Location: Donnelly Lakes Chalets, 36 km north west of Pemberton.
Enjoyed by: Laurel Ashley, Ann and Roy Dexter, Adel and Jenny Zoueki, Yvonne and Ray Hirst.
Donnelly Lakes is nestled in the spectacular Donnelly River Valley, 36 km northwest of Pemberton. Donnelly Lakes is midway between Margaret River and the tree top walk in Walpole. Centrally located between Manjimup, Bridgetown, Nannup and Northcliffe.
Driving down in convoy for a magic 5 day Plein Air Camping holiday, we stopped for morning tea at Blackwood Café in Nannup. This was just the beginning of a week full of food, wine, flora and art. Luckily we weren’t counting calories.
We arrived at our destination and met our hosts John and Elisabeth who spoilt us with home made bread, afternoon tea with scones, jam, cream and fig cake. Yumm! Elisabeth also invited the Pemberton Arts Group to join us for afternoon tea and as luck would have it, Kim Perrier, winner of “Peoples Choice Award”, Sculptures by the Sea Bondi and Cottesloe 2015, accompanied the Pemberton Arts Group. They joined us for a glass of wine or two after and Kim told us he had an exhibition in Northcliffe. He showed us some of his sculptures, which he just happened to have in his car. Amazing sculptures in bark and charcoal. The sculpture on the left is in the entrance to the Northcliffe Information and Visitor Centre. The two on the right are works in progress.
We made early morning walks around the lake and took many photos, which we hope to paint onto paper or canvas in the near future. We enjoyed Ann giving us guidance in working with watercolour. Some very nice pieces were produced.
Ann and Adel played checkers in the middle of the bush and we found a maze made out of wine bottles. So much to see, yet so little time.
Adel enjoyed using the canoe and paddled around the lake in sheer summer conditions, when he met Ian Parmenter, the famous chef who still wears his beret.
The Thursday was rather wet and painting indoors was the answer. My husband, Ray came to spend the last couple of days with us, but as the weather was not conducive to walking around, we explored Pemberton a little further.
It has been a sheer delight to have spent 5 days with these art enthusiasts, Laurel, Ann, Roy, Adel and Jenny and I’m already looking forward to next year’s get away week.
Cheers from your fellow painter, Yvonne Hirst.