Photos taken at the second of Annie's two felting workshops held in May 2018.
Our next Gallery Gigs are in June and July featuring
Fri 8th June: 'Intensity' from Wangaratta playing rock, pop, covers and originals.
Thurs 5th July: Jenny Mitchell (N.Z) and Nigel Wearne (Vic) as part of their tour.
Both nights will be the usual $10 charge
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and our NEA Website.
Full details published in our June Newsletter
Macrame is making a comeback! Some images from Mish's macrame workshop at NEA...
For information, call Mish on 0421 901 302 or email: email@example.com
Here's what Benalla musician Adam Toms had to say about Scott and Corin -
Last night I attended a little gig in my own town Benalla arranged by Michaela Alexander which was at North East Artisans. It featured two Canadian singer songwriters Scott Cook and Corin Raymond who have been touring around Australia for the last 6 weeks and are considered folk music artists. To be honest, I don’t know much about ‘folk’ music, but I know when I’m moved, I know when I’m listening and watching something special, I know when I’m being taught musical, songwriting, storytelling and entertainer lessons. Last night was one of those gigs. For me it wasn’t about a genre it was about entertainment and ear candy.
These guys captivated every single person in the room with their show including me. Each played a 45 min or so set and joined each other for a song or two. They had people singing laughing, relating, reminiscing and sometimes even singing their songs without ever having heard them. They told stories that made you think you were there and created lyrical cleverness like it was a walk in the park and could be mistaken as something that come easy to all songwriters. (Myth)
To add to the coolness of this show they did not use a microphone for their voices and only one of them plugged his acoustic into the PA as it was a quiet guitar. Normally with 50 odd people in a room this isn’t possible but the silence, respect and appreciation for the artist doing their thing was nothing short of amazing. (I wish all singer/songwriter gigs were like this) when I looked around the room I saw everyone just digging what was in front of them. I wanted to take a photo or video during the night but I felt bad as I barely saw a phone out - nobody checking Facebook or snap chatting......just people in the musical moment. What a beautiful thing.
Huge props Michaela for creating these gigs and a culture of what ‘should be’ for gigs like this. I hope to play there soon and whilst my songs, style and ‘show’ will be different from last night I hope for the same vibe as what I was a part of last night. It’s a truly special thing as an artist to feel that intense buzz of appreciation bouncing back at you when you sing. I realise not all gigs are or can be like this but once in a while is really nice.
Adam John Toms
(Adam posted this on North East Artisan's Facebook site)
‘Where is Home’: Baddaginnie
Where would you most want to live and create/write etc? “Italy 1494 (Ficino & Botticelli my next door neighbours)”
Comfort food: ‘Cheese’
Artistic Influences: ‘My mother, my grandmother, Picasso, Surrealism, …’
Current reads/films/exhibitions attended: ‘Rilke’s poetry; Tsvetaeva, a Russian poet, to me the greatest poet of the twentieth century’…’An exhibition of lovely spiritualist style paintings in Violet Town’.
What are you working on at the moment? ‘A series of oil paintings with a simple, spiritual iconcography – ladders, Persian rugs, etc…’
Jamie Ferguson 'The Griffin (or Adam's Rib' (2018)
What was the first work you exhibited publically or sold as an artist?
‘In my 20’s, in Newcastle, some oil paintings at an exhibition’
How has your background influenced your creativity ?
‘My family influenced me a lot. Mum was a painter and I was the only child let into her studio. My grandmother had antiquarian books next to the old laundry shute, and we used to slide down the laundry shute amidst her antiquarian books.’
What’s the best part of being an artist?
‘The voyage of the soul – that sounds pretentious, but it activates the soul, and even though you can’t activate God, it tickles God’s nose a little bit’.
What’s the worst part of being an artist?
‘The best part is the letting go, but sometimes the conscious part of one self is impatient and and too harsh. Sometimes I end up in a creative quagmire, stuck, and the harder I try to let go, the more stuck I get’.
What’s the best (or worst) advice you’ve received about your work?
