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Arts in the Olives – 2015

Scheduled for Sunday May 10th, The Arts in the Olives Festival 2015, will feature the theme of Poppies in the Grove in remembrance of the Centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli in 1915 

As always, this is a day to enjoy creativity, learn skills and take home your very own masterpiece, or simply to wander amongst the olive trees, or along the peaceful riverbank enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes.

Music lovers will enjoy learning Bamboo Flute Making with Windelf, where flute maker Noel Dowling will teach  his students how to make and play unique Shakuhachi or Native American bamboo flutes.

Winner of the 2012 Caldera Art Award – Therese Flynn Clark – will lead students in creating woven poppies of various sizes and styles using  found and recycled materials. They will be learning techniques to help create baskets of great beauty.

The blacksmiths will again beat beautiful shapes from hot iron with Gilbert Loutit .  This will be a two day workshop and will offer two levels of tuition with an advanced option of making beaten flowers or a Condamine bell. Eoin Mc Swan is the master blacksmith taking this class.

We are delighted to be able to offer a Horn and Pewter workshop again this year.  Ross Plant will be offering tuition  using the machinery and tools he acquired from the master John Trier. 

The budding artist within will be unleashed with two unique workshops offered this year. Tamlyn Geiger will be sharing skills in Portraiture and Life drawing and Mark Paddick  will be coming from the other side with aerosol painting.

There’s an opportunity to learn the mysteries of mosaic with Kym, the skills of contemporary jewellery with Jemika, try eco dyeing with Wendy or cake icing with Leah. 

Then you could also indulge in some luscious felting with Amber or work with scintillating millefiori beside Tallara.  And I haven’t mentioned them all! 

Following the Arts in the Olives tradition, 2015 will again see free tuition for all children’s workshops with some requiring a small charge for materials. 

Children can drop into the workshop of their choice during the day. 

They can play in Erica’s glorious critter kingdom creating creatures of imagination and helping Sally weave nests and nooks for shelter. 

With a workshop full of stories their world can come alive..

An excellent music programme for 2015 with talented artists such as  and artisan stalls will again offer beautiful hand made goods  and organic and home grown produce. 

Food offerings promise to be delicious, tantalising and varied.

Festival Times:

Sunday workshops begin at 9:00 am. Registration for Workshops opens at 8:00am.  To avoid disappointment, pre booking is recommended as many workshops fill early.

  • Morning Classes: 9:00am-11:30am
  • Afternoon Classes: 1:00pm-3:30pm
  • Fullday Classes: 9:00am-3:30pm

Music, stalls, food and wine tasting and other festival activities will occur throughout the day

Costs and Payments:

  • Festival entry is $7 (Children under six admitted free of charge)
  • Halfday Workshops – $30.00
  • Fullday Workshops – $60.00

Additional material charges may apply to some workshops. See the workshop page for details.

Please see ‘Bookings and Payments’ for more information.

Contact Erica Bates at ‘artsintheolives@gmail.com’ for enquiries and bookings

One response

14 05 2012
wendi of the treasure

Thanks for yet another great festival, we had a wonderful day thanks to all your hard work … Well Done
Cheers Wendi and Family

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