Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Business meets art at Treasure Hunt Preview

At an exclusive Preview on December 14, Bellarine business people met local glass artists from whom they have commissioned pieces of glass art as part of the 2017 Festival of Glass Treasure Hunt.
Business meets glass art

During the Treasure Hunt, which will run from 2 January to 18 February 2017, each participating business will display its 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.

At the Preview, the business people learned how their commissioned glass art is created, while the artists learned how their creativity is supporting the local economy.

Some of the Treasure Hunt prizes
Diane Schofield's Treasure Hunt team has signed up twenty eight businesses in Drysdale, Clifton Springs, Curlewis and Portarlington - up from twenty Drysdale businesses in last year's event.

"Everyone's a winner in our Treasure Hunt", said Schofeld. "Businesses can increase their custom, glass artists can increase their public profile and, of course, Treasure Hunters can win beautiful glass art."

Featured Festival sponsor - Bendigo Bank (ii)
The Festival of Glass committee is grateful to the Bendigo Bank, which has supported the Festival since it started in 2011 and is now a major sponsor.

The Bellarine Peninsula is still a predominantly rural area (despite a growing patchwork of housing estates) and two ‘arms’ of the Bendigo Bank - Rural Finance and Rural Bank - are geared specifically to rural businesses.

Rural Finance has been a specialist lender to Victorian agribusinesses since 1945. In 2014, it became part of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank and is now aligned with the Rural Bank (see below). Rural Finance’s Relationship Managers visit each prospective customer’s farm to ensure that they understand their circumstances, then design loan packages to suit that customer’s individual needs.

Rural Bank provides a specialised banking service to individuals and businesses in rural areas, but its customers can also access the products and services offered by the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Featured Festival sponsor – Café Zoo
23 High Street, Drysdale 3222.          5251 5333
Hours: 7.30am – 5.00pm every day               Fully licensed
The Festival of Glass committee is pleased to welcome Drysdale’s Café Zoo to the 2017 Treasure Hunt.

Café Zoo offers you everything you need – breakfast, lunch take away coffee and fantastic snacks! The fresh, creative and delicious food is prepared in their kitchen and their prices are very affordable. Café Zoo combines food, service, venue and atmosphere to make any event special, whether it’s an anniversary celebration, an office farewell, a wedding reception, 'Christmas in July', or an exclusive birthday event. Café Zoo is also developing as an entertainment venue and recently it has hosted pianist-composer Callum Watson, writer Billy Bridge and singer-guitarist Levi Anderson.

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