Art in the Sticks | GALLERY

Art in the Sticks is in its eighth consecutive year at the Cluain property near Lucindale, and the perfect weather combined with creative artistry meant that people flocked to the event.

“We had about 150-plus people come through the gates on Saturday,” said Hamish Macdonald, artist and event organiser (with Christa Mlakar). Cluain is his family’s property.

“And the lunch is fully booked. We do suspect that there will be some walk ups, but we know what we have (for catering).”

Sunday was the day of the Farmers Fare Lunch, with booked guests being treated to delicious food – including a pig on a spit – prepared by McLaren Vale’s Billy Dohnt.

No booking? No problem. Guests could also sit outside with a beer from the Robe Town Brewery or a local wine, having some of Dohnt’s freshly cooked seafood paella.

This year’s theme was Raw, with artists interpreting the theme as they saw fit. There were installations, jewellery, sculpture, paintings, furniture and photographs. Artists were identifiable with a red bandanna, and were more than happy to explain their work to an audience.

“I think we slowly tidy things up,” Hamish said about the event’s continued improvement and success.

“We become smarter at how we do things. Artists understand their limitations, what they can and can’t do.”

Rather than being a hindrance, Hamish explains, it helps. Artists are still as creative as ever, and work with the space. Art in the Sticks also focuses more on things like specialist workshops.

“It becomes more about art engagement.”

Music was provided by jazz group Two’s Company during the Sunday lunch. As well as a multitude of sculptures dotting the landscape, a massive shed was converted into a cool and modernist studio, with art adorning every spare bit of space.

The crowd was a mix of couples, families, and those flying solo. There were also many very good dogs.