Join artist & illustrator Karen Erasmus for a day of informal tuition in watercolour technique and be inspired by the beautiful formal gardens and extensive bushland of Coolart Homestead.

Assisting the workshop will be the new Artist-in-Residence at Coolart, Timothy Growcott. Tim will take you on a guided tour of the Barracks Studio and provide afternoon tea.

Basic equipment provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own materials if they have them. BYO lunch.

When:  Sunday 27th November 2016, 10.00am to 2.00pm

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

Bookings & Enquiries: Tickets $40.00, visit https://www.facebook.com/OakHillGallery or contact Timothy Growcott on 0409 047 232 or at  topendtextiles@gmail.com



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




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