I had this flyer made for the sculpture garden and gallery.. 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!

2015 garden and gallery flyer

2015 garden and gallery back( and map)








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 and gallery at my place and you are welcome to drop in anytime!

Latest News.

This weekend we are hanging the new show in the Red Tree Gallery. Hot August Night comes to Jindivick!This is a group show including Helen Timbury, Geoff Harrison, Sue Osborn, Jeanette Hyde,Anita George,me and others as well. Some of the pieces reference the Neil Diamond show but other deal with the concerns of the individual artists... see if you can see which is which!. The opening is the weekend of the 8th of August on Saturday at 2.00  all welcome

Longwarry Market is on on Sunday.and the Gardivaia participants are meeting at the gallery.

..The Jindivick Sculpture Show has now moved 10 pieces  to Narkojee Winery  down at Traralgon for a few months including one of mine.. .

snow show

Inside view of gallery at first event

Lots of good things happening around the area over the next few weeks. Look down further on this page for a list.

Our latest trip was to Thailand for a Thai art workshop at Raja Mangala University with about 50 international artists and 150 thai artists. Another stimulating and exciting experience. Marian accompanied me this time and she has taken more photos than you could imagine.. just ask if you'd like to see.group of artists at Thai Art workshop

2015 piece.

Rokeby Market is the second Saturday in the month but has now stopped for winter. Back in September., Warragul art market has stopped being outside  until october,although there is a few market stalls inside the Green room area at the arts centre. Also the farmers market in Warragul continues 


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

Jindivick page

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

click here for the new where the heck is Jindivick flyer

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.

Click here for more than 10 things to do around Neerim Sth

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.

Tuesday 14 July-14th August
Ink Talks by Anita George ( for a month)

The ink, pen and brush. Each have, in various forms, written our history. This exhibition by local
calligrapher, Anita George, has examples of these early writing styles and poses the questions: Is
hand writing relevant today or is it now an art form? Has graffiti evolved from the physical need of
expressive writing? Has the computer killed the physical joy of writing?
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr. Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Artist talks: Tuesday 28 July & Wednesday 11 August 11.00am – 12.00pm
Enquiries: 5624 2456

Friday 24 July – Sunday 30 August
West Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod

Sections include classical vocal, instrumental solo, instrumental groups and choral, modern vocal,
speech and drama and piano.
Also hosts the Gippsland Parasteddfod, a non-competitive event for people with a disability to gain
performance experience in the areas of music, drama and dance. August 10.
The event culminates with the Stars of the Eisteddfod Concert on August 30th.
Check website for further details.

Friday 31 July
Winter Dinner

The Buln Buln East Community Association is hosting its annual Winter Dinner. Everyone welcome.
Venue: Kings Arm Hotel, Neerim South
Time: From 6.30pm

Saturday 1 August
Felting Class Fundraiser

Baw Baw Sustainability Network in conjunction with Pink Fly and Fozzigobble Café are running a
series of felting classes to raise funds for ReStore. These will be held on the first Saturday of every
month. This week you will learn 3D, seam free (vase or bag) commercial or raw fleece.
Venue: Restore, behind Fozigobble Café
Location: 79 Princes Way, Yarragon
Time: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Cost: $20 or $15 members of BBSN.(100% of proceeds will go to BBSN)
Lunch & coffee can be purchased at Fozigobble or BYO.
Bookings: Barbara Twinning 5127 8743
Pink Fly 0409 342 686
Email: bbsn@dcsi.net.au

Saturday 1 August
Garfield’s ‘Bush Poets Arvo’

As part of Garfield’s Heritage Winterfest, the newly renovated Garfield Picture Theatre is holding a
Bush Poets Arvo. Come along, see the historic theatre and be entertained on a winter’s afternoon. If
you would like to recite bush poetry, please register beforehand. Music will be provided in the
interval and food will be available in the bakery next door. This is a family friendly event.
Venue: Garfield Picture Theatre
Location: Main Street, Garfield
Time: 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Entry: Adults $5, children free
Registrations: 5629 2620

