Vertu is an eclectic little gift shop in Stanwell Park. Here you’ll find everything from books by local authors to pottery, candles, homewares and children’s toys. The South Coaster’s pick? Paintings and photography by the owner, Terri Ayliffe. Vertu is on the corner in the Articles Fine Art Gallery complex.
Shop 4, 111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park
This is a magical discovery walk for children and adults. Follow a path through the rainforest at sculptor Gaby Porter’s property in Wombarra to find such delights as a mosaic rainbow serpent and a huge bower bird’s nest filled with painted blue stones. There are about 60 sculptures, from giant fruits to small birds, and the path includes stairs, bridges and benches where you can stop and contemplate art and nature. You’ll especially love the way nature and human creativity complement each other in this tranquil setting, and enjoy the whimsical contrasts, for example, those created by planting steel flowers among the ferns and eucalypts. Most sculptures are by Gaby Porter, although work by other artists is also on show. This shady walk makes a welcome retreat from the beach in summer, with immense trees creating a cool canopy. Plan ahead: the garden is open to the public during the first weekend of each month (10am-4pm, adults $10), or by appointment. Please phone 02 4268 2695.
57 Morrison Avenue, Wombarra, NSW
111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park
Tell us about yourself. Artist that works in Printmaking and painting with a studio at home and a gallery outlet for buyers of art who can come and view all styles and mediums. With a advanced diploma in fine arts, I love to work in oil or acrylic paints on canvas or board and take subjects in both mediums, painting and printmaking, have now been making art for over ten years as well as exhibiting in other gallery’s with other artist, my work is overseas as well as in Australia with buyers from local to visitors to the area. Have you always been creative? I have always loved the creative process and have worked all my life with my hands, makeup artist for over 11 years was one of my jobs, teaching in the film, TV, fashion and video so the creative process comes freely to me if you can let your imagination go. What is it that inspires you? Inspiration can come from all sorts of places and people and getting out and about helps the visual stimulation, travel in Australia and overseas is great but if not possible I use my memory of things that have stayed with […]
21 Paterson Road, Coalcliff
Chrystie LongworthA ceramics artist in Thirroul, Chrystie Longworth is also a busy mother of two boys who runs a web and print design company.
Tell us a little about yourself. My father’s job meant that my family moved a lot, we settled in Canberra by the time I was 12. I have always been a visual person and went to Sydney College of the Arts to study printmaking and photography. After travelling for an extended period I came back to Sydney and started a multimedia traineeship with a small web agency and discovered a love for graphic design. While living in Sydney a friend convinced me to do a weekly pottery course, I was hooked! After years on the computer it felt so invigorating to play with clay and create 3D forms. Ceramics is still the place where I play, so most of my pieces are one-off and have a real handmade feel. Have you always been creative? Yes. I used to love drawing detailed maps of fictional places, which may have been inspired by my love of travel and books. I also used to do drama and acting, I got stuck into the sets and costumes. I consider myself a visual problem solver. For ceramics, the problems are material and processes. I am constantly inspired by the pottery community in Australia and how […]
Michael MucciAfter three decades an award-winning newsman has turned a new page – former Sydney Morning Herald illustrator Michael Mucci is now pursuing his passion for painting on the South Coast. Heather Smith reports.
After three decades an award-winning newsman has turned a new page – former Sydney Morning Herald illustrator Michael Mucci is now pursuing his passion for painting on the South Coast. Heather Smith reports.
Each piece of art she does is something special because Elise Cameron-Smith puts her heart and soul into it. The South Coaster reports. Elise makes mini wooden boats, arrows and has recently diversified into little sea creatures and sculptural work; “little limited edition things that I’m vibing off at the moment”. “I’ve been making a lot of whales lately,” she told The South Coaster. “People have really been liking them which is cool.” As for the boats, she usually makes “a little fleet of like 10 or something and put them all online”. People then choose one and Elise may customise it – “make it really special” – for the buyer. Her sales are split half retail, half wholesale “and then I’ll do one or two little exhibitions a year”. How do you marry the two – creative and business? You work from the minute you wake up to the minute you go to bed. What I sort of realised – and this was only in the last couple of months – is that because it’s so full-on and because you do have these really long days and it gets really intense – is that I’ll go on lots of […]
101a Swan Street, Wollongong
Ed Gaudzinski is a woodworker who has lived in Stanwell Park for 40 years. He makes decorative surfboards and succulent gardens from fence posts. Ed spoke to Terri Ayliffe. I grew up in Sans Souci and when married, moved to Stanwell Park. Except for working in Vancouver, Canada for two years and travelling for two years, I’ve worked for OPSM all my working life. I have a great wife, two grown-up kids and two fabulous grandkids. I retired from Optical Dispensing about six years ago. I have always had a hobby of some kind, carving Buddhas and making the odd thing around the house. Surfing and beach culture has been a big part of my life and I have made a couple of real surfboards for myself in the past. Somewhere I got the idea to make small surfboards out of fence palings, and I began by making 25cm boards as “birthday cards” for friends and family. I have always been impressed by the talent of the Balinese wood and stone carvers and the creative ideas the Balinese come up with. I have been to Indonesia a number of times, each time I come home with some of their art. I […]
Vertu, Shop 4/111 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Stanwell Park