On a recent getaway, as recent as last week, I went on a mini road trip to Maldon and Castlemaine for three days and had a good look around. Just 100 minutes or thereabouts away in the car to Maldon, it was an easy drive and lovely to get away to some peace and quiet and get out of the house. You know what it's like. If you stay home, you just keep working.
Shrine sculptures in Cascade Art Gallery by John O'Loughlin
We stayed at Maldon Getaway's Holiday Rental as they like to call it, not Air B&B or apartments, or hotels and motels, but holiday rentals. Fairbank House was just amazing (but I'll tell you more about that later) and so welcoming, with beautiful staples stocked up for our usage. Always a good start with you have amazing accommodation; a nice little treat after all the lockdowns we've had.
Classical Two on the wall by Liz Sullivan - Mixed media on paper
This getaway has been waiting to happen near on 7 months to a year, and finally, we got there. Between Maldon and Castlemaine there was much to see, but we didn't get to ride the iconic steam train as they were just in the midst of moving the engines out of Maldon to Castlemaine, which is going to be their new headquarters. I know, because I did go to the station and talk to the drivers moving the engines. It was still beautiful to watch the historic steam trains shunting back and forth on the Maldon end.
Greer - Life Goes On - Ceramic Sculpture by Sam Varian
Cascade Art Gallery was a beautifully impressive art gallery we visited at 1a Fountain Street, Maldon. Housed in a beautiful little church that used to be the Maldon Wesley Church, the owners live next door in what used to be the priest's quarters. How gorgeous is that! The brick church complex began in 1855 by the Wesleyans. In 1863 plans for a new building was commissioned from Crouch & Wilson, leading Melbourne architects. Built of brick the new church was opened in October 1863. Eventually, the premises was sold in 2014 to become Cascade Art.
Charlie and the Rolling Stone - Ceramic Sculpture by Sam Varian
Cascade Art are committed to presenting fine art and have a unique selection of limited edition Artist-made prints, paintings and sculptures. I certainly fell in love with the ceramic sculptures by Sam Varian, you see here in the images. Her quirky style is right up my alley, and had both the sculptures not been sold, I dare say I would have bought Greer, the lady sculpture. Sam's ceramic works explore relationships with things that comfort, torment and challenge us. I was privy to a photograph shown to me by the gallery owner of a sculpture by Sam for an upcoming exhibition on 5 December 2021
Needless to say my heart jumped into my mouth and fell back again when I heard it was first come first served. If you happen to be in Maldon on the weekend of 4-5 December, do check out the art gallery and art exhibition which is going to exhibit Sam Varian's sculptures and Jeff Gardner's etchings and illustrations. Jeff also happens to be the co-owner and other half of the gallery owner. I was told the collaborative exhibition between the two artists really sit well together and is a perfect match visually. So if you're in Maldon on that aforementioned weekend, do go visit.