The highly acclaimed work of Artist Leon Pappas will be on display at North East Artisans (NEA) throughout July.
Oil and acrylic paintings presented by Leon span the last 50 years, and showcase his creative flair. They feature Classic Bucolic Australian Landscapes; Harlequin Post-Impressionist Art; Floral Arrangements and Sea Scapes.
Leon studied at Monash University, completing a course of advanced art. He has exhibited his work and won numerous awards in shows presented by galleries throughout Victoria, including the Kew, Toorak, St Kilda, Warburton, and Alexandra galleries to name a few.
Leon will be present on opening day to meet members of the public, and on other days on an appointment basis.
(Content: Benalla Visitor Information Centre)
Over the past few months NEA's proposed amalgamation with Ganeaa has proved more complex than anticipated. NEA has a;lso faced the difficult decision of closing its doors at 28 B and C Carrier Street in September and now needs to find a new home.
Simon Ruppert's interview with De Sales Turner for the Ensign released on the 4th June provides an excellent insight into the making of this decision and endeavours being made by NEA to find a new home.
"After nearly nine years of trading in Benalla, North East Artisans will close its doors to the public. It is, however, working with Benalla Rural City Council to try to find a new home.
The art collective has, for almost a decade, offered workshops and exhibitions, as well as creating a safe place for artists to show and sell their creations.
Spokesperson DeSales Turner said members had had to make a lot of hard and courageous decisions along the way.
“Let’s face it, the decision to continue trading as a 100 per cent volunteer-run organisation after an auspicious start as a pop-up shop was gutsy,“ Dr Turner said. “(It’s) a testimony to the many people who have served hard, with an indomitable will to stay alive.”
NEA leaves with a proud track record of service to the community.
“We cannot adequately express how grateful we are to the many people who made NEA possible,” Dr Turner said. “The list of those to whom we extend our thanks include the visionary management team who first brought NEA into existence; our board and committee of management; our volunteers; and members of the community who frequented our shop and events.
“Additionally, we include in our thanks gratitude to various businesses throughout Benalla who supported us in fundraising events, and Benalla (Rural City) Council, with whom are working to develop a new business plan and to locate a new premises from which to trade.
“When I think back on all we achieved I am in awe — we renovated and refurbished three disused buildings and in the process created safe spaces for artists to work.
“We ran music gigs and iconic exhibitions; we participated in numerous community events and initiatives — really, we gave it our all. Not a bad effort.
“Throughout all of our experiences and adventures we have learned much and we will now put our efforts and energy into regrouping.”
That will include developing a new business plan; engaging in fundraising; securing sponsorship; and locating a viable and affordable trading place.
One way the community can support NEA until it closes is by visiting NEA in the months of June, July and August to view the art exhibitions of Leon Pappas and Merv Beamish.
NEA will still have many works of art available in the shop for purchase, until volunteers start clearing out in September.
So it might be a good time to secure that special one-of-a-kind gift that would be perfect for Christmas.
“There will be a donation box in the shop for those who would like to make an offering to help NEA in their desire to move forward,” Dr Turner said.
“Thank you Benalla for helping NEA to realise the dream and we look forward to experiencing what the future holds.”
We are again planning for a yarn bombing event for 2022. The last two years have been difficult between shutdowns and restrictions. Still, a small group of us managed to bring some smiles to the community during the difficult times. We hope this year we will be able to achieve another colourful display with the theme of “Whimsy” to brighten the town at the end of winter. Our aim is to have enough articles to cover Bridge Street from the corner of Smythe St to the Monash Bridge. If we have enough items, we will also cover parts of Carrier, Nunn and Mair Streets.
Our dates for 2022 are from 30 July until 4 September.
We invite all interested community members to participate in the event by completing articles for display. All articles need to be made from acrylic yarn as that survives the elements the best. We would like:
• fancy tea cosies (with the slits closed) or fancy beanies to fit 50cm ball,
• long strips of knitting or crochet 25cm (around 10 inches) wide,
• strips that are around 10 cm (around 3 inches) wide,
Your contributions need to be completed by 5 July 2022. You can ring Joy on 0417 065 351 or Elaine on 0407 438 099 and we will arrange either a pickup or drop off point. We do have some yarn available for you to use – call Susan on 0468 619 198. Or if you have some bright coloured acrylic yarn to donate, call one of the listed numbers and we can arrange collection.
We know that things change from year to year and you may not be able to assist this year. But if you know someone who may be interested, please pass on the information. And if you want to be removed from our list of contact from previous years, please let me know.
Happy knitting and crochet
Benalla Yarn Bombers Group
"Anne Hutchinson works in oil, acrylics and decorates chairs and furniiture which can be found at NEA."
