DO YOU HAVE 4hrs TO OFFER NEA?
While NEA's artisan volunteers provide the bulk of 'labour hours' at NEA, non-artisan community members also volunteer at NEA.
VOLUNTEER AT THE GALLERY SHOP
NEA is looking for enthusiastic people to help with customer service in the gallery shop.
It could be 4hrs a week, fortnight or month. It's up to you! If this sounds like you, please contact: Seamus 0418 540 156
VOLUNTEER AT MUSIC AND ART EVENTS
NEA is looking for qualified, enthusiastic people to help with the music and art events we hold from time to time. You must have an up to date RSA Certificate. If this sounds like you, please contact:email@example.com
We run on the energy of volunteers!!
Come, join our friendly community of creative people.
LIFE DRAWING at NEA!
Wednesday evenings 6:30 - 9:30pm
Commences Wed 7th Feb.
and continues through Feb 14th, 21st, 28th, Mar 7th and 14th
Easels with drawing boards and clips provided.
Please bring your own paper and drawing materials.
Painting (on a reasonable scale) can also be accommodated.
A break with tea, coffee and bikkies is provided.
A gold coin donation would be much appreciated.
$110 when paying in full for all 6 sessions on first night.
$22 per session casual.
Cash only, so the model can be paid on the night.
Note for casuals; there are 10 easels readily available
with preferences going to core participants. Seating can also be arranged.
Please contact Frank Burgers (0488676127) to book a spot
or come in to the NEA shop and pay over the counter.
Expressions of interest can also be recorded at the front counter.
Upstairs workshop space
North East Artisans, 122 Bridge St, Benalla.
Hosted by Frank Burgers, NEA member.
In this workshop, we will be using underpainting techniques with water colour, acrylics and pastel to experiment with different effects in landscape and portraiture.
Some materials will be supplied.
Full list of required materials will be supplied on booking.
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March
10am - 4.30 pm
North East Artisans' Upstairs Studio
Bridge Street (opposite Hides' Bakery) Benalla Vic 3672
for 2 days
Bookings phone Jenny Paull 0407 856 048
Payment must be received by Friday 2nd March.
A MARCH SPECIAL EVENT
A BRUSH WITH NEA
complementing the WALL to WALL Street Art Festival
March 9th-12th 2018
A selection of workshops and activities
to celebrate the joy of creativity.
Preparatory workshop for 'Paint Presto' with Janet Leith
Create a painting or drawing of a Benalla building or street scene using selected techniques & mediums whilst working plein air. Students will be instructed through various approaches & techniques to develop confidence working out on the street.
Paint Presto is an art event held in November at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues where artists paint an artwork in a day and then exhibit the next.
Intro to Jewellery Making with Sally Wallace
Learn the techniques for making your own earrings, bracelet or necklace. This taster workshop is a chance to discover whether this hobby is for you.
Gold Coin Donation for materials and use of tools.
Felting with Annie Longmuir
An all ages activity following a demonstration of felting a flower, you will be guided in making a felt bangle. Cost: $4.
Eco Printing with Maggie Hollins
Eco printing is a direct print method that obtains colours from plants and creates beautiful designs on material. In this workshop you will learn the basics of eco printing and create an eco printed scarf that you will love to wear.
Wood Carving with Seamus
Whittling wood has been around for as long as there have been implements with which to do it, stone, bone, bronze, iron. It is a gentle meditative activity where the doing is as important as the end result.
Learn some basic cuts and how to use a knife safely. Have a go at shaping a piece of wood into something beautiful such as a small figure, or something useful such as a spoon. You might also want to let the wood inspire you to create an abstract masterpiece.
The workshop will be run on an informal basis, with opportunities to watch before having a go, sit around and chat, and meet people.
Making dragon eggs demonstration with Merv Beamish
A magical demo on how to make your own Dragon Eggs.
Personal Mandala Workshop with Meralyn Vincent
A lovely opportunity to take time out. Commencing with a meditation to quieten the mind you'll be guided in creating a simple mandala arising from the stillness.
Woodwork Demonstration with Chris Seeley
Chris will demonstrate the creative skills of wood turning.
Round Robin drawing with Frank Burgers
A fun session of building upon what has come before...
Graffiti Mural with Justin Hunter
An all ages event guided by street artist Justin in painting a mural for one of our courtyards.
Art Mural with artist and monk, Simmon Tan
An all ages event incorporating Bhuddist and Australian themes in creating a courtyard mural for NEA.
Keep an eye on this website for further details of dates and costs. If you are intersted in doing any of these workshops please register at the NEA front desk.
