First, a reminder that the Rite of Spring exhibition in the Events Gallery officially ends on November 30. People will be able to pick up art work they have purchased then, however remaining works will continue to hang until after late night shopping on Thursday 6th November. It has been wonderful having an exhibition of new work by NEA's artisans in this space. Visitors to Benalla who come to NEA seem to truly value the opportunity to visit what is becoming the NEA complex - with Gift Shop & Gallery; Foyer Gallery; the Events Room Gallery and seven artisan's studios upstairs.
It will soon be Christmas. NEA's Christmas party last weekend was a happy and relaxing event and artisans and volunteers are now gearing up for Benalla's pre-Christmas shopping experience on Thursday 1st December between 6pm and 8.30pm, NEA is an active participant in the event and will be remain until 8.30 pm. Buy tickets and some unique Christmas gifts at NEA before heading out to shop until you drop for two and a half hours!
Also on at 6 pm Thursday 1st December is the opening of 'A Month of Art Works by Merv Beamish' pop up arts show at Chocolate Lane.
Caught in action restocking at NEA for Christmas, artisan Sue Lamour of Sacred Stones.
While the workshop program is slowing down, the 'implementation stage' of the Door of Hope project is ramping up. The project's teachers have been appointed and the next stage of marketing the project is about to begin.
I love checking out gallery spaces! A few days ago I came across a new gift shop with exhibition space in the store next to The Whitty Cafe at Whitfield A past work colleague Anton co-owns and works at the cafe and gallery and is particularly keen to hang and sell paintings in addition to jewellery , wood work and ethical products.. The Whitty Cafe is in a 'niche' market, located near King Valley wineries and places where people come for weekend stays.
On a trip to Sydney a month ago I visited one of my favourite gallery spaces at Sturt Workshops in Mittagong. Worth a detour when travelling to Sydney!
Back to NEA - the other day Cornelia said it would be a good time to take a photo of her studio. Here goes!
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