Daylesford, Victoria.. Wild Hat Country..

If you find yourself in the main st of Daylesford Vic and venture into an alley because of a sign on the wall suggesting you visit “Sister George” and you may find Hats and stuff up there, you will need to be intrepid and keep your eyes peeled for clues ! .. up the laneway a small arrow will point you further and up ahead on the side of a building you will be encouraged to “Keep Going” .. then a couple of small, helpful and positively sympathetic signs will encourage you to persevere.. It is SO well worth it.. around the corner in Duke street, parallel to the main st where you started is the domain of Sandra Broman of “Sister George Productions”  Studio Gallery, Inhabited by the most extraordinary Hats, Garments and a brilliant collection of quirk-full and delighting paintings, prints and cards, full of humour and cheek ! Sandra steered us onto “door 3” Ceramic workshops and gallery in a complex of sheds, where there is a huge Auction Gallery filled with fine works of art and top end antiques.. What looks like the studio of David Bromley (closed).. He paints those wonderful 50’s style  ‘boys own annual’ style pictures amongst other sculptural works and jewellery.. Great stuff. Also there is the workshop of “Overwrought” Iron Art.. a very inventive metal artist… and another studio space with mind-blowing exterior going on.. It was great to connect with these spaces .. perhaps another visit will reveal more… We also sought out Jackie Gorrin, printmaker nearby but unfortunately found her away and the beautiful looking studio closed…..So we headed out to find sculptor Stephan out at Sailors Falls in his Gallery “Paradiso Arts” .. Hauled him out of his workshop where he is deadlining in on a prestigious exhibition in Toorak, Melbourne, to show us his work and share his enthusiasm around his architectural and votive inspired sculptures in timber and steel..His paint finishes and passion for motor vehicle constructs .. (A 1/4 size Bugatti style letterbox graces the entrance to the Gallery ) !  Back in town we visited Artist and Sculptor Michael Parker’s Gallery “ Red Pepper Gallery”, Full of a fine collection of artists work from the region.. He has a ’sister’ gallery “Stoney Creek Gallery” just near Stephan’s place. I met metal sculptor Darren Gilbert of “ Monkey Tail Designs” there while he was bumping in some of his new Sculptures and we shared ‘metal workers scars” with one another ! .. That about did it for the day .. Beautiful kind and helpful people populate these chilly southern climes.. Going to light a fire now and thin down a little amber fluid in a glass with just drop of Daylesford water…..

 

Sandra Broman of "Sister George Productions" in her fabulous studio/gallery

Sandra Broman of “Sister George Productions” in her fabulous studio/gallery

 

"Sister George Productions"

“Sister George Productions”

 

Door 3 ..Clayspace

Door 3 ..Clayspace

 

Auction and gallery fine art space

Auction and gallery fine art space

 

some David Bromley art work weathering

some David Bromley art work weathering

 

some David Bromley art work weathering

some David Bromley art work weathering

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Stephan out at Sailors Falls in his Gallery “Paradiso Arts”

Stephan out at Sailors Falls in his Gallery “Paradiso Arts”

 

Stephan's Mailbox

Stephan’s Mailbox

 

Darren Gilbert of “ Monkey Tail Designs

Darren Gilbert of “ Monkey Tail Designs

Phoenix creates

Phoenix creates

 

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