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Renowned Artists: Suzanne Laslett and Julia Wakefield
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Steamranger and the Magpie - Photographer Suzanne Laslett.

From 26 October - 25 November 2013 The Fleurieu Art Prize Festival will offer a fantastic program involving art, music, great wine and local produce throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula.
The main Fleurieu Art prize of $60 000 is the most noteworthy landscape painting prize world wide.

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Autumn in McLaren Vale - Photographer Suzanne Laslett

In conjunction with the Fleurieu Art Prize, a host of smaller exhibitions,will provide a diverse and inspiring range of landscape art to be exhibited in wineries and galleries throughout the McLaren Vale and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

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Suzanne Laslett

Two renowned local artists Suzanne Laslett and Julia Wakefield will be exhibiting their work at Settlement Wines (no. 28 on the map).

The map on iPhone can be confusing to people not familiar with the area. You can view a map of the locations of the exhibitions here.

Working in two different mediums (photography and relief printmaking) both artists will explore the diverse environments, landscapes, seascapes and buildings surrounding the Steamranger railway line between Victor Harbor and Strathalbyn.

Julia Wakefield and Portia.


Chef/owner Annika Berlingieri of Settlement Wines invites you to join her at the cellar door for wine tasting from Monday to Friday (closed Wednesday), and on weekends the wood oven is fired up to create mouth watering pizzas served fresh from the wood oven. Annika is constantly evolving her pizza menu to incorporate ingredients from her garden and from the best local and organic producers.

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Kim and Annika enjoying a wine at Settlement Wines.

Take a seat on the deck, and take in the exhibition and the spectacular views while enjoying a pizza, platter and glass of wine.

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Gilbert's Siding - Photographer Suzanne Laslett.

Both Suzanne and Julia have strong family connections to railways going back more than a century. Suzanne's great grandfather, a Scot, was a railway employee and he and his family lived in a small railway cottage in Aldgate. Her maternal grandfather was the Supervisor of Works at the railways at Mile End.

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Steamranger - Photographer Suzanne Laslett

Julia's great-grandfather became the Stationmaster at Riverton in 1869 when the station was first opened. "He was promoted to Stationmaster of Adelaide railway station in 1882, but died only a year later. Seven other members of my family have held posts in the railways in different states," said Julia.

"On Anzac Day this year, we boarded the Steamranger at Victor Harbor and took the picturesque journey to the old port town of Goolwa," said Suzanne. "We then transferred to a vintage rail car, which rattled its way to Strathalbyn. Our inspiration for the On Track exhibition came from this trip."

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Corellas at Strathalbyn - Photographer Suzanne Laslett.

Suzanne later retraced the journey by car, searching out images to represent each railway station and siding through which they had travelled, such as the wetlands at Victor Harbor, the old Gilbert's Siding with its charred trees from a summer bushfire, the Corellas at Strathalbyn.

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Pelican by Artist - Julia Wakefield

Julia returned to her studio to create the body of her work using printmaking techniques inspired by the journey.

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Dog on the beach by Artist - Julia Wakefield.

"This experience of photographing the steam ranger line has been a form of reconnecting with the railways for both of us, Suzanne said, "I have always been fascinated by the railways. I have no interest in mechanics, but I love steam engines and anything to do with the railways."

A self-taught photographer, Suzanne Laslett trained as a journalist and has worked on newspapers in South Australia, Northern Territory and New South Wales. She has been exhibiting as a creative photographer since 1991, and her work has been represented in numerous group and solo exhibitions.
She has won several awards and her work is included in private and corporate collections throughout Australia, Europe, Japan, United Kingdom and USA.

Her photographs have been featured in three books - Portraits of life, Faces of the Smelter and Pictures from the Port.

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Sea dog by Artist Julia Wakefield.

Julia Wakefield was born in London to Australian parents.

She studied illustration and printmaking at St Martin's and Harrow Schools of Art in the UK, and began her career as a children's book illustrator. She now works as a painter and printmaker, teaching drawing and printmaking at art centres and schools and to community groups.

Julia has been teaching 'Drawing for the Terrified' - DFTT classes and workshops for 20 years, both in South Australia and the UK. The course is based on Betty Edwards' amous book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

There is so much happening over this month long Festival of Arts that attracts artists, collectors and art lovers from all over the world that I can't possibly list it all, so you should have a look at the Program Website and browse, or download the program so that you can look through it at your leisure.

Please note: The launch of the 'On Track' Exhibition will be an informal affair on Sunday, 3 November at 2.30 pm. There will be no speeches, just a social gathering to view the art and share some of the delicious platters from the kitchen of Settlement Wines. Wine will be available to purchase by the glass at the Cellar Door after guests have been greeted with a complimentary wine on arrival.

From experience, a "speechless" launch gives people the opportunity to socialise, view the work and generally have a pleasant and relaxing time. The launch gathering will take place in The Gallery space and in the garden of the winery, with spectacular views across the vineyards to the hills beyond.

Night Heron by Julia Wakefield.
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When: 26 October - 25 November 2013. Monday - Friday (10 am - 5 pm) & Weekends (11 am - 5 pm) Please note: (closed Wednesday). The launch of the 'On Track' Exhibition will be an informal affair on Sunday, 3 November at 2.30 pm.
Phone: 08 8323 7544
Where: Settlement Wines, Lot 101, Seaview Road, McLaren Vale
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
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