The ancient art of Japanese flower arrangement will be on display at the historic Coolart Homestead.  Ikebana is more than simply putting flowers in a vase.  It is a disciplined art form based on the linear perfection, colour harmony, space and form.   In Japan, flower arrangements are used as decorations on a level with paintings and other art objects.

It Is said that Ikebana was bought to Australia by Melbourne born Norman Sparnon who after joining the army pre WWII, spent twelve years living in post war Japan.  During that time he studied under the great masters of Ikebana, and upon his return was committed to introducing it to Australians.

The Coolart exhibition will feature the arrangements of Sensei Carlyn and teachers of the Victorian Sogetsu School of Ikebana.  Their creations will be both traditional and sculptural in style and in large and small arrangements.

The origin of Ikebana in Japan dates from about the seventh century, when the custom of offering flowers to Buddha entered Japan from China and Korea along with the introduction of Buddhism.   Having emerged from its historical setting, Ikebana can now be seen in homes, offices, conference rooms and hotel lobbies.

The original Sogetsu School was founded in 1927, by the late Sofu Teshigahara, who believed Ikebana should be both enjoyable and creative.   He developed the Kakeiho method which combined several styles, and made Ikebana available to everyone.  In this way Sofu spread the art form throughout the world, as well as staging exhibitions of his own Ikebana-based sculptures.

 When: from April 28 until May 6 @ 9:00am to 4:30pm.

 Where: Coolart Homestead, Lord Somers Drive,  Somers

Admission is FREE

 Enquiries: Heather Crabtree 59 832083/   0437 369 062





When:    Sat 19th & Sun 20th May 2012  from 10am to 4pm

Workshop is limited to 12 participants

Where:  studio at 350 Bentons Rd, Moorooduc…

This workshop will touch on the many and varied techniques that can be used in acrylics, oils & pastels.

Margo will demonstrate using various surfaces, grounds, brushes, palette knives, wipeout tools, collage, inscription, glazing, wet into wet, rubbing back and much more.

This workshop will add more excitement to your paintings leading to more fun in the production of your work

What to bring: 2 canvasses, your choice of paint, papers, palette, brushes, paper towel, and odourless solvent if working in oils, lunch and your enthusiasm.

Call margo to reserve your place for for further information on costs for the workshop phone Margo on 0410 280 711



Mrs Anne Sebba BA (Hons) will speak next month on Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor the subject of her biography.

When: May 11 @ 5.30pm

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre Wilson Road Mornington

New members are very welcome.   The one-off guest price is $20.

Bookings & enquiries: Phone 5983 1116.



Hastings Community House have ‘yarnbombed’ Hastings Library to promote their world record breaking knitted snake project.  Under cover of darkness the library was ‘bombed’ on Tuesday night bringing colour and flare to the building, street signs, bike racks, and anything else the women could find to attach their knitting.



At Rosebud Memorial Hall

Show Dates

Thurs       10 May       8.00pm

Fri             11 May       8.00pm

Sat            12 May       8.00pm       Cabaret

Thurs      17 May       8.00pm

Fri             18 May       8.00pm       Cabaret

Sat            19 May       8.00pm       Cabaret

Sun          20 May       2.00pm       Matinee

 Tickets: Adults $20  Concession $15

 Bookings: Jean  5982 2777 or Colette 5976 4494

Or book online at



Roy Lichtenstein Pop Remix – A National Gallery of Australia exhibition

Where:  Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Civic Reserve, Dunns Rd,  Mornington

When: 19 April – 11 June 2012

Visit www.mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au





A new Window Space exhibition at Craft by two inner-city creatives.  Peaches + Keen’s The Hanging Garden

In the Craft’s Window Space

Where: 31 Finders Lane, Melbourne

Showing:  Now until 5 May 2012

Craft is excited to present a new body of work by Peaches + Keen in our Window Space.  The Hanging Garden is Peaches + Keen’s new work exploring different methods of bringing colour, joy and leafy delights into the living space. The exhibition features hand-detailed prints suspended beside objects for the home, as well as limited edition books and of course a variety of bright and colourful hanging plants. Peaches + Keen is Lily Daley, a graphic designer, and Lucy Hearn, a gold and silversmith. When they are not lusting over plants at Garden World, Lily and Lucy combine their names, skills, and love of all things bold and bright into the creation of tactile, one-off items that make people smile.  www.peachesandkeen.com


 Photo by Beth Wilkinson.