Sacred journey exhibition explores ancient cultures
  • Friday 15 March 2013

Sunshine Coast Council presents local ceramic artist in residence Merrie Tomkins’ exhibition Sacred Journey at the Butter Factory Arts Centre until Saturday 20 April 2013.

Merrie was successfully selected from the TAFE Graduation Exhibition Inspirare in November 2011 to be the Artist in Residence at the Butter Factory Arts Centre Pottery Studio. The work in the exhibition grew from Merrie’s residency and draws influence from past journeys to explore ancient cultures as well as her life journey of spiritual discovery.

The ceramic works reference sacred geometry, ancient symbols and religious deities. For Merrie, Sacred Journey is a connection of the divine energy which resonates with every piece - one of love, peace and happiness. During Merrie’s residency she conducted clay workshops for children, where she helped them discover a passion and a love for clay. This is reflected in their works they have produced and will also be included in the Sacred Journey exhibition.

Merrie Tomkins from Noosa has been working in the ceramic industry for 26 years and for the past 19 years has been selling her works at the Eumundi markets and through various shops throughout Australia, including David Jones and Myers.

Sacred Journey will be officially opened by guest speaker Peter Homan, General Manager of the Eumundi Markets at 6pm Friday 15 March 2013. Bookings are essential and all are welcome to attend.

Bookings are now open for the following exhibition public programs:

Exhibition Guided Tour: 10am Friday 22 March 2013
Join a guided tour and gain an insight into Merrie and her work, exploring selected pieces. Includes morning tea.

Workshop for adults with Merrie Tomkins: Saturday 23 March 2013 10am to 3pm
Discover Your Own Sacred Journey
Go on a journey with Merrie Tomkins in a clay workshop to discover and connect with your own inner creative guide and create your own handcrafted piece. No experience necessary. Just $80 per person.

Cooroy’s Butter Factory Arts Centre is open free to the public, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday, 10am to noon. To book, visit council’s gallery website or call 5454 9050.