Saturday 1 August
National Family History Month

West Gippsland Genealogical Society is hosting an open day to celebrate National Family History
Month. There will be a presentation of indexes and transcripts to other organisations at 11.00am.
All day cuppa.
 Free Volunteer research assistance to get started
 Check out our family history resources
 Displays of resources for starting family history
 Local Indexes available for research
 Software for family history display and advice
 Scrapbooking for family history display
 Digital Photobook display and how to
 Local newspaper indexes & transcripts (1895-present)
 Competition for school students running throughout August
Venue: Upstairs in the old Shire Hall
Location: Cnr. Queen & Smith Streets, Warragul
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Saturday 1 August – Monday 31 August
Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest

See Walhalla as you’ve never seen it before! Don’t miss the light display each evening from 6.30pm
until 9.00pm and the other special events each evening during the month. This year’s theme is ‘The
Sound of Music’.
August 1 - Live music by ‘Double the Black’ 5.00pm – 7.00pm
August 15 – Beer Fest – Mechanics Institute
August 29 – Live music by ‘Double the Black’ 5.00pm – 7.00pm
Enquiries: Visit Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest page or Walhalla & Mountain Rivers Tourism Association

Sunday 1 August
“Comedy at the Junction

Neerim Junction Hall committee is presenting a night of comedy starring Geraldine Quinn, Rob
Hunter and Jodie J. Hill. This show is guaranteed to have you in stitches!
Venue: Neerim Junction Hall
Time: 8.00pm
Tickets: Adults $35, concession $32
Bookings: West Gippsland Arts Centre 5624 2456 or www.wgac.org.au or visit Neerim South post

Sunday 2 August
Longwarry Fire Brigade Craft & Produce Treasure Market

First Sunday of month except January and February.
This community market offers a huge range of craft, produce and treasure including fresh nuts, dried
fruits and chocolates.
Hot food available.
Venue: CFA shed next to office & Bennett Street Park.
Location: Bennett Street, Longwarry
Time: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: Janine 0419 158 946
Email: fire@dcsi.net.au
*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

Sunday 2 August
Neerim District Lions Club Community Grafting Day

The Neerim District Lions Club is hosting its inaugural Community Grafting Day. Guest speakers are
Mark Brammer from Strzelecki Heritage Apples and Neil Baraclough from Heritage & Rare Fruit
* Come along to have heritage varieties of apples, pears, plums and cherries grafted to take home.
* Learn how to graft, how to choose quality woodstock for better results and how to plan for fruit
over the greatest part of the season.
* Bring along your own scions and we’ll graft you one so that the old tree is rejuvenated and the
variety is not lost forever.
Venue: Neerim South Public Hall
Location: 213 Main Neerim Road, Neerim South
Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm
Cost: $10 entry includes a grafted tree. Children free.
Hot food & drinks available.
Enquiries: Jim Rochford
0400 750 832
Email: jamelyn@internode.on.net

Monday 3 August
West Gippsland Chorale Monday Night Rehearsal

West Gippsland Chorale is inviting the public to come along to its normal Monday night rehearsal to
listen and/or sing in preparation for the Chorale’s forthcoming concert “By Popular Request – Music
From The Stage” to be performed at Wesley of Warragul on Friday 11 September and Sunday
afternoon, 13 September.
Free admission on rehearsal night and supper afterwards.
Enquiries: Geoff Leunig 5623 2959

Tuesday 4 August
The Lost WW1 Diary

Damien Callinan combines detailed research, hilarious but believable characterisations, black
humour, absurdity and deft writing to swing the mood of the story from rollicking farce to aching
pathos in a heartbeat. Actual events are woven into the tapestry of the narrative to put a new spin
on history.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr. Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Wednesday 5 August
Jimi Hocking & Geoff Achison: Guitar Showdown

Standing toe to toe and facing off with hot licks and burning riffs, Jimi and Geoff will be rockin’
rhythm & blues they’re both known for. This show promises to be an electrifying night of music.
Venue: Bank Warragul
Location: 5-7 Smith Street, Warragul
Time: 7.00pm
Tickets: $18.40
Bookings: 5622 3337
Further information: www.bankwarragul.com.au
Join BANK Warragul on Facebook

