After identifying a need for training to start more actively using NEA's Instagram account, the media team called upon Candice (@candicejanecreative), who had helped to set it up. Here's Tim's first choice as a post - Mal Webster's 'All Star Sneakers'.
Thank you so much for spending time training us, Candice. Your presentation and practical support were excellent!. We are going to recommend another training session for our volunteer exhibitors and would recommend you highly to anyone seeking Instagram training.
There are links to our Instagram page on the News Page and in the footer - here's the direct link. https://www.instagram.com/northeastartisans/
Occasional Blog by Bev Lee
NEA;s Tim Bowtell is currently exhibiting work at Chocolate Lane
Pamella Francis from Chocolate Lane cafe in the lane near the Bridge in Bridge Street loves art. An active member of the Hay arts community before coming to Benalla, Pamella has created a unique 'chocoholics heaven' in a little lane next to the Commercial Hotel.
Late last year Pamella and NEA's Tim Bowtell developed the concept of a partnership between Choolate Lane and NEA which has resulted in an occasional program of exhibitions featuring NEA artists or artists recommended by NEA members.
Merv Beamish's Pop Up Exhibition commenced the exhibition program in mid December 2016, with Merv's warm, impressionistic oil pastels and acrylics perfect for a cafe environment and adding to the welcoming atmosphere at Chocolate Lane.
To add to the atmosphere during the Wall to Wall Festival, Adam Knapper was suggested to Pamela. Adam, who has strong links to the Molyullah area and NEA through his family, exhibited at Chocolate Lane from March 31st to May 13th.. Adam's engaging collection of quirky, affordable café art clearly drew upon his involvement in the graffiti art movement of the eighties. You can read Adam's bio here.
NEA's Tim Bowtell. is currently exhibiting work at Chocolate Lane. Check out Tim's paintings during Chocolate Lane's winter opening hours - Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday mornings.
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Tim's workshops have been deferred while he works on a range of other projects. News of upcoming workshops will be included in the emailed newsletter (if you are not on the mailing list - send details to email@example.com) and this website.
Some photos from Tim's previous intermediate workshop in March.
Photos -Tim Bowtell, Nicole Reed, Benalla Ensign,, Bev Lee and Jeanette Clarke
Oil Painting with Tim Bowtell
Sunday March 5th 10am-1pm
Be guided in the process of oil painting for the beginner to the more advanced.
Book your place and make payments at NEA. Cost $35.
*Materials list will be emailed to you.
For more information call Tim on 5768 2655 or 0438 368 230 or
The Winton Wetlands 'fish on trees' project is finally finished as the heat of summer descended upon us. The Wetlands team wanted the fish to 'POP' and they certainly do!
Adding the blue and green rings 5 meters up the old trees was made possible with the hire of a cherry picker from Delatite Steel Benalla. After about half an hour getting to know the machine I was manoeuvring high up between the trees with precision. While I was up high Sam was taking care of business down low filling all the fish with colour. Unfortunately I under estimated the amount of yellow paint and needed to return a few days later to complete the job. This enabled me to carefully touch up different areas till I was completely happy.
January 22, 2017
If you haven't read Tim's first post on the Winton Wetlands Project you might like to check out this slide show of images of the project from go to whoa.
The January workshop program is almost over. With so much on offer it felt rather like a 'summer school program'.! Marg Zaal's concept of running simultaneous drawing workshops to small groups in the events room gallery worked really well and was received very positively by both presenters and participants. Thank you to Marg and all NEA artisans who presented these workshops.
The ambience and discrete working spaces in the events room gallery inspired Marg Zaal to develop the drawing workshop format pictured during the second in a series of three workshops on January 13th. Marg's vision - of three small group workshops by artists with different drawing specialities, offered on three different occasions to allow participants to chose more than one - worked really well..
I am currently working on a new project at Winton Wetlands. This road and trees were under water before Lake Makoan was de-commissioned.
The idea was to paint fish designs specific to the area. I decided to create a large fish across multiple trees that join up when the viewer gets to a certain point along the road - cool idea, difficult to achieve!
