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

Well the shed/ Gallery has been delivered( Thanks Sean of Fair Dinkum Sheds), septic tank has been installed,( Thanks Mark Wilson and team) concreters have come and laid the concrete( Thanks Paul and Matt Jensz) and the shed might go up later next week.. this is for the new shed/Gallery which has taken a year to get to this stage...Yay finally.

Coming up on Sunday May 4th is the West Gippsland open artist studios( of which I am a part)

click here for artists in open studios may 2013

click here for map to artists May open studios

I deliver pieces to the Camberwell Primary school art show and Red Hill Primary school art show this week. Next weekend( 4th May) is open studios and the week after is Rokeby market, Mirboo Nth art show and the opening of the Jindi sculpture show( 10th May) I have 2 pigs done for the Truffle association meeting, and a piece made for the Blarney Books show.

I have started doing workshops as part of the Neerim Sth Bower project . I have added the result in the exhibitions page and hopefully will update it as we go along.

The Jindivick sculpture show is coming up.in May . last year I did the organisation and this year Graham Duell is doing that task.Forms for the show are available from him at:g_duell@bigpond.com We still can squeeze in a last minute entry or two...

Also on the Jindivick Home page where you can enter online!.

 jindivick.com.au  home pageJindivick 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 and Drouin. They are 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.

Thursday 24 April
Hot Water Heating: how to do it & the latest developments
This presentation will include pumps, solar and lots of practical information and demonstrations. The
evening will include some local people with successful systems. Mark Wilson’s business Baw Baw
Plumbing has been operating for 20 years. He is a Licensed Green Plumber and started installing
solar systems before they became popular. He is innovative and does a lot of plumbing ‘outside the
Venue: REstore
Location: 79 Princes Highway, Yarragon
Time: 7.30pm
Cost: $5 members, $8 non-members
Enquiries: 0438 204 706

Friday 25 April
White Room Live – Maddie Rose
* Vocal/guitarist
Venue: Red Fox Gallery & Café, Old Drouin Butter Factory
Location: Main South Road, Drouin
Time: 7.30pm
Meal bookings: Wendy Olsen 0466 441 855
Enquiries: Des Hughes desh@whiteroomlive.com.au

Saturday 26 April
Yarragon Craft & Produce Market
Fourth Saturday of the month
Quality craft, jewellery, fresh produce, plants and more.
Venue: Yarragon Public Hall
Location: Campbell Street, Yarragon
Time: 9.00am – 2.00pm
Enquiries: Alison 5634 2209 (BH)
Alene 5634 2138

Saturday 26 April
Patchwork Bonanza
Come shopping at Drouin South Hall and meet some of Victoria’s quilt designers and patchwork shop
owners. Thirteen shops will be in attendance including Lily Lane P & Q, Teddlywinks, Mrs Martin’s
Quilt Shop, Patchwork Promises, Sewjo Designs, Cottage Garden Threads, Embellish a Little,
Patchwork Passion, Riviera Patchwork, A Patchwork Quilt, Simple Stitches, Creative Crafts and Libby
Venue: Drouin South Hall
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Admission: Gold Coin. Money raised will be donated to cancer research.
Enquiries: Lo 0409 782 199

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 April
Balgowan Historic Garden
Large park-like garden with massive trees dating from 1878 and evolving ever since. Features include
a crab apple walk, old croquet lawn, plantings of rare and Victorian era trees and views to the Tarago
Light lunch and refreshments available.
Garden history tours will be conducted throughout the day.
~Picnic areas ~Plant stall ~Bus parking
Venue: Balgowan
Location: 2303 Main Neerim Road, Neerim South
Time: 10.00am – 4.30pm
Entry: $5
Enquiries: Shirley 5628 1491
E: balgowan@dcsi.net.au

Sunday 27 April
‘The Xheka Quartet Gypsy Jazz Band’
Every Sunday kick back and relax at Gypsy Creek Winery to the strains of flamboyant band ‘The
Xheka Quartet Gypsy Jazz Band.’
Venue: Gypsy Creek Winery
Location: 43 School Road, Labertouche
Time: 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Entry: Free
Enquiries: Mary 5628 7679 or 5628 7751

Sunday 27 April
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble
This Arko Symphonic Ensemble has been in existence since June 20008 and has built its reputation on
performances of music from this and the last century with a focus on the works of Australian
composers. Described by The Age as “a gift to local composers” the singular goal is to give voice to
as much music as possible with an emphasis on performing works for a second and subsequent time.
In this concert the Arcko, in character format, teams up with local musicians Elizabeth Watson on
piano and Leon Duncan on percussion to present an all Australian concert of solos, duos and
chamber works by Tim Dargaville, Nigel Butterley AM, George Dreyfus and Elliott Gyger.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location; Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.30pm

Sunday 27 April
Peppermint Ridge Farm Open Garden Days
Take a tour of the Australian Spice Garden featuring a range of edible species. Enjoy a tapas style
lunch showcasing the unique flavours from the organic gardens. Grab a basket and find a picnic spot
or relax in the café. Delicious food on offer includes anise myrtle ice cream, fresh lime syrup cake,
salted caramel, chocolate and macadamia slice and Chicken Sung Choi Bao.
Venue: Peppermint Ridge Farm
Location: 540 Tynong North Road, Tynong North
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: $30 – tour and lunch
Enquiries: Julie Whitehead 5942 8580
E: prfinfo@dcsi.net.au