Wednesday 5 August
Giant Earthworm and Burrowing Crayfish Uncovered

For the past 20 years Dr. Beverley Van Praagh has been walking the steep slopes and valleys of South
Gippsland studying the area’s unique invertebrate fauna. She is the world’s expert on the Giant
Gippsland Earthworm and is involved in the conservation of the rare Warragul Burrowing Crayfish.
Beverley worked at La Trobe University and Museum Victoria for over 10 years before establishing
Invert-Eco, a private consultancy that specialises in the conservation of threatened invertebrate
Venue: St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School Science Centre Lecture Theatre
Time: 7.00pm

Saturday 8th August

Opening of the Hot August Night show at the Red Tree Gallery in Jindivick

The show features work by Sue Osborn, Geoff Harrison, Anita George, Helen Timbury, Laurie Collins, Alison Cameron, Jeanette Hyde and others and some works will reference the Neil Diamond concert of 43 years ago.

Sunday 9 August – Sunday 30 August
Provincial Renegades – The Way that it is
Six contemporary artists have been practising art making in regional Australia for many years. A
sophisticated art-going public often assume that regional art suffers from cultural cringe and
provincialism. The Provincial Renegades have demonstrated ability to push boundaries in their
practice with awareness to their own context and situation in a globally fraught art market. These
prints are an important and diverse sample of contemporary printmaking from Gippsland.
Artists featured include Sharon Anderson, Bob Hickman, Russell Lilford, Libby Schreiber, Ingrid
Thomas and Helen Timbury.
Venue: The Station Gallery, Yarragon Railway Station
Location: Princes Highway, Yarragon
Opening: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Gallery hours: 10.30am – 4.00pm Wednesday to Sunday
Enquiries: 0490 173 103

Sunday 9 August
Garfield’s Winterfest Antique Market

Garfield is hosting its inaugural Winterfest Antiques Market.
Funds raised will go towards community projects.
Venue: Garfield Public Hall
Location: Beswick Street, Garfield
Time: 9am – 4pm
Entry: $5

Wednesday 12 August
Between the Covers

Join staff and other like-minded people in your community to enjoy great reads and conversation.
Warm-up with new winter reads and old favourites.
Venue: Warragul Library
Location: 75 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 11am
Bookings free but preferred.
Enquiries: 5622 2848

Thursday 13 August
Baw Baw Poetry Group

Baw Baw Poetry Group meets regularly every second Thursday of the month. Anyone interested in
reading, reciting or reveling in poetry is welcome.
Venue: Red Fox Gallery Café, Old Drouin Butter Factory
Location: 1 Main South Road, Drouin
Time: 7.00pm
Enquiries: Liz Dorsett – lillibits@gmail.com
Phone: 0428 775 033

Friday 14 August
Parents without Partners Old Time Dance

Latrobe Valley Parents without Partners host a bi monthly (even months) Old Time Dance on the
second Friday of the month. All welcome! Features The Silhouettes.
Venue: Newborough Public Hall
Location: Corner of Rutherglen Road & Balfour Street.
Enquiries: Fran 5127 5951

Friday 14 August
Roy Orbison & The Everly Bros

Two course dinner & show
Venue: Wild Dog Winery
Location: Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul
Time: 7.00pm
Price: $49
Bookings: Casey Sommerville 5623 2211
Enquiries: info@wilddogwinery.com

Saturday 15 August
Drouin Craft & Produce Market

Third Saturday of the month
Offers fresh produce, clothing, jewellery, plants, preserves, hot food and much more.
Venue: Civic Park
Location: Young Street, Drouin
Time: 8.00am – 12.30pm
Enquiries: John Tricarico 0419 428 564

Saturday 15 August
Warragul Farmers’ Market

Third Saturday of month
A place for people to meet and support local farmers and producers and to buy a huge range of fresh
and handmade food.
Venue: Civic Park, Warragul
Time: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: erika@warragulfarmersmarket.com.au
Website: Warragul Farmers Market

