Kangaroo Island Art Feast

This Labour Day long weekend is time for island artists to put themselves ‘out there’ in exhibitions and demonstrations for Kangaroo Island Art Feast. And for us islanders, we have even more excuses for getting out and exploring our gorgeous home. It’s no hardship to cover the hundreds of kilometres at this time of year when the wildflowers are at their peak.

Flinders Chase National Park wildflowers
Flinders Chase National Park wildflowers

Each year, my friend Rosie and I drive the loop of the island to see as many Art Feast venues as we can.

First stop was Cliffords Honey Farm and not just for the honey ice cream. Each year Sharon Clifford puts together a small but delightful exhibition of prints, paintings, photographs (by artists including herself, Ros Stoldt and Nikki Redman), and Wendy Leonhardt’s beautiful houses for birds and bees. We then called into Jenny Clapson’s studio for a demonstration of solar etched printmaking.

Jenny Clapson prepares a plate for solar etching to paper
Jenny Clapson prepares a plate for solar etching to paper

Then it was on to Raptor Domain for lunch near the Commun-owl tree and Bea Chuan’s glasswork demonstration. At Hanson Bay Sanctuary, Pam White’s baskets and garden installations graced the natural habitat outside.

Pam White adds to the baskets displayed at Hanson Bay Sanctuary for Art Feast
Pam White adds to the baskets displayed at Hanson Bay Sanctuary for Art Feast

On the north coast, after the drive along West End Highway (here’s another wildflower pic from Flinders Chase National Park)

WildflowersFlindersChNP2015

we visited Caroline Taylor and Audrey Harnett at Western River Homestead. A show by these two very talented and stylish artists is always an Art Feast highlight.

Audrey Harnett with some of Caroline Taylor's hand-coloured photos of an ornithology trip to Kangaroo Island in 1905
Audrey Harnett with some of Caroline Taylor’s hand-coloured photos of an ornithology trip to Kangaroo Island in 1905

The day was completed with the lanterns taking charge as the sunlight faded at Emu Bay and we mingled and sampled the KIS cocktails and locally made canapés.

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