Sheena Michie

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A passionate percussionist of scottish heritage, Sheena's first instrument was a snare drum in a pipe band. Sheena also plays bass and tenor drum as well as cajon, bongos and any available surface. She has played in contemporary and folk music bands in Australia and New Zealand and is a member of both the Alexandra District Pipe Band, the Queenstown and Southern Lakes Pipe Band and a ukelele band. Sheena likes nothing better than joining in a session of Celtic music with her her Irish bodhran.

Liz Conway

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A native of Boulder, Colorado (USA), Liz began learning music at a young age. She went on to gain a BA in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Richmond, VA (USA), a DipGrad in Studio Music Teaching from the University of Otago, and a diploma from the Institute of Registered Music Teachers of New Zealand. Liz has 10 years of private teaching experience and has worked many years in the schools and university teaching piano, singing, guitar, band performance, music theory, songwriting and recording.

She founded a teaching and recording studio in Dunedin, which was sold when her husband’s work took them overseas for a few years to Canmore (Canada) – beautiful place, worth a visit. She now lives in Alexandra with her husband, Jono, and their two kids, Jackson (4) and Maia (2). As a recording artist, local performer, and qualified private music teacher, Liz is able to combine practical aspects of music with her grounding in music education.

Sean Boyd

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Junk and sci-fi Artist 

Sean Boyd creates original one of a kind science fiction sculptures from recycled objects. His passion is for creating ray guns, lamps, full size robots, jetpacks and commissions. Sean collects from rubbish dumps, recycling centres and landfill.  Recycling screws, nuts, bolts, light fittings, sewing machines, plumbing parts and much more. He is nationally and internationally renowned.

Maxine Williams


Mural Artist

Central Otago artist Maxine Williams lives and works just out of historic Clyde, in Earnscleugh. In 2007, she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the School of Art in Dunedin. For the past 7 years she worked as the arts coordinator for Central Otago but finished that role recently to concentrate on her own art. 

She loves painting, photography, film, sculpture and writing. She is passionate about the Central Otago region and the beauty of the seasons is one of her main photography subjects. She often uses her photos to inform her paintings, trying to capture the essence of being Kiwi. Other subject matters contain social commentary of a world at war and how life in New Zealand seems so much simpler.

Currently she's engaged with two youth art projects, one in the Maniototo to design and paint a mural at the Ranfurly Pool and the other being the Thyme Festival Murals project. Working with children on these projects is something she enjoys immensely and she wholly believes in giving young people great creative experiences that they may not have ever been a part of.  

Marion Vialade



Marion states 'Art is a part of who I am and I had to get into it no matter what'.

She loves to explore the fascinating balance between the control of the tools and the freedom of creativity and gesture. The playful nature of working the picture in reverse has Marion feeling like she is passing through the looking glass.

Marion describes a fight when beginning a new woodblock.  On one side, the picture in her head, and on the other there is the tools (stubborn), the block (stubborn) and their un-written rules Marion must dance with in order to create her art!

Marion lives in Alexandra and juggles her art work with 2 small children, her work as a wine maker, along with her partner, also a wine-maker.


Abigail Rose

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Aerial Circus Artist

Abigail Rose trained in multiple circus disciplines in New Zealand,  discovering a passion for creativity and physical challenge. She was trained by Deborah Pope on Swinging Trapeze in New Zealand and then continued her training across Canada to New York USA.

She has spent the past 8 years performing aerials across the Southern Hemisphere and running workshops in multiple schools and outreach programmes in Western Australia.

More recently performing at the Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival in the United Kingdom.

She specialises in Aerial Rope and Double Trapeze and has been working for Zip Zap Circus in South Africa on multiple projects for the past year.


Tracy Osborne


Glass Artist

Well known glass artist, and former resident of Clyde Tracy Osborne will join Thyme Festival to create a public piece of art, including input from our local people.

Tracy creates mosaics made of glass so light can pass through them, often representing the need to move away from waste as the 'normal'.

She created a piece for the Alexandra community in 2009 called Pennon Earth.  This stands on the walkway between the Stadium Tavern and Molyneux Aquatic Centre.