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