"..Learn the ingredients that will set up a tight plot right from the beginning, then apply those concepts to your story as a whole. By the end of the workshop participants will have a basic plan and opening lines for a short story that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end."
NEA, 122 Bridge St East, Benalla Friday February 9 6 to 9 pm.
Please make sure you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes and to let Carla know if you have any dietary requirements.
The Lost Trades Fair in Kyneton is coming up on the Labour Day weekend. This is a key event in the calendar for Schloss - Good Ol' Toys and Collectables. Tim Schloss's unique wooden toys and quirky collectables are all handcrafted, with nearly all made from recycled or salvaged wood.. They are eco-friendly and great for the imagination., Tim, a founding member and past President of NEA, exhibits work in the NEA gallery; regularly participates in "Meet the Maker' events and offers workshops such as the 'Personalise Your Own Sword' workshop being offered at 'Lost Trades' and the successful 'Billy Goat Stool making workshop held at NEA in January 2017.
A number of other North East Artisan members also work in wood using traditional methods.
Garth Mitchell, whose walking sticks can be purchased at NEA, commenced the time consuming process of making hand made bespoke walking sticks 15 years ago after becoming a collector of walking sticks.. Garth searched the ‘net’ to find out more about the design, structure, materials, styles, etc of walking sticks. "Although little was available in Australia, I found that stick dressing was a very popular pastime in the United Kingdom, with many sites dedicated to product, technique, style, and so on. With that I was hooked!”
Garth, who now belongs to a stick making guild in the UK, cuts and shapes the sticks by hand, using rasps, planes and spokeshaves. Mastering joints and polishing requires patience and skill. Garth prefers to use Australian timber and to contrast shank and handle. "Handle styles are generally the traditional English styles - Cardigan, Derby, Crutch and Crook, and, to be somewhat technical, in most cases I admit to a horn or timber spacer over a reinforced tenon joint”.
Seamus Foley, also a musician and poet, can often be found at NEA whittling objects which he is now incorporating into jewellery. Seamus uses traditional methods in pursuing his love of musical instrument making, restoration and repair in his open studio at NEA.
Chris Seeley's love of rare and recycled woods and traditional joinery methods is evident in the beautiful tables, trays and other objects made in his Butter Factory workshop in Swanpool and on sale at NEA. Chris is a master craftsman of fine furniture. From old salvaged timbers Chris creates wonderful new pieces using traditional methods of joinery.
Schloss - Good Ol' Toys and Collectibles followers can see Tim's work and enrol in 'Personalise Your Own Sword' workshops at the Lost Trades Fair at the Kyneton Racecourse from 10 am Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11. .
"Craftsmanship, skill, tradition, forgotten arts and rare trades. Find authenticity, meet the makers - if you love bespoke, handcrafted, artisan trades and skills - do not miss this event. Incredible makers practising their trades; coopers to carriage builders, silversmiths to stonemasons, glass blowers to gunsmiths, over 100 makers at the biggest gathering of traditional tradesmen and women in the country. Be inspired by the 'art of handmade'."
The work of artisans Tim Schloss, Garth Mitchell and Chris Seeley can be viewed and purchased at North East Artisans. Seamus Foley has an open studio at NEA.
Occasional blog by BL
January 21, 2018
2018 Dates for TableTop Games at NEA. Get them on your calendar!
Valerie started felting after retiring from a career in science. Using merino wool (sourced from Euroa, Victoria) and silk for embellishment, she makes wearable art, mainly in the form of scarves.
A member of the Victorian Felt Makers Inc. and Shepparton Textile Artists Inc., Valerie's work has received awards including 1st prize for textiles at the Milawa Gourmet Region Art Show in 2014. and highly commended in 2015 then 1st prize in 2016 at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.
Valerie's scarves are worn by many people, both locally and overseas. Valerie is happy to do commission work to colours of your choice.
Valerie can be contacted at email@example.com
"I hope to start life drawing at NEA within the next 3 weeks, quicker if the response from you guys is overwhelming!
What I need is for you to: call me or email with a resounding commitment.
To keep things simple, I ask you to pay the full amount ($110) on the first evening in cash please.
See flyer below (or download here) for details.
Mervyn Beamish - 'Artisan in oils and oil pastels, with a side genre of ‘steam punk’'.
“Described by others as a ‘Reluctant Eccentric’, my trademark is a badge studded kangaroo skin hat more commonly referred to as ‘me ‘at’ as in ‘Where’s me bloody ‘at?’.
