Michelle Mischkulnig

Michelle Mischkulnig

Who could resist the riot of colour that is a hallmark of Michelle Mischkulnig’s textiles. Judging from the huge success of her recent exhibition at Yering Station (where she sold 80% of her work), not many. She almost apologises that all of her work is...
Maudie Palmer

Maudie Palmer

Photograph ©Kerry Cross I arrived at TarraWarra Museum of Art for my interview with Maudie Palmer with a head full of curiosity, a notepad full of questions and more than my usual anticipation. As has consistently been the case at TWMA, I was shown the sort of...
Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch© Black Wallaby Forest My dream of living by the river at Warrandyte was born way back in my childhood when the Murray River was my ‘playground’.  Any wonder that the river and trees at Warrandyte, so reminiscent of my childhood,...
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 post.  Yarra Valley artist Amanda Ruck is a couple of weeks into her month long residency at Montsalvat.  She has taken...
Strathewen Letterboxes

Strathewen Letterboxes

Look what I spied on the way to The Chook Project in Strathewen.  I just had to share them with you. These letterboxes certainly brightened up my day.  Mosaics are like that.  After the 2009 Black Saturday Fires, a local mosaic artist, Marion Oakley,...
Jeremy Shub wields a mean chainsaw.

Jeremy Shub wields a mean chainsaw.

Photograph by Jeremy Shub©  Courtesy of the artist. Jeremy Shub is my latest find in the Yarra Valley.  He is a resident of the co-operative community known as Moora Moora, where artists and environmentalists live amongst the gumtrees just...