Friday, January 20, 2017

Burning interest in “Twilight Flames”!

Interest in “Twilight Flames” – part of the 2017 Festival of Glass – is heating up, with tickets selling faster than for the equivalent event last year.
“Twilight Flames” will be a chance to meet master glass artist Davide Penso, to watch as he blows and sculpts glass and to listen to his stories about growing up and working in Murano, Italy.

Davide's prowess as a world class glass artist has brought him invitations to teach, demonstrate and lecture in Russia, the USA and throughput Europe. As well as “Twilight Flames”, Davide will be running workshops for beginning and experienced glass artists and it's a measure of his reputation among his peers that they are almost fully booked a month beforehand!

Murano and glass
Glass workers in Murano have created glass art since the 14th century and for centuries, Murano was the main producer of glass in Europe. Indeed, the island’s glassmakers held a monopoly on all forms of high-quality glassmaking - from small, exquisite paperweights to massive, magnificent chandeliers.

They lost their monopoly at the end of the 16th century, as a few Murano glass makers divulged the secrets of their trade to the highest bidders across Europe. By the 18th century, Murano’s glass industry was in serious decline, but it recovered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; and today, glassmakers continue Murano’s centuries old traditions in what is still the island's main industry.

Featured Festival sponsor – Drysdale Newsagency & Lotto (i)
Drysdale Newsagency and Lotto 12-14 High Street, Drysdale 3222            5251 2776
Hours: Mon – Sat 7.00am – 6.00pm; Sun 8.00am - 12.00pm.

The Festival of Glass committee is pleased to welcome Drysdale Newsagency & Lotto to the Festival’s Treasure Hunt (2 January to 18 February) for the second time and is grateful for their support.

The popular newsagency offers a full range of newspapers, magazines, cards and stationary, as well as housing the Drysdale Tatts.

Drysdale Tatts has a star-spangled history. In 2015, the Drysdale agency sold two million-dollar-winning tickets in two months! In July, it sold a ticket that won $1,050,000, then just a month later in August, it sold a ticket that won $1,000,000! The remarkable double came just two years after Drysdale Tatts sold a ticket in March 2013 that brought a local family $1,470,000!

Featured Festival sponsor – Bellarine Sports Medicine (ii) A team-based approach
1 East Street, Drysdale, Vic 3223       03 5251 5724 
Hours: M – Th: 8.00am – 7.00pm; F: 8.00am – 5.00pm.
The Festival of Glass committee is grateful to Bellarine Sports Medicine for being involved in the 2017 Treasure Hunt.
 Bellarine Sports Medicine helps its clients to regain their activity through a team-based approach in a professional, welcoming environment. They focus on whatever brings a client to them – e.g. a particular pain or discomfort – but they also look at ‘the bigger picture’ to prevent recurrences.

The team welcomes feedback on its services and it welcomes word-of-mouth referrals. Team members are always keen to hear about their clients’ successes - whatever their level of activity level. Perhaps you’ve completed a marathon, taken up a sport again, or just returned to walking the dog. Whatever the success, your BSM team members would like to hear about it!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Festival hits newsstands and roads

In January and February, the 2017 Festival of Glass will lift its local profile considerably – keep your eyes on the local newsstands and roadsides, folks!

In early January, eye-catching adverts for the 2017 Festival’s Treasure Hunt appeared in four local papers: the Bellarine/Surf Coast Times, the Echo, the Indy and the Voice. Another wave of colourful adverts – this time for the Festival as a whole – will appear in those four papers and in the Springdale Messenger in early February, together with a full-page advert in What’s On in Geelong. Finally, an advert for the Festival will appear in the Geelong Advertiser on 17 February – just two days before the Festival Expo.

Each of the four local papers has covered the Festival in the past and we hope that they will want to cover the 2017 Festival. After all, a Festival of Glass is full of light, colour and sparkle - a press photographer’s dream!

Enjoy our roadside signs – but drive safely, of course!

On the road, bright and colourful roadside signs are promoting the Festival – look out for the Festival’s distinctive logo – as well as the Festival’s Treasure Hunt, which runs until 19 February.

On the Geelong-Portarlington Road, a five-foot sign at the entry to Leura Park Estate alerts visitors (and sharp-eyed drivers!) to “Twilight Flames” - an evening with Venetian glass master David Penso on Saturday 18 February.

“Twilight Flames” will be the second collaboration between the Festival and Leura Park Estate: as part of the 2016 Festival, we staged a glass Masterclass with Mark Eliot and Peter Minson. That show sold out well in advance and the venue did us proud; and “Twilight Flames” looks set for similar success. Thanks once again to Leura Park Estate for their support.

Featured Festival sponsor – City of Greater Geelong (iii)

The City of Greater Geelong (CoGG) has created three online tools with which to supports and promote arts and culture in the region. First, its Arts Atlas (, offers a guide to arts-related activities. It includes a weekly Arts Bulletin offering a guide to arts-related news, while its Events Calendar lists artistic and cultural events in the region. The Festival of Glass features regularly in the Events Calendar – we’re there now!

