Mosaic Words
Events, Workshops, Activities
Kathryn Portelli               0407 887 498              email

Buttlejorrk Artists Inc annual show
A Macedon Ranges art group with a history of 40 years exhibiting, the 
name references an original land division on an early map.  Many of
the current members were there at the beginning, still active today.
The next sales event is in Macedon Primary School hall in November.
gemstone jewellery by Kathryn Portelli at Buttlejorrk
                                                                          gemstone jewellery for sale 

Mica Grange spring sculpture event
Mosaics for outdoors will be for sale at the highly regarded exhibition.

Big Balls by Kathryn Portelli at Mica Grange Suspension by Kathryn Portelli at Mica Grange  Succulessence4 by Kathryn Portelli at Mica Grange 

Macedon Ranges Shire website
 Visit Macedon Ranges is the new tourism portal for visitors to our lovely area
and for getting all kinds of creative business done within the shire.
Mosaic Words images include local public art installations, Works of Art
Gallery display, and the studio (as a DMROS and Art Trail member).

Macedon Ranges Art Trail
New brochure for 2016/17 listing some of the talented artists in the
region who are willing to open their studios by appointment.
MRAT brochureK Portelli entry

Works of Art, Kyneton
Upgrade to a larger site in the gallery corner Mollison and Piper St.
Now have a wall space to hang murals to accompany jewellery items,
paired leggings with jewellery, outdoor suitable sculptures, as well as
cards of popular mosaic works and a variety of keepsake postcards.
Works of Art display during Sep
Angel sculpture - Kyneton
Positioned near the bridge in Piper St, Angel is part of a 12 sculpture walk
along the Campaspe River.  Made of corten steel wings with angel words,
local pink and grey granite, tumbled stones and a mottled grout render.

 Woodend Winter Arts Festival - Queen's birthday long weekend
Neighbourhood House - 47 Forest St.  The Gallery Mt Macedon members.
Morning, Noon and Night necklance of 3 shoes sold as a gift to a friend 
in Canada, so Bon Voyage to the jewellery sourced from Mexico, back to 
the northern hemisphere.  Also jewellery/leggings match ups on display,
in readiness for next month's wearable art parade in Macedon - Wed July 6.

Gallery Closure
Little Sister Gallery in Malmsbury closed due to the
sale of the building it occupied.  All through June, prices
were discounted from 10 - 50% off.  A mosaic pendant was the last sale.

Brooch Show hosted by Contemporary Art Society of Vic
Kathryn Portelli brooches

Bus Tour Visitors from Kyneton Bushland Resort 
Each Tuesday afternoon, during the school terms, guests at the resort
can join the bus tour activity to two artist studios and they often leave
with something that has appealed to them to wear as personal art, for
display in the home or garden or as gifts for others.  45mins and demo.

kyneton bushland resort visitor

Garden ball of handmade roses and leaves and Christmas ornament below
KBR visitor

Lions Art Show  Woodend 11 -14 March
Song of the Seductive Sea (waves carry shells to shore) -
an experiment in using a difficult substrate and the family's holiday
beach finds.  Partnered with gemstones for colour and movement.

Song of the Seductive Sea Kathryn Portelli

Now and Then at The Gallery Mt Macedon March 2016
The current exhibition pairs current work practices with articles from
the past.  The 
accompanying descriptive backstory paragraph details
the connection between the two items, both of which are for sale.
Gisborne Gazette article
Mica Grange Sculpture event March 2016
Set in the rolling hills of Sutton Grange, north of Kyneton, Kathryn
had outdoor work on display for five weekends 
during March and April,
starting on the 12th, including stone panels, 
Strata Leaf, Gumleaf Chess,
Ouroborus 2, Thunder Eggs, Grey Spheres, Pere et Fille and 
Daffodil Bulb
were placed around the splendid central Victorian garden landscape.
The below works SOLD and more will be on display at the spring event.
     Daffodil Bulb        Warm Place   Ancient Daffodil        Red Thunder Eggs

daffodil bulb by Kathryn Portelli warm place by Kathryn Portelli ancient daffodil by Kathryn Portelli thunder eggs by Kathryn Portelli sold
Mica Grange work by Kathryn Portelli
mica grange story

Little Sister Gallery Malmsbury 2016
The new cohort of members for 2016 produce a variety of
artworks - mixed media by Chris Rowe, glass by Marianne
jewellery by Kathryn, Marianne, Fran Harkin and
Chieko Hester, 
painting by Helga Hart, photography by
Howard Maylor, origami by Chieko and mosaic sculpture and
murals by Kathryn.  Cards are made by most of the members.

Works of Art Kyneton 2016
A brand new venue has been created from an historical building in
Kyneton.  Robyn Wawn has developed her latest artistic enterprise
at 176 Mollison St, near the corner of well renowned, busy Piper St.
Various artists display their works, open to the public every day from
10 - 5pm.  They will be on duty occasionally, so you get to meet them.
Mosaics have been installed including lots of jewellery, cards, postcards,
gift cards, small murals, StrataG chessboard and purple Thunder Eggs.

