I had this flyer made for the sculpture garden.. designed by Helen Timbury doesnt it look good!

I have just added this as a pdf as some people wish to use it as a gift certificate.... I must get around to making one!

click here for flyer for sculpture garden front

click here for map on back of sculpture garden flyer








Welcome to Laurie Collins Creative Chaos

Reflections by Laurie Collins


Recycled metal sculptures, garden sculptures, junk sculptures, unique furniture, fun metal animals, and lots of other "stuff"  are the sort of things I make. I am a Victorian Regional Artist( note the capitals) and I live in a great part of the state.( Jindivick)( near Drouin and Warragul). I have been developing a sculpture garden at my place and you are welcome to drop in anytime!

Latest News.

Tomorrow I go to Elwood Market to see how my work is appreciated there, Jindi market is also on Sunday I take some of my work down for the Tyers art show.

My two "girls " who were at the Tessellar show in Silvan  have come home and one has now sold,  Warragul Art market has started again and is on for 6 months on the third Saturday in the month.


Also I have another term of  junk workshops again with new participants from the Neerim Bower projectI have added the result in the exhibitions page and will update it as we go along .

me and judys archibald entryNow that it is finished I can show Judy MacKintosh's portrait of me which she entered in the Archibald Prize... needless to say she didnt win.. something to do with the subject being too ugly and unwashed..However it was selected to be part of the Hidden faces of the archibald show at The Hilton South Wharf in Melbourne. Quite a few other Gippsland artists were also represented( Peter Biram, Ursula Theinert, Sue Coppock...).judy Mackintosh portrait

The new Gallery (Jindivick Geesa GalleryGallery of established and emerging Studio Artistson the sculpture garden now has stud walls added in by Aaron Thege the builder and he has done a lovely job. Wayne Lieshout came and looked over the gallery  and we have just had the plumbers, the electrician( Paul from N-Zone) and  Gary from airconditioners -R -us man rough in everything also.

It has its first show ( sort of ad hoc) by Sue Osborn for the month of October...

the new gallery on the sculpture garden

Here is the new page done by Stacey Rosentreter for the Jindivick Progress association.

Jindivick.com.au  home page

Here is my new brochure "where the heck is Jindivick"which tells people how to get here and also has a range of things to do around the area.click here for the new where the heck is Jindivick flyer

I have started on a series of pages , More than 10 things to do around....and so far I have done Jindivick, Noojee and Drouin and Warragul

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Warragul Pamphlet.

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Drouin Pamphlet

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Noojee Pamphlet

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Jindivick Pamphlet.

They are also in the tourist section of the website.

As to whats on in the area for the next week or so  here is Maree Wallaces summary.

Saturday 18 October – Sunday 9 November
Sculpture Exhibition

This exhibition of twenty sculptures of various mediums will be displayed at different locations along the main street of Neerim South as part of the Neerim District Community Bank Neerim Bower Art Acquisition Prize.( well done Andrew Kaspar)

Saturday 28 October – Friday 21 November
‘We all live near Pompeii’

Tim Gallagher notices things around him and how they may unexpectedly touch our lives. Tim’s keenly sensitive observations have resulted in this compelling exhibition of acrylic on canvas. The ‘Black Dog’ is the stand –out piece. The 12 works of art depicted in The Anthropocene series all make
a dramatic statement about our civilisation, past and present, from domestic violence, pandemics, Ice, vested interests and war.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Gallery hours: Open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Enquiries: Karen Whitaker-Taylor 5624 2407

Friday 31 October
Friday Rock n Roll Nights

Features Steve Lawson performing hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Social Club (formerly The Warragul Club Downtowner)
Location: 55 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 8pm
Free Entry
Enquiries: 5623 1520

Friday 31 October
Halloween @ Brandy Creek

Celebrate this Halloween with a ‘Mexican Food Fiesta’ and live music.
Venue: Brandy Creek Wines & View Café
Location: 570 Buln Buln Road, Drouin East
Cost: $35 per person
Bookings: 5625 4498

