street art theme

Just so there’s no excuse for not having enough time to come up with ideas and designs, we are announcing next year’s theme early!

The 2014 theme will be (fanfare please!) – SWITCHED ON

The idea is to design and make a wrap for a power pole.  This is the street art component of our Wrapped in St Marys annual event.

Here are some of the 2013 connected entries, just to give you an idea of possibilities:

Size:  1.5 m high (maximum) x 90 cm wide (approximately)

Power poles vary in circumference – the smallest I’ve found is 86 cm, but some are over 100 cm.

The solution:  make your power pole wrap adjustable!

More photos of 2013 entries here

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2013 awards

What a great 1st day we had for Wrapped in St Marys!

Radio interview with Chris Whisbey on ABC Statewide at 7.12 am, yarnbombing at 8 am, and power poles wrapped by 9 am.

The rest of the day was full of activity, with the market in the town hall, exhibitions at Gone Rustic, St Marys Childcare and the Community Hall.  There was a great ‘buzz’ as people strolled around admiring the street art and taking advantage of all the activities on offer, such as an exhibition of  batik panels by St Marys Highschool Students:

Fifty people attended the awards presentation at 4 pm.  Event co-ordinator Rita Summers welcomed everyone and expressed thanks to all the sponsors and participants.  Afternoon tea with locally made pizza and cream sponge cakes, as well as hot sausage rolls, party pies and mini spring rolls, warmed and fuelled everyone before votes were taken on the connected textile art display.  Janet Drummond, co-ordinator of the St Marys School Association Op Shop, presented certificates and vouchers to the winners (Rita and Ros).

Then GET president Peter Troode spoke briefly before handing over to Vice-President Wendy Fowler, who presented the awards with assistance from Break O’Day mayor, Sarah Schmerl.

The winners for 2013 are:

Group, junior categorySt Marys Childcare (certificate + $150)

Group, adultSt Marys School Association Op Shop (certificate + $150)

Connected, theme, 2ndKelly Farrell (certificate and $150)

Connect, theme, 1stJudy Duckett (certificate and $250)

Open, textile artStitchedupmama (certificate and $300)

Congratulations to all the winners and to all the entrants!  The standard was very high, and the judges had a difficult task in deciding on who should receive the awards.  An executive decision was made to offer a 2nd prize this year in the theme category because of this dilemma.  Rather a nice position to be in!

wrap a power pole

There’s still time to enter your textile art in our Wrapped in St Marys 2013 event – download an entry form here and get creative!

Here are some of last year’s entries to inspire you:Power pole wraps 2012 - St Marys Tas

Cash prizes in several categories – and the added bonus is that your art will be there for our locals and visitors to enjoy!

enter your textile art

Wrapped in St Marys has become an annual event!  Hooray!

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Are you a textile artist?

Then you might like to download this entry form and keep a power pole warm this June:

Official Entry Form 2013 – Wrapped in St Marys

Are you a business or community member who would like to participate?

Download this file to join in:

Business + Community Participation 2013 – Wrapped in St Marys

Help us put our beautiful town and valley ON THE MAP!

winner – viewer’s choice

as i mentioned in a previous post, the winners of the annual Greater Esk Tourism Photographic Competition were announced at a special function on 14 November 2012

the photo which attracted the most votes from the public is entitled autumn with a touch of winter, by peter troode

it’s not difficult to see why this lovely photograph topped the list

owen hughes, who selected a winner for the main prize (fingal artist maggie fletcher), is shown below (right) with peter and the photo which won him the viewer’s choice award

there were a large number of entries this year, so it would not have been an easy task to either judge or vote which was the best photograph

stay tuned to find out what the theme will be for 2013!

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During the Wrapped in St Marys weekend, several exhibitions appeard in various venues around the town.

Barbara Mellor, a textile artist from the local Break O’Day municipality, specialises in using Asian fabrics, including Japanese antique kimono and obi.  She also incorporates other materials, such as Cambodian woven fabric and Indian sari fabric.

Here is a slideshow of her wonderful quilts and cushions, showcased at Gone Rustic Studio & Gallery.  To view any item in a larger format, first click pause, then right click on the photo and select view

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Photography:  Margit Salonen