This time of year marks an anniversary for us at Magpie Springs as we purchased the property July 2013. It’s been somewhat of a whirlwind of happenings as we have worked full steam ahead resuscitating the property whilst being open to the public. Weddings, music, gallery openings and 3 vintages...there have been nonstop happenings!! While most vineyards of our size have a plethora of staff we have taken on this task and have been doing it ourselves.
While the first 2 1/2 yrs has been about mending/resuscitating the property now that we finally have our own labels we can start moving our wines further than our cellar door. It marks the beginning of another faze of happenings here at Magpie Springs. Till now they have been very much boutique.
This property is very much the rustic country property, but it’s meant to be. In this world where so few experience natural surroundings/space it’s a connection with ourselves and our senses.
Art of course plays a big part in this experience it opens our minds to many possibilities.
During August Avril Thomas will be exhibiting a variety of her paintings and drawings. These of course are all portraits. The 5 selected for the main gallery are the pieces shown recently in Victoria during the Women Painting Women exhibition. This is a first leg of this movement for Australia, only 7 artists were selected to participate in this Inaugural event...The movement has been an amaizing success in USA and in UK highlighting tonal realism portraiture for women artists. The others on show here are parts of large colletions. Avril Thomas has works in private and corporate collections round Australia in USA and Hong Kong.
The Magpie Springs Photographic Competition has drawn to a close with record numbers participating this year literally busloads of people. There were 13 finalists’ works from which to choose a favourite in the People’s Choice Award. We deliberately didn’t identify works which had received awards from our judges not to influence the public vote; Geoffrey Howe took out both our main prize and the People’s Choice Award, scooping prizes to the value of $1018 Magpie Springs wine, 500gm coffee, $75 and a 10
pass at Southern Boulder - and Atkins - Rose package. We picked out Penny Dowie's slip - she won the public vote prize lunch for 4 at Our Place Restaurant and 2 bottles of our Magpie Springs wine.
Haydn Radford came to our last music afternoon produced by Ben Foreshaw in in the gallery cellar door and wrote a piece for Weekend Notes an online publication have a read its an exellent expose into happenings here. Have a look at some images from a recent event here
Seymour college arts program has embraced our arts philosophy by adding to their curriculum Magpie Springs visits and art making. The Students have contributed to the Magpie Springs Photographic Competition by producing a display for it and building sculptural works to be installed on the property later in the year. All the works will be displayed at the school in an exhibition at Seymour College Tues 9th August at 6.30 at the Stables RSVP required 08 83039000 Avril Thomas our artist will be at the opening of the exhibition.
Southern Boulder will be hosting the finale of the South Australian climbing competition in October and continues to host Yoga sessions on the property Tues nights 6pm.
From July to September in the gallery you will find works (painted portraits and other works) by Avril Thomas. Recently she exhibited works in a National exhibition in Victoria. The first instalment of Women painting Women in Australia, this will be a biannual event for Australia. This year 7 artists from Australia were asked to participate at Burringa cultural centre – a program which has taken off in USA and in UK. These work by Avril Thomas will be on show here at Magpie Springs.
September the show changes!! - The Shimmer Festival is on and Gary Sauer- Thompson is curating the exhibition - "Weltrum"
October/ November will be a busy couple of months as we will be preparing for "A Small World". An International exhibition of small works on paper. Artists all round the world have already started making pieces for this show. Proceeds from the show will go to Marilyn Jetty Swim to raise funds for Cancer Research. I have no doubt we would not be here had it not been for our own experiences with Cancer. The Marilyns came in April this year for a gathering, since then we have been selling The Marilyn Mix a full compliment of our wines $180 for a doz with $50 going to Cancer Research.
More people are taking an interest in The Rowies. This program enables folk to come and participate in
country life, learn about how wine is made and gives them the opportunity to say "I had a hand in making THIS wine". It’s an excellent team bonding exercise allowing people/families to get together with an activity in a country environment. Good for the sole.
Weddings in the garden have become a special feature here, celebrations of new beginnings. Each one has been totally unique as the couples are able to put their own stamp on their special day. Its wonderful to be part of these joyous occasions.