According to a neighbour, Leura has lost much of its raw creativity and edgy artiness; instead of promoting local artists tourists are frequently sold overseas products at inflated prices and many local artists can no longer afford to exhibit. But we spot a handwritten sign which simply says "Art Exhibition- this way" and we follow the pencilled arrow.
The sign takes us off the main strip and onto a winding road beside the railway track; on the other side, we catch glimpses of trees, rooftops and the sun dipping behind the mountains. We crest the top of a mini hill and stumble awkwardly down a steeply sloping driveway. There is no one about except for a lady in a light cotton dress, seated on the lawn and soaking up the last rays of the setting sun. Hesitantly, we tell her we are looking for an art exhibition. She gets to her feet smiling and explains that well, yes, we have found it. With a sweeping gesture she indicates a house overgrown with trees and shrubbery and invites us in.
Her studio spans the ground floor of the house, there are splashes of paint on the rose patterned carpet and the walls are filled with images of trees, the sea and bodies in motion. My particular favourites are the trees and vegetables twisted into fantastic shapes with almost human faces. Like mandrakes and mythical creatures. Her larger paintings are great to look at, but if you lack the space (or funds) for such an investment, she also prints her designs on matchboxes and bookmarks; which are great gift ideas.
So if you are ever wandering about Leura on a Sunday afternoon, don't hesitate to wander past the main strip and into Anna Kling's studio.