If you read my last post, a review of the wonderful picture book by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool called Isabella’s Garden, you may have picked up how delighted I was to discover that we found some of Rebecca Cool’s art work in the Margaret River Gallery. I love the way she uses colour, pattern, and vintage fabrics. In the same gallery, we also saw some quirky sculptures by her husband, Ross Miller – the sort you take one look at and start to grin.
Thanks to directions from Margaret River Gallery’s Mechelle Bernhardt, Mr Book Chook and I took ourselves off to the local school to witness another visual feast from the talented Cool-Miller duo. Here are murals of children gardening on the external walls of classrooms that form a boundary around one of the most attractive and useful looking gardens I have ever seen. Permaculture principles seem to be behind it - beans and peas jostle rainbow chard, silver beet and herbs. Scarecrows preside over the whole, and the piece-de-resistance is a wonderful transparent gate, showing glimpses of the playground beyond, and decorated with two Cool children.
If you find yourself in Margaret River, Western Australia, be sure to include the Margaret River Primary School on your agenda. It's totally Cool!