Introducing Nardja

When visiting the Yarramalong spring festival in 2013 I was pleased to see these displays of wood sculptures at the Old Wyong Creek Hall.

Wyong Creek is one of those rural areas where settlers found good soil in the secluded Yaramalong Valley east of Wyong in the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia.

In spring it is a beautiful lush valley, now days with a lot of horse studs and hobby farms. The lifesyle is rural but with the comforts of urban life. Wyong Creek is only a few kilometres from Wyong and from one of the regions large shopping centers.

Nardja expressed the desire for me to put some of her work on the Habitat Centre for the Arts web site so here it is.

I particularly like the feel of shaped and moulded wood and Nardja does such a good job of producing these forms depicting fish and birds.

Wood scuptures by Nardja

Wood sculptures by Nardja

One must remember that the sculpture is some what constrained in the shape of the finished sculpture in that the sculpture is largely dependant on the size and shape of the natural wood chosen to do the work.

Wood Sculptures by Narja

Wood Sculptures by Narja

Nardja seems to have chosen well her materials because the interesting grain and flowing lined of some of her work is quite pleasant.

Narjda can be contacted for commissioned work on

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by David Holland
Nardja seems to have chosen well the


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