"NEA began four years ago as an idea; to support the arts in Benalla and surrounding areas. This idea was to take the form of a pop-up shop which opened its doors in the three weeks prior to Christmas 2014, to provide an opportunity for local artists to sell their work in that pre-Christmas period. In the four years since then, NEA continues to exist and even flourish. It has by now established its credentials and has become part of the art landscape of the North East.
In those four years there have been many changes, amongst the most significant being, a move to new premises, and an increase in member numbers. Since most of the original management committee have stepped down or moved on, this has meant that many of the people whose “idea” got NEA off the ground in the first place are no longer involved in carrying it forward.
For the current management team, this in itself has presented challenges, around finding the best way forward as well as dealing with the various opportunities and the often-accompanying difficulties in taking advantage of them. During the past year we have had a number of members of the executive step down for a variety of reasons, all of them valid. A factor which has become evident is the reality of “burnout” as people find themselves snowed under by the workload of keeping what has become a rather large though friendly beast, running on an even keel.
Into the future if NEA is to survive it will require more involvement by more of its members in order to spread the load. A strong executive will be necessary, as will a paid manager.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed, in whatever way, to the running of NEA in the past year. people who have supported us by their encouragement and appreciation of what we do, have helped make art and creativity an important part of the richness and variety that is life in the North east.
Thanking individuals in a situation like this would inevitably lead to omissions. However, one person I would like to thank personally is Meralyn Vincent. Meralyn took on the role of treasurer during the year in spite of failing health, acquitting it with diligence, competence and a wicked sense of humour. She finally handed in the books only a couple of weeks ago when she no longer had the strength to continue. Meralyn is currently in hospital. Thank you for your contribution Meralyn your beautiful smile and your courage.
The Village Festival is Looking for Creative People! Can you help out with building big lanterns for the Benalla Festival Street Parade? These big lanterns/sculptures are being created at the Benalla Men's Shed, Benalla Showgrounds. Work began on Friday the 2nd of November, but more helpers are needed for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 7th and 8th November. You will work alongside two of Victoria's best giant Puppet builders who have travelled around the world building puppets with companies like Snuff Puppets and Memetica to name a few. It's a great opportunity to learn about big sculpture making for festivals. Work on projects together with your community. Be active and part of the Benalla Street Parade and Festival! For more information call Suzanne 0448 380 649 or come along to the Men's Shed.
'Creativity Unlocked' - Exhibition - Benalla Flexible Learning Centre - Tuesday 20th November to Sunday 9th December Gallery 2
an exhibition of art by students
the Benalla Flexible Learning Centre
Tuesday 20th November to Sunday 9th December Gallery 2 at NEA.
Come along and view a diverse range of artworks created by the talented students from the BFLC.
The previous general art exhibition held in 2017 and the Kaleidoscope of Colour exhibition held in mid 2018 were very popular.
Entry is free and many items will be for sale
Celebrate changes in seasons - Equinox and Solstice events
On the Friday night closest to equinox and solstice events (or thereabouts), Gallery 2 at NEA, 122 Bridge St East, Benalla becomes the venue for a poetry performance. Whether you are an experienced reciter, a beginner or would like to give it a go, come along, bring your own work or poems that you love and get involved. Tea and coffee will be provided, and perhaps you would like to bring a plate of home baked goodies to share. Also a gold coin or pinkie to cover heating and power would be welcome. The session will begin at 7 pm and run to 9 pm.
‘Armchair Poets’ – monthly sessions on the 4th Sunday in non - equinox and solstice months
A drop in 'Armchair Poets' session for poets and poetry lovers is held at NEA on the 4th Sunday of non equinox/solstice months from 2 to 4 pm. This is not a performance poetry session, but a chance to sit around with other poets and poetry lovers to share, workshop or just talk about poetry.
Betty Milligan and Seamus Foley, 'Armchair Poets', August 2018
Calendar of Dates - October 2018 – February 2019
October - Armchair Poets – Sunday 28th October 2 to 4 pm
November – Armchair Poets - Sunday 25th November 2 to 4 pm
December – Summer Solstice Event – Friday 21st December 7 to 9 pm
January – Armchair Poets – Sunday 27th January 2 to 4 pm
February – Armchair Poets – Sunday 24th February 2 to 4 pm
A list of dates planned from October 2018 - October 2019 can be downloaded below. Please check the website and Facebook for confirmation of the 2019 dates.
NEA's President (and resident poet) Seamus Foley, in welcoming people to the the 'Wisdom and Experience' exhibition in Gallery 2 at NEA, drew upon the poem 'When You Are Old' by William Butler Yeats.
