Took these photos for the Window to Window website - thought it would be 'good for the record' to share them on the website as well. Drop by 28B Carrier Street to take a look!
Happy New Year to our valued members.
2021 is looking good after a splendid six weeks of trading in our new premises.
We re-open on the 5th January and there are lots of opportunities to become involved!
May 2021 be better and brighter!
Photographs - Beverley Lee
The Window to Window committee is in action again, Jim Myconos 0448 817 006 is the point of contact for artist, Blake Smith is playing an active role in ensuring the event runs smoothly and the Benalla Business Network is providing funding.
The event will be held on Friday December 11th. Jim is really keen to hear as soon as possible from artists who would like to be involved. Contact Jim on 0448 817 006, or better still,, call into She's Arty in Bridge Street near Hide's Bakery and chat with Jim.
Segment of Mal Webster's '=window, 'Window to Window', 2019.
The NEA Gallery Shop at 28C Carrier Street is now open! The evening before Tony Levy was busy installing bespoke seats outside NEA - there was also a chance for a 'Sneak Peak' through the window.
Handover time on the first day saw regular Friday morning rostered volunteer artisans, Elaine Murphy (All Things Paper') and Lise Darcy ('Darcy Felt') preparing for handover. and Jarita working in the office. Not long after Cathy Pianta arrived to chat to Simon Ruppert from the Ensign, then, with Annie Longmuir, take over for the afternoon.
On Saturday, De Sales Turner and Sally Wallace were busy talking to people who dropped in about NEA, while John Holschier was installing furniture in the garden area.
It was wonderful to chat to them all and to once again enjoy viewing the creations of returning and new artisans from North East Victoria.
NEA is open at 28C Carrier Street from 10 - 4 Monday to Friday and 10 - 2 Saturdays. The Red Road Cafe will be opening in the very near future.
As NEA approaches its new opening on November 6th we have three important requests to make -
1) Anyone with work for the shop still to be delivered, please do so this week.
2) If you believe you have any belongings which may have been taken from Bridge Street to the NEA storage container, please let us know through the NEA email address firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then make a time for you to retrieve those items. The storage container will be emptied by the end of November so please act quickly. Unclaimed items will be sold or donated to charity. We are sure you appreciate that we can't maintain the rent on the container longer than necessary.
3) This Saturday, 31st October, there will be a garden Working Bee at the Carrier Street premises 10. 00 am - 2 pm. We are looking for people willing to pot up plants, donate plants, paint chairs and tables and generally help us create the warm, welcoming and creative outdoor space we envisage. BYO brushes, paints (if you are willing to share), gloves, sunscreen etc. Social distancing and Covid safe practices will apply. Let us know you're coming through email@example.com or turn up and take your chances. Your support will be welcomed.
(On behalf of NEA)
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
28 B&C Carrier Street, Benalla, Victoria 3672
Sharing some newly completed work by MICrame - Macrame by Michaela @fonzycool using ethically sourced, 100% recycled cotton.
Michaela has been NEA's music events coordinator for the past 3 and a half years where she began @the_gallery_gigs. In the last year she started teaching herself macrame in her old studio at NEA's previous Bridge St address and has come a long way.
Michaela has spent the majority of this year remote learning with her 7 old twins whilst her partner worked full time, describing it as "not the most enjoyable experience to date" and is looking forward to freeing up some time (and hands) as restrictions ease .
For commissions drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Michaela's work is also available through Buy from Benalla - https://www.buyfrombenalla.com.au/shops/74391
So much has been happening with NEA since our last newsletter.
President, Tim Bowtell, retired from the position to accommodate his growing workload. We have appreciated and are grateful to Tim for all his hard work and for how he has represented NEA across so many communities. I am excited about the opportunity to take up some of the important work that we are doing at NEA as Acting President.
We have officially moved to our new premises at 28 B & C Carrier Street, Benalla. In this space, we’ll occupy two buildings and a huge back yard area. This allows us to continue to provide the services which have always been at the heart of our organisation.
Our new venue is smaller than the previous one but it has loads of character, four gallery/exhibition/shop spaces, along with two kitchens and a large outdoor area which we hope to see filled with gardens, restful spaces for coffee and chats, and lots of outdoor art. We continue to be a centre of community connection, a place where people meet for mentoring and sharing, a place for artists and artisans to develop their skills and sell their wares.