WOA Kathryn Portelli

Semi precious gemstone pendants
New range for 2016 - semi precious gemstones pendants.
Available at two galleries - Kyneton and Malmsbury.

jewellery Kathryn Portelli
Mosaic feet Kyneton 
Our Lady of the Rosary grade six students designed a pathway mural
for their new building which will incorporate all their individual feet,
made from a central name tile and surrounding complementary pieces.

Grade 6 feet for the OLOR pathway

OpenStudio first 3 weekends in Nov 2015
Pipers Creek, near Kyneton                           Kathryn Portelli page on the DMROS website

Little Sister Gallery, Malmsbury
2nd birthday celebration -  12th Sep 2pm 2015
Meet the artists at our spring themed exhibition as part of the
Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival from 3 - 13th September. 

lsg sep 12 event 2pm

Thunder Eggs at Art of Mosaic 2015 Exhibition, Kyneton
Geraldine Phelan hosts an annual garden and studio exhibition showcasing 
mostly her works covering many years, and some invited participants.
Open during the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival at 60 Dettmans Lane.

60 Dettmans lane Kyneton
Works sold - first two stone murals - Crossing Place and Warmer Place.
Places by Kathryn Portelli  thunder eggs by Kathryn Portelli

Kyneton Bushland Resort bus tours
Each Tuesday afternoon, during the school term, the KBR Activites
Co-ordinator Courtney bring out guests interested in visiting two studios
- the artist reponsible for the mosaic features installed at the resort and
the photographer who produces the beautiful images in their villas.

bus tour visitors from KBR

MAANZ Symposium Sydney Aug 2015
maanz delegates
Kathryn presented a video on the 125th anniversary mural at Sacred
Heart College, Kyneton and sold her Maltese glass pendant at the salon.

 kathryn portelli    

CMA Feature artist
Online mosaic community CMA is run by Pam Givens in the USA and 
enjoys the membership of over 3000 professional and hobbyist mosaic 
artists.  As a forum for education and expanding awareness, the home 
page feaures the work of various members to showcase their style. - a closed membership which can be 
joined by invitation.  
Contact me if you are keen to sign up.  It's fabulous.
cma feature

56 in Melbourne 13 July 2015
Happy customers installed their special numerals near their entrance.

RAV's Creative Conversations     10 July 2015
Describing the Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton's procedures and
effectiveness, Kathryn shared background issues with the audience at
RAV's forum in Wallan.  Below, the other fires in Victoria were mentioned.

Kathryn Portelli re Black Saturday memorial

Winter Wearables Parade July 8 2015
Mosaic jewellery and leggings match-ups were on display and modelled
with vibrant enjoyment for this annual event.  Gift boxed pairs in a 
range of prices are now on display at The Gallery Mt Macedon until early August.

Winter Wearables flyer
Kathryn Portelli match up jewellery and leggings
kathryn portelli match ups     kathryn portelli match up

Macedon Ranges Art Trail 2015-16 brochure 
Available from local galleries, libraries, info centres and council offices.
mrat cover 2015 
mrat 2015
kathryn portelli mrat

St Mary's Lancefield Auction June 20, 7pm
  mosaic by Kathryn Portelli
Working with the grade3/4 students, Kathryn created a 1.3m outdoor
on the theme 'To Everything There is a Season'.  The kids selected
all the wonderful materials to represent spring, summer, autumn and 
winter (which has an artist made section from tempered glass).

Kathryn Portelli art display
Kathryn displayed Hanging Rock strata strips which sold. 

Kids described their creative and exciting experiences and these
were also gifted in the thank you card by the organiser.

The vibrant auctioneer, local John Scott, revved up the crowd to
achieve a $1700 final bid for the school's fund raising.

Wooden Spoons exhibition June 6,7,8 
Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest St, Woodend.  Open 10 - 4pm daily.
During the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, the members of The Gallery
Mt Macedon are exhibiting art with a very fun theme - transforming the humble
spoon with paint, fabric, beads and more.  Kathryn's 
millefiore dotted riverbed is
a hand carved spoon from New Zealand, upon which silver fish on copper wire swim.

Fish Gotta Swim by Kathryn Portelli

Working Outside the Square
10th anniversary of this fundraising event will be the biggest ever, with
lots of artist support utilising a 10 theme in their various works.
n's 4th entry is a jewellery gift - each pendant has 10 of something.
Viewing from May 13, auction on Sunday May 31 at 2pm in Woodend.