Second, the Geelong Arts & Culture Trails app displays CoGG’s growing collection of public and street art, creative spaces, art studios and galleries. Finally, the council’s Connecting Memory app brings together musicians, writers and film makers in stories that explore the significance of local places to local people.” Connecting Memory tells 50 stories as it takes you along the 80km trail from the top of the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River.

Featured Festival sponsor – Rotary Club of Drysdale (ii)              
P.O. Box 123, Drysdale 3222, Victoria
Meets: Mondays at 6:30 PM at Clifton Springs Golf Club, 92-94 Clearwater Drive, Clifton Springs, Victoria 3222.

Rotary is an international network that operates on three levels. The first level consists of the local clubs - like the Rotary Club of Drysdale – whose 1.2 million members want to exchange ideas, build relationships and take action. The next level is Rotary International, which coordinates global actions. Finally, the Rotary Foundation channels donations into projects by Rotarians and their partners, which include the United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A major activity of the Rotary Club of Drysdale is its Easter Art Show. In its forty years, the Art Show has raised around $20,000 for local and international charities and community projects.

Rotary: Promoting excellence in the community
The Club’s commitment to promoting artistic excellence in the community has led it to sponsor the “Second Life” Glass Art Award at each year’s Festival of Glass. The Award is for the best piece of glass art that recycles glass and that reflects Rotary’s theme for the year.

"Light of Medusa"
In 2015, the theme was “Light Up the World” and the inaugural “Second Life” Award went to David Hobday for his piece, “Light of Medusa”. In 2016, Rotary’s theme was “Gift to the World” and the Award went once again to David Hobday. The theme for 2017 is “Serving Humanity”; guess who’s hoping for a hat trick!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Festival raises its profile as starting date approaches

As the starting date of the 2017 Festival of Glass approaches, the event is raising its profile in local venues.

Glass art at Leura Park Estate
Local wineries Leura Park Estate and Jack Rabbit. together with the Clifton Springs Golf club are each hosting a presentation cabinet (glass, of course!) containing pieces of glass art.

Equivalent cabinets will appear soon at the Springdale Neighbourhood Centre, the Portarlington Golf Club and Geelong City Hall.

Just a foretaste ...
Each cabinet offers a foretaste of the 2017 Festival of Glass Expo, which happens at Drysdale’s Christian College on 19 February.

Jack Rabbit's mosaic head
The Expo will display the work of fifty glass artists and businesses, together with the Annual Glass Art Awards, glass art exhibitions and short films about glass. The Expo will also include the grand draw for the Festival’s Treasure Hunt, with dozens of prizes to be won.

The Festival of Glass committee is grateful to these venues for hosting the cabinets; we hope that their visitors enjoy the contents - perhaps enough to want to see more!

Featured Festival sponsor – Chris Walsh Amcal Pharmacy (ii)
Shop 5, 3 Wyndham Street, Drysdale Vic 3222         03 5251 3298
Hours: M – F 9.00am – 6.00pm; Sat 9.00am – 1.00pm; Sun 10.00am to 12.00pm

The Festival of Glass committee is grateful once again to the Chris Walsh Amcal pharmacy for supporting this year’s Festival Of Glass Treasure Hunt – its second year of involvement.

Chris Walsh’s pharmacy is part of Amcal - the largest network of pharmacies in Australia. Under the banner “Expert advice for every Australian”, the pharmacy offers a range of products promoting health and wellbeing, together with expert advice from experts on how best to use them.

As part of the Amcal network, Chris Walsh’s pharmacy holds an ever changing stock of gifts and homeware and its Facebook page regularly presents the latest Amcal catalogue. So you can make your choice before leaving home! (

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Mosaic marauder makes memorable mascot!

A mosaic pirate head has become the mascot of the 2017 Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt.
From marauder to mascot!

The head was created by Festival of Glass committee member Diane Schofield, who heads the team running the 2017 Treasure Hunt.

 “People don’t always associate glass with mosaics”, said Diane. “Perhaps this is because the little tiles (‘tesserae’) used to create mosaics can be of stone or marble, as well as glass. However, I created my pirate head using glass tiles exclusively.”

The Treasure Hunt was launched on 3 January and has attracted twenty eight business sponsors in Curlewis, Drysdale and Portarlington.

Mosaics will be among the many forms of glass art on display at the Festival of Glass Expo on 19 February at Christian College, Drysdale.

Featured Festival sponsor – Leura Park Estate (i)
1400 Portarlington Rd., Curlewis Vic. 3222               03 5253 3180
Open: 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday to Thursday and all public holidays; open daily in January. Live music on Sundays. Bookings recommended.

The 2017 Festival of Glass committee is very grateful to Leura Park Estate for supporting the Festival’s Treasure Hunt (2 January to 18 February) and “Twilight Flames” event (18 February).

Established in 1995, the 150 acre Leura Park Estate includes 40 acres planted with premium, cool climate varietal vines, from which grapes are predominantly hand-picked. In the hands of winemaker Darren Burke, they yield the Estate’s renowned Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines, as well as Sparkling Shiraz, Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay and Sparkling Blanc de Blanc.