Friday 31 October
Lawrence Mooney – Stupid Liar

The inimitable host of ABC2’s Dirty Laundry Live – Lawrence Mooney is back with some outrageous fibs, tell tales and hilarious theories on the myths men need just to stay alive. It’s an examination of the functional stupidity of this man as he seeks to guild the lily, smooth the bumps and oil the
machine of modern life.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456
Online: www.wgac.com.au

Friday 31 October
‘The Wonderdogs’ Jazz Band celebrates 20 year
Formed in 1994 by Paul Richardson, the band features reeds player Ian Christensen, banjo player Greg Simmons, bass player Alex Wilson, drummer Bill Lawler, trumpet player Andrew Jack and Russell Praetz on reeds. The band performs music from the 1920s to 1940s and is known for its
traditional style, strong driving rhythm section and front line solos.
Venue: Moe Latrobe Valley Jazz Club
Location: Moe RSL
Time: 7.30pm
Enquiries: Bruce Lawn 5147 3516

Saturday 1 November
The Jindivick Country Market

Come along and enjoy the country atmosphere of Jindivick’s Country Market which is held on the first Saturday of the month.
Features a wide range of produce including teas, honey, hats, flowers, cakes, cookies and wine tasting.
Venue: Opposite hall, in front of nursery
Location: 1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: 0407 813 135

Saturday 1 November
Growing Together Baw Baw Community Garden

Come along and join the community gardeners on Tuesday mornings and first Saturday of the month
in Eastern Park behind Warragul Community House for lots of fun, delicious food and good company. All welcome – young and old and in between. No experience necessary.
This Saturday features the 1st annual Seedling Swap – a great way to plant up hardy locally grown seedlings that won’t fail.
Enquiries: Donna Hallam 0407 873 681
Email: treedin@iinet.net.au
Angela Greenall 5624 3545
Email: angela.greenall@wghg.com.au

Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 November
Boobook – Australia’s Open Garden Scheme

A fascinating garden primarily dedicated to attracting birds. The park-like grounds feature magnificent European trees dating from the 1930s and complementing rose parterres, clipped hedges, orchard, olives, citrus grove, hothouse, vegetable gardens, Woodland walk, many whimsical
timber and metal artworks. Offers sweeping views to the Baw Baws.
A special feature this weekend will be a garden exhibition ‘Bird Food’ by Janice Hunter and Paul Gennings. The Studio Gallery will also be open.
Venue: Boobook
Location: 30 Rule Road, Lardner
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Cost: $8 entry

Saturday 1 November – Sunday 2 November
Ungulla Country Garden Open Weekend

Graced by century-old eucalypts, Ungulla Country Garden is a sustainable, water wise garden of mainly bird-attracting native species. Features raised organic vegetable beds, orchard and companion plantings of herbs and other bee-attracting plants. Good water management practices with tanks, ornamental creek bed and a dam with pier and waterfall. Offers lovely views to the Strzeleckis. BBQ available. Talks at 11.00am and 2.00pm each day on organic vegetable growing and sustainable garden practices.
Venue: Ungulla Country Garden
Location: 590 Invermay Road East, Athlone
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Cost: $8 entry

Saturday 1 November – Sunday 2 November
Robyn Rinehart‘s Open Studio

Come, have a cuppa and a look at my studio and work. See my gorgeous studio/gallery on the beautiful Grand Ridge Road, Seaview , just 20 minutes out of Warragul. There will be lots to see, apart from all the mediums I use – paintings and drawings on the walls, digital art prints and a
bargain selection of framed older works at ‘make an offer’ prices.
I am an invited ‘beta tester’ with the digital program Art Rage and will have my big computer set up to demonstrate my methods of producing a ‘digital art work.’
Venue: Robyn Rinehart Studio/Gallery
Location: 291 Grand Ridge Road, Seaview
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Enquiries: pudles@dcsi.net.au
Phone: 5626 4234

