Wlliowtree Sculpture Garden's Music at Sunset

MARVELLOUS NIGHT: It was a fantastic group of people who came together to be entertained with Ini's jazz band Lotus at Laggan for the Music at Sunset event on March 11.

MARVELLOUS NIGHT: It was a fantastic group of people who came together to be entertained with Ini's jazz band Lotus at Laggan for the Music at Sunset event on March 11.

A relaxing picnic in the garden was enlivened by the smooth warm sounds of jazz on Saturday, March 11.

Ini Veerkamp was singing and Debbie Grahame on the piano, with Paul synchronising the music.

The jazz duo was in excellent form as they entertained guest at Willowtree Sculpture Garden at the Music at Sunset event.

The small village of Laggan had been abuzz with people enjoying themselves, and not only at Willowtree Sculpture Garden.

The Laggan Hotel had a band playing to a large audience and buses from and to the Binda Races spilled people into the Garden, the Hotel, the Pantry and Willow Vale Mill.

Entertainment was everywhere and a balmy night catered for all to have an optimum joy-filled experience.

At Willowtree, relaxed people meandered through the sculpture garden path whilst listening to the bands soulful, smooth jazz sounds.

They enjoyed picnic delicacies while the dogs ran around the garden.

The jazz beats changed rhythm to entice people onto their feet, and people danced on the grass in the ampitheatre in great delight.

A wonderful night was had by all: there was talking, dancing, wandering, being entertained, spending time with friends, making new friends, eating great food under the stars, with a soft wind blowing. What a night!

FUN: The crowd dancing.

FUN: The crowd dancing.

Unfortunately, the April 8 Music at Sunset has been cancelled and the next Music at Sunset will be on November 11 with the opening of the Sculpture Exhibition.

Artists and sculptors are reminded that the call for entries to the inaugural spring exhibition close on September 15.

Judging will be held on November 5, and the exhibition will open to invited guests on November 10, then to the public on November 11.

It closes on November 19, with artworks removed the following weekend.

And if you have ever wanted to learn how to carve in stone, take better photographs or paint in watercolours, then plan to be at a workshop in the gardens from May 6-7.

The workshops are run by experts in their artfroms, and will introduce you to principles and techniques that will transform your abilities.

Stone carving will be taught by Anna Pye, Jeremy Goodman will teach watercolour painting and photography skills will be imparted by David Willson.

For more information go to www.willowtreesculpturegarden.com.

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