Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Perth - a land of sandstone castles!!!!!

After a seemingly very long flight  and arriving in the early morning (QLD time) of Sat 1st of June, I arrived in Perth. I had a sleep and then then we headed off for the WA ATASDA Branch meeting.
It was a lovely afternoon ,meeting the ladies, me prattling on about ATASDA and National, a show and tell, afternoon tea and then my display for the workshops.

 Lorraine Philips with her exhibition pieces.
 After the meeting Lyn kindly took me on a drive around to some of the Perth tourist sites. I was surprised to see how ecclectic the buildings and architecture is! There is a big mix of styles from traditional colonials to gawdy modern, and a large amount of sandstone used everywhere. The sandstone is mined from the local rock.

This is the view from the Royal Botanic Gardens Lookout. It is a beautiful view of the incredibly wide Swan River, which winds its way through the city. It is much more expansive than I had imagined, never having been here before.
The gardens are also home to the "Aspects" gallery which has a huge amount of art , textiles, jewellery and glassware. If I wasnt saving for europe I would have purchased something! I was being very good!

We were almost too late to see the beautiful Fremantle Arts Centre-with only half an hour remaining , I rushed through the gallery, viewing Shaun Tans exhibition(winner of an academy award for "The Lost Thing")
I ventured up the very narrow and steep stairs ,to view the upstairs art studios , then the shop gallery.
The beautiful facade belies its cruel history of being a womens' mental asylum.

We also visited the The Femantle Monument as the sun was setting.
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