McGregor School launches Autumn Retreat in Stanthorpe

McGregor is launching an Autumn Retreat, and taking it on the road to picturesque Stanthorpe.
4 Dec 2017

McGregor is launching an Autumn Retreat, and taking it on the road to picturesque Stanthorpe.

This new retreat will offer six amazing workshops from expert, highly sought-after tutors. The weekend getaway will offer a stunning backdrop at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism, mouth-watering food and wine at Varias award-winning restaurant, and tutors you won’t find anywhere else in Queensland – everything you need for an amazing creative weekend escape.

This very special retreat will feature six brand new McGregor tutors, who bring their in-demand skills from places such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour and even Texas USA.

McGregor Co-ordinator Cassandra Stephan explains the difference between McGregor Autumn Retreat and the other established McGregor schools (summer, winter and spring): “McGregor has a long history of art and music workshops, with many long-standing, well respected tutors who have a loyal following of workshop participants. We wanted to try introducing some new creative practitioners who haven’t been involved in McGregor before, and who bring some new subjects to our suite of workshops. We try to keep up with what’s new in the art & music world, and hopefully we can slowly integrate some new styles and tutors into our annual program at McGregor, whilst keeping our loyal artists and registrants happy with their regular classes. We certainly are excited to be presenting these new tutors for the first time at our inaugural Autumn Retreat!”

About the workshop tutors

Portraiture with Esther Erlich

Esther Erlich regularly teaches in Victoria, with McGregor Autumn being her debut Queensland workshop. Esther has been exhibiting her figurative works since 1983. She was the winner of the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize in 1998 and the Archibald People’s Choice Award in 2000. Esther was also a semi-finalist in the 2017 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

Her paintings and drawings feature in prominent public and private collections throughout Australia and overseas including collections of the National Portrait Gallery, National Library and Performing Arts Museum.

Artful illustration with Angie Rehe

Angie Réhe is a Melbourne-based fashion illustrator and educator whose work celebrates her love of both Art and Fashion, having worked for some time as a fashion designer. Her fresh, chic and timeless work has been sought by clients including Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazaar, Jimmy Choo, Penguin Books and Mimco amongst others.

Angie balances freelance work with writing for her illustrated blog Patysfox, and she runs her own boutique-style Fashion Illustration classes. Angie regularly provides guest workshops and masterclasses for Universities and art galleries around Australia.

Sharp focus watercolour with Gordon Hanley

Gordon Hanley began his professional life as a scientist, and became a full time artist in 1993 following his first two solo exhibitions. In the 90s he was one of the top selling print artists in Australia. In 2009 his art shifted focus from watercolours to drawings in the Renaissance medium of silverpoint. In the past few years he has been drawing photorealist images in 24ct gold on paper that has been coated with grounds of his own design. He is now recognized as one of the world’s leading artists in the medium of metalpoint, and is one of the most collectable artists in Australia today.

His work has been featured on all major TV channels in Australia and he has been widely published in many art magazines around the world. In 2017 alone, there have been eight major articles on his art, including in the International Artist Magazine. In 2014 the ARC awarded him the status of “Living Master” (ARCLM). He exhibits widely and usually has at least one solo exhibition a year, rarely finding the time to teach. This workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best.

The art and craft of song writing with Mark Scholtez and Jen Mize

Mark Sholtez is an ARIA nominate and APRA award winning songwriter and recording artist. His career to date has included collaborations with multiple Grammy winning producers Tommy LiPuma (Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis), and Larry Klein (Joni Mitchel), as well as internationally renowned artists and songwriters including Don Walker (Cold Chisel), The Veronicas, Iain Archer (Snow Patrol), Troy Cassar-Daley, and Wendy Mathews. Mark also teaches Songwriting and Music Production at the University of Southern Queensland. 

As a descendant of the Lumbee Tribe of Native Americans, Jen Mize hails from a family of Georgia cotton and North Carolina tobacco farmers, and Appalachian moonshiners. Since the 2014 release of her stellar debut album Fear, Pride & a few Stubborn Angels, Jen has been busy touring, recording, and earning the accolades that come with the hard work of being an Alt Country troubadour. 

Winemaker for a weekend with Peter Orr

Peter has eight Hunter vintages under his belt and has worked at McWilliams Mount Pleasant as well as the boutique winery – Allandale. Peter also spent ten years at James Estate Wines, growing the vineyard from 30 to 250 acres.

Currently the Manager (Oenology, Education & Training) at the College, Peter continues with the hands-on role of winemaker. He also delivers international wine training administered by the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in the UK.

Artisan cheesemaking with Lyndal Dykes

Lyndall has been sharing her knowledge of cooking staple items from scratch for more than three decades. She started one of Coffs Harbour’s first health food stores in 1977, The Nut House. From there she taught vegetarian cooking classes in the region, before taking up a career in media.

By 2006 she rekindled her love of cheesemaking and in 2009 started teaching workshops from a purpose-built kitchen on her and her husband Wayne’s Emerald Beach property. In 2016 she created the award-winning Cheesemaking Workshop & Deli shopfront at the original plantation homestead at the NSW landmark Big Banana.

Lyndall and her workshops have been profiled on ABC Rural, ABC Coffs Coast and in Qantas magazine and have featured extensively in regional and national news press including The Daily Telegraph and The Queensland Times

The McGregor Autumn Retreat runs from 24-25 March 2018 at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism in Stanthorpe. Workshop-only cost from $298 per day, includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Full packages available to include accommodation, all meals and transfers.

For more information please call Artsworx Box Office on 07 46311111.

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The McGregor Autumn Retreat runs from 24-25 March 2018 at the Queensland College of Wine Tourism.