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I am a photographer, writer and multi-media artist. Through my blog I am
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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Artist's trail around Bunbury, Western Australia

Bonjour et bienvenue!

Hello and welcome! 

Are we in France? 

No! in Western Australia!

I loved this message board which I spied recently at Rustic French in Boyanup..... read on.....

My sister visited us last weekend, and on Sunday afternoon we took a drive around to some galleries and artist studies not far from my home. What wonderful artistic talent we have....you just need to make the time to go and look.  We saw only a small selection of the galleries and artists in our area - there are many more still to be visited and enjoyed. 

First off was 5th Element Pottery and Glass Studio in Dardanup West. Here you can see and buy the work of artist, Christine Elston who started pottery in 1974. In recent years she has started to work with glass.

Christine says that "the inspiration for my work comes from seeing the magnificent colour of Australia. I have always loved working with colour and the beautiful glass that I use brings it to life". 

To buy a beautiful, unique and absolutely affordable piece, including jewellery, you can find 5th Element studio at 40 Galvins Gully Court, Dardanup West.  
Please click here to go to Christine's web site - 5th Element 

Our next stop was Lyndendale Gallery in the beautiful rolling hills and valleys of Ferguson Valley not far past the Crooked Brook Forest.  Located on the property of owner and artist Denise Gillies, Lyndendale Gallery showcases art works by Denise, as well as pieces by members of the South-West Printmakers, along with glass works, pottery, jewellery, textiles, paintings and hand crafted books from selected local artists. 

Denise's work displays a variety of styles from representation to abstract.  She has a love of the environment and her works often focus on an environmental theme. 

Lyndendale Gallery also hosts workshops which include creative and magazine writing, painting, Eco-dying and bound book making. The Gallery was also part of the Dardanup Art Spectacular Art Trail this year.

Lyndendale Gallery is located at 828 Crooked Brook Road Dardanup. To find out more about the gallery and the workshops, please click on the link here - Lyndendale Gallery 

By now it was time for coffee, so we headed over to Rustic French Living in Boyanup. 
Located in the old Methodist Church, Rustic French offers, along with wonderful coffee and delicious cakes, French style homewares and gifts, linen, jewellery, new and recycled furniture, and unique fashion finds. It is a devine place to brouse and be inspired to bring a little bit of French influence into your decor. 

Rustic French can be found at 33 South Western Highway Boyanup. To find out more, please click on the link here - Rustic French Living

Did I mention we had coffee and cake in the garden - you must try the brioche.....

From here we intended to visit Jane at Folios and Fibre at 1201 Bussell Highway, Stratham - but sadly by the time we arrived she had closed for the day. So that will have to wait for another time.
Jane is a textile artist who uses ecologically sustainable dyeing practises using native plants. Jane also hand makes notebooks and journals, and handmade papers as well as creative mixed media artworks.  Jane also runs workshops, including at Lyndendale. To go to Jane's Facebook page, please click on the link here - Folios and Fibre
Bunbury Art Gallery Exhibition
Today we went to the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery to see the beautiful work of local artist Neil Turner.  Formerly a WA wheatbelt farmer, and graduate from the Australian School of Wood at Dwellingup, this is Neil's first solo exhibition.  The 16-piece exhibition, entitled "Unfolding",  features turned and carved pieces, sculpture and art furniture. 
The "Unfolding" exhibition runs until 9 December at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries. Opening times are 10-4 daily and entry is free.
You can see more of Neil's work by clicking on the link here - Neil Turner

 While we were at the Art Gallery we also looked at the Iluka Resources annual Iluka Visions high school art exhibition, now in its 21st year, and featuring the work of talent high school students. We certainly have a wealth of up and coming artistic talent.

To learn more about the Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, upcoming exhibitions and classes, please click on the link here - Art Gallery

The quote below was included on one of the fibre art pieces. I rather liked it. Aren't we all a bit like that?

Do you enjoy browsing through galleries. Have you some near you? Are you an artist with pieces in a gallery?

Have a wonderful week, and visit a gallery near you sometime soon. 

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House - to see the work of Mary and other wonderful contributors across the world - please click on the link here - Mosaic Monday

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  1. Wow, each gallery was wonderful, there are so many talented and creative artist in your country. I enjoyed this lovely tour and all the beautiful art pieces. You are wonderful to support and promote the artist, they will be pleased. Lovely photos and post, Jill!

  2. Wonderful photos and collages Jill, and a great wrap of the artists and galleries in the area :) Loved it.

  3. I love to browse around galleries and would loved to have been trailing along behind you. A day like the one you've taken us on is my idea of heaven. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Isn't it fun to have someone visit and get to go out and see the sights? I wish my sister could visit me...what a treat! I love going to the arts and craft festivals that we have in the Fall here. I see all kinds of neat things and get ideas for my own projects! Beautiful photos! Hugs!

  5. Lots of great galleries you visited. So much fun. And I enjoyed seeing the bright sunshine and flowers since you are opposite in seasons to us. Autumn is beautiful here, but it's nice to see sunnier climes, too.

  6. Gallery hopping is certainly something I like to do... and do! Manila has plenty of small and large galleries to explore with artists, sculptors, carvers and designers working in all kinds of mediums. I would have enjoyed tagging along with you and your sister! And yes, of course, the quote fits me to a T! Nice post for Mosaic Monday!

  7. Great mosaics and virtual tour. I hope I can get to Aussie in the near future and see your fabulous sights.

  8. Hi Jill, Glad you enjoyed Neil's exhibition, he hopes everyone is surprised. Hope to catch you sometime through the paddling season.
    nice work Jill, your blog is great

  9. Hi Jill,
    That's fabulous & thanks very much i love your website & blogs.

    Cheers Chris

  10. Thanks, Jill.
    I really appreciate it.
    Hope you and your sister had some quality time together.

  11. Oh Jill, Rustic French would work so well with my style...oh I wish we had such a place to gather and shoppe~

  12. Hi Jill,

    Your mosaics are just lovely!! I'm so impressed with the BEAUTIFUL glass art objects in the Fifth Element Pottery and Glass Studio. Her colors are amazing!!! It looks like you had a great day out with your sister seeing all the local talent and enjoying some edible goodies. :)

    Thanks very much for visiting my blog from Mosaic Monday and leaving kind comments. I hope you have a wonderful week.


  13. Hi Jill, Thank you so much for your kind words on my blog. Your photos are exquisite!
    Donna Heber at

  14. Excellent Photos and paintings in your blog. Thanks for sharing.
    The Best Painters in Perth Western Australia

  15. Great post Jill and lovely pics - well done


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