It's almost Festival time in Benalla, and just over a week to NEA's Rite of Spring Exhibition opening on Friday 4th November at 5 pm!
If you are interested, go to our Facebook page to message or respond to the post below, or contact Carla through our email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Merv has posted this YouTube video for people interested in finding out more about his work and workshops.
Merv's Workshop, Make your own oil pastels and learn how to use them will be held at NEA,at a date to be advised - keep an eye on the workshops page.
'Learn how to make simple canes (patterns) with polymer clay.
Take home your own finished creation at the end of the day.
Saturday 12th November
10 am to 1 pm
Workshop by Lyn Lewis at NEA
Book now - limit of 10 - Cost $40
Ages 8 to 108 welcome.
Enquiries: email@example.com Bookings: NEA
Occasional blogger** Robin Landvoght - Cute sock toys make a big difference. Buy a gift and help Nguyen and her Mum.
North East Artisans (NEA) Community Gallery at 122 Bridge Street Benalla is stocking handmade Yumi sock toys, supporting 29 year old Nguyen Pham who lives in Hoi An on the central coast of Vietnam.
For Nguyen every day is a struggle as she lives with a hole in her heart. Nguyen was not diagnosed with the heart problem until she was a teenager and, coming from a poor family, there was no money for doctors or surgery. Her father died of cancer when she was eight and her mother sold betel nuts in the local market to support the family. Now the damage to her heart and lungs is inoperable but still she lives in hope of surgery.
Living in a third world country, there is no welfare system. Nguyen has a great determination and harbours the same aspirations as any other young woman. She is fiercely independent, a talented craftsperson, highly intelligent and has a delightful sense of humour.
Nguyen learnt English in a few short months after working with Australian volunteers in Hoi An in 2008, and has taught herself to make sock creatures – soft toys made from socks. She is continuing to try new designs. Indeed she seems to have a talent in all crafts she turns her hand to. The socks available in Hoi An as she says “are not good quality” so she relies on donated deliveries from Australia.
Nguyen is able to support herself from the sale of her crafts, sock toys and cards and also battles to support her mother who recently suffered a serious stroke and is now unable to work. Although making sock creatures is a job she can usually manage, some days Nguyen cannot work as she is too unwell. She lives knowing that any infection is a serious threat to her health. Fortunately for her, an American charity, the Hoi An Foundation has a family sponsoring her daily medication and American volunteer doctors have been checking her health regularly since 2008.
For a unique gift for a child (or even someone older) do consider these wonderful sock creatures. Their purchase will certainly make a difference to the life of a delightful young lady and her family.
More information is available from Robin Landvogt email: firstname.lastname@example.org
**'The Occasional Blogger' is open for submissions by NEA members who may, from time to time, have a strong urge to write about NEA for this column!.
Calling new artisans - now's the time to apply if you wish to exhibit at NE.A in the lead up to Christmas and during the world gliding championships.
Artisans from north-east Vic are encouraged to apply to exhibit in the NE.A gallery for a minimum 3 month period from November to January.
Application forms can be downloaded from this website and should be returned where possible by mid October.
Applications can be: Emailed to the attention of the ‘gallery team’ email@example.com or Posted/Delivered to North East Artisans 122 Bridge St, Benalla 3672
Join NEA Sustainability Team Coordinator, Annelies, on Sunday November 20th 11am - 1 pm in a hands-on, fun class learning to make water kefir, a delicious, refreshing and affordable probiotic drink. Cost $35 per person. Bookings essential: Call Annelies 0434 704 031 or drop in to NEA. (Please note the change from the previously advertised date of 6th November to avoid clash with Benalla's 'A Day in the Gardens')
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