. So April is Open Studio month...  Along with this, I've got some great little finds from as far away as Fitzroy and as close as Warrandyte itself.

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Chris Wynne- Luthier

Chris Wynne- Luthier John Williams, virtuoso classical guitarist is playing on my ipod. It seems appropriate. Today I learned that my classical guitar guru for so many years, had… More…

Congratulations to Peter Wegner, winner of the 2011 Nillumbik Prize

Congratulations to Peter Wegner! Winner of the 2011 Nillumbik Prize. Peter Wegner Man Resting 2011 oil on canvas, 153x123cm (detail) I know that you've seen this photo of Peter's… More…

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist

Timothy Clarkson Ceramic Artist The great news from Montsalvat is that more studios have been made available for new artists to join the arts community there. Before Christmas I… More…

Rick Amor

Rick Amor I've seen a few artists studios now. My eyes are always busy darting around looking for clues to an artist's work. Rick Amor's studio is typically revealing. Influences… More…

jan preston

Jan Preston When I was young, my dear old Dad introduced me to Dixieland Jazz. Whenever it came on the radio he would get this big grin on his face and point out features of the… More…

Kavisha Mazzella

Kavisha Mazzella I so looked forward to this interview. When I saw that Kavisha was launching her CD 'Love and Sorrow' at Montsalvat, I was pretty excited. What fun sitting in her… More…

Ruth Marshall

Ruth Marshall I was beside myself with excitement about meeting Ruth Marshall. What would you say the chances were of me missing meeting her in New York last year by a day, only… More…

"Urge"

"Urge" (Susan's work from a previous exhibition, in her studio at Malvern.) I've got a photo of a piece from Susan Reddrop's exhibition "Urge", due to open next Wednesday. I was… More…

Michael Schlitz Winner of The Rick Amor Print Prize

Michael Schlitz- Winner of the Rick Amor Print Prize 2011 Desert Girl woodcut on kozo 76x56cm Of his winning piece, Michael says, "Desert Girl is an amalgam of two personalities I… More…

Fu Hong

Fu Hong - a Retrospective Exhibition FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the… More…

Dena Ashbolt's Grand Finale

Dena Ashbolt's Grand Finale. It seems fitting that the last post in the official Month in Montsalvat series should be the final pics of Dena Ashbolt's stunning work, done during… More…

Simon Baigent

Simon Baigent at Montsalvat Simon has lived and worked at Montsalvat since 1973. He is tightly woven into the fabric of the place. Staff at The Meeting Pool (Montsalvat's… More…

Engaging Form

Engaging Form Maria Vanhees, More Than Skin-Deep ll, earthenware, press-mould and coil built, soda fired, H47 x W53 x D34cm. 2009 (detail) Feast your eyes on these examples from… More…

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna

Kavisha and La Voce Della Luna I need some new superlatives. A quick check of my trusty Thesaurus and I found some new words for magnificent... sublime, splendid, splendorous,… More…

Montsalvat extension

Montsalvat Extension As I suspected, a Month in Montsalvat just wasn't enough. It officially ends today but I still want to bring you a special tribute to Matcham Skipper, a piece… More…

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat.

Dena Ashbolt. Artist in Residence Montsalvat. Dena Ashbolt is Montsalvat's latest artist in residence. She arrived there over a week ago and will be there for six weeks in all.… More…

Dena's Progress

Dena's Progress You may remember Montsalvat's artist in residence Dena Ashbolt. That's her above, stepping into her studio space today. Unfortunately, last week she was unwell so… More…

Lyndal Walker

Lyndal Walker How audacious of me to take a photo of a photographic artist. I cant help myself though. As you see, Lyndal Walker, photographer and latest Artist in Residence at… More…

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper

The Whistler, Matcham Skipper 1922-2011 I wish I'd met Matcham Skipper. His farewell gave me a glimpse of him. Whistler, story teller, father of many. I've seen his work of… More…

Farewell Matcham

Farewell Matcham. Today is a sad day for Montsalvat. Friends and family of Matcham Skipper will gather to give him a fond farewell at 3pm today. Matcham passed away last week at… More…

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