‘The worst advice is when people push a conservatism upon it. It’s hard to say … it’s always from people with too conservative an eye. The best advice was from a fellow called Anton who had Downs’ Syndrome who said, ‘That’s bloody silly, Jamie, but I love it’”.
What’s been the most significant moment in your artistic/creative career so far?
“Finding ‘The Secret Life of Salvadore Dali’ on my Grandmother’s bookshelf when I was 14. She let me borrow it, too!”
What do you find most challenging about painting?
‘Going deep. It’s as if … beauty used to be locked behind many doors; going deep is obviously difficult, but not so much any more. You should see some of the Goya like work I did…’
When you’re struggling with a painting, where do you look for inspiration?
‘I just pause, empty my mind, begin again, anywhere on the canvas, with some faith…’
Who do you picture as the ideal viewer of your work?
‘A man– living or dead—filling with a thousand eyes my acreage of mind. And, if that’s not possible, a very small man with seventeen nostrils’
Whether creativity in different areas can be taught is often debated – what’s your view?
‘To say creativity can’t be taught would go down a fascist road, to say everybody should be taught creativity goes down another sort of totalitarian road. However I do believe in the Utopian view set forth by Charles Fowler that the world should be teeming with billions of poets happily drinking strawberry milk. Teaching art is problematic because it implies governance and bureaucracy, but yes, I do believe art can be taught’.
Where and when do you prefer to paint?
‘Any time, any where, without being rained on too much’.
What do you listen to when you work?
‘I’m generally sober and silent when I work – I come from the accountancy school of creativity. I don’t even mind people talking to me - I can switch off. Sometimes it’s hard to be interrupted and have to change a poo-ey nappie though’.
Do you buy your eg. art supplies online, in an art store, or both?
‘I inherited lots of art supplies, after 30 years I’m still using some. I use Louise and Jim’s shop in Benalla and I’m starting to use online more, but I always get tempted by antique paint boxes and antique paints. I even saw a jar of Mumme on E-Bay – 1700’s artists used to get sections of Egyptian mummies and mix it into their paints’.
What’s your advice for someone wanting to be an artisan in your field?
‘Throw away any pretence and just begin…’
When not painting , what do you like to do?
‘I love being with Abby and my kids and I love being with my friends. I love being by myself with bottle of red wine at midnight reading a book say, from the 1500’s… I love physical stuff, too, sex, lifting heavy rocks, etc...’
If you weren’t making or supplementing your living by being an artist, what would you be doing instead?
‘I’d be connected to a circus in some capacity’
If you could go out to dinner with any artist,, who would it be and why?
‘I would go to dinner with Hakuin, a Zen artist who I heard was a good cook and loved laughter’.
What’s the art work that’s had the most significant impact on your life and work or an artist– and why?
‘Surrealist art, because it reminds you of your liberty’.
Do you have a philosophy for how and why you create?
Not particularly. Honesty, maybe. Letting things speak that are sometimes silent’.
At the beginning of the interview you said you are currently working on‘A series of oil paintings with a simple, spiritual iconcography – ladders, Persian rugs, etc…’ What do you hope viewers will take away from this?
‘That something inside them is gently turned upside down’.
Jamie Ferguson, 'The Red Book' (2017) and 'Horosocope Muse' (2017)
Jamie was interviewed in quiet moments while on roster duty in the Gallery 1 at NEA in March, 2018, You can check out photos of Jamie’s work and studio photos on his page on this website-- http://www.northeastartisans.org/jamie-ferguson.html
Just a quick reminder that Writers' Corner is this Wednesday (18th) as the following Wednesday is ANZAC Day and the Library is closed. 5-6:30pm (I had forgotten, so I figure other people might have too :-D)
We'll talk about the exercises from Dear Writer. Feel free to share some writing from one of the prompts sent out last month or something else you are working on.
Rodney Horsfall has been associated with NEA since its beginning. Rodney is now exhibiting and selling hand crafted musical instruments - cigar box blues guitars and ukeleles made from recycled materials - at NEA. Call in to Gallery 1 to check them out.