My life is reflected in my art as a series of ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time’ experiments, thus art is, to me, a celebration of life. Each completed piece is the fruition of a challenge.
Primary mediums are oils and oil pastels often moving beyond traditional colours to use roadside dust, genuine ochres etc. I seldom use a brush preferring more rudimentary tools such as window cleaners squeegees, cooking implements etc and am a constant rummager of hardware, cooking and bric-a-brac stores for mark makers.
Computer, sketchbook and camera are the instruments within my art reference laboratory”.
Quick Facts on Merv:
Home: Benalla, Victoria
Where would you most want to live and create/write etc? Benalla!
Comfort food: ‘I love frozen yoghurt icy poles’
Artistic Influences: Tom Roberts; Dennis Hopper; Geoffrey Smart; Cornelia Selover
Current reads/films/exhibitions attended: ‘I watched ‘Frida’, on the artist Frida Kahlo, last night’.
What are you working on at the moment? ‘A portrait of a family member’
What was the first work you exhibited publicaly or sold as an artist? ‘It was a long time ago. My mother was quite a well known artist, I think it was bought on the off chance I might follow in my mother’s footsteps. It was an oil painting of a New Guinea native looking through greenery…it was pretty awful really.’
How has your background/ background influenced your artwork/creativity ? ‘My background includes growing up on a farm; working as a builder and labourer; compiling the Canberra/Goulburn Telephone directory. I returned to school, then worked for the Post Office and in public service jobs including a stint as a draughtsman in PNG. After this I went to art school, then worked in industrial design and as a freelance writer and editor. I inherited my creativity from my mum, who was a prolific artist. I’m not really an urban painter. The fact that I like painting country, bush scenes comes from my farm background. The colour and openness gave me an astute feeling for colour. Colour mixing has always been intuitive for me. I love teaching art – I really do. I like community teaching, I’ve done lots of this in Sydney.’
What’s the best part of being an artist? ‘The meditation. When I get depressed it takes me to another world. It takes me to my daydream world. It’s meditative. Most paintings I do as a challenge, to prove I can do them, to experiment.’
What’s the worst part of being an artist? ‘It can be a challenge to my self esteem. I have needed to get out of the habit of comparing myself to other artists. Like swimmers who swim against their own times, I have to watch that my self esteem doesn’t go down by comparing myself to other artists. I’m fortunate that I don’t have to sell to live…’
What’s the best (or worst) advice you’ve received about your work? ‘Hard to say… I think the main thing has been the encouragement to keep going and keep experimenting’
What’s been the most significant moment in your artistic/creative career so far? ‘An invitation to exhibit and show my work in New York and since then a number of other overseas destinations. When I sell something, it’s a boost to my ego, if nothing else. When a workshop is going well, that really is a thrill…when a workshop sells out and people keep coming’’
What do you find most challenging about (your field of work) ….. ? ‘A fair question. Myself, I think. I find if I have a break it’s hard to get back into the flow of things. I’m renovating a house at the moment and have to force myself to go back to painting’.
When you’re struggling with a painting, where do you look for inspiration? ‘Often I’ll change the medium I’m using – change from oil to oil pastels. I’m always searching the internet for inspiration. I do a lot of digital art, most paintings are planned digitally, not photographically’.
Who do you picture as the ideal viewer/audience of your work? ‘I love teaching…my ideal audience is someone who is managing to get inspired to paint’
Whether creativity in different areas can be taught is often debated – what’s your view? ‘Anybody can be encouraged to be creative – some fall in to place more easily than others. We can’t all be Rembrandt. If the motivation is there, creativity can be brought out, as the human mind has a creative factor to it’.
Where and when do you prefer to work on your art? ‘I prefer to paint in a studio, but I also like plein air painting… Lately I’m all over the place. When I have access to a studio, I’ll work all night. Lately I work in the morning; snooze in the afternoon, go to work at night’
What do you listen to when you work? ‘These days, nothing. The deafer I get, the less noise I want. If I do listen to something, I play it over and over. One of my paintings was painted to the sounds of Meatloaf’s ‘Midnight at the Lost and Found’.
Do you buy your art supplies online, in an arts store, or both? ‘Both. I buy online, but the value of going to an art store is in the advice and range of art supplies. Most art stores have online stores.’
What’s your advice for someone wanting to be an artist in your field? ‘If you want to make a living as an artist, do a marketing degree! Experiment by yourself, go to community workshops, or if you have the opportunity, go to art school. This teaches you to be an artist, not just skills. Troll YouTube – it’s a universe in itself’.