Kathryn Portelli jewellery
WOTS 2015

Kyneton Mosaic Walk
Public mosaic sites around the town of Kyneton are listed in a new
brochure available at the tourist Information Centre.  On the front is
the Black Saturday Memorial on the side of the town hall in Hutton St.
To print out the map with all 
9 nine interesting sites, please click
Walk brochures list mosaics in Kyneton including The Black Saturday Memorial
mosaic sites in Kyneton

New pendants for the galleries
Current jewellery pieces include hand blown glass nuggets with tiny
tiles and millefiore.  The glass has been recycled from found objects
and hand blown glass flattened through heating in a little microwave
kiln.  Available at Little Sister Gallery, quaint Malmsbury, Fields of
Clover Handmade Gallery in Maldon and The Gallery on Mt Macedon.
kiln jewellery by Kathryn Portelli Pendants by Kathryn Portelli
Kathryn Portelli pendants    
Kathryn Portelli jewellery
Large round pendants above, rectangle, diamond and smaller round pendants below.  Purple brooch on card SOLD.
Kathryn Portelli jewellery at Little Sister Gallery

Member of the 
Macedon Ranges
Home Business Network 2015
Supporting local home business enterprises, the team at MRHBN meet
regularly to encourage, inspire and discuss strategies for success.

MRHBNFacebook link - MRHBN

Meet The Gallery Mt Macedon team
The wide ranging artistic items for sale by 23 creative local members. 
A gallery full of talent

Meet the LSG team
In print around town, online on our new website and on Facebook.  
LSG team LSG team
Woodend Art Show 6 - 9 March 2015 SOLD
Mosaic garden tower will be part of the annual Lions Club art show
at St Ambrose Hall for the Labour Day exhibition.  Titled Succulesence,
it combines stone, glass and plants in pockets of growing medium.

Succulesence by Kathryn Portelli Succulesence detail by Kathryn Portelli

Highly Commended MAANZ 2015
Verse, Verve and Shards entry ' Chapter One' was awarded a Highly
Commended by judges David Jack and Anna Minardo at Montsalvat at
the opening on Thursday February 6th.  The image is a flight over the
artist's property by her student-pilot son as the first chapter in the book
of his life as he views it with his own child in the future.  His 21st gift.

Kathryn Portelli Chapter One

Little Sister Gallery, Malmsbury 2015
Recently a new member to the collective of talent on display in the main
street of the quaint little town of Malmsbury, Little Sister Gallery brings
together mosaics with glass, sculpture, paintings, jewellery and more.

Little Sister Gallery Malmsbury 
Paint, jewellery, collage, glass and mosaics on display in this new venture by locals.

Outdoor seats for chapel area 2014
Continuing work with each year's graduating grade sixers, the students
of Our Lady of the Rosary in Kyneton planned and chose materials for
concrete seating on the edge of their outdoor chapel gathering place.
Depicting HERO as an acronym and then traits that support the idea.

OLOR outdoor chapel by Kathryn Portelli 

Doctors Without Borders
Fundraising auction in December 2014, organised by Lin Schorr (USA),
raised more than $18000 by 150 contributing artists from around the
world.  'Together' represented shared effort, with twelve pictorial tiles
surrounding a mosaicked centre made of the materials held within the
hands of school children, the artist's family members and elderly friends.

Together by Kathryn Portelli

Christmas at The Gallery Mt Macedon
Mosaic Waves, Hanging Rock and Heart murals, cards, postcards,
giftcards and jewellery
 in the Focus Room with the other members.

Kyneton Community Park  
Call out to artists to contribute to the Kyneton Community Park concept plan as
the design moves into the final stages, in preparation for construction in 2015.

Mosaic project planned for the Kyneton Community Park

Small Works Exhibition 2014
The Little Gallery, Trentham.  Local artists will come together for a month's display.
Meeting Place by Kathryn Portelli The Little Gallery flyer
Meeting Place using stones, cinca and a central fossil.

Fields of Clover Handmade Gallery 2014
Newly opened gallery has red hearts, cards, postcards and gift cards on display.
Shop 4, 8 High Street Maldon, Vic.  Sat - Sun  10am - 5pm Marianne Bradman  
Red heart by Kathryn Portelli

One of the red hearts with handmade details.

Open Studio 2014
As part of the DMROS (Daylesford Macedon Ranges Open Studios) visitors were
welcomed for 3 weekends in Nov - 1,2 & 8,9 & 15,16.
website for map of 30 studios.
inside studio of Kathryn Portelli
studio entrance Kathryn Portelli
Inside and outside the mosaic studio of Kathryn Portelli in beautiful Pipers Creek, Central Victoria.

Sculpture in the Botanic Gardens 2014
A wonderful bienniel event in which Kathryn's mosaics have featured each time.

OAK display by Kathryn Portelli
Part of the display in the gardens - murals, objects and chess, plus cards, postcards and gift cards.
Aureum Place by Kathryn Portelli sold
Aureum Place, featuring central granite, bright smalti and stones was sold.

Art of Mosaic Exhibition 60 Dettmans Lane, Kyneton
Pere et Fille Swans by Kathryn Portelli    Tree Beads by Kathryn Portelli
Kathryn had sculptures, plaques , cards and 'Tree Beads' on display in the garden.
Climate Dice by Kathryn Portelli    Macedon Ranges wildflower chessboard by Kathryn Portelli
Climate Dice outdoor seats were sold and the Macedon Ranges wildflower chessboard.

