Arts in the Bend of Islands
Christmas Hills has long been a haven for artists and craftsmen who find inspiration and peace in the bush.
On Sunday 23rd June, 35 residents (including 4 children) of Christmas Hills and the Bend of Islands (which was isolated from Christmas Hills by name in 1985), came together to celebrate their amazing contribution to our community.
Robina and Tony Summers created the perfect setting for an exploration of the works of many artists even those no longer with us.
The sun shone as each artist present spoke briefly about their work or on behalf of someone who couldn’t attend. Neighbours Syd Tunn and Ona Henderson and many others loaned works which were displayed throughout Tony and Robina’s house.
Neil Douglas was the first artist explored. Janet Mattiske related stories about his “cuppa tea” humour and the influence on other artists in the area.
Margo Heeley drew on her love of native flora illustrating all that grows in Christmas Hills.
Local residents enjoyed the proceedings!
The works covered include paintings like those of Jules Burns, Jeff Drummond and many more; botanical illustrations by Carol Bonny and Margo Heeley, pottery by Michael Skewes and metal sculpture by Tim Reid.
Photographs by Tony Summers and paintings by Veronica Holland as well as textiles by Robina Summers were also on display.
Liz Vercoe and her gentle work was sadly missed (she has moved out of the area). Tributes were made to Ern Mainka and Peter Oysten.
The Big Walk
Sunday May 25: The Big Walk – From the Bend of Islands to St Andrews via new section of Aqueduct Trail, Kangaroo Ground & using new parts of Nillumbik trails to St Andrews. Whole trip approx 23kms.