Saturday 1 November – Tuesday 4 November
‘Art & Soul’

The Warragul Art Group presents its annual Cup Weekend art show.
Venue: Yarragon Hall
Location: Campbell Street, Yarragon
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Opening Saturday 1 at 2.00pm
Enquiries: Alene 5635 4272

Saturday 1 November – Sunday 30 November
‘Vibrant Matter’ – Hartmut Ve
Harmut Veit’s exhibition celebrates the spirit, strength and resilience of the Morwell community following the Hazelwood mine fire.
Veit explores coal’s materiality and potential to not only be beautiful but also its ability to act as a ‘medium’ to give voice to human expressions and emotions. Combined with audio recordings, his
abstract portraits created from coal depict ordinary people from the local community. Somewhat reminiscent of ancient artefacts from forgotten civilisations, the works acknowledge coal’s material agency and breathe life into what is commonly thought to be inanimate matter
Venue: Community Access Gallery
Location: 138 Commercial Road, Morwell
Enquiries: 5128 5700
Exhibition celebration: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Sunday 2 November
Longwarry Fire Brigade Craft & Produce Treasure Market

First Sunday of month except January and February.
This craft, produce and treasure market offers fresh nuts, dried fruits and chocolates. Hot food available. CFA community information trailer will be in attendance.
Venue: CFA shed next to office & Bennett Street Park.
Location: Bennett Street, Longwarry
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
While at the market take the opportunity to stroll across the road to visit the studio of Laurel Foenander Art. You will be pleasantly surprised. Open hours: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Enquiries: Janine 0419 158 946
Email: fire@dcsi.net.au

Monday 3 November
Melbourne Cup Calcutta Night

Calcutta Auction 8.00pm
Tickets on sale from 1st October at the club for $1.00 each.
Buy your own or form a syndicate to enhance your chances of drawing a horse.
Last year’s winner received over $5,700!
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Social Club
Location: 55-57 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 6.30pm
Enquiries: 5623 1520
Email: admin@warragulclub.com.au

Monday 3 November
Celtic Legends

Born in the wild and beautiful hills of Connemara in Ireland back in 2002, Celtic Legends has journeyed around the world.
A show bathed in the traditional culture of music and dance of Ireland can now be seen in every corner of the planet. The show, with 100% live music, dance and song while respecting the culture and ancient history generates an electric atmosphere that has swept audiences away to Ireland, its
culture, its land, its pubs, its music and its heart.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 7.30pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Tuesday 4 November
Emirates Melbourne Cup

Come along to join in the Cup Day celebrations. There will be free entry into raffles, full TAB and a big screen.
~ Enjoy a cup day lunch special~ Special seniors lunch menu
~ Snack menu available all day~ Courtesy coach available from 9.00am. Book at reception.
Venue: Warragul Sporting & Social Club
Location: 55-57 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: Live music from 12 noon
Enquiries: 5623 1520
Email: admin@warragulclub.com.au

Wednesday 5 November
Blues & Roots – Russell Morris Duo

Venue: Bank Upstairs
Location: 5-7 Smith Street, Warragul
Tickets: Pre-order $20, on the night $25
Why not book a table for dinner and show?

Friday 7 November
Rod Quantock presents “Bugger the Polar Bears, This is Serious”

“Revolutionary, outrageous, weird. Quantock is a master of effortless comedy.” Sydney Morning Herald.
Rod Quantock is an award-winning comedian who has for the last decade been researching, writing and performing shows regarding climate change, limits to growth and grim realities. Rod’s show will establish where we are, where we are going and what we can do when we get there.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Corner Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: $25
Bookings: 5624 2456

Friday 7 November
‘My Journey’ Exhibition

Living with autism has its challenges for Trav Hendrick. He expresses his feelings through his art. This exhibition showcases Trav’s work from the past two decades.
Meet the artist on 8, 9 and 15 November 11.00am – 3.00pm
Trav’s 2015 desk top calendar will be released.
Venue: Old Drouin Butter Factory
Location: 1 Main South Road, Drouin
Time: Opening 7.00pm
Enquiries: Rhona 0419 556 682