Daffodil and Arts Festival  4-14 Sep 
'The Bulb and the Beautiful' themed Exhibition at Mechanics Institute, Kyneton.
The Bulb and the Beer Bottle by Kathryn Portelli
Bulb and the Beer Bottle made of tumbled recycled bottles and crockery.

Market Model upgrade
Market building model has a freshly painted plinth and advertising
and promotional materials below.  Cards by the artist - $5.
Duck Duck Goose and Larder in Piper Street, Kyneton, Central Victoria.

Market building model at Duck Duck Goose and Larder Kyneton

Heritage Mural Sacred Heart College Kyneton - 125th celebration
Unveiled on 29th July 2014.

Sacred Heart College Kyneton heritage mural Indigenous beginning Fly Free ending
     picture tiles convey the stories    Brenda McLeish in front of her image
9m heritage mural depicts the eras and changes in the history of Mercy education,
reading from the lower right to the left and up into the colourful current period.  
Details feature 150 image transfer tiles including highlights of the different eras and
the bluestone gutters along the bottom, which are now heritage listed.  The road 
outside also grows up with the school, developing from grassland, wheel rutted mud,
water sealed macadam, tar sealed macadam and modern bitumen, with its fog line,
pedestrian crossing and bike lane indicated when they were introduced. Po
patches indicate the traffic flow as the busy main road is the Calder Highway. 

Literature Theme during August at The Gallery, Mt Macedon.
Chessboard based on 'The Queen's Gambit' novel, including wooden pieces.

book theme chessboard

Heathcote Artists Inc annual show
Earthrise won the Sharon Nelson Award for Contemporary Art - June 6 2014
Earthrise by Kathryn Portelli

Woodend Winter Arts Festival 2014
The Gallery offer a wonderful exhibition, community activity and demonstrations
during the Queen's Birthday weekend at the Neighbourhood House in Woodend.
Mosaic Words participated this year, with a range of mosaic and printed articles.

Mosaic Words at Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Autumn at The Gallery in the Focus Room, the members'
works on this theme for the month of May.  Clay, smalti and copper wire slices on
handmade substrates, 
on display as a group.  Sold separately - OAK, ASH & ELM
mosaic autumn leaves by Kathryn Portelli

Working Outside the Square 2014
fundraising exhibition and auction.  Book theme for its 9th year.  May 18 - June 1.
Clay pages, ammonite front, shells and smalti on the back.  Light for illumination.

Ammolite by Kathryn Portelli 

Open Studio for regular bus tours
Kyneton Bushland Resort guests visit as a 'meet the artist' activity on Tuesdays 
to see work in action, variety of styles and materials and purchase their favourites.

calendar colours display

The Gallery Mt Macedon
Hearts, cards, postcards and gift tags, small hanging murals and jewellery items
hearts by Kathryn Portelli Mosaic postcards at The Gallery Mt Macedon Waves at The Gallery Mt Macedon

Black Saturday 5th anniv photo display
Regional Development Victoria captured images of the mural in Kyneton, shown
with other dedicated memorials at Melbourne Museum on Sun 9th February 2014.

Black Saturday 5th anniversary photo display Regional Development Victoria captures images of my mural in Kyneton to be shown with all the other dedicated memorials at Melbourne Museum on Sunday 9th February 2014. Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton. Ima   
Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton. Image Regional Development Victoria Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton. Image Regional Development Victoria
Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton. Image Regional Development Victoria Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton. Image Regional Development Victoria
Images - Regional Development Victoria

Report Available here

PURPOSE Exhibition 2014

A 'Trail Series' using recycled tumbled glass
Winding Trail by Kathryn Portelli Bright Trail by Kathryn Portelli
               Winding Trail                                                 Bright Trail
Forked Trail by Kathryn Portelli Patchwork Trail by Kathryn Portelli
                    Forked Trail  SOLD                                   Patchwork Trail

Members Choice - CMA 'HOME'  online Competition 2014
Earthrise by Kathryn Portelli
Using bonfire glass in the moon, tumbled glass in the sky with white gold smalti stars,
a painted Earth displays home - Australia, with the climate dancing across the surface.

Outdoor Chapel pillar base 2103
Grade six students graduating this year mosaicked a base around the pillar made
last year, depicting values of kind living - be co-operative, caring, responsible,
safe and be the best we can in team colours from their own responsive drawings. 

pillar by Kathryn Portellipillar by Kathryn Portelli

Sound Painting response to Daffodil Spirits 2013

Helen Davey'sProject 52 has commenced with my mosaic and will continue for a year.

IMAGINE Interpretive Art Exhibition  21 Nov - 23 Dec 2013
Bakery Lane Gallery, 42B Anslow St Woodend.   Artists responded to the
novel 'The Cartographer' by Peter Twohig.  Kathryn has depicted the Overworld
and Underworld using handmade tumbled resources on handmade substrates.