Entries are now open for the next GANEAA exhibition
at Wangaratta's Cafe Martini, on the theme of
'SELF PORTRAIT IN ISO'.
21 March - 21 June 2022.
Deadline 18TH MARCH
Up to two entries per member.
Please email with details to - firstname.lastname@example.org
- TITLE, MEDIUM, SALE/NFS PRICE, DIMENSIONS
Drop off Cafe Martini 21st March 11am and stay to help hang the work.
Simon Ruppert, Benalla Ensign, January 20, 2022
"Are you a local north-east Victorian artist who would like an opportunity to have your work exhibited in a nationally renowned gallery?
Benalla Art Gallery is calling for applications from north-east Victorian artists and craftspeople to exhibit in its gallery shop.
The gallery shop exhibitions are a new initiative, having commenced in December 2021 with Pauline Fraser’s Land and Sky Collection, which has coincided with the local artist’s major Simpson Gallery show, Contemplating Nature.
The monthly gallery shop exhibitions will be displayed in two glass display cabinets prominently positioned at reception, and will be programmed from applications received.
Benalla Art Gallery director Eric Nash said the gallery had seen a tremendous response to Pauline Fraser’s current gallery shop exhibition.
“We’ve found visitors have responded really positively to this new initiative, and many have enthusiastically taken the opportunity to ‘collect a piece of Benalla’ during their visit,” Mr Nash said.
Mr Nash also confirmed the gallery would prioritise gallery shop exhibition applications “by artists and craftspeople hailing from or residing in north-east Victoria in order to further promote and support local and regional creative practices.”
“There are a number of benefits to exhibiting in the gallery shop for local and regional artists, including the opportunity to earn revenue from sales, and promotion through the Benalla Art Gallery website, monthly e-news, dedicated media release, and social media channels,” he continued.
The display cabinet space is most suited to small wares, including jewellery, ceramics, small sculpture, textiles and prints.
Application forms can be downloaded from the ‘exhibitions’ section of the Benalla Art Gallery website.
Applications will be assessed on quality, price, demographic appeal and value to wider Benalla Art Gallery programming, with applicants notified by email as to the outcome of the review process and the month their works would be displayed in the gallery shop."
Pauline Fraser’s Land and Sky Collection.displayed in one of two cabinets in the Benalla Art Gallery - Source - Benalla Ensign article, January 20, 2022.
Local artists Paddy Milne, David Godkin, Kathy Whelan and Linda Lees are among those welcoming the amalgamation of the two regional arts groups.
TWO regional arts groups that have been fostering the arts in their local communities for years, have joined forces, with the aim of pooling their resources for the benefit of all.
The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance Inc (GANEAA) and North East Artisans (NEA) are now one, having decided to amalgamate at the end of last year.
NEA voted for the amalgamation at a recent special general meeting - a decision confirmed by GANEAA at their annual general meeting
North East Artisans was formed in 2014; the not-forprofit organisation operating as a cooperative model and providing support and space for local artists to practise including a gallery shop in Benalla where they can showcase and sell their work.
The Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance Inc was formed in 1999 and is an organisation of volunteers who supports and advocates for artists, while also hosting exhibitions and the biennial Across the Arts Forum, where renowned artists hold workshops in a wide variety of art forms.
GANEAA president Kathy Whelan said the groups were like-minded in their efforts to support regional artists and promote arts in the community. She said members will come together under the GANEAA banner, simplifying administration, taking part in joint exhibitions and events, and utilising the gallery shop in Benalla.
“We both want to add to the pride of our regional community and the richness of the arts that is here,” she said.
“We are very lucky in Wangaratta and Benalla to have such good galleries and such a vibrant arts scene.”
Ms Whelan said about half GANEAA members were already NEA members so there was already interaction and overlap between the two groups. She said strong connections were also made when an Irish band was formed that included members from both groups.
“We decided we should get together and combine our forces,” she said.
“Both of us are big on workshops for our community, including NEA’S workshops for kids at risk, while we do a lot of workshops for professional development, where professional and emerging artists can learn new skills.
“We’re also both really keen on music - NEA has always had concerts and GANEAA loves to have singer songwriters involved in the Across the Arts forums and we are both into sustainability and the environment, so it’s really a good combination I think.”
Ms Whelan said it was a positive development and she was thrilled by the enthusiasm shown by volunteers who attended their recent AGM in November.
The groups are celebrating their merger with the “Coming Together” exhibition currently being held at Café Martini in Wangaratta, while more workshops are being planned for both Benalla and Wangaratta featuring artists including Anita Laurence and Jo Briscomb.
While some administrative details are still to be finalised, GANEAA is expected to have approximately 700 members, with current NEA members to receive a year’s free membership in the merged group.
