A selection of comments, posts and messages via FB and IG

Victoria Basdeo
I read the book from cover to cover in one weekend, absorbed it deeply, shed many tears over the beautiful stories and stunning photos. I have been so deeply moved by the vulnerability, beauty and richness of all the artists. I feel so inspired and connected myself to this place – Warby – the mountains and the river are so beautifully woven into the stories, the images and the essence of heart and home.

Maya Ward
To be an artist requires honesty, intimacy, vulnerability and courage. All of these qualities are needed for us to come into deep relationship with that which we seek to share. The amazing process of making this book with you, Angela and Lindy, required us to grow in all of these qualities. You’ve helped us to become better artists. Your love and generosity are infectious. Your kindness and generosity seemingly infinite!
All artists need champions in order to flourish. Lindy and Angela, you have been our champions! That is an unbelievable gift. Thank you so much for sharing us with our community and for enabling our love of this place to be seen more completely by the world. xxx

Phoenix Arrien
Last night I went to the launch of ‘From This Place’, a pictorial coffee table book about the women artists of the Upper Yarra Valley. With tears in my eyes I gazed at the breathtaking images of these women expressing themselves in unique ways and read their stories and listened to the spoken words and songs at the launch.
These women follow their dreams and explore many levels of life and who they are unfolding to be – often against huge odds…very inspiring and very moving. I feel fortunate to be part of this awesome community.
When I am here I know I belong. Even when I travel, people, animals, forests, rivers of Warburton, I hold you in my heart

Suzana Klarin
Such a vibrant, inspiring, elegant and soulful gathering of beautiful artists. ‘Very Bravo’.


This 🙌🏽 beautiful book – a tribute to 13 female artists of our gorgeous Yarra Valley. The launch of ‘From this Place’ and its accompanying exhibition last Friday was very special to be at. I have been enjoying this book daily since! The stories captured speak of the various journeys of artists, artist identity, balance of work/family and our creative drive. The raw truth shared of their stories: Spoke deeply to me of inner longing. The photographic images offer insight into their worlds and their essence 💫 It has become a great source of inspiration and motivation. To dedicate myself to my art, what makes me come ALIVE with excitement and freedom!
Love your work

Jena Bedson
Congratulations Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas on the launch of your book “From this Place” and the exquisite exhibition of photo’s from the book. There was such a heartwarming feeling of goodwill and deepest gratitude at the Arts Centre last night.
Thank you for inviting me to join you on this journey.❤️

Lindee Bibby
Thank you so much for delivering my book today , all my clients loved it and it has even inspired her to get creative again with her water colours, whilst laying back on the basin she looked at the beautiful view out of the window and has said if it rains today she is going to get her paint out! I can’t wait to read it ❤️ xx

Jo Rothwell
Wonderful heartfelt launch and exhibition…several hours on, have just finished reading your baby from cover to cover…or indeed from head to toe! Significant and inspiring stories complemented by glorious images, penned and photographed by talented artists. Thank you Lindy Schneider and Angela Rivas for fulfilling your vision. Xx

Linda Oy Ho
Congratulations dearest Lindy and Angela on your inspiring and beautiful book ‘From this Place’ telling the powerful stories of female artists of the Yarra Valley. What an amazing night of artists, photography, music, poetry and community!

Tex Lindner
Launch of a beautiful book about the amazing female artists of the Yarra Valley written by my partner Lindy Schneider and photography by Angela Rivas.  Congratulations to them and all the artists featured.

Dagmar Limp
Dear Lindy
To you and all the people involved, congratulations on a VERY successful book launch.
The book itself is just wonderful.
I bought for me and one for a Christmas present.
Be proud of yourself ,and ,please do an other one…Book that is.
The Valley is so blessed with talents.
Thank you, Lindy

Michael Hibbert
My cup of tea went cold…
pouring over your book just now, I was immediately transported to a place I know is nearby but so often just out of reach.
Thank you for the gift that is a manifestation of who – you and the wonderful women around this place -are.

Mike Stone

Hi Angela, just wanted to say “Hi” . so admired your work in the “From this place” photo book. Conny my wife and I just spent a week with Sioux (Airbnb) and have bought the book. As a amateur photographer, I always reach out to those a admire to show my appreciation for their art. Cheers Mike

Jo Rothwell

As one of the artists featured in this beautiful book, I would love to extend my gratitude for the energy, passion and sensitivity shown by Lindy and Angela and congratulate them on producing such a wonderful book and exhibit. I have no doubt that I would have been the most ‘challenging’ creator that Lindy and Angela had to contend with, questioning whether my story was worthwhile and certainly testing my ‘control freak’ tendencies. I have learnt however that I do have a story to share and perhaps it is time to be confident enough to do so. I need to keep challenging myself. The inspirational stories you have highlighted from fellow creators has encouraged me to embrace and believe in my own world. So thank you for fulfilling your vision.

Helen Rivero

Hey Angela, your book arrived today. Thank u. It is DIVINE!!!!! such gorgeous pictures great text as well. What wonderful women. Congratulations xx