Norfolk Island “en plein air” painting trips, led by esteemed visiting artists, is an idea of Barb Kelly’s that has well and truly come to life. Barb is a Norfolk Island resident and artist who has returned to live after 40 years on the mainland. Barb’s idea is to showcase Norfolk Island to artists, and other interested people who wish to paint and sketch some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the world.
Barb partnered in with a friend who owns and manages Norfolk Island Travel Centre and together they’ve paved the way to invite leading artists to travel to the island and teach en plein air - in the open air –most appropriate too as Norfolk’s air is deemed to be pure and unpolluted second only to Antarctica.
The painting trips have been structured so participants can enjoy the arty side of Norfolk Island and meals at some of Norfolk’s best paddock-to-plate restaurants, in addition to receiving personal tuition at various picturesque locations throughout the week.
Upcoming Artists soon travelling to Norfolk Island include: Ken Tucker (30 March -06 April), Veronica O’Leary (6-13 April), Judith Hoste (13-20 April), John Wilson (18-25 May), Julie Simmons (5-12 June), Tricia Reust (13-20 June), Louise Corke (5-12 September), Maria Field (5-12 September) and Susan Farrell (12-19 October).
Each artist brings their own unique perspective and skill set to their art workshops, whether your interest be watercolours, ink, acrylics, oils, or pastels; many genres are covered from landscape to still life with inspiration drawn from the abundant beauty of Norfolk Island.
The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has special packages for travel from Sydney and Brisbane during 2015. Prices start from $1799 per person ex Brisbane and $1899 per person ex Sydney for a twin share seven night stay. The price includes return “seat and bag” airfare to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, meet & greet at Norfolk airport, 7 night’s twin share self-contained accommodation, 7 days car hire (hire car surcharge $20 per day plus petrol extra), 5 x ½ day painting tuition at various beautiful locations on Norfolk Island (8 x ½ days on Leonie Norton workshop), welcome dinner, exclusive use & entry to Fletcher’s Mutiny Cyclorama, ½ day Island tour, Art Trail tour, farewell dinner, complimentary Miniature Golf – golf your way through Norfolk’s history, complimentary “A Walk in the Wild” – a unique rainforest walk & bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card with free gift. Prices are current today and subject to change without notice.
Non-painting partners, family and friends are welcome to travel and join in social functions during the week. There are many activities available for non-participants whilst others are painting.
Norfolk Island Travel Centre
Norfolk Island Travel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.
Rebecca Christian, Norfolk Island Travel Centre
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10
Norfolk Island Travel Centre
P: AU1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10