As we reopen, we welcome our community to participate in what will be a broader and even more inclusive NEA than ever before. NEA is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation. Our work relies on the great ideas, good nature, volunteering and generosity of the community. I would like to thank all members of our Management Committee and all other volunteers who work so generously behind the scenes. Most importantly, I encourage you to contact us through our website with your ideas and any offers of volunteering support to take us into our new and exciting future. Not everyone is able to volunteer but your suggestions and comments are really valuable to us.
I look forward to seeing you at future NEA openings and events.
Source: NEA Newsletter, 26 September 2020
A very brief message to let you all know that the yarn bombing has now been removed around Benalla. It was bit touch and go as to whether the weather would co-operate, but after Friday’s rain, everything had dried out enough by Saturday afternoon, so we managed to remove everything, and so meet the Council requirements. It does look a little less bright around town, but the leaves will soon be back to brighten things again. Thank you to everyone who helped with providing materials and support, and special thanks to those who were able to help with the installation and the removal.
A new expressionist work by local artist Irina Korotkow 'Feeling flayed and finding a position of comfort' 2020
13/9/2020 Progress photos and appreciation posted on Facebook!
"Over the past two days, NEA volunteers Tanya, Michaela and Marshall have been sanding back the floorboards in one of the rooms at our new Carrier St location and boy oh boy what a difference it makes! Thank you to the team for what was a mammoth undertaking and we hope that your bones aren't too weary today
Getting there folks....
Keep watching this space!
"Thanks to the knitters and craftspeople of Benalla and district for cheering us up these past few weeks. Your wonderful work is enough to put a smile on anyone's face."
Diane McMillan posted this wonderful photo and comment on the Benalla Community Noticeboard Facebook page! It received lots of likes and some wonderful comments...
You may remember from previous posts that we had planned removing the yarn bombing work this coming weekend, 29 August. Due to the current stage 3 restrictions on movement, we are not able to undertake this work. We have been granted an extension from the Council to leave the decorations in place until stage 3 restrictions are lifted, allowing us to move around more freely. So you will see the bright colours around for another few weeks.
Thank you to those who have supported this work this year and in previous years. We hope to repeat the event in 2021 and would welcome your support and participation.
0417 065 351
More reviews... this time from Trip Advisor ......
Watch and view the creations of local artists
An amazing array of all forms of art by local artists - on show and for sale. Staffed by volunteers. This really complements the Street Art scene in Benalla
Bruce and Chris M , Benalla Australia, January 2018 '
What an artistic treat
Benalla is so lucky to have such a committed and thriving artistic community. North East Artisans have developed a concept of a support network in material terms ie a huge building full of active studios, a gallery and shop as well as a cafe. They also run workshops open to the public. Brilliant. Congratulations to you all.
Lynden N , Ballarat, January 2018 '
Amazing volunteer run community Gallery/art space
Apparently it's the biggest building in Benalla that even locals walk past not realising what lies behind the façade. Over 2 levels there is a labyrinth of rooms filled with local art - a showroom where you can buy quality handmade items by local Artisans, an exhibition Gallery, heaps of artists studios that you're free to explore, oh and a cafe that makes in my opinion the best coffee and genuine chai in the area. It's worth more than a quick look, I get completely immersed whenever I visit, usually staying for hours exploring and chatting to all of the volunteers. It's clear that this is a labour of love and Benalla is lucky to have a place like this which is focused on the community. Thanks NEA!
Blondie December 2017
Amazing local artists
I love popping in at least once a month to see what is new, always good for gifts that are just that little bit more interesting
lm00re, July 2017
Worth a quick look
Called in as driving through the town looking to do some shopping,the gallery is right on the main street and easy to find. It has several rooms with lots of different art and craft work on display and sale from a large number of local artists. We did not buy anything but that was mainly as the only thing that we really liked were some pieces of furniture and as we could not get it home we had to leave it. There is also a coffee/snack bar inside so handy if you need a quick bite or drink.
scubacol11 Rotherham, United Kingdom February 2017
As NEA moves to its new location we are in the middle of making some changes to NEA;s information on Google Maps. People 'in the know' about Google Maps often add reviews. Reading a number of 'testimonials' in the reviews column for NEA , it seemed worthwhile to share them for posterity. They provide another way of reflecting back on where we have been as we shape a new future. There are 24 reviews, lots of 5 stars, and a number of very supportive testimonials,.
