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Friday, 18 September 2015

Port Adelaide Series - Part 2 - Jackalope Art Studios

One of the other spots I'd found on  my last visit were some very unique plantholders hanging around the Port back streets.  After chatting the the lovely lady in Sea Witches I discovered the artists who had made these lovely creations had studio nearby.... the plants are Agapanthus by the way..... so beware :)

Hidden in Calton Street, Port Adelaide you will find Jackalope Art Studio Gallery
Run by two vivacious ladies from the USA, they have saved a run down stable and have turned it into a premiere meeting place, complete with serene city garden out the back.

The Jackalope is a mythical North American animal.  It is said to be a jackrabbit with antelope horns as seen here with a youngin

I didn't seen any actual Jackalopes when I visited  this gorgeous studio, but I did enjoy the banter I had with the ladies inside

Of course, I headed straight to the back garden area to sup in the delights I could see through the back door and window.  It is a veritable delight to find serenity so close to the city and the ocean and surrounded by brickwork.  I was hoping I'd actually see a Jackalope, or maybe even a pixie.however what I did find was just as pretty and enjoyable


I don't know how many of you know about my love for all things Geranium/Pellargonium.  I used to love growing it in my hometwon in outback Australia because of it's durability and tenacity.  It doesn't need much water and is perfect for the harsh drought conditions I grew up in.
I naturally look for and fall in love each time I come across said plant variety.  

You may notice the number on the wall here.... it became part of the SALA exhibition recently.  Ask the ladies to tell you the story. I don't wish to spoil it by saying on here.

Interspersed amongst the succulents you will find these gems of art.  Masses of beads set in a long stem of pipe 

As you walk around this back yard more things become apparent.  The old wooden bench seat near one wall gives an olde world feeling to the space

The back left corner of the garden hosts a number of delightful pieses.  What catches the eyes are the brightly painted metal chairs 

If you stick around long enough you will also note there is a little house as a backdrop to these chairs

A cute little cubby house in the back yard....only I don't think it's for the little kids, more the grown up ones

as you can see from the window dressing

A most unusual window treatment and one you may miss if you don't come right up close

On the very back wall is a beautiful water feature... and feature it is!  I love the bright blue background.  It contrasts so fabulously with the flora growing around and beside it.
The sound of the moving water is blissful and I took my time photographing and simply enjoying it's calming vibrations.

Once again I find geraniums and I feel at home again

I've been told you can sit at these lovely tables and enjoy a cool drink or a coffee.  Eclectic and something I can see myself sitting at I am looking forward to returning so I can enjoy a refreshment with friends or even a celebration of some sort.  There's so much to offer at Jackalope

Of course, there is real evidence found of the creative "genes" that are hanging around the Port.  If you turn left as you walk out to the garden you will find these masterpieces on a "work bench" awaiting a new home as the agapanthus take hold in theirs

So far I've only shown you the back.  How rude of me!!!  Come on, join me on a walk around inside!

Inside the gallery are an array of art works that will soon be replaced with more and different as time goes on.  No art gallery remains static for long.

The Front door is split like the stable doors of old.  I didn't stay long enough to see if it was an original door but I feel it would be a part of the renovations.

If you find yourself free on a Thursday, Friday or weekend then head on over to Port Adelaide and pop in to see the gals at 
19 Calton street,
Port Adelaide  SA  5015

Opening hours
11 - 5 thursday thru Saturday
10 - 5 Sunday
otherwise by appt