Underworld and Overworld by Kathryn Portelli 
Redesdale Art Show  1 - 3 Nov 2013  
Redesdale Hall  1-4pm       Two hanging projects from the collection in the Waves
Series using mixed media, gold smalti, mirror and tumbled glass.  SOLD.

The Waves Series by Kathryn Portelli
'Night Moves' above and just the corner of 'Iceland' lower right. 

Playing Card Table Numbers Kyneton 
Numerals from a variety of projects have been transformed into glossy card decks.
Decks with painted King, Queen, Jack and Joker are available by mail order.  
Contact me with enquiries.
mosaic playing cards as table numbers

Meditation Garden & Labyrinth - Castlemaine  

Art of Mosaic - Kyneton  5 - 15 Sep 2013
The garden and studio of Geraldine Phelan comes alive with outdoor murals and
sculptures during the Daffodil and Arts Festival.  Works include Dice Seats,
a telescope and camera, Strata Strips and the Waves collection below.

Waves by Kathryn Portelli

Artanica 2013
A major biennial Mt Macedon Horticultural Society sculpture event.  Kathryn had
mosaics on display for the 6th occasion.   Ouroborus, the mythical snake, SOLD.

Ouroborus will be at Artanica

Macedon Ranges Art Trail
Brochure has been launched.  Pick up a copy at the local Information Centres
or download your brochure
here.  (The link is at the bottom of the introductory text).
Macedon Ranges Art Trail brochure
MRAT Kathryn Portelli

REVIVE Exhibition -
Sustainable Living Festival 2013
Held at Bakery Lane Gallery, 42 Anslow St Woodend during the busy festival
period from 9 until 24 February, this exhibition will feature recycled art in many
forms.  Mosaic entries are 100% op shop crockery torso and 2nd hand telescope.

Cyclic Surge by Kathryn Portelli   The Long View by Kathryn Portelli
Cyclic Surge - 100% recycled crockery plus hand painted tile      The Long View - recycled telecope

Macedon Ranges ART TRAIL 2012
A new initiative promoting Macedon Ranges artists and galleries was launched in 
Easter 2013 with updates on the
Facebook Page. Mosaic Words studio is listed. 
Macedon Ranges Guardian 28 Dec 2012 Read this article

Outdoor Chapel Pillar 2012
Situated in the brand new garden between school buildings,
this little friendship pillar is the focal point in an outdoor chapel
area.  Depicting thoughts and images by all the graduating
grade 6 students in a wrap around gallery, the colourful project
features the Mercy Cross, and its supportive message on the front.

    Father Barry blessing the pillar

Substrate Workshop
Learn how to make sculptural formwork for your 3D mosaics.
November 4th, 11 - 3, $85 at The Glasshouse Studio, Kyneton. 
See the Specialist Workshop flyer
herefor more details or contact me.
Making a building substrate from foamcore boards  concrete torso form dry torso ready to mosaic Earth Mother by Kathryn Portelli

OAK - Outdoor Art Kyneton 2012
October 21 - Kyneton Botanic Gardens
Kathryn will have three white sculptures on display - Climate Dice (seats),
lol - (3 piece sculpture) and The Long View (mosaiced telescope).

Macedon Ranges Weekly 2 Oct 2012

Art of Mosaic Exhibition 2012
This specialist mosaic exhibition will again be held in conjunction with
the Daffodil and Arts Festival in Kyneton from Aug 30 until Sep 9.
The garden and studio of Geraldine Phelan, local mosaic artist, will
display a fantastic variety of outdoor and indoor murals and sculptures.
A new studio entrance wall - The Tree of Life - a community project
featuring quirky birds in blues and greens is a new delight this year.
Some of last year's works are further below. Click
here for Entry Form.

BREAK - mosaic in the year 2012
Group exhibition at Bower Gallery, Ripponlea organised by very
talented Tony Bowen, from 27 July until 12 August.  See the flyer
Kathryn had an outdoor tabletop chessboard on display.

StrataG chessboard by Kathryn Portelli  
         StrataG Chess              

Heritage Building Sculpture 2011
The building sculpture created for the art4ashes collection called 'what if'
is now in residence at its intended home - the building for which it was designed.
The current business, the 10th in its life, is called Market Fresh, a full circle from
the original market building, through schools, factories, shops and back to food.
QR codes link directly to this artist and the Kyneton Historical Society.

model of the heritage building  The little one and the original one  tile details

Welcome Sign 2011
89 students and teachers represented themselves in a fabulous
welcome sign that complements the new school building.
Working with a vast array of mosaic materials, the participants
were able to capture their own personalities by their choices.

welcome sign at Newham Primary School detail of the little characters Welcome sign article Midland Express Feb 21 2012
Read about this creative project in the article written by the principal, here.