When not painting , what do you like to do? ‘I read a lot; use computers; work on websites and watch television. I’m a gardener, too!’
If you weren’t making or supplementing your living by being an artist, what would you be doing instead? ‘I’d still be writing. I started writing as therapy as I’m dyslexic, but I just took off. I’d be writing, or a grey nomad, maybe.’
If you could go out to dinner with any artist, who would it be and why? ‘Dennis Hopper. His paintings feature a lot of people in situations – he has way of marrying people, emotions and locations in a wonderful way. The other is James Gurney, He teaches so much information in his blog and in his books.’
What’s the art work that’s had the most significant impact on your life and work or an artist– and why? ‘Artists like Tom Roberts. I like the Australian bush artists. I’ve always been interested in and affected by Geoffrey Smart. My side genres include steam punk.’
Do you have a philosophy for how and why you create? ‘No – not that I know of. It’s up to the beholder to decide’
At the beginning of the interview you said you are currently working on a portrait of a family member. What do you hope viewers will take away from this? ‘It’s in the eye of the beholder. I want to create an emotion, for them to see something that’s relevant to them, not to me’.
Merv was interviewed at Rambling Rose Café, Benalla on Tuesday January 9, 2018 by Bev Lee.
Merv has an open studio at NEA , exhibits at NEA and runs workshops including 'Make your own Oil Pastels' and 'Realistic Abstract'. . His work is currently featuring on the NEA website home page and on NEA's FB page., Merv is working towards an exhibition in Violet Town later this year.
You can check out Merv's recent work on his website www.mervynbeamishartist.com .
We welcome these new artists who have joined our NEA family over the past months. Our gallery shop and upstairs studios have been injected with many new creative expressions from these talented artists
Valerie Clements - has created some wonderful textiles..
Michael Laubli - 'Critterz and Bits'- a wonderful collection of whimsical re-purposed metal works.
Jan McQuitty - offers her stunning nature art in a variety of practical products including cards, placemats and framed prints.
Ruth Mollison - 'Molificent Nosillom' - has settled into her upstairs studio. You can view her work in the walk through space leading to the upstairs workshop room.
Phyllis Sullivan - a wide range of intricate machine embroidery pieces ranging from the very small to large wall hangings
Glass Inspirations by Natasha Young - shares with us her glass mosaics and beautiful jewellery pieces.
We will share more information about their work on the website in the coming months.
Introducing the Broken River Writers Library...
it's upstairs at North East Artisans.
The “Library” has come about as BRW were generously donated over 200 books from the estate of Tricia Veale, a local parasitologist and poet,who passed away early in 2017.
BRW now has an extensive range of poetry, some “how to” writing books, books by local authors, anthologies and collections, and even some of Tricia's own poetry books.
A desk has also been donated and sits in one corner, soon to be outfitted with a supply of notepads and pens. It promises to be a cozy little nook in which to read and write.
We’re also looking for half height bookshelves (to fit under the paintings on the walls),
bean bags & floor cushions for this space.
If you know of any that need a new home, contact Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org
2018 is looking like an exciting year for putting pen to paper.
Put Friday 9th February into your diary for a fun filled and informative writing evening
with the delightful Thalia Kalkipsakis.
“Thalia is a freelance writer and editor who has published 20 books for children and teenagers. Her books have been sold around the world, including Brazil, the USA, Canada, Turkey, Italy, Germany and China. Currently, she is working on the final instalment of the
Lifespan of Starlight trilogy, where three teenagers discover the secret to travelling through time.”
HO-HO-HO AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!
You are invited to the North East Artisans Family Christmas Party!
Date/Time: Tuesday 12th December, 2017, 7.30pm
Venue: North East Artisans, 122 Bridge Street, Gallery 2
Dress code: something festive (the gaudier you are, the more the rest of us will have to laugh at…)
Please bring along a plate of festive munchies or drinks, and your own plate to eat off (seriously!)
A list has been placed on the wall next to the volunteer roster in gallery 2: please write down what you are bringing, or email email@example.com with your culinary choice
RSVP: Friday 8th December to firstname.lastname@example.org or put a note in Cat Drew’s pigeon hole at NEA
This party is for all NEA members, so let’s get festive and have some fun!
Great to see this article in the Ensign and music events coordinator Michaela's response. The Gallery Gigs have been such a success, have engaged many young musicians and music lovers and clearly have a growing following. Thanks to all involved, and to Michaela for inspiration, energy and follow through!
Make a nuno felted scarf using prefelts.