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.
Source: The Collected Poems of W. B. Yeats (1989)
Photographs - Beverley Lee (NEA) and Jan Osmotherly,(c/Age Friendly Benalla Project)
Exhibiting artist Janet Leith just taken up the role of NEA's Exhibitions Coordinator. Working alongside Sally Wallace, Bev Lee, Tim Bowtell, Frank Burgers and Seamus Foley, Janet began by coordinating the final planning stages, hanging and cataloguing of the 'Wisdom and Experience' exhibition which opened on Friday afternoon 19th October. Two wonderful paintings by Janet will be hanging in the exhibition,.'Portrait of Ray and Lorraine' and 'Self Portrait of a Passionate Art Teacher' .
October is Benalla Show time! Showing in the Benalla Rural City Council's 'Foyer Gallery' during October - Julie Burdis' 'My Chooks'. A number of NEA artisans enter their work in categories including textiles, painting, jewellery and can be overheard discussing their entries at this time of the year.. Other NEA members, including Carla Gardner and Julie Burdis, have a passion for chooks. Julie's passion is evident in her painting "My Chooks' and her accompanying artist statement.
"Born during World War II in Yorkshire, families were encouraged by the government to use their gardens for growing food and keeping chickens. One of the chickens became bonded to me and would come into the house, jump up on the back of a chair and look down on me in my crib.
I was only told about this in later life as whenever I saw chickens I would smile and always intended when I got older that I would breed them.
Building my first chook house, I had read somewhere that chickens couldn't see blue. The pole in the middle of the house was painted blue and I sat back waiting to see if they would smack into it. They didn't! Of course they could see it, but if asked would not have been able to tell you the colour!
I had heard that listening to Mozart could make you more intelligent and so played him to them. Didn't seem to have any effect. I tried opera and they jumped out of their skin.
I decided that visual art might be the way to go.'
Artist Statement and 'Occasional Blog' by Julie Burdis
*Cards featuring Julie's painting 'My Chooks' are available at NEA.
Thank you to Gabriel Bergmoser and the talented actors in 'We Can Work It Out' for presenting your play at NEA at the end of your tour last weekend - it was excellent! Thank you all for staying on to answer our questions in such an engaging way. A memorable one-act play by an incredibly gifted young playwright performed by a cast of passionately engaged and talented actors (with wonderful Liverpool accents!)
NEA artists Irina Korotkow and Mervyn Beamish recently returned from the International Artists Residency in Krakow, Poland.
Q: WHAT WAS THE RESIDENCY?
A: It was by invitation only to 12 international artists to live, exhibit and work together at the Hotel Leopolis (leopolis.com.pl) in Krakow. The idea was to share experiences, techniques and exhibit our works. It included Polish, Korean, Americans, Australians and Indian artists.
Q: HOW WERE YOU SELECTED TO BE INVITED
A: Primarily through social media. My (Mervyn) work caught the eye of New York based international art currator, Basha Maryanska, who invited me to exhibit in one of her exhibitions. Irina and I went to US for the exhibition where Basha also became interested in her work. This was about 5 years ago and we have struck up a close friendship with Basha and a number of other artists. We get invites to show and residencies two or three times a year, but can't accept all of them.
Q: WHY NOT
A: Ha! Time and money, I'm a pensioner so time is not so much a problem, but Irena is a nurse so it is for her.
Q: WHAT ARE THE COSTS
A: This can vary dramatically. There is the return airfare to the location, for both of us and accommodation cost. Basha has a knack of doing great accommodation deals for the group. Some residencies are sponsored by organisations such as the European Union. There is also profit from sales at the exhibition. We have made sales at every residence we've been to, which helps with the costs.
Q: WHAT WAS THE AVERAGE DAY'S PROGRAM
A: Fairly loose and primarily up to the individual. Breakfast included a group planning meeting. Generally the morning was taken up with visiting the old market town of Krakow. Krakow was one of the few cities in Poland not bombed in WWII and, indeed, never destroyed in war, so the old buildings an churches are old, really old. There are numerous churches, museums, art galleries, castles and a salt mine under the city that dates back pre-Roman.
This mine is no longer active, but so large it contains a night club, health spars and I think a hotel and concert venue .... I'll check that out next time (the group has been invited back). Local beer is wonderful and plenty, Polish vodka will knock your socks off (60% proof).
After lunch, which was generally taken under canvas in the central square, we'd come back to work at the hotel using their conference hall as a communal studio.