Government Report
Regional Arts Victoria and Arts Victoria funded report called
the poignant Black Saturday Memorial in Kyneton was featured.
Read Natalie Fisher's case study of the project

 Out of the Square 2011
An annual exhibition by 50 local artists organised by Ettore de Pilla and Maxine
McKee as a fundraising auction to support two high school students through
tertiary arts study.  Held at Colenso Gallery in Woodend from May 21 - all
artworks are donated and the public can participate in a silent auction for two
weeks.  This year's theme is Junk to Gems utilising recycled substrates and
sculptures will be suitable for both indoors and outside in a variety of media. 

junk gunk guns gums gems junk gunk detail 
This sculpture was based upon the 'Doublets' invention by Lewis Carroll
in 1879, where a sequence of English words change by one letter only
and are still correctly spelt - (also called Word Ladders or Word Chains).
The five handmade clay words - junk, gunk, guns, gums and gems are
stacked upon two bicycle helmets, a vase and two polystyrene balls.

Artanica Exhibition 2011
leaf tile workshop details
mosaic display in the beautiful Lewisham garden, complete with geese  SeasonS Turntable has been transformed into a lucky spinning wheel
Crack Me Up
Bit of fun down at the skate park with the cool dudes and their tricks.
lol great balance
getting air speed past
trick shot airborne

International Womens Day
A local exhibition called 'Safe Mothering' showcased the works of local
artists.  This 'Earth Mother' plaque was created during an International
Women's Day mosaic challenge on March 8th 2011, and sold.

International Women's Day 'Safe Mothering' plaque called Earth Mother

Redesdale Art Show 2011
In conjunction with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the
Redesdale Regional Picnic, the exhibition runs from 4th - 6th of March.
'Suspension' was created as a variable configuration sculpture with the
option of changing the base and loop positions at any given time.

Suspension 1Suspension 2Suspension 3Suspension 4Suspension 5

Summer ART on Show curator 2011
The Redesdale Fire Community Wellbeing Committee funded an
exhibition of 22 local artists works at the Barfold Hall on 4-6th 
February, as a commemoration of the 2nd anniversary of Black
Saturday.  The event also launched a local history book.

Summer Art on Show invite
History Book by Ken and Noel             Botanical art by Kathryn Portelli              Barfold Hall north of Kyneton
Crowds enjoyed the 66 exhibits  16 and Over Secrets section From Within torso
A steady crowd enjoyed the artwork - Warm Earth Works', 'Cool
Earth Works', 'Black Saturday Works' and a back room of nudes
called '16 and Over Secrets' where 'From Within' torso was sold.

Cemetery Memorial 2011
A mosaic tribute was created for a client's husband and ultimately for
herself, in a clever way to dress up the existing plaque while planning
for her own space in the future.  We incorporated details relating to
their life on the farm, like animals and the harvester, as well as her
profession as a seamstress.  All the children's names were surrounded
by handmade roses with little animal figures to add more significance.

Carmel provides shade to work underThe central block of tiles will be removed for Carmel's plaqueTiles with photographic images
Handmade roses surround name plates and animals

Black Saturday Mural 2010
Fire affected students at the Redesdale Mia Mia PS contributed drawings
which were made into tiles, bordered by colourful vitreous glass and set
into a textured background landscape of the area - the road between the
two towns of Redesdale and Mia Mia and the famous bridge crossing the
Campaspe River.  33 of the 36 children were affected by the fires and
the black corners on their individual tiles signify their properties burnt.

Black Saturday mural on the front of the new school building 
mural getting the textured grout over the joins
Drawings of the cfa sheds kids show off their work Bridge crossing the Campaspe River

Principal with welcome sign kids holding hands
kids climbing trees Steve and the kids
AFTER included in DPDC Publication 2010
Published by the Office for the Community Sector, Department of
Planning and Community Development, this booklet describes the work
of community organisations through eleven different case studies
researched by M Clark and S Arnold. 
 The AFTER Black Saturday mural 
was selected as an example. Read the article or visit the
DPDC website.
there when needed publicationunveiling dayvolunteer helpers front row right     

Director on KBR Board 2010
Kathryn has the new challenge of a paid position on the Board at
Kyneton Bushland Resort, where she has placed a huge chessboard of 
32 local wildflowers, and 18 native markers in the minigolf course.

kids enjoy playing chess indigenous wildflowers make colourful squares beautiful bird orchid mosaic

possum    treecreeper    greenhood 
possum    treecreeper    greenhood

art4ashes Exhibition video
The concluding event in the Kyneton Artist-in-Residence program of
Regional Arts Victoria's 'Illuminated by Fire' project.  Kathryn displayed
seven illuminated sculptures, together with eight participants who have
made art pieces especially for the ashes of their departed loved ones.
Exhibition invite postcard front and back

Travelling German Exhibition
The MAANZ 'Crusty Oceania' 30:30 Vision Exhibition is still travelling
around Germany with the DOMO members work. 16 panels from Aus
have been on tour since last year and below is the Sinsheim display in
the country's south.  The Graceful Crab's image was in the group.

