An invitation came in a form of a sms message to go to the Tarrawarra Estate and to see the Archibald Exhibition. My mind sang the words to the tune of art, nature, food and wine in one place, what more could a girl ask for and yes a smile formed on my lips. The Estate itself is set in a beautiful picturesque valley, set between Yarra Glen and Healesville and offers those that arrive a sense of beauty and space.
What impressed me the most was the organised way they dealt with the many that came to see the exhibition, from parking, to bright yellow umbrellas available in case it rains. For those who parked lower down the hill, a chauffeur driven car to drive you straight to the doorstep was provided.
We moved along to the exhibition and at some point I lost my husband to food and wine and I solely gazed and got up close as possible to the paintings. Some of them truly were as life like as a photograph and yes, I had a favourite. The winner Tim Storrier "The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch)" is a portrait of the artist posed as a explorer, like a fearless jungle explorer, but this is an exploration of a different kind. The explorer carries his trade on his back and he is seeking. I did like it.
The histrionic wayfarer (after Bosch) by Tim Storrier
One thing if desire lunch, do book days the restaurant beforehand, but lucky for us they had set up a marquee turned cafe and there the six of us sat huddled with coffee in hand and simple food on offer with a glass of wine to finish.