Saturday 15 August
Winter Arts & Crafts Market

Held undercover in the Fountain Room at West Gippsland Arts Centre this market offers paintings,
beading, jewellery, hand crafted musical instruments and sculptures.
Venue: Fountain room
Location: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: Lee Hogervorst

Saturday 15 August – Sunday 4 October
In Conversation with Graeme Base

Born in Amersham England, Graeme Base moved to Australia with his family at the age of eight.
After working in advertising for two years, Base began creating children’s books. His first book, ‘My
Grandma lived in Gooligulch’ was accepted by the first publisher he sent it to. Three years later, Base
released the much-loved ‘Animalia’ which proceeded to turn this hobby into a career. He has written
an impressive catalogue of 16 books, including an orchestral version of ‘The Sign of the Seahorse’
and musical stage adaptations of ‘My Grandma lived in Gooligulch’ and ‘Jungle Drums.’
In Conversation with Graeme Base will be held on Saturday 22 August 1.00pm where he will discuss
this exhibition of major original art works from his most loved books including ‘Animalia,’ ‘The
Eleventh Hour’ and ‘Uno’s Garden’.
Venue: Latrobe Regional Gallery
Location: 138 Commercial Road, Morwell
RSVP by Friday 21 August
Enquiries: 5128 5700

Sunday 16 August
The Baw Baw Trio and Friends

Features Brian Chapman on piano, Daniel Stefanski on violin and Joan Evans on cello. In this second
concert in the series, the trio will perform selected works from Beethoven, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.
Special guest: David Evans on Horn.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.30pm
Admission: Single concert - Adult $25, Concession $20, Student $15
Subscription series of three concerts – Adult $60, Concession $50, Student $35
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/123800 or at the door.
Enquiries: 5629 2214

Tuesday 18 August
Reserved Seating Only

This is a critically acclaimed comedy about Life, Love … and the AFL. Our great game as viewed by an
unlikely pair in the reserved section of a major sporting stadium. This action packed play features
real-life husband and wife team David Ross Paterson as a loud, burly football fan and Cecelia Specht
as a recently divorced football widow, who has claimed he ex-husband’s tickets as part of a messy
divorce settlement.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr. Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456
Online: www.wgac.com.au
This show will also be performed on Wednesday 19 August 11.00am

Friday 21 August – Sunday 27 September
‘My Side of the River’ Exhibition

This stunning exhibition displays the latest works by renowned West Gippsland artist Kerrie Warren.
Her largest piece to date ‘The Bonfire’ 4m x 6m will be part of the installation. Ironically one of her
smallest paintings in the series ‘After the Fires’ was destroyed in a fire whilst exhibiting at the
Outback Regional Gallery in Winton, Queensland this June.
Admission is free and commission from sales will be donated to the Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal
Children’s Hospital ‘LARCH’.
A casual opening celebration will be held on Friday 21 August from 6.00pm – 7.45pm.
RSVP by Monday 17 August to artgallery@yering.com
Venue: Yering Station Gallery, Yarra Glen

Saturday 22 August
Rock N Roll – ‘Who’s that Cat’

Dinner & Show
Venue: Wild Dog Winery
Location: Warragul Korumburra Road, Warragul
Price: $49
Bookings: Casey Sommerville 5623 2211
Enquiries: info@wilddogwinery.com

Saturday 22 August
Yarragon Craft & Produce Market

Held on fourth Saturday of month.
Offers quality craft, jewellery, fresh produce, plants and more.
Venue: Yarragon Public Hall
Location: Campbell Street, Yarragon
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm
Enquiries: Alison 5634 2209 (BH) or Gaye 0427 342 430

Sunday 23 August
Neerim District Alley Market

Held on fourth Sunday of every month
Local producers will sell and promote their goods. All profits from the stalls will be distributed to
local community groups.
Venue: Laneway and rear car park between Neerim District Community Bank and Foodworks
Location: 147 Main Neerim Road, Neerim South
Time: 9.00am – 1.00pm

Sunday 23rd August
Casey Choir Concert -‘Sing into Spring’

