Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Festival helps to save endangered Parrot, Plover

The 2016 Festival of Glass is supporting Bellarine campaigns to save the endangered Orange-bellied Parrot and Hooded Plover.
Peter Minson (& friends) at Kirra Gallery

Renowned glass blowers Peter Minson and Mark Eliott will each create glass replicas of the Parrot and the Plover at a Masterclass at Leura Park winery in Curlewis, on Friday 19 February from 7.00 – 10.00pm.

Large video screens will ensure that each person in the audience has a close-up view of the painstaking and intricate work of teasing molten glass into shape, while drinks and nibbles from Leura Park add culinary sparkle to the spectacle.

Booking is essential and can be done via the Festival web site.

Mark Eliott - "Here's one I made earlier"
The glass Parrot and Plover will be auctioned on the night to support the local campaigns; they will then tour the region, raising awareness of the birds’ plight and demonstrating the delight of glass art.

The glass birds will be joined on their tour by a glass mosaic and a beaded glass wall hanging, each depicting one of the birds. Visitors to the Festival Expo will help to create both the mosaic and the wall hanging.

The Expo is on Sunday 21 February between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Christian College, Collins Street, Drysdale. It will feature over forty exhibitors, demonstrations, ‘join in’ sessions, Awards, displays, films .... and thousands of visitors!
Mark Eliott at work 
Some Peter Minson specials

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