May 12 2009
Medium: Sculpture & painting
Stephanie Burns is an artist, editor and art valuer who has worked in many fields in the arts for the last 25 years. In 1982 she moved back to her father’s native country, England, where she lived for the next 13 years. Stephanie attended Norwich School of Art life room, Bath College of Higher Education Foundation Course and Wimbledon School of Art Sculpture courses from1984 – 1990 and has since had ten solo exhibitions and been in over fifty group exhibitions in Britain and throughout Australia. In the past she has worked primarily as a sculptor but has also had exhibitions of her collages and paintings.
Orion Sculpture Park & the Arts Trail
Award winning artist Stephanie Burns and husband Stephen Hooper have been building their dream of a sculpture park and native gardens for the past four years on what was a
seven acre sheep paddock on the outskirts of Yass. This year, with the dream still in its infancy Orion Sculpture Park and gardens have been accepted into Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. The park, gardens and studio will be open over the weekend 6th-7th November to co-inside with CLASSIC YASS (A Celebration of Community), a festival weekend that includes the YASSarts ‘Arts Trail’.
At Orion Sculpture Park Stephen has been building the permanent bases for the twenty bronze sculptures of tulips, animals, still-lives and figures all made by Stephanie. Plant rooms and avenues have been specifically designed and landscaped around the sculptures. The ponds around the park have not only reintroduced wildlife such as frogs and birds to the property but they too have sculptures as their centre piece.
The move to Yass was a tree change for Stephanie and Stephen and after four years the vegetable patch has tripled in size. The vegetable patch complete with Wyandotte chickens is a welcome feature for visitors interested in self-sufficiency. The cottage gardens around the house are filled with massed plantings of bearded iris that have been divided each year, separated and replanted to particular colour coding for each bed. The spring flowering beds are a wonder at this time of year with the backdrop of the sculptures and the emerging native forests where nearly 1000 trees and shrubs have already been planted, from tube stock, cuttings and seed propagated by Stephen. This is a garden not to miss for those who also have a dream and want to see how others have begun.