Our program will consist of many new pieces including the beautiful
Panis Angelicus, songs from musical theatre including No one is Alone by Stephen Sondheim,
And All That Jazz from Chicago. Popular music including I’ve Got the Music in Me
and How Can I Keep from Singing. Powerful American song based on women’s rights and slavery
titled And Ain’t I A Woman.
We are a ladies choir with more than 50 members and look forward to singing for you.
Guest Artists: The fabulous Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra
Full Afternoon Tea will be served.
Venue: Hillcrest Christian College,
Location: 500 Soldiers Road, Clyde North
Time: 2.00pm
Tickets (at the door): $25/ Conc:$20 – Under 12 Free.
Enquiries: Donna 0425 765 591

Tuesday 25 August
Colouring in for Adults

It’s the new thing in relaxation and stress relief. Bring your own pencils or textas or use some of
ours. Colouring-in sheets, links and suggestions provided. Enjoy social time meeting like-minded
people or relax quietly with your colouring.
Venue: Warragul Library
Time: 6.30pm
Bookings free but preferred.
To book visit www.wgrlc.eventbrite.com.au

Thursday 27 August
Family Search Workshop

To mark National Family History Month, West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation is staging a
Family Search Workshop.
Venue: Drouin Library
Location: 136 Princes Way, Drouin
Time: 1.00pm – 3.00pm
Bookings essential.
Phone: 5625 1564

Friday 28 August
‘Songs of Sinatra’

Come fly with us as Melbourne performer and accomplished vocalist, Brendan James, brings to life
the classic tunes of legendary singer, Frank Sinatra.
Venue: RACV Inverloch Resort
Location: Cape Patterson – Inverloch Road, Inverloch
Time: 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Tickets: $65
Bookings essential: 03 5674 0000
Email: inverlochevents@racv.com.au
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Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August
Summer of the Aliens

Hindsight is a wonderful thing. When the adult Louis Nowra looks back to the year he was 14, he
drops his audience into a world awed by new technology such as Sputnik, a world crippled with
paranoia surrounding the Cuban missile crisis, and a bewildered boy obsessed by spaceships and
aliens. Summer of the Aliens is an award winning, semi-autobiographical work by one of Australia’s
most loved playwrights, Louis Nowra, the man who topsy-turvied the opera Cosi Fan Tutte, making it
a household name.
Venae: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr. Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 8.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456
Online: www.wgac.com.au

Sunday 30 August
‘All About the Pied Piper

Everyone has heard about the evil rat-catcher with the so-called magic flute who led the children out
of Hamelin back in the 14th century. Bit is the story just a fable or did something really happen? The
Early Music Consort and Rippon Lea Dancers, with brilliant vocalist Erika Tandiono, will tell a
different tale. Period costumes and early instruments will highlight this presentation.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: 62 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.15pm
Admission: Single concert $25, Concession $20, Student $10, Family $50
Season ticket: $50, Concession $40, Student $20, Family $100.
Advanced bookings recommended. Pay for all tickets at the door.
Phone: 9699 8417
Email: marcusjhill@bigpond.com

Sunday 30 August
My Latin Heart

Expect an afternoon of sumptuous song, stunning strings and tantalising tango when internationally
acclaimed baritone Jose Carbo along with brilliant classical guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryyan
present My Latin Heart. This album shot to number one on the Limelight Classical Music Charts in
2013 and was nominated for Classical Record of the Year at the ARIA Awards.
Venue: West Gippsland Arts Centre
Location: Cnr. Smith & Albert Streets, Warragul
Time: 3.00pm
Bookings: 5624 2456

Sunday 30 August
Bunyip Community Market

Last Sunday of every month.
Location: Bunyip Fire Brigade Track
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Enquiries: Tony 0407 563 441
Roman: 0417 360 783

Sunday 30 August
Tour ‘n’ Tapas Lunch

Venue: Peppermint Ridge Farm
Location: Tynong North Road, Tynong North
Bushfood garden tour at 11.30am followed by tapas style lunch.
Cost: $40 pp
Bookings: enquiries@peppermintridgefarm.com.au
Phone: Julie Weatherhead 5942 8520


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.