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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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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…

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…

Beyond the Trees

Beyond the Trees- A celebration of Thomas Lloyd Guitars. A guitar is shaped like the body of a beautiful woman. All sensuous curves and smooth 'skin'. Any wonder that they're… More…

Montsalvat's Peacocks

Montsalvat's Peacocks I've succumbed to the beauty of Montsalvat's peacocks. The much loved, oft photographed peacocks were on display when I visited a week ago and I couldn't… More…

Dena's Progress cont...

Dena's Progress cont... The key aspect of this piece of work is beginning to emerge. It's scale is not obvious from the photo. It's approximately two and a half meters long by… More…

Chris Pittard. Red Chair Event

Chris Pittard Red Chair Event Last night was one of those cold wet Melbourne winter nights, when the most appealing thing is to snuggle up beside the fire. I did think about not… More…

Sue Thomas

Sue Thomas Sue enjoys nothing more than playing around with textile ideas in her tiny studio at Montsalvat. She shares the studio with her daughter Amy Skipper, grand daughter of… More…

Textures

Textures While at Montsalvat today this selection of textures took my eye. Every time I go there I see something I haven't noticed before and I'm inspired to get my camera out all… 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…

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…

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…

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck

Montsalvat and Amanda Ruck Amanda Ruck© Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.) The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this… More…

Liz Nettleton

Liz Nettleton I came across Liz's work at the exhibition Symbols of Loss and Recovery at Montsalvat. So I hopped in my car yesterday and headed out to her studio at Hurstbridge to… More…

Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn't possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley. She's been working… More…

Susan Reddrop cont...

Susan Reddrop cont... (Front) Theses photos came in today from Susan Reddrop. Another great piece. Here's a commentary in her own words... "called 'Table Ornament for… 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…

Tamara Dean

Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture. Damien Skipper Tamara Dean © Tamara is represented by The Charles Hewitt Gallery in Sydney and the James Makin Gallery in… More…

Stonework and sculptural details.

Stonework and sculptural details. On my first visit to Montsalvat, I noticed the big picture. The buildings, the large sculptures, the steps, stairs and pathways. The things that… 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…

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…

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