Attached is an informal report from a meeting Susan and I had with the council on Wednesday 11th July in the afternoon. Quite a few safety considerations were raised re installation We will also have some helpers from the ANZ bank on the 27th July at 9am.
Today we have laid out all donated items in the Holy Trinity Church Hall. There are signs on the door and fence posts. This is our "Yarn Bombing Central" for the next 2 weeks so we can piece together donated items into tree wraps and bollard covers.
Susan has the key and will have the hall open 1 to 3pm (or later if we're on a roll) on Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday for the next 2 weeks. BYO scissors, darning needles and hooks. Wear warm clothes as it is quite chilly in the hall.
Please pass this on to anyone else who you think may be interested.
Friday 27th July 2018
North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening celebrating his album launch 'Where Were You?'
Featuring Benalla based Adam Toms.
7:30 pm - Adults $10 entry, Children $5.
Adam Toms launches his long awaited album ‘Where Were You?’ in a special up close and personal event. Hear the songs the way they were written and the stories behind them along with a selection of songs from his previous albums.
It’s been 5 years since Adam Toms released his last album. A lot has gone on for the Benalla based singer/songwriter in that time and his new album ‘Where Were You?’ helps fill in the blanks.
The first two previously released singles ‘Where Were You When’ and ‘Too Young To Know Better’ have had an amazing response from his loyal and new fans alike with the 1st single peaking at number 6 on the Australian iTunes country chart and show Adams versatility as a vocalist and songwriter, whist the forthcoming climatic power ballad ‘Say You Love Me’ leaves the listener breathless.
Adam has been focusing on his young special needs family and is a Youth Worker by day whilst still continuing to entertain audiences from a more local level where he is based in North East Victoria. He is now looking forward to taking his new music further up and down the road.
With a style combining country, rock, blues and singer/songwriter Adam feels now the time is right to return and is eager to show people his new songs.
Adam is known for his big voice in his live shows as well as his mixed banter and sense of humour. “I think it’s a good gig if I’ve made the audience laugh, cry and everything in between”
The use of a hall at the Anglican Church has been secured for the exclusive use for the yarn bombers. We are needing to set up trestle tables in the hall and spread out all the donated made bits for the yarn bombing, so we can begin to sew them together so they are in "wrappable" bits.
We are needing helpers this Friday (13) at lunchtime to set up the tables (if you are able and lay out all the made items that we have.
The hall is located on the right side of the church, towards the rectory on the church grounds.
If you know of anyone else who may be interested in helping, please let them know.
The 2018 Honeysuckle Art Exhibition is on again on 10-12 August at the Violet Town Community Hall.
This year’s theme is “SHADOWS”. First prize for SHADOWS theme $500; Open section prize is $300. Artists, Online entry forms are due on July 30th.
if you haven’t received an entry forms, click on https://www.violettown.org.au/what-s-on for entry forms and more details. A number of NEA artists entered last year, with some sales and Julie Burdis winning the open entry prize.
Honeysuckle Art Exhibition, Violet Town, 2017
Upcoming Broken River Writers Discovery Workshop - The Art of Story in Board Game Design - Sunday August 12 Upstairs Events Room
GANEAA - "IT'S IN THE BAG" Exhibition
Coinciding with 'PLASTIC FREE JULY'
3rd July – 30th July
Baines Gallery - Wangaratta Library
OPENING: 6th July, 5:30pm - Community Room at Library
Benalla Art Gallery
Ornament and Subject
28th Mar – 30th Sept
Squatters and Savages: Peter Waples-Crowe and Megan Evans
27th Apr - 5th Aug
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Should We Say Something? – Marise Maas
22nd May – 10th Sept
Beard and Influence – Clayton Tremlett
26th May – 8th July
Petite Miniature Textiles
2nd June - 19th Aug
Field of Vision – Wangaratta Artist Society
14th July – 12th Aug
MAMA - Murray Art Museum Albury
10th May - 8th July
National Photography Prize 2018
10th May - 22nd July
Ash Laing: Flagging Opinion
28th June - 12th August
Mechelle Bounpraseuth: Westside Story
5th July - 9th December
I wish you were there - Cornélia Selover
19th July - 16th Sept
Land & Title
16th November '17 - 31st December '18
Bush Gatherings, Violet Town
11-3 Weekends and Tuesday to Thursday
Do you have 4 hrs to help with customer service in the Gallery Shop?
It could be 4hrs a week, fortnight or month. It's up to you! Join our friendly community of creative people. Please contact Seamus 0418 540 156
Do you have your RSA?
Help behind the bar during our music and art events., You must have an up to date RSA Certificate. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a love of Music?
Would you like to help with our regular music events in Gallery 2? We need a team of people to help with furniture shuffling, stage set-up, door sales and end of night clean ups!! Here's a great opportunity for young musos to get a feel for the industry and learn from seasoned performers. Please contact Michaela 0411 343 094
JOIN the committee. JOIN a sub-committee. HELP with an event. VOLUNTEER in the shop. BECOME an exhibitor. OCCUPY a studio. Facilitate a WORKSHOP.
NEA runs on the energy of volunteers.!
The second exhibit chosen by Mayor Don Firth for hanging in the window exhibition space at the Benalla Rural City Offices is a colourful yet contemplative work by Jamie Ferguson. On display for a month, Jamie's work will soon be changed over to highlight the work of another NEA artist.
