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It ain't just art it's cricket for a change
Beautiful Yarra Valley setting - Image TarraWarra Museum of Art Facebook
It is kind of one of those "Well I must do that some time" kind of places. Not helped perhaps by the fact that architecturally it looks so stern, almost like a medieval walled city.
Not that it isn't visually stunning just rather haughty and forboding. The design, by Allan Powell, won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Design Award for its elegant walls "arcing gently from the earth in concert with the contours and hues of the landscape."
But like any walled city there are times when Rapunzel gets to let down her long golden hair and the public gets to clamber up and have a look-see.
Image TarraWarra Museum of Art Facebook
That time is coming up shortly with TarraWarra's 10th birthday celebrations on the 7th and 8th of December when this significant art gallery is offering free entry rather then the usual $12 fee.
There are also a host of free activities especially surrounding the present exhibition which is of Russell Drysdale's iconic Australian paintings.
There'll be free pop up talks on the hour from 12 noon – 4pm each day where you can learn more about Drysdale's paintings.
Drysdale painted at Sofala and Hill End, near Bathurst and many of his works confront issues such as Aboriginal dispossession, the effects of drought and environmental degradation. So his message is as fresh today as it was in the 1940s and 50s.
There is also the free TarraWarra Trail operating from 11am – 5pm each day. You follow the trail around the local area which allows you to go into the draw to win a prize inspired by Russell Drysdale's painting Murphy's.
The prize includes a night's stay at the Healesville Hotel and a $100 meal voucher --some people drive out of town just to eat at the Healesville Hotel it is that popular.)
There will be a sausage sizzle between 12-2.30pm each day
to raise funds for a local community group. Delicious casual food will also be available for purchase from 12 – 4pm each day.
There will also be a free cricket clinic.
TarraWarra hallowed halls seems a lot like when they played cricket on the giant radio telescope in the film the Dish but there is an artistic reason behind this cricket game.
Image TarraWarra Museum of Art website
The event was inspired by Russell Drysdale's iconic painting The Cricketers 1948. This is possibly Drysdale's most famous painting, and one of the most frequently reproduced images in twentieth-century Australian art.
Families are invited to come and polish up on their bowling and batting skills. The event will be led by the Healesville Cricket Club.
This is also a great chance to see this exhbiiton Russell Drysdale: Defining the Modern Australian Landscape as well as some other great Austalian artwork at this monumental gallery.