Cost $65 includes materials- black or white silk scarf, wool and silk fibres. In the class we will make wool prefelts, cut out shapes and felt them onto a silk scarf. The class will commence at 10.30 am on Saturday 16 December and will be at least 4 hours.
Bring 2 towels, a piece of dowel or broom stick, small sharp scissors and your lunch.
Contact Annie Longmuir 0407554416 for booking--pay by direct deposit to Annie to secure your place or pay on the day with cash.
Come and make felt. A felt flower, bowl, pouch or any other project you like or finish off an unfinished felt item. Cost $35 plus materials and this may depend on your project. (Or bring your own fibre). A felt flower $3; a bowl $4, a pouch $5. A larger item may require more than one session or work at home. Contact Annie for booking and bring cash to pay on the day. Please bring towels and your lunch.
The film 'Final Portrait' is screening at Benalla Performing Arts Centre in November.
The film's premise is as follows...
"In 1964, American writer James Lord is asked by his friend, the world-renowned Swiss artists Alberto Giacometti, to sit for a portrait."
The film stars Geoffrey Rush as Giacometti and Armie Hammer as James Lord.
Session times @ BPACC:
Thurs 16th Nov @ 1:30pm
Fri 17th Nov @ 10:30am & 1:30pm
Sat 18th Nov @ 4:30pm
Sun 19th Nov @ 4:30pm
Tues 21 Nov @ 10:30am & 7:30pm
Fri 24th Nov @ 1:30pm
Tues 28th Nov @ 1:30pm
Tickets Prices are:
Adult - $15
Concession - $13
Child - $11
Tuesdays - $11
Family Ticket - $45
Consider putting a group of 10 together to purchase a book of 10 Movie Money tickets for $95, that would mean each person in that group only has to pay $9.50 for their ticket.
"This is going to be a sensational film, I wouldn't be at all surprised if Geoffrey Rush ends up in Oscars contention for his performance, it's got that sort of feel about it."
Killer Pig Productions.
Still Life with Crash – 2012 Oil on Linen Frank Burgers
‘Still Life with Crash’ is one of my favourite paintings from this period.
It is a nostalgic reminiscing of relationships and the general chaos of life. It is about loose associations created between objects and things that one would not expect to make connections. It is Modernist at its roots, playing with line, colour and the physical manipulation of oil paint. It is entirely autobiographical, a neurotic navel gazing much like the rest of the contemporary art world. (Except for the stuff that is entirely political – or making some sort of statement devoid of ego).
Autobiographical in the sense that Images are sourced from the sub-conscious, random images and ideas until the painting achieves its own kind of logic.
Metaphor, I love metaphor and the potential for stories that a calculated mismatch of images conjures up.
Meaning lies in the baggage that every viewer brings to the picture. I just set the scene….
Frank Burgers, 2017
Ps: I will consider parting with this painting if I felt confident it went to a good, caring home. It would also take a considerate sum to consolidate my loss. It truly is one of a kind. It is a painting of original conception uniquely resolved, without the repeated application of formulae. It is hand crafted.
Its price, on application, is less than a top of the range flat screen TV, but reflects the cost of materials, the cost of production including studio rent and professional fees paid, gallery commissions, previous sales records and career achievements, tax, longevity, and value added due to the unique nature of this product.
Considering the above, offers can be left in writing, on the couch in my upstairs studio. Please include contact details and phone number.
Frank Burger's ‘Coin Counter’ series
The drawings are 100x70cm, framed to about 120x90cm. There are 3 in the series, all charcoal, pastel and gouache on Fabriano Rosapina paper.
'Coin Counter 1', 'Coin Counter 2', and 'An economy of sheep’.
Coin Counters are the metal tubes used to 'prop up' the subject matter in two of the drawings. They are components of coin rolling machines from my 'Armaguard' days: coins are fed into a chute at the top of the machine, then fall down into the 'coin counters' where a laser light shines through a hole, counts the coins and stops the flow of coins before lowering the stack of coins down for paper wrapping.
In my drawings these components symbolized the economic nature of society, which, in relation with the other objects depicted, made for interesting metaphors and interpretations of meaning.
The third drawing,'An economy of sheep' continues this conversation with different still life objects.It was completed somewhat later (2011-2012), and shares with the other two the same media, technique and intention.
To clarify, Coin Counter 1 has the boat, Coin Counter 2 has the elephant, An economy of sheep has the kitchen scales and sheep skull.
Price: $2000 each
Regular updates on news of interest to NEA artisans, friends and community members and on key events in the NEA calendar. This blog complements NEA on Facebook - check this out too!
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