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 ‘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/
Congratulations to all at North East Artisans for winning the 'Promotion of Arts and Culture Award' at the Benalla Business Excellence Awards announced this evening at BPACC,
In the first image available to share, NEA's Ruth Mollison and Michaela Alexander are pictured with the award.
Ruth and Michaela's fabulous head gear certainly provides an inspirational taste of things to come in Benalla's late winter Yarn Bombing event!
A Gallery Gig with a bit of a twist!
It's time to get up and boogie and wash those winter blues away!
Introducing Intensity Duo from Wangaratta who play a rainbow of tunes, from rock to pop to country, playing a mix of originals and covers.
Doors open at 6.00pm, music from 6.30pm.
Drinks at bar prices and no BYO.
Tickets are $10 at....
Or at the door on the night if still available
Annie Longmuir's knitting and crochet class at NEA on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm ($8 including coffee, tea) is a rallying point for Benalla's Winter Yarn Bomb - Annie can help to work out suitable patterns, show you how to knit or crochet flowers to decorate the plainer strips and squares and more.
Community members can also add to some knitted coloured strips while enjoying a coffee or chai at the Red Road Cafe. Cornelia Selover and Mary Kennedy joined in while on the volunteer roster during the week. The fact that knitting is supposed to be therapeutic seems to be true - they both look so calm in the photos below. .
You might also find someone to give you a lesson at NEA if you can't knit, as Seamus did this week. He proved to be a fast learner, taking on board Bev's grandmother's memory jogger 'In, Over, Through and Off'! with aplomb. He also looks quite serene, don't you think...
Annie and other NEA artisans, volunteers and friends are also involved in the Benalla Winter Yarn Bomb event's planning group which met on Friday 25th May at NEA, We'll continue to share news of their progress on our website.
Finally... North East Artisans is one of a number of venues at which knitted, crocheted other suitable textile work or balls of yarn can be left to feed into the late winter 'yarn bombing' of Benalla! Here's a link to a downloadable pdf flier for the event.
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'SCRAP' - Swanpool's Creative Recycled Art Prize, is Swanpool’s fabulous, fearsome, funny and frolicking art challenge to Australian artists in the use of recycled materials. Please join the Swanpool Community in August for Swanpool’s inaugural exhibition of scrap art presented by some of Australia’s artistic leaders in the use of recycled materials.’
The Swanpool Community Development Association is moving on from their successful involvement in the Bald Archy Touring Exhibition to deliver their own exhibition own exhibition and art prize in 2018 'SCRAP - Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize'.
'SCRAP' The Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize
Saturday 4th August to Sunday 19th August 2018
Gala Opening Friday 3rd August
Swanpool Memorial Hall 2386 Midland Highway, Swanpool Vic 3673
Cost - $5 per person, Students $2
Morning and Afternoon Teas; Light or Main Lunches; Wine, Barista Coffee and slices available
Merchandise will be on offer, including the popular Swanpool Cookbook $15
Exhibits will be for sale, unless the artist chooses not to do so.
SCRAP's “Call for Entries” poster and entry form are now available online!
Community Art Exhibitions will also be held nearby -
Benalla Camera Club – Swanpool Bowls Club rooms – Entry by a gold coin donation.
Benalla Broken River Painters – in the Albert Heaney Oval Rooms – Entry by a gold coin donation.
For Group Bookings - contact Rob Collins mobile 0422 370 389 or email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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