A NUMBER of local and regional artists have been selected to exhibit in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens as part of Artisans in the Gardens.
Bermagui’s Joy Georgeson, Bega’s Ulan Murray and Veronica O'Leary of Tathra have all been selected to show their work in the Lion Gate Lodge within the gardens.
Meanwhile, regional artists include Todd Costa, Steve Croquett and Ben Eyles from Jindabyne, students from Braidwood Central School and 2012 Sculpture on the Edge People’s Choice Award winner Al Phemister from Yass.
“It’s very exciting,” ceramic artist Ms Georgeson said of her selection among the exhibitors.
“We’re taking off next week to install them.”
Ms Georgeson said she researched wildlife found in the Royal Botanic Gardens to include in her five-sculpture piece entitled “Dusk”.
Perched atop the five ceramic animal totem poles are a boobook owl, kookaburra, ringtail and brushtail possums and a tawny frogmouth.
Meanwhile, water dragons, frogs and insects creep up the tall sculptures as added points of interest.
“I’m inspired by the environment – making people aware of issues like conservation and opening their eyes to the beauty that is all around them.”
Ms Georgeson has been a sculptor for around 40 years, ever since completing an art and craft course specialising in ceramics at Melbourne State College in the 1970s.
She worked intensely for the next 10 years exhibiting around Australia and at one point was even selected to exhibit at the international competition Faenza, “the Olympics of ceramics”.
“Then we went bush,” Ms Georgeson said of her several years of “alternative lifestyle” at Rocky Hall.
After teaching in Canberra for around 20 years, Ms Georgeson has returned to the area, settling in Bermagui to teach the occasional ceramics class – one upcoming workshop is through the Cobargo Creators.
Artisans in the Gardens runs from October 19-27.
Mr Eyles's work, “Don't forget about me” - a life-sized white rhino - will take pride of place in the new Artisans' Sculpture Walk, which opens today and continues until October 27.