Senzes in the Vineyard

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Taking place at Long Point Vineyard and Art Gallery on Sunday 15 April, The Mid North Coast Ford Owners Club and the Hastings Old Holdens Club are having a Show n Shine, and there will be contemporary art and sculpture on display and for auction by talented artists, Gail Sue, Lynne Bickhoff and Sarah Avery. Add in some wine tasting, and it is the perfect way to take some time out these holidays and experience some local art, wine and vintage cars.

Mid North Coast Ford Owners Club:


A group friendly and fun people who all have a love of FORDS … we meet on the last Sunday of every month for a club cruise to various destinations. As well as camping trips away, we also enjoy attending numerous events throughout the year. All you need to join is own a FORD, any model, any year … doesn’t have to be the flashest one on the street either! Hope to see you on a run!


Back in October 2004, a small group of old Holden lovers organised an informal get together at Lake Cathie.

An ad was placed in the local paper and flyers handed out to various outlets in the area, inviting all old Holden owners to bring their car and family along – with the intention of forming an old Holden club.

The response was overwhelming. Old Holdens of all shapes and sizes attended, ranging from original to modified, and all were made to feel welcome.

By the end of the gathering, a committee was elected and the Hastings Old Holdens Car Club was formed.

On the third Sunday of every month, the club meets at around 9am at AutoBarn, opposite Harvey Norman on Hastings River Drive.

From there, club members get to enjoy driving their pride and joy to various parts of the beautiful coastal and hinterlands areas on the Mid North Coast.

We also attend other car club ‘show n shine’ events, from Sydney to the Gold Coast. A range of fundraising activities have been organised by the club, providing much needed funding for the local SES, Starlight Children’s Foundation, and numerous Mid North Coast schools and clubs.

In the past 5 years we have organised a Hasting’s Old Holdens ‘Classic Cruise’. Each year we have grown in numbers, and people have come from afar; this year we had 2 cars  from Victoria. The date for our Classic Cruise this year was 23, 24 and 25 March. Our base is Sundowner Caravan Park.

For further info, please refer to our website:


Gail Sue – Artist

I find inspiration everywhere! I use photographs and quick sketches as references to places I visit, always looking for the mysterious and colourful, relying on my intuition and imagination to guide me as I contemplate the journey through my painting.

I use my fingers, matting board, sticks … all manner of found objects to produce painterly affects and textures in my pieces. I regard my style as contemporary abstract, my aim is to capture the essence or spirit of my subject, to create fresh and interesting images, bringing them to life with a personality of their own.

I was born and grew up in Oatley, a southern suburb of Sydney, Australia, residing in the area until relocating to Wilmington N.C. U.S.A.  in 2007, returning to Australia in 2010.

I’ve always had a passion for painting, but really only dabbled until joining a weekly traditional oil painting class in 1989; then, purely by accident in 2002, I attended a workshop in Abstract Painting using Acrylic paint and Mixed Media. Since then, I have worked primarily in Acrylic, going through many stages and experimenting with different techniques, an ongoing process and challengers. Although I have no formal education in Art, I have attended numerous workshops in Australia and USA, have participated in group shows and a solo exhibition in North Carolina.

In 2006 I opened my own Gallery in Jannali, NSW and ran workshops in Acrylic Abstraction. My work hangs in private collections in Australia, South Africa, Canada, USA and the Netherlands.

I now work from my Studio at Gum Scrub on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia; my goal is to continue experimenting with Encaustic and Mixed Media, start my next project and generally settle into my new home in this beautiful country.

Lynne Bickhoff is a local artist whose interpretative, contemporary style has seen her winning many awards for her work.

Working principally in mixed media, she has a unique style which conveys her love of the rainforests and gorges of our beautiful Australian landscape. She will work with the subject to recreate the colours and textures to interpret the landscape from her own internal view, using the mood and sense of place to enrich the work. It’s an interesting take on how she sees her world.

Another fascination is figurative work – especially the subject of dance and music. Many of her works feature geishas, dancing figures and the beautiful lines and shapes of musical instruments. These works are usually completed in rich colours and textures, reflecting eloquently the essence of the subject.

Lynne’s work can be viewed online at                         

Sarah Avery – Artist

I first started playing with clay way back in 1973, when I lived in Sydney. I moved to the Mid North Coast in 1976, where I was addicted to the pottery wheel for many years.

In 1984, it was time to move on. The world grabbed me. I needed to experience new places and cultures. So, off we went travelling (my husband and I). These travels took me to many far away places, but Venice was where my heart landed for a period of time. I fell in love with the Venetian Masks.

On my return to Oz, inspired by the masks of Venice I was determined to teach myself to make them. This I did for a few years, making them out of paper mache. However, my passion is with clay, so this slowly evolved into the sculptures I do today.

Most of the body wall plaques are moulded by me from real live bodies (this is fun) and then made from ‘paper clay’, to keep them lightweight for hanging; while, the free standing sculptures, which are made by hand, are made from heavily grogged clay for strength.

None of my works are glazed, but instead are painted and then a final finish applied.

This story was published in issue 77 of Port Macquarie Focus 

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