A workshop in creative watercolour for picture book art and illustration

Saturday 24th June, 12:30 – 3.30pm at Margaret River Library

sml-Progwshop_MAC2015A practical workshop by Gabriel Evans at the Margaret River Library

  • Learn creative systems in watercolour and apply them to illustration
  • Discuss the process for working with publishers, creating portfolios and interpreting text visually
  • Develop the initial skills to express your creativity in the world of picture books

Cost is $15 and includes afternoon tea. (Materials list is supplied at payment) Bookings essential as space is limited ** For ages 17+

Banner croppedGabriel is an artist and illustrator of over twenty books. He works with publishers including Walker Books, Scholastic and Penguin Random House. He works in traditional mediums from a small, messy studio and travels Australia giving workshops and talks on illustration. When he’s not painting he’s growing trees, exploring beaches and drinking tea. Visit his website for examples of his beautiful art and illustrations: https://gabrielevansartist.com/

Come along and be prepared to have a go!

Regular children’s activities resume this week

School is back! which means that Baby Rhyme Time and Storytime resume this week.

Baby Rhyme Time at Margaret River Library: Every Monday during school term (except public) holidays at 2.00pm – Please note new time. Perfect for babies 0-2 years old and their caregivers with rhymes, songs, music and afternoon tea. Bookings are not required for this activity.

Storytime at Margaret River Library: Every Tuesday during school term at 10.30am. Aimed at children 2-5 years old and their caregivers. Storytime incorporates stories, rhymes, songs and craft. There is no need to book for storyime, just turn up.

Toddler Tales at Augusta Library: Held on the second Thursday of the month, the next session is on May 11th at 10.30am. Toddler Tales is especially designed for toddlers aged 18 to 36 months and involves stories, rhymes, songs, craft and morning tea at Augusta Library. Bookings are required, please call 9780 5602 if you are interested in coming along.


Anzac author talk with Dianne Wolfer

Just a reminder that the library is hosting Dianne Wolfer to talk about Anzac on

Thursday 27th April, 6 – 7:30pm

with light refreshments provided after the talk.

She has been experiencing huge success with all of her titles with ’The Lighthouse Girl’ currently being made into a play by the Black Swan Theatre with the Premiere this week and serving as inspiration for PIAF’s giant puppets in Perth in 2015; while The West Australian newspaper recently used parts of Photographs in the Mud (75th anniversary of Kokoda) in the lead up to Anzac Day. All welcome to attend but RSVP’s would be appreciated for catering purposes.

Ph: 9780 5600 or email: [email protected]


Exhibition launch in the Cocoon…gallery for emerging artists

Thursday 27th October, 6 – 7:30pm with light refreshments provided

Situated in the foyer of the Margaret River Library, the Cocoon gallery is showing Annie Bowerman’s stunning photographic images of the South West, combined with Al Purdon’s unique West Australian timber frames. The exhibition will run to the end of November.


Annie Bowerman

After a move from managing WA Pol’s Forensic Crime Scene Photographic Unit and then administering the Geographe Catchment Council, Annie finally followed her dream of capturing all the moods of the South West through the lens of her camera. Nature based photography is her passion and her catalogue of images featuring the South West’s celebrated biodiversity, land and seascapes is extensive.

Al Purdon

Coming from a machinery maintenance background, Al developed his interest in woodwork and framing attaining further skills with each of Annie’s images that needed hanging. Sharing a passion for conservation, Al and Annie pursued alternative materials to enhance the images – using face cuts, mill ends and general “waste” from the WA timber industry. The aim became to find a unique way to turn a discarded product into a valuable one-off piece of art.

All artworks will be for sale and prints of the images can be requested. If you can’t make it to the launch, come in over the next few weeks to view their unique way of presenting the South West.

Jazz performance and author talk by Mike Nelson

Listen to Mike’s jazz music and hear about his novel in the relaxed surroundings of the Margaret River Library. All welcome! Light refreshments will be provided. Mike Nelson is known as a superb jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer and educator. Now, he is the first time author of the fiction novel ‘Muso’.

Thursday 20th October, 6 pm to 7:30pmmusolrRSVP by 19th October for catering purposes.

‘Muso’ is much more than the career and activities of a pianist. It is also a gripping and gritty thriller, an engaging love story and fascinating look behind the scenes of nightclub entertainment in 1970’s and 80’s Perth and London.

Mike Nelson (music) and Jenny Wrenn (vocals)