Friday 7 November
Monster Book Sale

Venue: Fountain Room West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 110.00am – 1.00pm
Cost: $5 supermarket bag, $7 green bag. BYO bags
Enquiries: David 5622 3692, George 5622 3913

Friday 7 November
Nick Parnell – Vibes Virtuoso

Celebrated as one of the most exciting vibes players in the world today, Nick Parnell makes old music new again, injecting energy into a repertoire that might be familiar to some, but definitely inspirational to all. With a spirit of recklessness, Parnell takes one of the newest of classical
instruments, the vibraphone, and gives it a genre-bending makeover. Steel yourself for his mallets of musical mastery.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 11.00am
Tickets: Full $24 Concession $22 Members $20
Bookings: 5624 2456

Saturday 8 November
Marina Prior – Songbird- Live in Concert

Marina Prior is regarded as Australia’s leading lady of musical theatre, having performed over twenty leading roles in her career so far. The Songbird tour will offer fans a collection of the most loved songs from across Marina’s illustrious career in an intimate performance accompanied by multitalented pianist David Cameron.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Tickets: Full $70 Concession, Groups 8+ $60
Bookings: 5624 2456

Saturday 8 November
Rokeby Community Market

Held on second Saturday of month from September to May.
Offers plants, craft, food and local produce.
Venue: Rokeby Reserve
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: 5626 8523 (BH)
Email: info@rokebymarket.org.au

Saturday 8 November – Sunday 16 November
Country Farm Perennials Open Days

Country Farm Perennials are specialist growers of hardy plants for Australian gardens. They stock a vast range of dry hardy perennials for those difficult hot and sunny spots, plus many shade loving plants for the more mature garden. All these plants will be on sale during the two open weeks.
Venue: Country Farm Perennials Garden & Nursery
Location: 96 Laing’s Road, Nayook
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm daily
Enquiries: 5628 4202
Email: cfp@dcsi.net.au

Saturday 8 November – Sunday 30 November
“Special Moments in Time

This exhibition of oil paintings by Judy Mackintosh is sure to delight!
The official opening is Saturday 8 November from 2pm – 4pm
Venue: The Station Gallery & Community Arts Hub
Location: Princes Highway, Yarragon
Open hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10.15am – 4pm
Enquiries: 0490 173 103
Email: info@bawbawartsalliance.org.au

Saturday 8 November
Halloween at Old Gippstown

Have fun as you celebrate Halloween with many activities including a treasure hunt, costume competition, haunted house, scary movies, live music and everyone’s favourite ‘trick or treat’.
Venue: Old Gippstown
Location: Lloyd Street, Moe
Time: 4.00pm
Cost: ‘Trick or treat’ passes $7
Food: BYO picnic, Ambulance Auxiliary Volunteer BBQ or delicious snacks in café.
Enquiries: Jodie Rainbow 5127 3082

Saturday 8 November
Lang Lang Flower Show

The theme of the 108th annual flower show is ‘Outback Australia’. Floral arrangements will be judged by popular vote and announced at 2.00pm.
Venue: Lang Lang Memorial Hall
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Enquiries: Barbara Bullen 5997 8249

Sunday 9 November
Jazz @ Wesley

Vision Australia is presenting Jazz @ Wesley.
More details to come.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: 62 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.00pm

Sunday 9 November
Open Studios

West Gippsland is renowned for its many talented and creative artists and this year’s self guided
Open Studio Tour is an ideal opportunity to meet with the artists, to browse, buy and learn more about the creative process. Participating artists include Laurel Foenander, Eric Irvine, Lorinda Mutsaers, Judi Money, Helen Timbury, Wendy Hitchens, Julie Gray Wickham, Val Connelly, Sue
Acheson, Laurie Collins, Judy Mackintosh, Haydn John, Russell Lilford, Anita George, Glenda Brown, Meg Hayley, Nick Perrin, Angela Betheras, Lynne Bickhoff, Lisa kurec, Karen Stephenson and Graeme
Time: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: $5 for as many studios as you like. Pay at the first studio you visit.
Download a map or pick one up from a local café.