Sinsheim exhibition    can can cancer gracilis

Sculpture Event Oct 3 2010 
Outdoor Art Kyneton (OAK) has been organised by Friends of Kyneton
Botanical Gardens to showcase the work of local sculptors.  Official
opening at this inaugural event by Mayor Rob Guthrie at 11am, Sunday. 
Visitors enjoy the sculptures in the Kyneton Botanical Gardens

Award Winner
Regional Art Australia Volunteer Award Logo Michael Bryce presents the Sonia Hindrum art piece Kathy Keele presented the framed award
Regional Arts Victoria selected Kathryn to represent the state of Victoria
in the Outstanding Contribution Volunteer Awards for the time and
efforts devoted to the creation and project management of the AFTER
Black Saturday Memorial, positioned on the Kyneton Town Hall.  The
ceremony was an exciting part of the concluding dinner at the Regional
Arts Australia
Junction 2010 Conference and Festival held in Launceston.

Competition Winner
TIME VESSEL exhibited
This piece was submitted to the international online competition,
titled TIME on the
Contemporary Mosaic Artists website, judged by
Martin Cheek. 
"Kathryn has set herself the challenge of portraying all of life's achievements and failures
in this one piece.  At first glance I though I was looking at two interlocking rings - but further inspection shows it to
be a
Mobius strip.  The eternal tube DOES suggest biology / chemistry and indeed MATTER that makes up life itself,
especially if one imagines it slowly spinning around.  I love the rich colours and the subtle gradations from green to
blue to purple and red to orange to yellow.  This is such a clever and pleasing piece and answers the brief perfectly."
                                                                                                                                                          - Martin Cheek.
The generous $100 worth of mosaic materials was sponsored by
Maryland Mosaics, who sell an exciting array of creative supplies.

Pixellated Daffodil
Layout of tiles to include height differences and pulsing of surface texture  Pxellated daffodil trumpet tiles being laid into a cd case  Big Bloomer finished with letter beads and painted signature tiles
Made for the Daffodil and Arts Festival in Kyneton in September,
this project is also a demonstration piece for the MAANZ workshop
on pixellation on July 18th at the Hawthorn Community Space.
Using the smallest tiles in the world, 3mm handmade clay squares
in a range of tones, the image has been laid into a cd case on
plastic grid with some metallic highlights and height variations.
There are some millefiori stamens in the centre of the bloom.

Mosaic Torso Auction 2010
An annual initiative, 'Out of the Square' in the Macedon Ranges is
the auction of local artists' interpretations on a theme.  Proceeds
go towards the university tuition of two high school students to
continue their careers in art.  Ettore de Pilla is the organiser and
Cafe Colenso in Woodend is the venue for the auction on Sunday,
May 9th 2010.  All artists are decorating a male or female torso.

Earth Mother with floating cloud lips   Hand formed trees and roots, turquoise water, precious gems in the soil   Hand formed clay trees and roots
Words on tiles say - 'the Earth is my Mother and in her bosom I will recline'.

Photos by Mardi Nowak, curator of the Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery
where the latest association exhibition showcased 51 wall and
sculptural mosaics.  Kathryn entered two different word pieces.

A colourful TIME VESSEL sculpture and YES WE CAN OBAMA mural.

Barfold Hall Memorial
Christine Nixon APM, Chair of the Victorian Reconstruction and Recovery
Authority (VBBRA) was in our area again to unveil a memorial at the
Barfold Hall on the 30th of March, 2010.  The framed mosaic memorial
features donated fire affected articles from close neighbours set into black
and grey tiles.  A descriptive central tile details other major fires in the
past that have threatened this lovely old hall.  An impressive aerial photo
by Craig Robinson, taken in his father's light plane the morning after
Black Saturday depicts just how close the building came to ending its days
Elaine, Christine and Kathryn outside the Barfold Hall  Elaine welcomes all and sets the scence  Christine removes the lacey veil  
Nine dramatic tiles   Christine marvels at the stories behind the details   Participants Mike and Maree
Nine dramatic tiles capture the memories of a tragic day, with textural details
that remind one of the furious power of nature and how we are affected by it.

saico na Rede
Mosaic Magazine from Brazil

A fantastic, passionate and inspiring online magazine with many interesting
articles and monthly galleries of vibrant mosaic works.  Kathryn has 3 entries.

Audrey Hepburn - 'Wish'   Daffodil Spirits   Diana - Queen of Hearts ('Deal')
WISH in August 2009           DAFFODIL SPIRITS in Dec 2009         and DEAL in April 2010    

First ever jewellery pieces
What a lot of fun to play with Tiny Tiles!   These nano tiles are only
3mm across and are the ultimate in tweezer work, detail and gorgeousness.

   detail    Heart necklace
These are the smallest tiles in the world and available in a huge range of
colours.  Perfect to blend with millefiori, beads and custom kiln fused glass.

