Margaret O’Toole’s Cute and dangerous Australian Wildlife Collection

These are just a taste of the wonderful watercolours Margaret has been producing lately.

What a wonder of expressions.

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Margaret would like to acknowledge a Photograph by Vivien Jones that was in the Australian Geographic Magazine Issue 95 July- Sept 2009 which was the inspiration for the style of the grey faced flying fox water-colour.

These are some of just a few of the watercolours planed to be published in a book still in its planning and design stages where Margaret is co-author with Ray Rauscher.

The book will be called “Life lines” containing Margaret’s paintings accompanied by poetry from Ray Rauscher’s collection.

Some of Ray’s Poetry can be viewed at Habitat Association’s Poet’s Corner




Introducing Kenneth Smith

Kenneth Smith is a metal worker artist. I first saw his art at the Wyong Creek community Hall during the Yarramalong Spring festival in 2013, but held every year starting in late August and running for two weeks culminating in the first Saturday in September with the judging of the scare crow competition.

Yarramalong is a small town some 10 kilometres west of the bigger town Wyong situated in the northern parts of the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

In the hall there were a number of displays, art, wood sceptres and Ken’s unusual metal sceptres fashioned with horse shoes.

Below are a few of his work that was on display

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On meeting Kenneth I was able to find out the reason why a saw a mill saw blade set as a sculpture at a property further west up the beautiful Yarramalong valley. This sculpture perched at the intersection of Ravenswood Road and Cedar Brush Road further west past  the township of Yarramalong turns out to be his home. He tells me that at one stage he used to run a saw mill on the property.

The Yarramalong valley is certainly worth a visit. If you visit during the Spring festival time you will see a large number of scare crow sculptures, all original and different every year.

If you are up that way and interested in purchasing any of the sculptures, Kenneth would be happy to talk to you about his work.

By David Holland