Each artist is expected to give a minimum 30 minute talk and 'slide show' presentation on their work, influences and history. Evening meal was a group event which generally was followed by more work or whatever.
We were also visited by local artists and invited into their studios, etc.
Q: IS THERE GOING TO BE AN AUSTRALIAN EVENT?
A: We have talked about the possibility of holding an event at North East Artisans, but interest was mediocre on both sides. There is a possibility of one in Melbourne. We will see. The general response from the group was good, but the belief that our beasties are all out to kill people, though a joke to us, to many overseas a true fear. We assured them that snakes are not particularly interested in biting people, spiders are of little concern other than in outdoor dunnies (few knew what a dunnie was in any case) and also suggested that they take any tales of terror kangaroos by Australians with a grain of salt.
Q: FUTURE PLANS FOR THE GROUP.
A: Next year the group will meet in USA and Italy with an exhibition in Paris. Doubt if we can afford to go to either. There was a suggestion of one in Thailand, and vague mention of China. They did try for Spain, but the Spanish hotels are a little over artists!
Q: HOW CAN ARTISTS GET INVOLVED IN GROUPS LIKE THIS
A: Social media, keep an eye on events, publish your work and friend other artists. Don't be afraid to put the word out that you are interested. With us it just popped out of the blue.
An Occasional Blog by Mervyn Beamish, October 2018
You can read Mervyn's blog on a previous residency here http://www.northeastartisans.org/news/the-occasional-blogger-merv-writing-on-his-artists-residency-in-poland
The musicality and virtuousity of Jaron Freeman Fox and Simon Nyberg at the final Gallery Gig for 2018 was spell binding! Thank you for playing a gig in Benalla, Jaron and Simon - and thank you Michaela Alexander for organizing such a memorable program of 'Gallery Gigs' in 2018!
"He plays violin like a knowing child: playfully, impulsively and hyperactively, and yet with an improbable, idiosyncratic virtuosity that has been set alight by his wide-ranging listening and studying. … while his singing is infused with the same knowingness, whether whispered, loud, crooned or seething with humour."
---– John Shand, The Sydney Morning Herald
Jaron Freeman-Fox (fiddle, viola d’amore) and Simon Nyberg (Swedish twelve-string guitar) (Check out some video clips of Jaron and Simon below)
Scandinavian explorations, Siberian extrapolations, Balkan exacerbations, and Indian interpolations!
Souls bared, secrets shared, and ways fared.
Details at ww.Jaronfreemanfox.com
Jaron Freeman Fox
Jaron Freeman Fox - back in 2012...
Jaron Freeman Fox.... a recent improvisation...
Simon Nyberg ... guitarist
Simon playing in the group 'Six String Yada'... more clips on You Tube...
Bitten By Productions present
'We Can Work It Out'
Saturday 13th October at 1 pm
Gallery 2, North East Artisans
122 Bridge St , Benalla, VIC 3672
Followed by a Q&A Session with Playwright Gabe Bergmoser and Cast
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Over the course of one boozy night in 1966, John, Paul, George and Ringo confront their past, future and the place their music has in the world. As egos clash and demons are revealed it soon becomes clear that the Beatles may be on a dangerous collision course. Can they right the ship before they fall apart for good?
Fierce, funny and poignant, We Can Work It Out is the account of something that probably never happened but very easily could have..
NEA members are encouraged to draw upon the special places and spaces in our community they love (or perhaps want others to think about) and enter this inhouse exhibition to be held during the Benalla's 'Our Back Yard' themed Festival in November. There will be a People's Choice award of $250 - this will be awarded on Friday November 16 at a party to celebrate the work of all the members who contribute to North East Artisans in so many different ways. (If you would like to enter and have been thinking of becoming a member, membership forms are available at NEA or in the footer on our webpage.)
NE. ARTISANS Inc
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Tuesday October 30th 6pm
PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARIES
ALL ARE WELCOME
All positions will be made vacant -
President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Finance Co-ordinator,
Events Co-ordinator, Music Co-ordinator, Workshop Co-ordinator,
Gallery Co-ordinator, Volunteer & Roster Co-ordinator, Exhibition Co-ordinator,
Studio Co-ordinator, Health & Safety Co-ordinator, Sustainability Co-ordinator,
Media & Marketing Co-ordinator.
Here's your opportunity to put your hand up and step into a
NEA volunteering role.
Ask yourself... Where can I offer myself? What's my skill? What's my passion? What gives me joy? Is it something that NEA could utilise?