HANOI 1000th Anniversary Mural
       Greeting from australia
Mosaic tiles are being installed into an International section of a
four mile long wall mural in Vietnam, destined to break the
Guinness World Record for the longest ceramic mural.  Kathryn
has inlayed Red Coral and White Howlite gemstones into a tile cut
by her Vietnamese friends, Tim and Thanh in the shape of the
Kyneton Bushland Resort's gumleaf logo.  The Flying Kangaroo is
the symbol of our largest airline, QANTAS and therefore an easily
recognisable image.  The unveiling ceremony is planned for 2010
and info about mailing details can be found at

Lea Kannar (MAANZ) visited the site in January 2010 and these
are her pictures of the work in progress.  She found that the task
is mammoth, creative, colourful and a bit behind schedule - the
international section of contributed tiles has not been started yet!

passing traffic   passing traffic
busy workers   busy workers   grouting 
1000th birthday   art action   pink flowers
3d shapes   animals   bullocks

The theme for this year's event was Heart of Gold, and a sculpture
was created of two Daffodil Spirits in a gesture of loving embrace.

Hearts of Gold          Sculpture 1.2m high         loving faces

Sunbury and District Arts and Cultural Board presented their
'Celebration of Sculpture' exhibition at the Boilerhouse
Community Arts Centre on 26th June - July 4th, 2009.

us in limerance  strata tower
"Us in Limerance', a combination of the letters m and e in the
structure, and y, o and u in the spaces, was one of 3 entries.
Also the Dr Who 'Dalek' moveable pot, with "EXTERMINATE"
on both sides, and 'Strata Tower', the corporate sculpture
featuring pixellated tiles that are interactive with mobile phones.

Artists in many mediums produced work for the Grief and Loss
Program Exhibition held in the Castlemaine Art Gallery in 2008.
A full colour catalogue with photographs and artists' statements
was launched on the 24th of June, at the Castlemaine gallery.

grief and loss exhibition cover  mum memorial 
memorial marker

As part of World Labyrinth Day Celebrations on May 2nd, this
paver and many othe
rs made in a community project, were on
display at the Phee Broadwa
y Theatre, Castlemaine.  Weekly
workshops were hosted by Castlemaine artists Vanessa Johnstone,
Diane Thompson and Lisa Mitchell, involving meditation, clay and
drawing exercises, before
pavers were created by volunteers. 

labyrinth workshop go beyond this time  
This paver will become part of the seating around a new labyrinth
to replace the old tennis court in the grounds of the Anglican
Church in Castlemaine.  The gravel labyrinth will become an all-
access reflective space in a very creative and artistic community
that values its expression of an homogenous cultural diversity.

solstice singers  labyrinth site  Vanessa at Kyneton labyrinth
Winter Solstice          Plan for the site       Vanessa at Kyneton's
singers                     layout                     blue tile labyrinth

ARTANICA on Mount Macedon 2008
Sculptors from the region gather every April in a beautiful garden
to display their outdoor creations.  A variety of materials are
showcased in amazing sculptures from small to grand scale,
including limestone, marble, bronze, recycled metals and found
objects, glass, wire, ceramic and mosaic.  Kathryn displays many
samples of murals, objects, signs, community art pieces, garden
information plaques and weather resistant table top chessboards.

local social scene
workshop participants artanica display seasons table
Workshop participants        Mosaic work on display              SeasonS carousel tabletop


Kathryn spoke to the Friends of the Botanical Garden at their agm
in Kyneton on
Wednesday, 27th April at St Paul's Church Hall.

Friends agm ad              memorial marker sizes  
 An explanation was offered regarding the possibilities for using
ceramic tiles with text and images for information markers in the
proposed extension to the Botanic Gardens in the next few years.
Memorial Markers could be mosaiced using clay impressions of
leaves or cones, descriptive historical text with colourful photos
as well as the artist's fine art botanical illustrations of features

pet memorial      info plaque
This Wollemi Pine plaque was created for the historic discovery of 
the species in New South Wales.  Many transferred photos detail 
its particular growth habits and clay glazed leaf pressings add an
extra tactile dimension to this botanically notable story.

info plaque front   pine description   info plaque back

Games Table 2008
A chess and checkers board is one of eleven games in a family fun
station.  Hex, Queen's Guard, 
Nyout, Cats & Dogs, Twiddleums,
icTacToe or  Hyena Chase are played with universal game pieces.  
Designed with the double function of play or outdoor eating, all
the materials used are weather safe, tolerating frost on occasion.

games table   chessboard   playing on table

Chess Sign 2007
A sign about chess was erected near a school's large outdoor
chessboard.  Coloured oval text tiles detail the history of chess 
and how pieces developed, 
photos of the opening positions and 
how the pieces move help younger students remember the rules.

kids playing chess   chess rules   castle or rook

Kindergarten Pillar 2005
This welcoming kindergarten child is clothed in colourful china with
kid friendly images and the transferred art of 145 kids wraps around
the back in an 
imaginative gallery of tiles.

kinder pillar   text tiles   kids art gallery