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WatercoloursWA Annual Getaway - 2021

WatercoloursWA Annual Getaway 2021

October 22 to 29, 2021

This is the suggested itinerary—partners are welcome as are fellow artists who want to join us to paint. Most afternoons are left free for you to do your own thing.

Please advise Sue which days you will be attending at payne.susan@gmail.com  Any changes or additions and you will be notified by email.

Items with this symbol # need to be booked—it is essential to let me know that you are coming to these

Friday 22 October

6.30pm Meet at The River Hotel, 40 Wallcliffe Road for dinner. #

Saturday 23 October

10am The Old Settlement,69 Bussell Highway, Margaret River.

Parking at the Rotary Walk across the footbridge to the settlement. Lovely old buildings. Morning tea available at the Hairy Marron Café, which is right there.

There is also a lovely walk along the Margaret River up to Barrett’s Weir where there is a lake. There are heaps of things to paint along the river or at the weir.

1pm Lunch at the River Hotel, 40 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River # 

 

Sunday 24 October

10am  Redgate Beach, Redgate.

Lovely beach set amongst beautiful coastal dunes and ancient granite boulders and rocks. Great surf in the right weather conditions. Good parking but may be an idea to car-share as it is a Sunday and if the weather is good. Bring your own morning tea.

12.30 Lunch at the Yardbyrd Café, Witchcliffe.   #

(This may change if the Boranup Café has opened)

 

Monday 25 October

10am Ellensbrook Homestead, Ellen Brook Road, Margaret River.

Built in 1857 by Ellen and Alfred Bussell and managed by the National Trust.

An interesting old homestead with great views, set on a hillside with access to the beach which has a fine garnet red sand.  Lovely walk and subjects to paint along the river. Bring your own morning tea.

12.30 Lunch at Ollio Bello, 36 Armstrong Road, Cowaramup (just off Cowaramup Bay Road).  

Also opportunity to paint the olive trees and farm machinery here. Lovely gift shop. #

Tuesday 26 October

10am Cowaramup 

A cute area that most of us just pass through on the way to Margaret River! Lots of quaint village shops to visit and/or paint and there is a Pioneer Park with a cute little church. Several places for coffee etc

12.30 Lunch at the Cowaramup Brewing Company, 229 Treeton Road North, Cowaramup #

Wednesday 27 October

10am  Arthur’s Farm  1/344 Arthur Road, Rosa Brook

Lovely old sheds, farm stuff etc and a tour around the farm (sheep and cattle) if wanted. We will supply morning tea (bring a mug!)

12-12.30 Arthur Wines, 314 Manear Road, Rosa Brook 

For a tasting of Natasha’s fortified wines – Glass Slipper white port, Ruby Slipper red port and a barrel aged muscat. This is another part of Arthur’s farm with more lovely views.

1.00 Lunch at the Berry Farm, 43 Bessell Road, Rosa Glen # 

Thursday 28 October

9am Boranup Forest.

Early start to get the morning light—one of the best SW places for beautiful trees. Tanya Izzard will be there to take videos. Meet at Caves Road viewing area just past Giants Cave on the left.

12.30 Lunch at the River Hotel, 40 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River # 

2pm Life-drawing session at Jenny Sanderson’s Studio, 61 Heron Drive, Margaret River.

$20 per person fee to cover the model fees and afternoon tea. Bee hives, horses next door, loads of trees and bushes etc for those who don’t want to do the life drawing. #

Friday 29 October

10.30am Anniebrook Farm, 247 Wildwood Road, Carbunup River  

It’s just off the Bussell Highway if you are on your way home.

Great stop for morning tea, (they do the best scones and home-made pies) and opportunity to sketch farm buildings, visit the guinea pigs, chooks or their flower barn which has silk flowers, gifts, clothing etc.  Numbers required for booking #

For more information or to give attendance numbers, contact our President, Susan Payne.
Plein Air Down Under 2021

PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER OUTDOOR PAINTING FESTIVAL

Plein Air Down Under is an annual outdoor painting festival held around Mandurah and the historic town of Pinjarra, from 25 – 27 September. In addition, there are pre-festival masterclasses and activities – all designed to celebrate the art of painting outdoors.

Feature artists Herman Pekel, Lyn Diefenbach and Leon Holmes will be sharing their knowledge via Masterclasses, free demonstrations, exhibiting their work and being accessible during the festival weekend.

With over $8,000 in awards and prizes, the festival focusses on outdoor and evening paint outs, feature artists, Masterclass workshops, demonstrations, youth involvement and an exhibition of plein air paintings. Early bird discounted registrations are now open.

The Watercolour Society of Western Australia is proud to be part of this event, sponsoring the prize for the Watercolour Section.

Image of Leon Holmes, painted by Judith Rigter

PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER PRE-FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Friday 3 September: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Opening of the Plein Air Down Under Feature Artist Exhibition

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 September: around the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
World Wide Paint Out

Wednesday 22 September: Mandurah
Herman Pekel Watercolour Masterclass, Day One

Thursday 23 September: Mandurah
Herman Pekel Watercolour Masterclass, Day Two
Leon Holmes Oil Painting Masterclass, Day One
Lyn Diefenbach Pastel Masterclass, Day One

Friday 24 September: Mandurah
Herman Pekel Watercolour Masterclass, Day Three
Leon Holmes Oil Painting Masterclass, Day Two
Lyn Diefenbach Pastel Masterclass, Day Two
Artist Meet and Greet/Orientation in the gardens of the Leon Holmes Gallery

PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER FESTIVAL WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
DAY ONE: Saturday 25 September: Keith Holmes Reserve & Mandurah Ocean Marina
Artist registration and board stamping at the Bendigo Bank Marquee, from 8am
Plein air painting around Keith Holmes Reserve and the Mandurah Ocean Marina
Art Outdoor Beginners Plein Air Workshop in acrylic
From 4pm, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Artist’s get together, open to the public
Lyn Diefenbach free Pastel Demonstration
Food trucks, bar open and Chocolate Wheel prizes (for artists)
Nocturne paint out around the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Artists submit one painting for exhibition and judging

DAY TWO: Sunday 26 September: Pinjarra Town Centre, Edenvale Complex
Artist registration and board stamping at the Bendigo Bank Marquee, from 8am
Plein air painting around the Pinjarra Heritage Trail
From 4pm, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Artist’s get together, open to the public
Leon Holmes free Oil Painting Demonstration
Bar open and Chocolate Wheel prizes (for artists)
Nocturne paint out around the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Artists submit one Pinjarra painting for exhibition and judging

DAY THREE: Monday 27 September: Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and surrounds
Quick Draw board stamping at the Bendigo Bank Marquee, from 8am – 9.30am
Two Hour Quick Draw Painting Competition, followed by Quick Draw Judging, Exhibition and Sales
Herman Pekel Watercolour Demonstration, 1pm
Exhibition Awards, Presentations and Sales, 2.30pm – 4pm

PLEIN AIR DOWN UNDER POST-FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 September
Herman Pekel Oil Painting Masterclass, studio

Continuing to 10 October, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Feature Guest Artist Exhibition, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery
Festival Weekend Exhibition, foyer gallery

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