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We have hosted a series of free creative workshops to share our experiences of the June 2021 storms. Using wood salvaged from the Dandenong Ranges, we have painted, written, carved and collaged our stories, with a focus on 

recovery, resilience and hope.


Nearly three years on we are all at different stages of recovery. Everyone in our community was impacted in one way or another, and we would like to creatively document those experiences.

Our exhibition is on now at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum until September 8.

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If you were unable to participate in a workshop, you are welcome to collect a piece of wood from Emma Jennings Gallery in Olinda, and work on it at home. Watch these tutorials to get some ideas!

This has been an incredible experience, and I’m really proud of our team of artists, community groups and volunteers who have been involved, but especially the beautiful, honest, important artwork made by our community.

We respectfully acknowledge the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the custodians of the beautiful land, forests and animals where this work will take place, and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We are excited to be able to share traditional Cultural traditions in this project, and do so with the utmost respect and gratitude.

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Click here to see the progress of the portraits painted by Emma Jennings on slabs of the fallen trees.

Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way. 


(more to come throughout the year)

Painting, drawing, writing with Emma Jennings
Monday June 19, 4pm-5.30pm kids 5-12 (and their families)

Wednesday 21 June, 10am-12pm (morning tea provided)

Haiku with Lia Hills 

Friday evening 9 June, 6-8 pm (soup provided at 5.30)


Printmaking, mark making and collage with Jo Horswill

Saturday morning 10 June, 9-11am  (morning tea provided)

and Wednesday 14 June, 10am-12pm (morning tea provided)


Painting, drawing, writing with Youth Leader Ren Cuttriss and Emma Jennings (for youth age 13-18)

Friday evening 16 June, 6-8pm (soup provided at 5.30)

Making ochre with John Patten and Emma Jennings

Saturday morning 17 June, 9-11am 

(morning tea provided)

At Emma Jennings Gallery and Studio Olinda Village

Shop 3/540 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road (enter from Olinda-Monbulk Road)

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