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Event: 05/05/2012 - 13/05/2012
It's all happening in Toodyay with the opening of Margot's 7th Solo Exhibition and the Moondyne Festival coming up in early May. Award-winning artist and local Toodyay identity, Margot Watkins, will be exhibiting her new works in Painting, Sculpture and Mixed Media which will run from Saturday 5 May until Sunday 13 May.
Margot Watkins is opening her own studio in Toodyay for her 7th Solo Exhibition
Although this is Margot's seventh solo event it is the first time that the exhibition will be held in her own mud-walled studio in the Toodyay townsite with beautiful views of Mt Anderson. Visitors will be able to see a working studio with the different spaces of the various media; objects that have inspired Margot's art and for the first time will be able to view the drawing folios of her career.
A scene from Margot's Toodyay studio which has views to Mt Anderson
Much of the work in this exhibition will have a musical theme and will be showcased along with music and a lively launch of the book and CD of poems "Life With Frank" by popular contemporary Bush Poet, Christine Boult. Christine will be giving colourful and entertaining recitals from her book which is illustrated by Margot. Christine will be reciting her work at front of stage as part of the Moondyne Festival as well at 10.00am Sunday 6 May.
Margot's prize-winning sculpture entitled Ruby
Even as a young student Margot Watkins showed great artistic talent and is pursuing a successful career in art winning numerous awards including The Avon Valley Arts Society "The Northam Art Prize 2008" in Sculpture for "Ruby" and the Toodyay Historical Society, "Moondyne Art Prize 2008" in The Best Historical Context for her sculpture "Pioneer Baking Day". Margot is now living the dream working from her own studio in the wonderfully picturesque and historic town on the Avon River.
Margot won the Moondyne Art Prize 2008 with a sculpture entitled Pioneer Baking Day
The 7th Solo Exhibition will open at Margot's Studio at 11 Nottingham Road, Toodyay on Saturday 5th May at 2.00pm. Refreshments will be available. To contact Margot for a personal invitation to the opening contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 9574 2823. The exhibition will then run every day from 10.00am until 4.00pm until Sunday 13 May.
The day after the opening of Margot's 7th Solo Exhibition, Sunday 6 May is the Moondyne Festival, the only Colonial Festival in Western Australia, a celebration of the infamous Moondyne Jones and a good excuse to have fun; with food, wine, reconstructions of the State's bawdy past and a real opportunity to experience this wonderfully historic town settled by colonials over 150 years ago. The name Toodyay is said to be derived from the Aboriginal word "duidgee" which means "place of plenty" possibly due to the rich and fertile lands around the reliable Avon River. There is certainly plenty to do at this time in this great town.
Why not make this a weekend escape as Toodyay is only 85k East of Perth in the picturesque Avon Valley? Toodyay, a heritage town set in the Avon Valley National Park with many natural reserves ablaze with wildflowers in spring, is treasured by locals as a great place to live and is a wonderful destination for tourists and those from the big smoke wanting to get away from it all. Enjoy a picnic or wine and dine in style in the town itself.
Toodyay, the home of the annual Avon Descent white water event, offers so much in terms of culture, history, heritage architecture and fun. Take in Margot's Art Exhibition, the Annual Collectors' Fair at the Memorial Hall in Stirling Street and the Moondyne festivities on Sunday 6 May and go exploring. For more details about any of these events and others, or for information about accommodation in and around the town visit the Toodyay Visitor Centre.
For more information about Margot's Art Exhibition go to her website.