Fortunately I had Jake and Sam to be my painting hands and I communicated to them from the viewing point, where to paint marks on the trees - sometimes via mobile phone! I then added some other smaller fish to compliment the larger one and give reference for the larger fish when it doesn't line up.
I will be filling them with colour and will be adding rings 5m up the trees to mark the historical waterline when Lake Makoan was at its capacity.
Location is Boggy Bridge Rd a few km's past the Winton Wetland Hub.
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Festival time at North East Artisans is here - with the Rite of Spring exhibition and the East End Street Party happening later today. There will be lots of activity in the events room, now a dual purpose second gallery space, with the opening of the Rite of Spring exhibition at NEA at 5 pm on Friday and the East End Street Party on outside. More news to come! Click on the poster image for a slide show of the Rite of Spring's poster collection.
Art shows are on in abundance, with the 2016 Benalla Festival Regional Art Show at Tatong organised by NEA member De Sales Turner and supported well by NEA artisans. This year Tim Bowtell won the acquisitional 'Best in Show' prize with his painting 'Chinese New Era' and Julie Guppy. 'Best Local Artist' with her painting.'Tall Trees'. Judges were Tony Flint and Shanlee Cleeland.. Speaking to de Sales, it seems Tim's painting will hang at different times in community locations. The Art Show at Tatong is open until Sunday 6th November.
Merv Beamish recently donated a painting as a fundraiser for the Benalla Shorts Film Festival. Merv's painting was won by Laurie Watters, pictured here with Tim Bowtell at the Cup Eve Picnic Party when her horse in the phantom cup call won the race. (I bought lots of tickets - hoping I'd take Merv's painiting home with me!)
While workshops have quietened down a little, the last week has seen a healthy lift in sales at NEA's Gift Shop and Gallery, including larger sales by artists who have been supporting NEA by exhibiting and taking studios. Good things can come to those who wait! At least one of our artisans in wood has received a commission which was also exciting to hear. We have very much enjoyed having Colin Robson's sculptures and bird nesting boxes in the gallery over the past year - Colin is taking a break for a while, but we are hopeful he will return soon.
It's interesting following up on activities of past and present NEA artisans. Karthika and Beth have taken their passions a step further recently - opening shops in picturesque Nunn Street - Karthika 'Good Vibes Store - Organic and Eco Products' and Beth 'Beth's doll house- toys for girls and boys'.
Many artisans are on facebook - with a link to their Facebook page through the Artisans Index. This came through Margaret Zaal's this week. Isn't it beautiful!
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While some NEA members have headed towards the sunshine during the winter months, others have been quite involved at NEA, There has been an active workshop program throughout June and July, NEA artisans have been exhibiting work in the region and some artisans have been winning awards. New artisans have applied to be represented in the gallery, with some already on the gallery roster. Artisans and others have been collecting firewood to keep warm at home as well as volunteering at the gallery, which has been able to be warmed up sufficiently to be comfortable.
Over the winter months I've enjoyed helping to develop our new website. Designed by Tim Bowtell and supported by Tim Gardner it moved from being a test site to the http://northeastartisans.org web address in June. The Artisans pages on the drop down menu are a real strength of the new website - providing currently exhibiting artisans with an additional opportunity to exhibit their work and provide contact details. If you haven’t been approached or included yet, please contact Tim Bowtell with (any or all of) three photos of your work, some introductory ‘bio’ wording/ideas and contact details/URL addresses for links.
The entrance gallery space is evolving into a first point of call when people come to NEA. It's also a space in which artisans often meet, work and share ideas and about their work and philosophies about the arts and crafts in general.
Cornelia Selover can often be found working in the entrance gallery area. I enjoy questioning Cornelia about her work and in the week of the traumatic killings in Nice was particularly moved by the story behind her work 'A feather fell' (pictured below), inspired by reactions of a friend after the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.
Tim Bowtell and Deb Dodd have made weekends at NEA particularly enjoyable and productive for those attending their workshops over the winter months. Tim's Oil Painting - Beginners workshop series is now into it's fourth session.
