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Gelli printing workshop at Camellia Gala Day Sunday 28th July

The Friends of Lisgar Garden invite you to:

A nature-themed Monoprinting workshop,
with artist and printmaker Michelle Mabbott.

The art workshops have two time spots: 11.00 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 3.30.
The art workshops will involve Gelli printing cards/envelopes; plus there will be colour-in sheets. Each session is 15-20 minutes long and a donation to cover the cost of materials – $2, $1, 50c. You will have the pleasure to bring back home a Gelli printing artwork.

The workshop consists of an introduction on Gelatine Plate Printmaking, Monoprinting and Ghost Prints. Then the guests are invited to collect natural materials for printing, within Lisgar Garden.

Gelatine Plate Monoprinting without a printing press is an easy and immensely productive artform for all children and adults to enjoy.

This workshop encourages artistic creativity and an appreciation for nature combined. Simple materials give unique and satisfying results.

The process is immediate, with room for personal challenge and improvement to the prints produced.


Camellia Gala Day – Sunday 2d July 2017 from 11am to 3:30pm

Time: 11:00-15:30, Sunday 2d July 2017
>> Download the program (pdf version)

Camellia Blooms brought by the Camellia Society

Note: Wheelchairs and prams welcome – the inclinator (lift) will be operated from 10:30am to 4:00pm.– Free Admission
Purchase a French Crepe, a soup and hot drinks. No ATM on site, so please bring Cash!

The Friends of Lisgar Gardens and Hornsby Council  invite you to our 22d edition of the Camellia Gala Day.



Guest Presenters & Speakers:

Geoff Duggan – Expert on Dry Stone Walls

Geoff Duggan, Registered Master Craftsman, advanced instructor, examiner and member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. His work can be seen at the Mt Annan Australian Botanic Garden.

> From 11:00 to 12:10, Geoff Duggan will introduce us to Dry Stone Walls



> From 12:20 to 12:50, a member of the Eryldene Foundation(TBC) will speak on Pr. EG Waterhouse, who co-founded the Australian and New Zealand Camellia Research Society and built the Eryldene house and garden in Gorden with his wife Janet.

> From 14:20 to 14:50, members of the Beecroft Garden Club will speak on their garden club.

Dr Stephen Utick

Dr Stephen Utick, Secretary of Camellias Australia, International Camellia Society Director for Australia, Walter Hazlewood Award of Honour

> From 12:20 to 12:50, Camellia bloom identification: Bring along your camellia blooms for identification – for every confirmed identification a gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Main Lawn

> From 13:00 to 13:30,  Camellias Q&A – Australian camellia expert Dr Utick will reply to your questions on Camellias.

> From 13:30 to 14:10,  guided tour to view some of the camellia gems of Lisgar Gardens.


Sandy Marker on Ikebana

Sandy Marker, Sogetsu Ikebana teacher, 2015 Norman and Mary Sparnon scholarship winner for Australia. Sogetsu Ikebana is a school of Japanese art of flower arrangement.

> From 15:00 to 15:30, Sandy Marker will offer a demonstration of Sogetsu Ikebana.



Origami & paper craft – Hanae Bansemer
Hanae Bansemer and Sayoko Burton, experienced Japanese origami artists, Hanae and Sayoko enjoy sharing their knowledge and teaching others about different origami techniques and styles.


> From 13:40 to 14:50, come and learn from Hanae about different origami techniques and styles.
Main Lawn

Proceeds to the Friends of Lisgar Gardens

>> Download the program (pdf version)