Group of Artists from Casterton, country Victoria, and further afield in Australia
It has been a busy time for the Artists of the Valley. Across the border in the historic town of Penola, South Australia, the annual Coonawarra Arts Festival occurred in May. Each year, the week-long festival focusses on the arts – performing arts, poetry, and visual arts – with exhibitions in the streets, shop fronts, galleries and local wineries.
This year, Artists of the Valley were invited to hold an exhibition of our work in Gammon Cottage, a delightful National Trust cottage, which is the home of ‘Art House’, the smallest art gallery in Penola. It might be small, but steeped in history and so very quaint it was the perfect venue for our small band of artists to showcase some of their work during the festival.
Dagny Strand, award-winning artist, local Penola identity and owner of Art House, did a marvellous job of presenting the eclectic mix of artwork in the three rooms of the cottage. As well as our exhibition, visitors were treated to demonstrations on the forge by blacksmith Bruce Kennewell, in the old stables at the rear of Gammon Cottage and, on the adjoining property, wire work by Rob MacDonald, and Dagny Strand’s watercolour retrospective exhibition in the slab hut.
We thank Dagny for her generosity in giving us the opportunity to be a part of what is always a fantastic Arts Festival.