WONDROUS WESTERN DOWNS: Miles artist Kylie Bourne will be hosting a picnic and a tour of her mosaic and glass art studio as part of the lead up to the Big Skies festival.
WONDROUS WESTERN DOWNS: Miles artist Kylie Bourne will be hosting a picnic and a tour of her mosaic and glass art studio as part of the lead up to the Big Skies festival. Contributed

Western Downs' artist hosts picnic and studio tour

VISITORS will have the opportunity to indulge in a gourmet garden picnic and view a busy studio at the Garden & Gallery Picnic in Miles on May 1.

As part of the lead up to this year's Big Skies event local Western Downs artist, Kylie Bourne, will be hosting a garden and gallery champagne picnic.

Held at the 'Sunnyview' property in Miles, artist Kylie Bourne will be providing delicious picnic boxes, a glass of champagne under the 100-year-old jacarandas on the banks of the Dogwood Creek on Wednesday

Not to mention, the opportunity to take a tour of her mosaic and glass art studio during the afternoon.

The last time that Ms Bourne opened her property to the public was about four years ago.

"In previous years we have held events and charity fundraisers here, so I think people will be pleasantly surprised when they see how much the garden and studio have evolved during that time,” she said.

"People can sit and relax underneath our 100-year old Jacaranda tree, listen to the soothing sounds of our creek, and enjoy the abundance of local birdlife that we have visiting our garden.

"Local gardeners may be interested to see the mix of cottage and native plants and see what grows well in my sandy loam conditions.

"I'm currently preparing for my 'TRE360' exhibition that will open in mid-December at Dogwood Crossing, so people will also have the opportunity to have a sneak-peek at the 60 artworks that I have prepared so far.”

Kylie has worked on a variety of glass, tile, mirror and sculptured items since she first dabbled with mosaics nearly 20 years ago.

"The first artistic item that I worked on was my septic tank, and since then I have worked on many commissioned items and displayed at both solo and group exhibitions.

"I really like to re purpose items, some of the more unusual objects I have worked with include a cattle skull and transforming old beds and table legs into giant dragonflies and butterflies.

"I used to work on our veranda but over the years my husband and children have helped me to establish a proper studio in the original homestead, which is over 110 years old.”

"I think it's important that we showcase the region, our way of life and why we love living here,” she said.

"I'm happy to share my little piece of paradise and it'll be lovely to share with community members and visitors that might come along.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the garden and gallery champagne picnic would give people a chance to sit back under the trees and appreciate the beauty of our natural environment and a local artist's work.

"Big Skies really does offer something for everyone and whether you're a Western Downs local or someone travelling here for the Festival, the Garden & Gallery Champagne Picnic is sure to be a fun afternoon,” he said.

"Kylie is an extremely talented artist and the Dogwood Creek will be a beautiful backdrop to her work.”

Council spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire said that this outing complements the other activities offered during the Council's Big Skies event, running from April 27 to May 5.

"We have such a great variety of activities planned over the 10 days but this picnic is a chance to have a casual and relaxing afternoon in a delightful natural setting,” Cr Maguire said.

"We are thankful to Kylie for generously offering to open her private space for the afternoon.”

The Garden & Gallery Champagne Picnic will be held from 12 to 4pm on Wednesday 1 May at Sunnyview, 267 Hookswood-Pelham Road, Miles. Tickets are $55 and include a gourmet picnic lunch and glass of champagne on arrival.

To book a place, visit the Big Skies website here.