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Country Style

March 2019

Country Style celebrates the diversity of modern country living. Brings to life the stories of inspirational people and places from around Australia - coast to coast. We visit amazing homes and gardens, travel through Australia's most vibrant regional centres and sample all the good things the country has to offer

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6 Issues


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a letter from the editor

I think Zoe Young first caught my attention when I saw her painting of a basket of laundry. I remember thinking that if someone can turn a cornerstone of domestic life into a thing of beauty, they are definitely worth finding out more about so I made sure I went to her next exhibition. I took my little sister along with me and now there is a reminder of that night hanging in her living room, which I look forward to seeing every time I visit.Zoe shares my enthusiasm for houses filled with art. Recently, the painter and her husband Reg were invited to Kirribilli House by the Governor General to meet the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. “It was amazing being in a room full of stars sipping…

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in this issue...

MARTINA GEMMOLA The Melbourne-based interior and lifestyle photographer travelled to Port Fairy to shoot artist Colleen Guiney’s home for our story on page 50. Martina nominates modernist photographer Olive Cotton as her favourite Australian artist — “She was such a master of light” — and was a fan of Colleen Guiney’s work before she captured the artist’s home for this issue. “A couple of years ago I bought a lovely piece of Colleen’s work and I’d quite like another.” Martina loved the artist’s environmentally conscious home and was envious of her spacious studio. “She’s lucky I didn’t move in,” says the city-based photographer who grew up near Ararat in south-west Victoria and attended the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival as a child. “Visiting now, in…

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your page

Our Instagram followers loved @one_fine_day_1’s kitchen. “I buy your magazine every month for my other half. I may have to stop because since reading this article I have another job to do. It concerns Weathertex boards and lining a closed-in verandah. Thanks a lot, Country Style.” @pomgonewalkabout Shooting our January cover on a jetty at Lake Conjola on NSW’s South Coast is an experience photographer Brigid Arnott and stylist Hannah Brady are unlikely to forget! We visited the new home of Ollie the golden retriever and his owners David Gleeson and Leah Atkins @one_fine_day_1 before heading north to see the beautifully renovated home of @houseofavongale at Bilambil, NSW. Writer Benjamin Law spoke to us about his childhood on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and our contributing editor Claire MacTaggart @clairemactaggart travelled…

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to Kerrie van de Ven-Ware who has won a $500 gift voucher for artwork or prints by Sunshine Coast artist Amanda Brooks. Known for her large vibrant canvases, see more of her work at artbybrooks.com.au Share your thoughts and experiences with us by writing to Country Style, PO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW, 1028, or by emailing austcountrystyle@bauer-media.com.au. Please include your address and daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for reasons of space and clarity. ■…

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perfect hosts

CATERING FOR THE masses is not something that comes naturally to me. The concept of preparing dinner for 50, back in my former city life, would have been utterly frightening. Well, that’s not true. It wouldn’t have been anything really because I never would have thought it was something I would, or could, ever do. I’d have put it in the same ‘not available’ category as circumnavigating the globe in a homemade yacht. Not. Going. To. Happen.But that is exactly what I did yesterday. Granted, it was tacos for the Tenterfield Junior Cricket Club and involved pre-grated cheese in packets, but I cooked dinner for 50 in between all my normal Friday errands without any fuss.It’s been a slow climb to the plateau of the good-enough caterer. I’ve been…

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the story teller

A work in black and white ochre from Gloria’s series of ‘Bush Tucker’ paintings. GLORIA MENGIL MIXES black and white ochre and applies deft strokes to a canvas as she works in the shade of an immense boab tree at Waringarri Aboriginal Arts on the northern edge of Kununurra. It’s a balmy day in the East Kimberley and black kites soar on thermals high in the clear sky above.Forty-six-year-old Gloria is working on a monochromatic painting as part of her ‘Bush Tucker’ series. This particular work features her favourite bush food — bush peanuts — and is a reminder of the thrill she felt as a child collecting them with her mother and grandmother at Binjin in the Northern Territory’s Keep River National Park region. Gloria’s ‘Bush Tucker’ series…