Today I delivered about 25 glass works to a really interesting Art Exhibition that is taking place in a lovely village called Selby near Melbourne, as part of this year’s “Selby Festival”.

I have never been to this place before and it is so pretty that I stopped and took lots and lots of pictures!

All Saints Church in Selby is so pretty (available for weddings too…no wonder)

Selby is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 37 km south-east of the centre of Melbourne.

Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Selby’s census population rose from 159 in 1933 to 1,396 in 2006.

Selby Anglican Church recently hosted a Scottish wedding, and still boasts the flag of England.

The settlement of Selby occurred in conjunction with Menzies Creek, a short distance eastwards.

After the narrow-gauge railway opened 1900, the provision of a station in May 1904 required a name.

The Trestle Bridge in Selby

The name of Selby was chosen as a compliment to a local landowner and councillor, George Selby.

The Post Office opened on August 1, 1913 (closing in 1994).

The land around Selby is particularly hilly, as evidenced by the curves in both the road and the railway.

The Trestle Bridge in Selby

The eastern side of the township is dominated by the steep Black Hill, on which there is a reserve.

Whilst the topography put restraints on farming it attracted tourists and weekenders.

In the 1920s Selby’s weekend population rivalled Belgrave’s, but a scarcity of sub-divided land drew made potential holiday home owners and others away from Selby.

Some notable Melburnians built homes in Selby, and the Carlotta Tye memorial at the Anglican church commemorates the wife of George Tye, owner of a then well-known Melbourne furniture emporium.

Today when I was there, a local tradesman was repairing this lovely gate and was hoping I could get a good picture of it for my blog!

Local parishioners are the backbone of tiny communities like this and everyone was so friendly.  I am already looking forward to many many more visits to Selby!

Puffing Billy

Puffing Billy

Selby’s proximity to Belgrave ultimately attracted residential subdivisions, and a primary school was built in 1951.

The township has several reserves and shops, including a General Store which continues to serve local needs.

Following a landslide beyond Selby in 1953, the narrow-gauge railway fell into disuse as a regular railway and was closed the following year, only to be re-opened in 1962 as the current extremely popular tourist-oriented Puffing Billy Railway which winds its way attractively through deep gullies, forests, farmland and gentle hills. If you haven’t enjoyed a day on Puffing Billy, you really should.

Puffing Billy going over the Trestle Bridge

Puffing Billy going over the Trestle Bridge

Wildlife abounds in and around Selby. King Parrots, Galahs, Yellow Tail Black Cockatoos, Black Wallabies, Echidnas, Koalas and Wombats are often sighted. Visits from Barking Owls have been recorded as recently as 2005.

Here are some pictures of the glass pieces I have on show in this lovely little town this weekend!

Turtle Bay Series by jens studio handcrafted glass

Paris Elegance Series by jens studio

Paris Elegance Series by jens studio

Sparkling Chlorophyll 20x20cm by jensstudio

Sparkling Chlorophyll 20x20cm by jens studio

One autumn leaf by jensstudio

One autumn leaf by jens studio

Lime Delish 12"x12" by jensstudio handcrafted glass

Lime Delish 12″x12″ by jens studio handcrafted glass

bold bracelet in blue

Bold bracelet in blue – available from my Artfire store.

rainforest freedom series by jens studio

A whole bunch of compact purse hangers are in the exhibition – this year’s must have fashion accessory!

The festival’s official opening is on tomorrow:

Friday, March 16, at 7pm, at the All Saints Selby 2012 Art Show

held at All Saints Church on Lacy St. The show runs from March 16-18.

I warmly recommend you get along – enjoy your outing!

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  1. Peter Anthony Roberts 9 years ago

    I purchased in 1973 the former holiday home of George Tye on 10acres along Selby-Aura Rd.
    After restoring it to it former glory we sold it in 1978 to Maurice Liberman who continued the work we had commenced.

  2. steiderstudios 9 years ago

    Beautiful landscapes and beautiful glass! Best of luck with the show!

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      Jenie Yolland 9 years ago

      Thank you Linda – All the best for your classes – loving your blog and colour samplers!

  3. Greer McDonald 9 years ago

    What a lovely way to do business!

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      Jenie Yolland 9 years ago

      It certainly was a wonderful day and so picturesque!

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