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 Amanda Ruck©  Jason Smith, acrylic on canvas  (2011 entry for the Archibald Prize.)

The Yarra Valley and the Nillumbik regions come together in this post.  Yarra Valley artist Amanda Ruck is a couple of weeks into her month long residency at Montsalvat.  She has taken to it like a duck to water.  Judging by the number of longer term Montsalvat 'residents' who popped in for a chat while I was in her studio,  Montsalvat is enjoying having her there.

She's on a mission to complete one 30cm.x 30cm. canvas everyday.  The weather is her focus. Montsalvat's buildings have spawned some dream like structures within some of the works.  She plans to exhibit the works all together, like a quilt, at the completion of her residency.  Works will be available for purchase individually or as a complete set. Here's a selection of the work so far.

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Once again Montsalvat has offered some lovely little photographer's delights. Peacock feathers, an old recycled air vent and rusted metal (reminding me of Matcham Skipper) all found within Amanda's temporary home.
 
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Follow the link if you're interested in applying for a residency at Montsalvat.
 
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You can purchase Amanda's work online via her website.
Amanda is a participant in the Yarra Valley Open Studios Program.
All work in this post is Amanda Ruck©
 
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