'NEA' merchandise fundraising products are occasionally offered for sale. A memorable product - the Between the Walls fringe festival event T-Shirt in 2017 - another the 'In Your Face' Portrait Exhibition's Poster collection,
In late 2017 Cornelia's memorable 'Nudie' design was printed in a very limited edition poster to accompany a weekend life drawing workshop offered by Frank Burgers. .
Then, early in 2018 a poster designed by 'We are Here' began to be sold - this can be seen in the Foyer Gallery and 'We are Here' cards which can be purchased in the gallery/shop.
The idea of a T-Shirt which could be worn by artisan volunteers on duty in the gallery shop has often been discussed and this seemed a good time to do this. Cornelia suggested using her 'We Are Here' and/or 'Nudie' artwork for the T-Shirts. It was decided to use Cornelia's 'We Are Here' map design for a generic T-Shirt range and to use her 'Nudie' artwork for a more 'limited edition artwork' T-Shirt, perhaps the first in a series drawing on the artwork of NEA artists.
Cornelia adapted her artwork for possible designs and colour ways. A meeting was held with Jason from local FOBIA industries to discuss designs, colours, sizes and more. Cornelia further refined the design work, sizes were decided on, and the order sent through to FOBIA. FOBIA were 'flat out', but promised they could deliver.
The first day of our 'Brush with NEA' event arrived and Jason arrived early carrying a large box of T-Shirts. Pricing was finalised, signs written and Lise Darcy did a wonderful job counting stock then presenting it for display on Chris Seeley's 'board table' in the gallery.
There was a swoop of early ordering by NEA artisans keen to have a Cornelia original nude or 'We are Here' T-Shirt to wear in the gallery. Initial prices - We are Here - $30; Nudie - $40, with a discounted price for early bird NEA Artisans and volunteer members
With the Wall to Wall Benalla weekend fading into the distance, We Are Here' map design White & Black T-Shirts are now $25, 'Nudie limited edition Red T-Shirts for $30., . Printed by local FOBIA Industries, the T-Shirts are same brand as 2017's Between the Walls T-Shirt.
Where to from here? Cornelia has suggested different colour ways for other 'editions' of 'Nudie', such as the following, which could also be be reversed with black T;s and white lines. Keep in touch!
Occasional Blogger - BL
Last 9 May 2018
"I have been creating and working with glass since 1994 - where I studied fine arts in Hobart. I have progressed through using glass sculpturally, to developing my sculpture work into lighting in 1997 and then leadlight via many opportunities including:
2013-2014 I studied the Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education in Warranwood Victoria. From the end of 2014 I began studying a Bachelor of Education (Primary) with Charles Darwin University.
Currently I am working in Steiner Education and studying. My glass and art work continuing, but is more of a hobby at present."
Architectural Glass Artist -
Leadlight and Copper Foil
Bio Source: Susan Pickworth, Linked In
A Gallery Gig at NEA on 19 th April at 6 pm is part of an extensive Australian tour by Canadian musicians Corin Raymond and Scott Cook. We feel so privileged to be able to offer this Gallery Gig!
Both Corin Raymond and Scott Cook can be found on YouTube...
The next clip features Scott Cook singing 'Fella's Get Out The Way'...
Like the lyrics? Check out this webpage...https://scottcook.bandcamp.com/track/fellas-get-out-the-way
See you at 6 pm at NEA on the 18th April! $10 - bookings at NEA.
Teacher - Frank Burgers
Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm starting on April 25th
Cost $20 per class
Starting with drawing, adjusted to individual requirements, project orientated.
First class: drawing eggs, greylead tonal study.
What to Bring:
I intend to start these classes with a number of drawing projects, then, as we advance, introduce painting media.
These are student focused, ongoing and open ended art classes, catering to individual needs and development.
Typically I aim to expose my students to:
The objectives of my classes are to achieve confidence in self expression and independence in the pursuit of your creative journey. If you have an interest in making art, a desire to develop your skills and knowledge and enjoy your creative journey, this is for you...
Classes will be held upstairs at NEA, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla - the towering brick building with massive murals painted on them.