Sunday 9 November
Susan & Colin Parrish – 10th Anniversary Concert

Susan and Colin Parrish have earned a reputation as a musical duo with a touch of class. Their music is easy to listen to. At this anniversary concert they will be joined by Phil Edwards on bass guitar.
As well as your Takin Time favourites, a set of The Seekers songs will be performed as requested.
Afternoon tea and coffee provided. BYO alcohol.
Venue: Darnum Musical Village
Location: Stuart Street, Darnum
Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Admission: $12, concession & groups $10
Bookings: 5627 8490

Sunday 9 November
2014 Garden Walk for East Timor

Organised by staff, parents and students of St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School, this garden walk aims to raise money to help a group of young East Timorese people complete their education.
Venue: Gardens to visit are all in the Darnum and Yarragon areas. The walk begins at 25 Streitberg Road, Darnum. A map will be supplied here with directions to the other gardens.
Time: 1.00pm
Cost: Adults $20 students $10 Children under 12 free.
A yummy afternoon tea with Timorese tea will be supplied.
Linda Myers: lmyers@dcsi.net.au 0417 116 420
Marilyn Davidson: m.d1@bigpond.com
Beth Sibson: wgsibson@dcsi.net.au 0488 268 304
Andrea Heard: aaheard@stpaulsags.vic.edu.au 0419 401 255
Rose Attwood: rose.attwood@hazcon.com.au 0408 409 082

There is a mention of the sculpture garden in the recent artical in the Age( 6 things to do around Neerim South) artical n Neerim sth

I am often asked what else there is around Jindivick so I have had Helen Timbury make a Jindivick tourist map. It is available at most of the businesses in town and also at the sculpture garden... but it is also here if you want to download it Click here for Jindivick tourist map

There is an artical by me in the latest issue of Gippsland( the lifestyle) magazine... look out for it.

I  also  worked with Helen Timbury to create a Wine art Trail phamplet which will link the wineries, art sites in a trail  and also list the accommodation places... a 20 page bookletart wine trail cover.click here for wine and art tourist trail This has also been reprinted by the shire( with updates)  

Sue Kiernan and Bec Van Dyk made this little clip of me for the Emotion meet E art show at Yarragon... 6 minutes of me rambling on but the photos be Bec are Fantastic... mostly.. somehow she has made me look overweight and old.... dont know how that could have happened

.Laurie collins you tube clip

.. the Baw Baw Arts Alliance arts Hub has now moved and is at the Yarragon Railway Station Baw Baw Arts Alliance If you are passing through do stop in and have a look as it shows many local artists.The girls

 There is also work at:

Gary Miles Bradley Hall gallery Old telegraph rd west RokebyGary Miles Art

 Frances Keevil Gallery in Sydney Frances Keevil Gallery

 Town and Country Gallery in Yarragon( Vic)town and country Gallery Yarragon Victoria

Yarram Courthouse GallerGoat Island Gallery near inverloch 


  My work has been seen and sold throughout Australia and internationally, and most people know that each piece is unique and quite popular. ;  The distinctive "Laurie Collins" styling is reflected throughout the vast range of artwork I produce, from painting to drawing and my core junk sculpture work.

 I am active in the local community and I support the many art shows and community events within Gippsland and surrounding regions.  Jindivick is where I live and it is a beautiful setting in which to work and you can do worse than come and visit as there are lots of  local artists and other local attractions. Have a look at the "local events and artists" by clicking on the local attractions link provided.

 Having taught for 30 years I am now a full-time artist, Have a look at the blog to get an idea of what I am doing more or less day by day. 

Latest Works

A selection of recent works can be seen below.  To view the full range of my artwork please click on the link below.