How quickly time flies… it’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since Sandra and Maria Vumbaca’s humble beginnings in ceramics, and their participation in their first Arcadian Artists Weekend back in 1997. They were so richly inspired by the concept of the Arcadian Artists Open Studio Weekend that they were keen to become part of this wonderful local event. With a new-found interest in ceramics and being full of enthusiasm and creative excitement, they approached Gordon Finlayson (President of the Arcadian Artists at the time) who upon Committee approval, welcomed Sandra and Maria into the Arcadian Artists’ family.
Sandra stated, “It’s easy to get lost in something you love doing – Mum and I have both been very creative all our lives. We’ve ventured into sewing, tapestry, knitting, embroidery, the list goes on… but when we were introduced to ceramics it just stuck like nothing else we’d ever experienced before. For me, I think what continues to capture my interest is the never-ending possibilities ceramics provides. Starting with a blank white clay canvas there are so many designs, techniques and glaze combinations you can employ and develop – there’s an enormous scope for experimentation. Sometimes the results are amazing, sometimes things don’t turn out quite the way you plan but it is all learning. And we have a lot of fun working together in the process. I am so blessed to be able to share this brilliant past-time with my beautiful Mum, Maria.”
Back in 1997 Sandra and Maria were hosted by the St Benedict’s Parish for the weekend exhibition but since 1998, with the exception of 2002, where they were graciously hosted by Elspeth Watt at Scribbly Gum Studio they have opened their studio to the public each and every year. By the time the 2017 exhibition ticks over Sandra and Maria will have hosted over 85 artists sporting a diverse range of talents. Maria stated, “It’s been wonderful meeting so many like-minded, creative people. We’ve enjoyed being able to assist other artists showcase their beautiful work to the local community. To all of the committee members and exhibitors past and present, we would like to thank you for being part of this rewarding and fulfilling journey. But most importantly, we would like to thank all of our wonderful customers, friends and family because without your ongoing support we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and continue creating.”
In thanks for all of the amazing support they have received throughout the years, Sandra and Maria would like to extend a special invitation to the wider community to join them in celebrating their 20 year anniversary at this year’s Arcadian Artists Exhibition and Art Trail on 11th and 12th November 2017. Sandra stated smiling, “There will definitely be cake and a few other surprises too – after all what’s a celebration without balloons and presents?!”
You can find further information about the 2017 Arcadian Artists Exhibition below and at www.arcadianartists.com.au