The new committee includes Kathy Whelan (president), Tim Dickinson (treasurer), Jarita Stubbs (vice treasurer), Linda Lees (secretary), Paddy Milne (website coordinator), Rose Wedler and Sandy Wingate (publicity officers), and Desales Turner (NEA shop coordinator)
This article, written by Anita McPherson, appeared in the Wangaratta Chronicle on Monday 17 September 2022. Photograph - Nick Richard.
Bush Gatherings - December 3 to January 3 - Merv Beamish and Irina Korotkow - Extended to January 31st!
The Coming Together exhibition at Cafe Martini in Wangaratta to February 13th celebrates the coming-together of Northeast Artisans and GANEAA. Two paintings from Cathy Pianta's ‘Cafe’ Series on exhibit and for sale. You will also find artworks from many of NEA artists in various media. Call in and don’t miss out on checking out local art.
Just a reminder of our upcoming exhibition at Cafe Martini
13 DECEMBER 21 - 13 FEBRUARY 22
celebrating our new members from Benalla (NEA).
Submissions close THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER.
Delivery of Art MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER AT 10AM
Attached is the submission form and details.
0407 311 899
Dear valued members,
At the recent AGM of Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance (GANEAA) they confirmed their decision to amalgamate with North East Artisans (NEA) of which you are currently a member.
NEA voted for this amalgamation at a recent Special General Meeting.
What this currently means for you is that you are now a member of GANEAA. The membership fee ($25) has been waived until the 2022 AGM.
In the short term you may receive correspondence from both organisations as we bring our operations together. If you do not wish to receive Arts information from either organisation, please let us know as soon as possible as our mailing lists will be merged.
This merger will provide greater opportunities for artists and artisans of the North East through access to a wider range of services.
Operations at the NEA premises will proceed with a wider range of artists exhibiting and more diverse activities.
Don’t forget that the Christmas Party is on 18th December, the $50 exhibition is up and running and open to all members and our brilliant fund-raising exhibition raffle is open until the 17th December and is a lot of fun!
(on behalf of NEA)
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
28 B&C Carrier Street, Benalla, Victoria 3672
As you know the holiday season is upon us once again. It’s been a huge year at NEA with lots of ideas and developments and changes happening!
To celebrate both the holidays and the achievements of our wonderful organisation we’d love for you to join us at 28c Carrier Street on Saturday December 18th.
From 10am deSales & her assistants will be drawing the prizes for the huge 'Up Your Arts' exhibition that has been running since mid-November. We’'ll also begin notifying winners then!
Don’t forget that you can still get tickets right up until December 17th. Tickets are $5 for 20 and you can then choose which of the 90+ prizes you want to go in the draw to win!
As the day goes on we’ll be moving to the back garden, which has had a bit of a make over recently, where we will spend the rest of the day celebrating! Please BYO drinks for yourselves and a plate to share. The BBQ will be available for use if you feel so inclined. We have several members with various dietary requirements so rest assured that there will be plenty of options for everyone.
Our new members from GANEAA are very welcome.
Double vaccination is essential.
Please RSVP by 12th December .
We aim to wrap up celebrations by about 5pm so feel free to come all day or just drop in for a short while if you prefer. We’d love to see you all there at some point during the day though!
Exhibitions & Events Coordinator
North East Artisans Inc.”
Window to Window is back in 2021!
Artists will be painting shop front windows in the retail precinct of Benalla on Friday November 26, 2021..
If you would like to take part in the Window to Window 2021 festival on Friday 26th November, please send a message on Window to Window on Facebook and you will be contacted in touch with you and set you up with a window to paint!
Stay tuned to Window to Window on Facebook for more details!
The 'Up Your Arts' exhibition/event features works of art made by Local Artisans, and is additionally supported through generous donations of goods from local Benalla merchants. The items on display are not for sale. However, they will be won by some very lucky people who purchased a page (or more) pf 20 tickets for $5, which the purchaser then distributes into the numbered ticket box(es) that match the number of the prize they want to win. It's that simple. Prizes will be drawn on December 17th and the winner notified using details provided when purchasing a page of tickets.
We look forward to sharing your company.
A recent exhibitor, Anne works in oil, acrylics. Anne also decorates chairs and furniture which can be found at NEA.
Thank you to all the members who responded to this initiative.
The Special General Meeting was held last Thursday.
With both proxy and 'in person' votes the decision was unanimous that we pursue amalgamation with GANEAA.
Our next step is to meet with GANEAA and Regional Arts Victoria personnel to map a way forward.
This is a very exciting time for both organisations.
On behalf of NEA
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
28 B&C Carrier Street, Benalla, Victoria 3672
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Broken River Writers
Wots4Me Benalla Youth
Art Gallery on Ovens
Bush Gatherings -Violet Town
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)