"An amazing art and craft gallery selling all locally produced items. Really good coffee, cakes, chai tea is available from Thursday to Saturday." Annie
"Amazing place. Very talented local artists and a huge variety of arts and crafts " Heather
"Fantastic art space displaying and selling local artists works. Also great classes to learn various forms of art." Annette
"Local artists and artisans under one roof. Gallery shop, studio spaces and events. Red Road cafe had nice coffee and yummy treats. Definitely worth a visit!" Ruth
"So much to see. Excellent art and great workshops." Sally
"Great artworks with an amazing amount of insight. Coffee is fantastic and the staff are incredibly friendly." Jack
"Self funded independent arts cooperation. Check out the gallery, exhibition space, and upstairs visual art studios. No charge. Painting; work in progress by Frank Burgers." Frank
"Fantastic place to view and purchase a diverse range of local art including paintings, mosaics, pottery, jewellery, crafts, textiles etc. Publicly accessible artists studios. A unique space which includes a small cafe. Entirely run by volunteers." Asio
"North East Artisans is always my first stop when searching for a gift. And I always try to make time to stop at the Red Road Cafe for a drink and a chat. I've attended a few workshops too and learned some new skills. It's always a friendly welcoming atmosphere." Star Goo
"Great coffee and wonderful array of local artisans work for sake" Kristine
"What a fantastic place that even many locals walk past. Focal in and be amazed by the variety of different kinds of artwork that is on display for sale. I've bought many an unusual gift here". Beverley D
"It is simply a cut above anything else that I have seen. Marvellous work". Jeffrey
"Great coffee and home made goods" Lorraine
"Great range of arts and crafts, good for gift hunting." Lance
"Awesome Art" Cheryl
Thanks to the visitors and friends of NEA who contributed these testimonials. They are really p[easing to read through!
NEA on Google Maps (accessed 24 August 2020 - note edits are currently in progress)
Delightful interview with Tim, Ruth, Maddie and Erin at the Lost Trades Festival in Bendigo in March 2020. An appealing ABC Education production,
"Toys have been around for thousands of years. What do you think toys were made from a thousand years ago?
We meet a family of toymakers at the Lost Trades Fair in Bendigo. Tim shows us how he makes his toy swords and castles. His daughters tell us about the jobs they do to help make the toys. What are some of the tools they use to make their toys?
What are Tim’s toys made from? What other materials are toys made out of today?
How do you use your imagination when you play?"
Access the ABC education web page with video link: https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/3645112/making-sustainable-toys-with-recycled-materials (accessed 23 August 2020)
Have you spotted our NEA signs at our new location? As you may know, NEA has vacated it's location in the old SEC building on Bridge St. We look forward to welcoming you all to 28B & C Carrier St once restrictions have lifted! There are many more announcements to come and exciting things in store so watch this space ➡️🔲
We'd like to take this chance to thank Benalla Furniture Removals & Storage for donating their time, muscles and truck to help us with the move, Courtney from Ray White Benalla for her professionalism in organising our new lease, and of course all of our volunteers and members who helped us with the move. Thank you all for your patience, understanding and ongoing support as we've navigated this unprecedented time 😁
We’re excited to announce that we have found a new home for NEA at 28 B and C Carrier Street!
These are uncertain times as we handle coronavirus restrictions. We’re grateful to be able to fulfil our role as a vibrant part of the Benalla community.
The new premises will change the look and feel of NEA. We’re looking forward to opening and seeing how our new home operates to serve our members and the artistic community of Benalla and surrounds.
Do you have any practical and exciting ideas for how NEA operates? Everything we achieve is through the strength of our volunteers and members. We encourage you to take an active role in NEA. Get involved, share your ideas, contribute your skills and help this moment of change in NEA’s history be a foundation for its growth.
Interested in learning more about the premises or getting involved? Please contact us through the contact page and we will touch base with you.
NEA Management Committee.
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
122 Bridge St Benalla, Victoria 3672
This time, last year - 'In Your Face' Portrait Prize Exhibition at NEA, August 2019. Anthony James 'Gammy'. Faulkner's entry 'Neophyte Universe;' featured in the Cornelia Selover designed exhibition poster.. Check out the annotated catalogue of work, or read the 'In Your Face' exhibition blog A memorable exhibition coordinated by Janet Leith.
Wall to Wall Benalla Festival
Benalla Street Art Map to 2017
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
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)