13 November 2018

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Take the ‘trail’ to find an artist FOR the 10th year in a row artists from Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are opening their studios to the public … and, to get there, all you have to do is follow the Peninsula Studio Trail. For two weekends the artists will be happy to talk with visitors about their creative techniques and show off their work places. The annual trail event held over two weekends (17-18 and 24-25 November) allows visitors a glimpse behind the gallery facade of a working art studio. Many of the 20 artists involved in the “trail” have won awards and are known on the peninsula, interstate and overseas. They recently held a 10-year anniversary exhibition at Southern Buoy Studios, Mornington, opened by Sue Baillieu, producer and presenter of “Arts About” on FM radio 98.7. Visitors following the Peninsula Studio Trail can see such art forms as drawings, hand-thrown pottery, “sustainable sculpture” made from recycled materials, and printmaking styles from traditional to abstract. They will be shown art techniques through demonstrations and displays, and can speak with artists about their life and motivations. There will also be combined studio calls with visits to wineries, restaurants or cafes. Visitors will also see the many different types and locations of studios, from the dark and traditional, to within a private home, on a working farm, in the suburbs, gallery by the coast or large tin shed. To download a map of the “trail” go to peninsulastudiotrail.org or call Jennifer Fletcher 0406 733 381.

Helping out: Margaret McArthur is a long-time volunteer at the Mornington Community Information and Support Centre. Picture: Supplied

Volunteering about working for a cause

On the Trail: Frankston-based artist Lisa O’Keefe studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, where she lived and worked for many years. Since returning to Australia O’Keefe has taught at the Victorian Artist Society, Mentone Art Society and Ashburton.

Applications open for Heritage Grants Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Heritage Grants are available to owners of heritage places to assist with carrying out heritage conservation projects. The grants aim to help owners of heritage places in maintaining and preserving their property. Properties covered by a Heritage Overlay or contribute significantly to heritage precincts under the

Mornington Peninsula Planning Scheme, are eligible for consideration for a grant. Individual grants usually range from $1,000 to $2,500 but exceptions to this range may be made in special circumstances. Council makes the grants on a contributory basis – no grant will exceed 50% of the total value of any works.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 24 December 2018. Applicants will be notified of the grant outcome before the end of January 2019. For further details and to apply online, visit mornpen.vic.gov.au/heritagegrants

MARGARET McArthur is a typical volunteer ... and she takes that statement as a compliment. Raised in the country where her mother was “very involved” in the community, Ms McArthur said she always expected she would do the same. She certainly has – having been a volunteer at Mornington Community Information and Support Centre for the past 35 years. Ms McArthur recommends volunteering as she believes it broadens our understanding of the lives of others. “One of the benefits of volunteering is meeting and working with a range of wonderfully dedicated volunteers and staff,” she said. Mornington Community Information and Support Centre manager Stuart Davis-Meehan pointed to a report by Community Information and Support Victoria which said volun-

teering makes a “world of difference to people’s personal wellbeing and feeling of purpose”. Of 624 volunteers surveyed, 95 per cent believe their work is meaningful, 92 per cent feel they are respected members of their support agency, and the vast majority believe the most is being made of their skills and expertise. The census found that giving back to the community was the main reason people volunteered. They spoke of the impact volunteering had on their lives, including enhanced social connections and greater awareness and understanding of other situations. The volunteer census was launched as part of Anti-poverty Week. Details: Jill Wilson, Community Information and Support Victoria, email jill@cisvic.org.au or call 9672 2003.


Book your free home appointment today For more information, contact the Shire’s Heritage and Strategy Planners heritage@mornpen.vic.gov.au 5950 1953 or 5950 1249


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