Sunday 27 April
Tall Timbers - Open Gardens Australia
Tall Timbers is a garden in a natural bush setting with additional plantings of many colourful exotic
trees and shrubs. A landscaped creek and series of large pools linked by cascades is a standout
Venue: Tall Timbers
Location: 3560 Yarra Junction – Noojee Road, Piedmont
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Entry: $7

Tuesday 29 April
Author Talk: Ann Fogarty & Ann Crawford
Ann Fogarty is the author of the highly acclaimed ‘Forged with Flames,’ released in 2013. The book is
an account of her experience of the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Upper Beaconsfield in 1983. Ann
was severely burnt on that terrible day but she saved her children and survived. Join Ann and a
representative from Wild Dingo Press in a thought provoking panel discussion about both the
process of producing the book and the different life path which Ann took after the fires.
Venue: Warragul Library
Location: 75 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 6.00pm
Bookings: 5622 2848

Wednesday 30 April – Sunday 1 June
‘Hot to Trot’ – Cash & Carry Exhibition
This is a member’s exhibition of small to medium sized works that can be carried away on the day
and replaced as necessary by another work.
Venue: Yarragon Arts Hub
Location: 2 Murray Street, Yarragon
Time: Wednesday to Sunday 10.30am – 4.00pm
Entry: Free
Creative Gippsland May Arts Festival

Thursday 1 May – Thursday 8 May
This exhibition will celebrate and showcase paintings, drawings or photographs which have been
created at the ECO Arts Retreats
Venue: Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort
Enquiries: 03 5165 1136

Friday 2nd May
Poowong Ladies Market & Pamper Night
A fun filled night with over 30 stalls and barista service. Enjoy mini workshops, taste testing, hair &
pampering services, massage and manicures. Spoil your mum (or you) at this fantastic fundraising
Venue: Poowong Town Hall
Location: Main Street, Poowong
Time: 7pm
Cost: $2 entry
Enquires: Louise 0431 860 391 or spirit0044@bigpond.com

Friday 2 May
White Room Live – Cathy Dobson
Extremely talented Cathy Dobson will perform her award-winning song ‘Go to Hell with you.’ Cathy
recently won the Tamworth Capitol Country Music Association Songwriter of the Year award.
Venue: Red Fox Gallery & Café, Old Drouin Butter Factory
Location: Main South Road, Drouin
Time: 7.30pm
Entry: Gold coin donation
Meal bookings: Wendy Olsen 0466 441 855
Enquiries: Des Hughes desh@whiteroomlive.com.au

Saturday 3 May – Sunday 25 May
“Wild Things” – Exhibition of Sculpture & Drawings
Darren Gilbert and Janet Matthews capture the quirkiness, beauty and diversity of the natural world
in exquisite pencil and ink drawings and dynamic sculptures crafted from reclaimed materials.
These multi award-winning wildlife artists share a fascination for native flora and fauna and a
yearning to express the unique personality, spirit and form of their subjects with sensitivity,
freshness and often humour.
Opening and Drinks with the Artists: 2-4pm, Saturday 3 May
Exhibition Open for Viewing: 3 May – 25 May, 10am-5pm daily
Venue: Town & Country Gallery
Location: 111 Princes Highway, Yarragon
Enquiries: 5634 2229

Saturday 3 May
Celebrate with Restore & Fozzigobble Café
Baw Baw Sustainability Network and Fozzigobble Café is hosting a social, celebratory afternoon tea
at REstore as a joint event with Fozzigobble Café to promote themselves. On show will be some
bicycle powered wheat grinding to make flour (good for pizza bases for the wood fired pizza ovens),
guided or self-guided tours of the garden, café food and drinks available. The winners of the chook
naming competition will be announced.
Venue: REstore
Location: 79 Princes Highway, Yarragon
Time: 2.30pm
RSVP Monday 28th April
Bookings: Natasha Brown 0438 204 706 (Mondays only)
E: bbsn@dcsi.net.au

Sunday 4 May
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.
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

Sunday 4 May
“What a Wonderful Day Like Today”
Warragul Theatre Organ Society is proud to present –( in association with Creative Gippsland Arts
Festival ) the return visit to Warragul by the MAROONDAH SINGERS - one of Victoria's finest mixedvoice
choirs, accompanied by renowned Theatre Organist/Pianist DR. JOHN ATWELL
The show features a kaleidoscope of light classical, jazz and popular music drawn from stage and
screen - something for everyone.
John Atwell will accompany the choir on Grand Piano and the Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Venue: Wesley of Warragul
Location: 62 Victoria Street, Warragul
Time: 2.15pm
Admission: Full $30, Concession $27, Members $25, Under 16 Free.
Doors open at 1.45 pm. Refreshments available.
Enquiries: Contact Diane 5623 3301 or Norma 5625 2834
Website: warragulwurl

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 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 phamplet which will link the wineries, art sites in a trail  and also list the accommodation places... a 20 page booklet

art 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 is in YarragonBaw 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 Gallery Goat 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.