A VERY successful launch of the latest exhibition, Mystical Lake, by the Ballarat Craft Council took place in the Conservatory last Friday. Officially opened by Hon. Catherine King MP Labor Member for Ballarat, the exhibition was a stunning collection of local talent. “I congratulate you, this is such a beautiful exhibition and the interpretation of Mystical Lake, from what I can see, from the depth of work done, is very evocative and absolutely beautiful,” she said.
“Exhibitions are always a terrific opportunity to showcase the work and depth of work done in our community.”
Ballarat Craft Council President Mary Melcherts said the exhibition was inspired by Lake Wendouree in the winter with the fog and mists over it, also it was partly inspired by the Doctor Blake series, which is very atmospheric. “The works revolved around that but people did interpret quite liberally and the predominant colour was blue, which implies lake, and it’s also a spiritual colour,” she said. “Some were closer than others – some of my own stuff was inspired by the myth and legend associated with lakes, but most people interpreted with colour and texture.”
Entertainment came from the Steiner School Grade 3-4 choir, and from U3A (University of the Third Age) recorder ensemble, who sounded fantastic. Items on display in the conservatory are for sale either through the Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage or through the online shop at craftballarat. com.
Also during the exhibition, which ends on June 14, star weaving workshops, for the Million Stars Project, are being held.
“We want to contribute to the big Ballarat installation at Stockland in November,” Ms Melcherts said. The exhibition is currently on display in the Conservatory at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm and entry is free. The exhibition features a wide range of local art and craft works including textiles, painting, woodcraft, jewellery and photography.