Agenda items can be emailed to: email@example.com
Due to the popular response of the
Winter Solstice Premiere Tea and Poetry night
we'd like to invite you to our next
SPRING POETRY CELEBRATION
Friday, September 28th 7pm - 9pm
All ages and all levels of experience welcome!
We kindly ask for a gold coin/pinkie donation
to cover the costs of heating, lights etc.
As always we hope to provide a welcoming, inclusive, creative and comfortable atmosphere!
Hope to see you there. there.
'Armchair Poets' - a drop in session for poets and poetry lovers is held at NEA on the 4th Sunday in the months between the solstice/equinox events. This is not a performance poetry session, but a chance to sit around with other poets and poetry lovers to share, workshop or just talk about poetry. 2 to 4pm in Gallery 2.
Benalla Art Gallery is offering drawing workshops throughout Term 4 from 6 October – 15 December led by three of our prominent, regional artists and teachers – Janet Leith, Kate Jenvey and Margaret Zaal.
This represents a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in drawing and develop your drawing skills with Janet, who is a current exhibitor at NEA, and Kate and Margaret, inaugural members of NEA who have exhibited and conducted successful workshops at NEA in the past.
The workshop series is being held on Saturday afternoons from 1 – 4 pm from 6th October to 15th December. (Please note: participants must be 14 yrs plus).
SATURDAY WORKSHOP DATES:
6 Oct Janet Leith - Portraiture (facial proportions and tonal structure)
13 Oct Janet Leith - Life Drawing (the nude)
20 Oct Janet Leith - The Figure (exploring line using the clothed figure)
27 Oct Janet Leith - Structures (focusing on shape, form and tone)
3 Nov No workshop - Melbourne Cup weekend
10 Nov Kate Jenvey - Fundamentals of drawing (finding form)
17 Nov Broken River Potters workshop
24 Nov Kate Jenvey -Tantalising textures (light and shade)
1 Dec Margaret Zaal - Botanical Drawing
8 Dec Margaret Zaal - Botanical Drawing
15 Dec Margaret Zaal - Botanical Drawing
TIME: 1 - 4pm Studio Space Benalla Art Gallery
COST: $20 Members $25 Non Members
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: (03) 57602619
The Benalla Art Gallery is holding its second Makers Market in the Botanical Gardens on Saturday the 24th November, 2018.
The market will be open from 9am to 1pm, and Makers will have access to the area from 8:15am.
As per last year, there will be no charge to Makers. The Gallery will be supplying trestles, chairs and will do all the advertising (mail out, Ensign and social media).
The organizers are asking stall holders to bring anything else they might need on the day. For example tables cloths, a cash float, eftpos if you'll be using it, signage, shopping bags.
With limited spaces available, please let Katherine Hauptmann, Adminstration and Customer Relations Officer at Benalla Art Gallery on 57602612 or firstname.lastname@example.org know by Friday 5 October if you would like to have a stall on the day, and how many trestles you will require.
Please don't hesitate to contact Katherine with any queries.
The Gallery is looking forward to another successful market!
Cornelia Selover's 'I Wish You Were - There' exhibition at MAMA in Albury closed yesterday, Sunday 16th September. It was quite moving, as a member who has followed Cornelia's work closely at NEA, to see it so thoughtfully and beautifully exhibited in a large regional gallery.
Corn's 'Women Giving Birth in the Presence of a Horse' (2017) sculpture greeted me on arrival to the exhibition space, farewelling me on departure.
Cleverly and minimalistically curated, a number of larger works in a range of medium were able to be viewed in a light and airy exhibition space from both wide angle and closer perspectives.
It was a stunning exhibition, Cornelia. Congratulations.
An Occasional BLog.
"Jaron Freeman-Fox is a live looping violinist. Bred in the mountains of Canada’s northwest, and steeped in study under the great traditional musicians of India, Scandinavia, and Siberia, Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what his instrument is capable of, and gives the listener no choice but to take his unique refraction of world music on it’s own terms.
Jaron’s singular style was encouraged from an early age as an apprentice of Canada’s renowned fiddle pioneer, the late Oliver Shroer, who’s violin Jaron still plays. Jaron went on to study Carnatic classical music in South India under Dr. M Narmadha, hardanger fiddle in Norway under Jan Beitohaugen Granli, Swedish fiddle in Skåne under Mats Edén, Morin Khuur in Mongolia under Batzorig Vaanchig, and throat singing in Tuva under Igor Koshkendey.
Joined by guitarist Simon Nyberg (Sweden) for their Australian tour,
Jaron enjoys long stumbles in the woods, early-morning bedtimes, and unrehearsed fire juggling."
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
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA