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A MAJOR exhibition and sale of watercolours
by acclaimed local artist Diana Edwards will open
in the Artspace, Wonthaggi, on Sunday, November
20th at 2pm.
Diana needs no introduction locally, having won
Your Art Collection awards throughout the year at
various art shows, the most recent being over the
Cup Weekend at the Artists Society of Phillip Is-
land (ASPI) exhibition.
Inspiration for the 45 piece collection that make
up this current exhibition has been drawn in equal
part from both the beauty of Phillip Island and the
Bass Coast, and from Diana’s travels throughout
Europe, from whence she has recently returned.
The beautiful buildings of Venice and Tuscany;
the magical harbours and boats of Cornwall; and
the French countryside, feature prominently, as do
the landscapes of Phillip Island.
The works on show are in watercolour, the
smaller ones all en plein air (in the open air), a
term coined by the French impressionists over
100 years ago to describe painting outdoors, cap-
turing natural light and atmosphere.
“This is when I find the greatest connection to
my subject, that heartfelt excitement that I hope to
convey to the viewer,” Diana says.
Larger works are completed in the studio, from
sketches and photographs taken.
“I try to capture the feeling I have en plein air,
and recreate this in my studio,” says Diana, refer-
ring to her approach when working on major wa-
ter colours and oil paintings.
It is the light that inspires Diana when she
paints, no matter the subject, or where, and she
has travelled to all parts of the world.
“What inspires me and draws me to paint any
given subject is the light; this is what gives the
magic to a subject,” Diana says.
“Be it a landscape, boats in a harbour or a busy
street, light transforms something ordinary into
Early mornings and late afternoons are her fa-
vourite times to explore and paint.
“The shadows are longer, shapes are softer and
more magical,” she comments.
Diana has been painting and drawing for more
than 40 years, regularly conducting workshops,
and Thursday morning water colour classes in her
Illuka Gallery at Silverleaves.
Works in this major exhibition offer a great va-
riety of subjects, and have been twelve months in
The exhibition opens on Sunday, November 20
at 2pm, and will run until December 12.
The gallery is open from Thursdays through to
Mondays from 10am to 4pm.
Anyone who is interested in attending Diana’s
art classes at Illuka Studio in Silverleaves from
9.30am to 12 noon on Thursday mornings can
call her on 0418565796.
ANNABELLE Brayley is the highly regarded
author and editor of four collections of mov-
ing and inspirational stories; Bush Nurses,
Nurses of the Outback, Outback Vets, and
Our Vietnam Nurses.
With a passion for telling the dramatic real
life stories of ordinary Australians working
in remote and dangerous locations, Anna-
belle has forged a reputation for accuracy,
honesty and sensitivity that enables people
to tell their stories without fear of prejudice
Annabelle grew up in a family of natural
storytellers whose penchant for entertaining
each other and a varied guest list of friends
and visitors gathered around the dinner ta-
ble piqued her curiosity and fired her imagi-
nation about the lives others lead.
She was also an avid reader and devoured
Australian classics by authors such as Mary
Grant Bruce, Ethel Turner, Elyne Mitchell,
Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson, Will Ogilvie,
Ruth Park, Mary Durack and D’arcy Nyland.
Although she wanted to be a hairdresser
(doesn’t everyone tell their hairdresser ev-
erything?) Annabelle trained and registered
as a nurse. During her training she was fre-
quently in trouble for sitting on beds talking
to the patients about their lives.
In 1980 she married and joined her hus-
band, Ian, on an isolated sheep and cattle
station in south-west Queensland where she
became all too familiar with the joys and
challenges, as well as the unique spirit of ca-
maraderie, that mark being part of a remote
and far-flung community.
Over the years, Annabelle has assumed
various roles including station hand, wife,
mother, and home tutor to her children be-
fore returning to the health workforce in
2001 working from a home office on their
After she and her husband relocated to
Morven, a small rural community nearby
in 2001, Annabelle continued to work in re-
mote health for a number of years. She now
writes full-time and has made it her mission
to share the extraordinary stories of ordi-
Everyone is invited to come along to the
National Vietnam Veterans Museum on
Thursday December 1 to meet Annabelle
over lunch and listen to her fascinating story.
Tickets must be booked online. Details:
Thursday 1 December 2016
Annabelle is the highly regarded author & editor of four
collections of moving & inspirational stories; Bush Nurses, Nurses
of the Outback, Outback Vets and Our Vietnam Nurses.
12 noon includes
light lunch & guided tour.
Beer & wine available
at bar prices.
Ticket $35 (some concessions apply)
Limited seats - booking essential
Tickets can ONLY be purchased online
NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS MUSEUM
25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven, Phillip Island
“Inspired by Light”
You and your friends are invited to a major exhibition
and sale of watercolours by Diana Edwards A.G.R.A.
Sunday, November 20 at 2pm
5-7 McBride Avenue, Wonthaggi Ph: 5672 1415
Gallery hours: Thursday to Monday 10am - 4pm
Paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography,
textile art, framed and unframed.
Great gift ideas.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
10am - 4pm
ASPI Room (Opposite Library)
Thompson Avenue, Cowes
BARGAIN PRICES FOR
What s on this week...
What s on this week...
This watercolour by Silverleaves artist Di-
ana Edwards (pictured) will feature in a major
exhibition and sale of her works, that opens
at the Wonthaggi Art Space on November 20.
Lunch with author Annabelle Brayley
Diana Edwards features in major art show
Ramada Resort proud to host
Phillip Island Jazz Festival
IT’S time to lace up your shoes and get
ready to dance the night away at the 12th an-
nual Phillip Island Jazz Festival, again proudly
hosted by Ramada Resort Phillip Island.
During this coming Friday night, Saturday
and Sunday, the Bass Room at the resort will
be transformed into a theatre exhibiting the
best jazz acts from the local region and be-
Artists include James Maddock, returning
from Tasmania for his fourth consecutive fes-
tival; the Royal Australian Navy Jazz Group
based at HMAS CERBERUS on the Morning-
ton Peninsula; Jules Boult, fresh from a tour
of the US; and Beverley Sheehan, who has per-
formed internationally and will grace Sunday
morning’s Gospel Hour.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific re-
gional director of operations Australia David
Brown said this is the seventh year the resort
has hosted the event.
“The Phillip Island Jazz Festival is an event
that is well supported by residents of the lo -
cal area and it serves as a drawcard for jazz
appreciators and music lovers from the sur-
rounding districts, ” he said.
“We are proud to support the event and the
artists involved, just as we support the jazz
club’s monthly events by giving them access to
the same facilities.”
The festival starts on Friday night at 6.45pm,
then Saturday’s 12-and-a -half hours of jazz
kicks off at 10am. The Sunday session starts
with Gospel Hour at 10am then wraps up at
6pm with the Wikimen.
Tickets start from $30 and range to $85,
which entitles the purchaser to see the entire
“We have worked hard for months to put
together an incredible list of the best jazz
performers locally and from the surrounding
area and we are fortunate to be able to show-
case them in the Bass Room at Ramada Phil-
lip Island, which has become the home of our
events, ” event organiser Robin Blackman said.
For a full program or for more information,
visit the event’s website at www.phillipisland-
RIGHT. Author Annabelle Brayley is the guest speaker at a literary luncheon to be
held at the Vietnam Veteran’s Museum on Thursday, December 1. Annabelle is the high-
ly regarded author and editor of four collections of moving and inspirational stories;
Bush Nurses, Nurses of the Outback, Outback Vets, and Our Vietnam Nurses.
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