If you visit the council offices, it's worth spending a moment viewing the artwork in the exhibition space just near the lift. Otherwise, the best viewing is at night when the exhibition space is lit up, highlighting the artwork from the street.
'Our Backyard…a celebration of special places and spaces'
The Benalla Festival theme for 2018, 'Our Backyard...a celebration of special places and spaces' has inspired conversations in the Red Road Cafe about its potential as a theme for an exhibition at NEA during the Festival. We have downloaded an Expression of Interest form to run an event included in the Festival Program and are keen to receive feedback, ideas and input first.
'The Benalla Festival is celebrated every November on the foreshore of Lake Benalla and around the Rural City. "The Festival is a celebration of the local lifestyle. All events are low or no cost. The program of fun and creativity aims to engage the community and visitors with street entertainment, music, theatre, art, dance, exhibitions, fireworks and more. Every event is a chance to celebrate our community spirit, create, consume and come together for two weekends of fun activities."
Watch this space for developments!
Thursday 5th July 2018
i hear django + North East Artisans present...
An intimate evening of storytelling through song
Featuring Jenny Mitchell (NZ) + Nigel Wearne (VIC)
6pm - $10 entry*
Jenny Mitchell is New Zealand's brightest rising star, blending country, folk and Americana into her own captivating style. Influenced by Gillian Welch, The Lumineers and Miranda Lambert, Jenny’s love for storytelling is at the core of her craft. With a New Zealand Gold Guitar under her hat in 2017, Jenny also placed 3rd on New Zealand's Got Talent years earlier at the tender age of 14. After her success on the show, she went on to release 'The Old Oak' that debuted at #1 on the NZ Country iTunes Charts and #3 on the Official NZ Music Charts. A seasoned performer, who's already played to audiences in Sweden, Ireland, Australia and her homeland of New Zealand. "An artist who knows exactly who she is and feels no need to give way." - Southland Times NZ.
Jenny Mitchell performing "So Far" at Sofar Dunedin on November 5th 2017
Nigel Wearne is a folk/country singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling. Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. Nigel’s current album ‘Drawing Circles’ is a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone. www.nigelwearne.com
*Free for U18's if accompanied by parent/guardian. Drinks at bar prices.
The Benalla Yarn Bombers, keen to lighten up Benalla in a late winter yarn bombing event, decided it would be useful to have a website to share news about the event, both for planning and marketing purposes. The group decided to ask Bev from NEA for advice and possible help. Maggie was prepared to be involved in developing and updating the website. Chatting around the table, it seemed that developing an free version for the event might not work, so it was decided to try to work within the NEA site. With approval to go ahead from the committee, Maggie's input, and some ideas from Bev about setting it up as a 'planning portal' with a menu on the side (as NEA's menu needed to stay on the top) the Yarn Bombers Planning Portal is now available as a support to the Yarn Bombing Event. If you would like to check it out, you can go to Events on the NEA website menu, or simply go to http://www.northeastartisans.org/benallas-winter-yarn-bomb.html
Come and be a part of the PREMIERE poetry event at North East Artisans in Benalla to mark the Winter solstice.
Bring along your own poetic creations or the work of your favourite poets.
The focus of the night is to provide a forum where people can let loose their creativity and perform/recite in a supportive friendly environment.
There will be an opportunity to write a Limerick or Haiku on the night.
Admission by gold coin (or pinkie) donation, (to cover heating and lighting).
Tea, chai and hot chocolate will be served.
If you can, please bring a small plate of bikkies or home baking to share.
Enquiries - Seamus 0418 540 156
"The Personalised Writing & Editing Workshop with Killer Pig Productions was great. So much learnt listening to Jake and Sam talk about each piece attendees submitted., Recurring themes that came up, no matter what the style or genre, were having a sense of place and writing with intention.... Thanks Killer Pig Productions" Carla Gardner, Broken River Writers
"The ‘Collins Street farmer’ represents the corporate organisations that have taken control of our food chain. He looks down at a hamburger that consumed around 2,500 litres of water to produce.
The city scape in the background describes the affluent Western world fed by these farming practices, people disconnected and too busy to think about where their food comes from and how it is produced.
Look carefully in the top left corner and you will see a bulldozer clearing the last remaining old growth forest. Acres of monoculture corn and soy sprawl across the horizon where these forests once stood. The primate on the stump sits helplessly wondering where its home has gone. The dead canary sends an alarming message to stop these unsustainable practices before all species on the planet are doomed.
The cows are locked in small yards. Part of the production line, they are force-fed corn on a conveyor belt. The markings on the cows form the world map indicating that this is a world problem, while on the other cow the face of an African child peers out, wondering why that corn isn’t grown to feed his starving country.
The whole scene plays out in knee-deep rising water caused by global warming and rising sea levels.
My mural was inspired after watching a documentary called ‘Cowspiracy - the sustainability secret’. For me it was a game changer. I became a vegetarian the very next day.
“Filmmaker Kip Andersen uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organisations are too afraid to talk about it.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.”
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Tim's ‘Cornography’ – mural can be found on the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre building, 17 Fawckner Drive, Benalla on the wall looking towards the Sir Weary Dunlop Learning Centre.
‘Cowspiracy – the sustainability secret’ at www.cowspiracy.com/facts/
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