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Rare opportunity to view artist’s studio and grounds

Visitors will have the opportunity to indulge in a gourmet garden picnic and view a busy studio at the Garden & Gallery Picnic in Miles on 1 May.

 Held at the ‘Sunnyview’ property in Miles, artist Kylie Bourne will be providing delicious picnic boxes, a glass of champagne, and a tour of her mosaic and glass art studio during the afternoon.

The last time that Kylie opened her property to the public was about four years ago.

“In previous years we have held events and charity fundraisers here, so I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see how much the garden and studio have evolved during that time,” Kylie said.

 “People can sit and relax underneath our 100-year old Jacaranda tree, listen to the soothing sounds of our creek, and enjoy the abundance of local birdlife that we have vis­­iting our garden.

 “Local gardeners may be interested to see the mix of cottage and native plants and see what grows well in my sandy loam conditions.

 “I’m currently preparing for my ‘TRE360’ exhibition that will open in mid-December at Dogwood Crossing, so people will also have the opportunity to have a sneak-peek at the 60 artworks that I have prepared so far.”

 Kylie has worked on a variety of glass, tile, mirror and sculptured items since she first dabbled with mosaics nearly 20 years ago.

“The first artistic item that I worked on was my septic tank, and since then I have worked on many commissioned items and displayed at both solo and group exhibitions.

“I really like to repurpose items, some of the more unusual objects I have worked with include a cattle skull and transforming old beds and table legs into giant dragonflies and butterflies.

“I used to work on our veranda but over the years my husband and children have helped me to establish a proper studio in the original homestead, which is over 110 years old.”

Council spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said that this outing complements the other activities offered during the Council’s ‘Big Skies’ event, running from 27 April – 5 May.

 “We have such a great variety of activities planned over the 10 days but this picnic is a chance to have a casual and relaxing afternoon in a delightful natural setting,” Cr Maguire said.

“We are thankful to Kylie for generously offering to open her private space for the afternoon.”

The Garden & Gallery Champagne Picnic will run from 12-4pm.Tickets are still available at a cost of $55 each, with other beverages available to purchase on the day.

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