Sunday, August 9, 2015

Gardengallery in the park of Schloss Gloggnitz

Every summer my water color painting professor organises a show for his pupils in the park of Schloss Gloggnitz, where he has his studio.
The churchtower is an imposing view from the garden. The voluntary fireguard fixes ropes between the trees and everyone finds a place to hang pictures.
 While today was very hot (for our summer) there still were quite a few visitors walking between our pictures.
For the artist exhibiting it was a chance to catch up with each other, compare schedules - will you join the trip to...., or the trip to.... 
As a special activity there were body painters working on models, who, once finished, also walked around between the pictures as living artworks.
 

A chance to flee the too hot city for a slightly cooler afternoon in good company and with the chance to see great art.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Saturday Afternoon in Mariazell

Mariazell is a famous pilgrimage destination in Austria. I only vaguely remembered being there once as a kid. As we were already in Lunz am See, we decided to go on to Mariazell and drive home via the south.
The Basilika sits high above the town. It is home of a revered statue of Mother Mary, the Magna Mater Austriae.
Of course that brings with it the usual parafrenalia of  pilgrimage:

Which, if you keep a close focus, still has some historical charm.
 As do some of the lovely renovated older buildings in town, overrun on a sunny afternoon by bikers of every kind (the ones using just their legs and the ones using heavy machinery), groups arriving for specialy read masses and also people out for a lovely afternoon trip as we were.
Icecoffe - the perfect end to a lovely day trip.
After the second weekend excursion I have to admit it is definitely worth it to fight ones inner critic and weaker self and get going. There is so much to discover and enjoy in our lovely country within just a couple of hours driving distance. Already looking forward to next weekends adventure, which will be of a more artistical kind.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Another Weavers Market - Lunz am See

Summer is the time for festivals and open air events. While the weavers market in Haslach took over the whole town, the one in Lunz am See was a more intimate affair, using just the rooms of the historical Amon Haus.
 
 
Arriving at the parking space we got a very special welcome by a very cute baby alpaca.
Inside there were artists displaying their works in felting, weaving and spinning and much advice to be had, openly offered for every shy enquiry.
 


 
Lunch at the lovely lake was the perfect end to this part of my excursion.