By August 7th, Deb will have presented two Beginners' workshops and three Bring Your Own Mosaic workshops in just two months - with grouting sessions as well. I've decided that mosaics suit my impressionistic temperament and have thoroughly enjoyed Deb's beginners' sessions.
In addition to these NEA workshops, NEA artisans Annie Longmuir and Cornelia Selover are presenting workshops at Benalla Gallery - Annie is in the midst of a series involving creative knitting, while Cornelia will be presenting life Drawing sessions at the Benalla Gallery on Saturdays 13th, 20th and 27th of August from 1 - 4 pm. Kate Jenvey enjoys running workshops both at NEA and in her studio at home, however is currently focusing her attention on producing works for a solo exhibition to be held at Benalla Art Gallery early next year.
As an 'as needed' non-artisan volunteer in the gallery it is such a privilege to meet new artisans exhibiting in the Gallery. Garth Mitchell, a maker of superbly crafted wooden walking sticks, brought his work in last week while I was on duty, while new artisan Amanda Green, who is exhibiting thoughtfully produced, high quality bees wax candles under the label 'Ladybug Green' 'Goodies inspired by nature' also called by.
It's also wonderful to hear that works we have come to treasure have found the right buyer, such as with sculptor Shaun Murphy's coffee table. We will miss it. .
During June and July I've visited two exhibitions in Wangaratta featuring NEA artisans Elaine Murphy - in the intriguing 'Inking the Flyleaf' exhibition at the Baintz Gallery at Wangaratta Library - and Carol Sonogan in the inspirational 5th Biennial Petite-Miniatures Textiles exhibition at the Wangaratta Art Gallery. I've written about Elaine's work in an earlier post. Carol's petite-miniature textile was just as beautiful as I was told it would be. Artists from around the country participate in this project, displaying contemporary textiles that are no larger than 30x30x30cm. Carol currently has a number of her petite embroideries on exhibition and sale in the NEA gallery - including one titled 'Winton Wetlands' pictured on the left among her other pieces currently on show.
NEA's Facebook page is a great place to catch up with artisan news - for example, over the solstice months we read that Kate Jenvey had won the 'Best Drawing' prize at the Flinders Art Show and also read about Annie Longmuir's second prize for her entry of home spun art yarns at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. .
Monthly Friday night 'Table Top Games at NEA' games nights have swung into action during the winter months. Our Facebook page has photos of the events and reminders of date, but there is also a dedicated Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/TabletopGamesatNEA/
Only another month of winter! Just before spring starts we'll be able to head out to the 23rd Annual Bald Archy's Prize at Swanpool - 20th August to September 2nd - Tim Bowtell's entry is likely to get lots of local support in the 'People's Choice' category.
On a final note... establishing a 'Friends of NEA' group would provide a way for non-artisan members of NEA to make a more defined contribution to NEA's continuing existence and development. Initial research into 'Friends... Inc' based groups seems to be a good idea as a starting point - it appears, for example, it's important to have a distinctive structure and a separate bank account for fundraising. If you would like to join in the process of background research and preparing for a first general meeting to gain expressions of interest in joining 'Friends of NEA', please contact me at email@example.com or leave a message at 0478 607 838. Perhaps next winter there'll be news to post from 'Friends of NEA'.
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Tim Bowtell's Bald Archies entry was included in a news item from Channel 10 last week--video of the segment is available free to air until 17 July on http://tenplay.com.au/news/brisbane/2016/6/17/bald-archies-on-show . Enjoy!
The 23rd Bald Archies exhibition will be held in Swanpool from 20th August to 4th September.. To find out more about Tim's entry, check out the Bald Archies page on the Swanpool Community Development Association's website. Go Tim!
Learn the basics of oil painting in the first of a series of workshops.
Date: Sunday 19th June 2016
Time: 10 am - 1 pm
Cost: $35 per person
Basic materials list will be provided on enrolment.
If you enjoy this workshop you can enrol in the next one and expand on the techniques learned.
Bookings essential, maximum 10 participants.
Enquiries and bookings contact Tim Bowtell 5768 2655 or 0438 368 230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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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