Art Walk

The inaurgral Art Walk was on in Port Macquarie last Thursday evening. I realised at the last minute so we ran into town - OK well we drove into town that is, to take part in the walk.

There were so many people taking part that parking was hard to find - who'd a thought, trouble parking in Port?! We had a fun night taking part wandering the streets with thousands of others - loved the light cubes. Think Vivid but on a smaller scale.

Artist Yvonne Kiely hosted the giant 'colour me mandala' in the Glasshouse forecourt...

where many happy budding artists took up the challenge of creating a community artwork.

'Art is like chocolate for the brain', Dr Gene Cohen says and I'd have to agree watching the delighted faces of all taking part in the walk.

You had to be quick though as any spare room in the mandala got snatched up quickly...

We were delighted to watch art projections on local buildings...

Mic Rees hosted one of the projections with his iPad Art

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The projections on The Old Courthouse were very moving - visual stories of those who had loved and lost to war...

and a change of pace - we loved the window display at Sunset Gallery.

Many of the local stores featured artist's works and artist's were to be found at various spots around town painting, which was fun to watch. A great night had by all I imagine.

Walking at dawn...

"There's a sunrise and a sunset every day and they're absolutely free.
Don't miss so many of them."
Jo Walton.

Up with the sunrise - well almost the sun was already over the horizon when I arrived.

I've promised myself to see more sunrises this year. Daylight saving ended this morning and I was up early.. so I decided to keep my promise to myself and head off to the beach.

I hope you enjoy this little walk here as well...

"Great wines come from stressed vines"

Really? I happened to see this quote while researching some information about the vineyard I had just visited. It was a scorcher the day we visited Long Point Vineyard. Not a visit for the wines, we had headed there to visit a friend's exhibit at their art gallery. But the quote got me to thinking about vineyards and some of the places I have seen vines planted. I've often wondered how on earth, ground that looks so dried out and depleted, is able to grow vines and grapes. Well, it turns out that...

Long Point Vineyard Entrance - love this mosaic

Great wines come from low-yielding vineyards planted in marginal climates on the poorest soils. Though hard on the vines, these tough conditions are good for the wine, because vines that are stressed must work harder to produce fruit, which leads to fewer but more concentrated and flavorful grapes.

By contrast, the vines used for bulk wines have it easy. They are planted in the fertile soils in ideal climates of regions such as California's Central Valley. Such regions are great for producing tons of grapes to fill up the bulk fermentation tanks, but not at all great for producing the complex, intense flavors needed to make great wine, because the vines are not stressed and the yields are way too high.

I stumbled across this info in an article by Ben Gilliberti in The Washington Post. A little impromptu vine appreciation lesson (and another fact to add to trivia nights). So in case you too have ever wondered why vineyards are often found in depleted looking areas, and how that whole system worked - well there you go.

Sculpture at Long Point Vineyard

The treehouse and acreage at Long Point Vineyard Lake Cathie NSW

The mosaic from Long Point Vineyard was created by Francesca O'Donnell and Vick Crompton - visit their website at Out There Design and Mosaic .