Cel­e­brat­ing 20 Years with the Ar­ca­dian Artists

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

How quickly time flies... it’s hard to be­lieve 20 years have passed since San­dra and Maria Vum­baca’s hum­ble be­gin­nings in ce­ram­ics, and their par­tic­i­pa­tion in their first Ar­ca­dian Artists Week­end back in 1997. They were so richly in­spired by the con­cept of the Ar­ca­dian Artists Open Stu­dio Week­end that they were keen to be­come part of this won­der­ful lo­cal event. With a new-found in­ter­est in ce­ram­ics and be­ing full of en­thu­si­asm and cre­ative ex­cite­ment, they ap­proached Gor­don Fin­layson (Pres­i­dent of the Ar­ca­dian Artists at the time) who upon Com­mit­tee ap­proval, wel­comed San­dra and Maria into the Ar­ca­dian Artists’ fam­ily.

San­dra stated, “It’s easy to get lost in some­thing you love do­ing – Mum and I have both been very cre­ative all our lives. We’ve ven­tured into sewing, ta­pes­try, knit­ting, em­broi­dery, the list goes on... but when we were in­tro­duced to ce­ram­ics it just stuck like noth­ing else we’d ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. For me, I think what con­tin­ues to cap­ture my in­ter­est is the never-end­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties ce­ram­ics pro­vides. Start­ing with a blank white clay can­vas there are so many de­signs, tech­niques and glaze com­bi­na­tions you can em­ploy and de­velop – there’s an enor­mous scope for ex­per­i­men­ta­tion. Some­times the re­sults are amaz­ing, some­times things don’t turn out quite the way you plan but it is all learn­ing. And we have a lot of fun work­ing to­gether in the process. I am so blessed to be able to share this bril­liant past-time with my beau­ti­ful Mum, Maria.”

Back in 1997 San­dra and Maria were hosted by the St Bene­dict’s Par­ish for the week­end ex­hi­bi­tion but since 1998, with the ex­cep­tion of 2002, where they were gra­ciously hosted by Elspeth Watt at Scrib­bly Gum Stu­dio they have opened their stu­dio to the pub­lic each and ev­ery year. By the time the 2017 ex­hi­bi­tion ticks over San­dra and Maria will have hosted over 85 artists sport­ing a di­verse range of tal­ents.

Maria stated, “It’s been won­der­ful meet­ing so many like-minded, cre­ative peo­ple. We’ve en­joyed be­ing able to as­sist other artists show­case their beau­ti­ful work to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. To all of the com­mit­tee mem­bers and ex­hibitors past and present, we would like to thank you for be­ing part of this re­ward­ing and ful­fill­ing jour­ney. But most im­por­tantly, we would like to thank all of our won­der­ful cus­tomers, friends and fam­ily be­cause with­out your on­go­ing sup­port we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and con­tinue cre­at­ing.”

In thanks for all of the amaz­ing sup­port they have re­ceived through­out the years, San­dra and Maria would like to ex­tend a spe­cial in­vi­ta­tion to the wider com­mu­nity to join them in cel­e­brat­ing their 20 year an­niver­sary at this year’s Ar­ca­dian Artists Ex­hi­bi­tion and Art Trail on 11th and 12th Novem­ber 2017. San­dra stated smil­ing, “There will def­i­nitely be cake and a few other sur­prises too – af­ter all what’s a cel­e­bra­tion with­out bal­loons and presents?!”

You can find fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the 2017 Ar­ca­dian Artists Ex­hi­bi­tion be­low and at www.ar­ca­di­a­nartists.com.au

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