Contact Frank 0488 676 127
Next Writers' Corner is on the 3rd Wednesday as the 4th is ANZAC Day and the Library is closed. At our last Writers' Corner I raised the possibility of us doing a "writing course" using Carmel Bird's book 'Dear Writer...revisited...' Originally published in 1988 while this edition is 2013. A quote by the author from the intro -
'When it comes down to it, the principal thing a writer has to do is write, to sit down at the desk and make up stories. You can actually guess and glean for yourself all the info about the so-called world of writing; you can work out how to present a manuscript to a publisher, if you want to. You can pick up some ideas from books such as this one. In classes and at festivals I have sometimes felt that students and members of the audience were hoping to be given the secret to a magic formula that was supposed to be in the possession of the tutor or speaker. The secret is that there is no magic formula.
Writing students have sometimes told me they wish for a book that will not only provide advice about skills, but will somehow urge and inspire the reader to write and continue to write. I hope that 'Dear Writer' will fulfill the students' wishes and answer the needs of both new and experienced writers.'
Leading Edge Books can get 'Dear Writer...revisited...' in for us. Retails for $25 but they will do them for $20 if we order more than 2 copies. I will definitely be getting a copy and am wondering if BRW should purchase a copy. Thoughts anyone? If you want to participate in this exercise I would strongly recommend getting yourself a copy so you can read and reread the entirety of each letter we are working through. I will include a few quotes, but it won't be as good.
A team effort led to a most enjoyable visit to NEA by the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Probus group on March 14th. Tim Bowtell was dropped off at Winton Wetlands where he met up with Elaine Murphy's brother and a busload of members from the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Probus Group. Tim provided a guided tour of the art, then proceeded with the bus to Benalla to guide a further tour - this time of Benalla Street Art. Meanwhile, back at NEA, Kylie PItts and her team - Kylie's mother, Susie Buykz and Annie Longmuir - were busy setting up tables and laying out prepared sandwiches, cakes and generally making ready. No rest for Tim when he returned, as there were lots of orders for coffee from the Red Road Cafe. The lunch by all accounts was delicious and followed up by a look through NEA and some enjoyed (and appreciated by NEA) retail therapy in Gallery 1..
Tim Bowtell's 'Asha' portrait the first of a series of artwork by NEA artists on display at the Benalla Rural City Council Offices in Bridge Street
Over the coming months artwork by a NEA artist will be exhibited in the display window of the Rural City of Benalla offices in Bridge Street. This is the result of an arts bank like leasing project inspired and facilitated by Benalla's Mayor, Councillor Don Firth.
The first painting, on display in the Council window, is Tim Bowtell's portrait of 'Asha'. .
Tim Bowtell loves to paint all manner of subjects and executes them in the most appropriate medium.
Tim is fascinated by building and architectural images – many of his works reflect this. Paintings of buildings of local interest – the Benalla Council Chambers prior to restoration; BPACC; the signal box near the railway station, are now in private collections.
Tim’s interest in social issues is reflected in works including his acquisitive prize winning painting for the 2016 Tatong Art Show ‘Chinese New Era’; the Gandhi wall opposite NEA; (Wall to Wall Festival 2016) and his thought provoking 'Sticks and Stones' wall on the railway side of the 'Primal' gym building (Wall to Wall Festival 2017). Tim's latest wall (on the library side of the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre has roots in his reaction to watching documentary film 'Cowspiracy'.(Wall to Wall Benalla 2018).
Street Art painting has taken a grip since Tim had the opportunity to paint a mural in the 2016 Benalla Wall to Wall festival. Tim enjoys creating aerosol works on canvas as well as on walls and enjoys the challenge of commissioned work. His commissioned works at the Mokoan rest stop and Winton Wetlands are much admired.
Tim works from his open studio at NEA.
'Asha' Tim Bowtell 200cm x 150cm
An occasional BLog.
Jenny Paull held a two day Pastel Workshop at NEA as part of 'A Brush with NEA' during the street art festival on the Labour Day weekend. Participants learnt to use underpainting techniques with water colour, acrylics and pastel to experiment with different effects in landscape and portraiture.another. Jenny's workshops are very popular, with a number of participants returning each time to continue to develop as pastel artists.
Bald Archy Exhibition
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Table Top Games at NEA