Owners David and Lyndsay Sharpe have designed menus to complement their wines, including stone-based pizzas, seasonal grazing platters (ideal for groups), steak sandwiches and salt & pepper calamari served with a Greek salad. Also on offer is exclusively roasted coffee and an extensive range of teas.

Featured Festival sponsor – Drysdale Health Group (i)
27-29 High Street, Drysdale 3222      5251 2958       
The 2017 Festival of Glass committee is very grateful to the Drysdale Health Group for supporting the Festival’s Treasure Hunt (2 January to 18 February).

Under the banner, “Proactive, Preventative and Professional”, the Drysdale Health Group offers a wide range of health-related services from its premises in central Drysdale.

The Group’s Physiotherapists diagnose and treat disorders of the body’s muscles and skeleton, specialising in spinal, sports and rehabilitation physiotherapy; its Exercise Physiologists offer exercise and lifestyle programs to maintain health and deal with chronic illness; while its Pilates specialists strengthen and enhance the body’s ‘core’ muscles to enhance movement and relieve pain.

The Group offers a ‘head to toe’ service; its Podiatrists diagnose, treat and manage disorders of the feet and lower legs as well as conditions that affect the feet, such as diabetes, arthritis and circulatory problems; while its Psychologists assist patients to resolve their current concerns and create a more rewarding life.

A range of ‘complementary medicines’ are also on offer. These include Acupuncture (treats pain, digestive or circulatory problems, fatigue or insomnia, and reactions to stress or hormonal changes), Myotherapy (remedial, sport or relaxation massage to loosen tight muscles) and Naturopathy (dietary and lifestyle changes, herbal medicine, vitamin/mineral therapy and homeopathy).

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

More Bellarine businesses back Treasure Hunt

More businesses on the Bellarine Peninsula are backing the 2017 Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt, which runs between 2 January and 18 February.

Curlewis's Chemist For Less is ready!
Twenty eight businesses in Curlewis, Drysdale and Portarlington are backing the 2017 Treasure Hunt - eight more than last year.

Treasure hunters can spot each participating business by a poster in its window or by an interactive map; if they find a glass 'Tiny Treasure' on the premises, the business will stamp their Treasure Hunt entry form.

Portarlington's Wish Pond is set!
Each entry form with ten stamps on it goes into the Treasure Hunt draw at the Festival of Glass Expo on Sunday 19 February.

The draw has over a hundred pieces of locally made glass art as prizes, so treasure hunters, businesses and artists can all be winners!

Business benefits
Being in the Treasure Hunt is good for a business, because while treasure hunters search the premises for its 'Tiny Treasure', they see everything else that the business has to offer.

Participating businesses recognise that the Treasure Hunt attracts inquisitive treasure hunters who  may not otherwise come onto their premises; and they are responding by displaying Treasure Hunt promotional material prominently.

Portarlington's Montana's is keen!
Each participating business is featured on the Festival web site and the Festival blog, exposing them to potential customers who may not otherwise.

Several participating businesses have been featured in previous posts on this blog, all feature on the web site and, of course, all the businesses appear on the Treasure Hunt entry form.

Featured Festival sponsor – Blue Pen (i)
0429 911 980    
Blue Pen is the business name of graphic designer Lyn Ingles, who has been a significant supporter of the Festival of Glass since it started in 2011. Lyn has been the major creator of the Festival’s ‘face’ – a consistent, coherent series of images that integrate the Festival’s increasingly diverse activities.

Lyn created a logo for the first Festival of Glass in 2011 and that logo has been associated with every subsequent Festival. The logo’s distinctive typeface and colours have underpinned other logos that Lyn has created subsequently to identify and integrate elements of the Festival. These include the Expo, the Glass Art Awards and the Workshops, as well as Festival projects such as The Glass Trail, the Glass Reflections web site of local glass history and The Glass Mural in Drysdale’s town square.

Most recently, Lyn’s original logo has inspired the striking graphics that she has created for the Festival’s Treasure Hunt, which started in 2016.

Lyn’s creativity and imagination are evident in her work for the Festival of Glass and those qualities are available to any private or public organisation wishing to create a brand or a public ‘face’ - or to improve its existing one.

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Monday, January 2, 2017

Pirates raid the Bellarine in Treasure Hunt!

On 2 January, shoppers at the Curlewis shopping centre were surprised to see a group of pirates approaching them!
Suddenly ... pirates at Curlewis!

The pirates were launching a Treasure Hunt that runs until 19 February in selected businesses in Curlewis, Drysdale and Portarlington as part of the 2017 Festival of Glass.

After visiting Curlewis and Drysdale, the pirates’ next stop was Portarlington, where a major cycling event put a spoke in the treasure hunters' wheel.

Brigands among the bromides!
In Portarlington, the pirates visited Montana's and Wish Pond, before ending their visit with a hearty lunch (or is that "A lunch, me hearties"?!) at Portarlington's Postscript Cafe.
Pirates at Postscript Cafe
Good signage at Montana's

During the Treasure Hunt, each participating business will display a commissioned piece of glass art; then all the pieces become prizes in the Treasure Hunt draw at the Festival of Glass Expo on Sunday 19 February at Drysdale’s Christian College.