Textile artist Sam Menzies will present a unique hands-on workshop @ Oak Hill Gallery on Friday Oct 7 & Sat Oct 8 from 10am – 4pm daily. 

The ‘Felt, stitch, dye, print bind’ workshop is only $260 for Oak Hill Members or $280 for non-members or point this blog post out to the Coordinator of the Survey exhibition and the first 5 takers of this wonderful workshop will receive a membership to Oak Hill Gallery for One Year.

The ‘Felt, stitch, dye, print & bind’  workshop promises to be a unique, fun way to play and invent an embellished  individual visual diary or notebook with fabrics, felt, threads, printing and dying mediums.

Make something special for yourself or begin your journey into creating handmade artworks and one-off unique gifts.  Discover your inner ‘ creativity’ and find a new skill, or practice an old one, a place where ideas are encouraged and you only have to go around the block to get it! 

Support more sustainable and joyous ways of spending time; work with a local maker  and explore the handmade and find inner peace in creating your own unique object of beauty. 

Look for the Survey of Contemporary Craft exhibition in the ‘arts alive 2011’ festival program guide at Libraries, Oak Hill Gallery, Farrells Bookshop,  Shire Customer Service or email arts@mornpen.vic.gov.au

or visit http://www.oakhillgallery.com.au and book @ classes@oakhillgallery.com.au

This is a sample of the exquisite work Sam has on show in the Survey of Contemporary Craft exhibition.

Join us for wine & cheese as Mornington Peninsula Shire’s  Councillor Anne Shaw Open’s the show this Sunday @ 2pm (not 11am as reported in some press) at Oak Hill Gallery 100 Mornington Tyabb Road Mornington.

Come and meet the artisans from the Mornington Peninsula working in clay, glass, textiles and timber;  Antoinette Bonnici, Annette Dowd, Andrea Ebsworth, Connie Wheeler, Geoff Rankin, Graham Berrill, Grant Donaldson & Eileen Gordon from Gordon Studio Glass,  Judi Singleton,  Kip & Gary Turner, Studio @ Merricks Sarah Dingwall, Studio @ Flinders Judy Armstrong and Jill Bygott, Margaret Beale and Studio 13, Rye  ceramic artists, Sue & Allan Sanderson,  Vicki Randell, Geoff Carson,  Kimily Clark, Madeleine McCarthy, Josephine O’Donnell and Lemonia Piperoglou.



The Peninsula Studio Trail artists are providing a number of opportunities for people to view their work as part of the arts alive 2011 festival program.

  • A display at the MPRG with an Opening on Oct 20 from 6pm, this coincides with the MPRG’s Exhibition titled Australian Painters Studios Photographed by R. Ian Lloyd running  from Oct 12- Nov 27  (see below)
  • An Open Studio Weekend on Oct 15 & 16
  • A foyer exhibition at the Peninsula Community Theatre Oct 15 & 16 as part of the Music Program weekend.


Come and join us for a great night of spoken word & dulcet tunes. Back by popular demand!

Andrea Louise Thomas will again team up with singer/songwriter Paul Dillon for an evening of Spoken Word and Song. This time, they will also perform Andrea’s first 10 minute play “No Right Turn Into Marriage Road” and Paul will read from his manuscript “The Balbirooroo Symphony”

Where: Aum Shanti Vegetarian Café & Gallery, 439 Nepean Highway, Frankston

When 7pm-9.30pm Friday 9th September

COST: $15 that directly goes to supporting the artists

Food & Drinks available such as soup $15 , dessert, tea & coffee

Bookings: Essential call 9783 2899



One of Australia’s most loved singer and songwriters, James Reyne, and talented local artist Lisa Cox are just two of the highlights of this year’s Mount Eliza Art Exhibition, which runs 21-23 October.

Reyne, who led the seminal Australian Crawl to the top of the Australian music scene in 1978 and followed this with a platinum-lined solo career, has provided the lyrics for the exhibition’s Bringing Words to Life competition. Artists are invited to submit a painting based on their interpretation of a stanza from Reyne’s song “I’m a Bug” and the winning entry will be awarded on the opening evening.

This year’s feature artist, Lisa Cox, is another local whose ingenious use of mixed media and figurative, naïve style is highly acclaimed. For a chance to win one of Lisa’s paintings, valued at $1850, purchase your raffle tickets from Mount Eliza North Primary School prior to or during the weekend of the exhibition or from Dromana Estate’s Cellar Door.

Opening night features an auction, conducted by hockingstuart Real Estate, of fine items such as hand crafted jewellery and sculpture, and is expected to attract up to 500 guests. Gala patrons will have first opportunity to view and purchase from the diverse range of traditional and contemporary artwork, sculpture and jewellery on display whilst enjoying live music.  Guests will be treated to gourmet canapés and finger food, freshly prepared and cooked by Dromana Estate’s chef plus enjoy a selection of fine wines generously donated by Dromana Estate. Admission is $30 pre-paid or $35 on the night (if available. Tickets are limited).

Host: Mount Eliza North Primary School

Where: Moseley Drive, Mount Eliza

When: Exhibition opens Friday October 21 at 7.30pm, 10am-5pm Saturday October 22 and 10am-4pm Sunday October 23.

Cost: Adult entry is $5 and children are free when accompanied by a paying adult over the weekend.

For further information about artists, purchasing tickets, raffle entries, Café d’Art and children’s activities over the weekend, visit http://www.mtelizaartshow.com/ or call 03 9787 6611.


This exhibition represents the first of over 24 arts and cultural events that make up the Mornington Peninsula arts an cultural spring festival season.  The ‘arts alive 2011’ program will be available from the ARTSPRING Exhibition @ Coolart Homestead.

When: Sept 24 Opening @ 3pm

Where: Coolart Wetlands &  Homestead, Lord Somers Road, Somers

For Enq contact: 5931 4000