To our poets,
We are writing to let you know that 'life getting in the way' has meant that our plans for Poetry events at NEA in 2019 have been put on hold.
The sessions we held to celebrate Winter, Spring and Summer seasonal changes in 2018 will always have a special place in our memories, and we hope in yours.
We would be delighted if at some point the poetry sessions could be revived - if we can get around to it, we will do so, but we are actually looking for volunteers to put their hands up! Perhaps it could be an annual event and the winter solstice could be a suitable time.
Please keep writing poetry, there are many other opportunities in the North East for you to share your art.
North East Artisans is a community art space in the heart of Benalla at 122 Bridge Street.
Our Gallery Shop provides a space for the artisans of North East Victoria to display their stunning creations and an opportunity for the community to shop locally. NEA provides studio space for artisans; an array of special exhibitions throughout the year; regular gallery gigs; various art and craft workshops; and space for community groups to meet.
We encourage visitors to NEA to come in and enjoy the space, browse the art, relax and chat to the artisans and to get involved in special events and activities.
Our GALLERY SHOP opening hours are subject to volunteer availability. The shop is open Wednesday to Friday 10am-4pm & Sat 10am-2pm. We open on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays only when we can or for special events (if we have additional volunteers). For visiting groups, gallery shop/NEA tours may be arranged by appointment.
The Red Road Cafe at NEA is open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturday (closed Sunday). Whilst the cafe is open, visitors may still have access to open studios and the exhibition space. If the gallery shop is closed, the friendly cafe staff may be able to assist you with any enquiries.
Workshops at North East Artisans are offered throughout the year by local artisans who are either exhibiting in the NE.A Gallery or are involved in NE.A in other ways. If you would like to book into or discuss an advertised workshop, please contact the artisan directly. If you are unable to contact the artist, please speak to one of our customer service volunteers in the gallery shop or message NEA through our facebook page/website. Please note: *If there are not enough participants workshops may be cancelled at the Artisans discretion *Participants (or guardians) need to sign a liability waiver prior to participating in NE.A workshops. *B.Y.O snacks and drinks (or pop into one of the many great local bakeries & cafés).
NEA's core values include people, art, community, connectedness, sustainability, transparency, quality and inclusiveness.
All are welcome at NEA!
;Our Story' on our Facebook Page was updated today be Deb Dodd and has been reproduced here.
i hear django presents Ordinary Elephant (USA)
Wednesday 17th April 2019 - The Gallery Gigs at North East Artisans
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year, Ordinary Elephant are “as genuine as it gets” – Lloyd Maines. The nomadic husband and wife duo captivate listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. Pete’s understated, melodic and mellow banjo weaves through Crystal’s steady and clean rhythm guitar, with poetic lyrics purposefully delivered in rich harmony, “like their voices were made to go together” – Texas Music Journal. www.ordinaryelephant.net
Doors 6:30pm // Tickets $15
Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm
Cost $20 per class
Starting with drawing, adjusted to individual requirements, project orientated.
First class: drawing eggs, greylead tonal study.
What to Bring:
These classes start with a number of drawing projects, then, as we advance, introduce painting media.
These are student focused, ongoing and open ended art classes, catering to individual needs and development.
Typically I aim to expose my students to:
The objectives of my classes are to achieve confidence in self expression and independence in the pursuit of your creative journey. If you have an interest in making art, a desire to develop your skills and knowledge and enjoy your creative journey, this is for you...
Classes will be held in my studios upstairs at NEA, 122 Bridge Street East, Benalla - the towering brick building with massive murals painted on them.
Contact Frank 0488 676 127
GANEAA Across Cultures Exhibition
April 2nd – May 29th 2019
Wangaratta Library – Docker Street Wangaratta
Works will be displayed throughout the Library in April and then in the Bainz Gallery during May.
Entry Fee $10 per entry
Exhibition Entry please follow this link https://www.trybooking.com/BAYFZ
Any questions please contact email@example.com
Please deliver works on Monday April 1st between 10am – 12:30pm or by prior arrangement.
Please pick up works on May 30th between 1pm – 3pm.
Wednesday April 10th in the Wangaratta Library from 5pm-7pm.
Opening Speaker Kellie Sutherland – R.C.O.W. Cultural Partnerships Officer
Across Cultures EXHIBITION (pdf)
Maggie Hollins 'The Turtle' (multi media with poem) was exhibited in the Bainz Gallery, Wangaratta, as part of Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance group exhibition 'It's in the Bag' in 2018. Maggie read 'The Turtle' at the Summer Solstice Poetry Reading at NEA in December 2018. Our Autumn Equinox Poetry Reading is on Friday 22 March from 7 to 9 pm in Gallery 2. $5 donation.
'I am too uncomfortably familiar with fire in the bush and, in this painting, attempt to show its destructive and fearful nature. Yet, also, I'm searching for a Phoenix quality as with fire comes rebirth'
Mervyn Beamish has exhibited at NEA for the past three years and shares a studio at NEA with his partner Irina Korotkow.
Mervyn has drawn and painted since childhood. He studied at East Sydney Technical College and then the National Art School, exhibiting at a number of galleries in the Eastern States of Australia after graduating. His career took him into industrial and trade exhibition design, multimedia and film production and a 30+ career as a freelance writer. Mervyn returned to full time painting in 2006.
Merv has run workshops in art and writing, is a published author and occasional resident artist. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Germany, Poland and Australia. His works are in both local and international private collections including Egypt, Malta, UK, USA and Germany.
Interview with North East Artisan's Mervyn Beamish
Wet Felting Class
with Annie Longmuir
Saturday 23 February 2019
10.30 am to 2.30 pm
Make a flower, small bag, pot, scarf or anything you'd like
Cost $35 plus fibre or byo clean fibre.
Bookings - contact Annie Longmuir 0407554416 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEA artists are invited to create an artwork in any medium to
celebrate the upcoming festival
Application form and Conditions of Entry
Entries close on
Friday 8th of March.
The exhibition will run in the Exhibitions Gallery for approx 3 weeks from 8 - 29 March and more details will be on the application form.
THE SOURCE is an innovative event for 2019 in Benalla's Music & Arts Space created by Darrel de Fazio. The event is being held in the Botanic Gardens on Saturday 23 March.
We ask artists to use the theme 'The Source' to explore the ideas of things that nourish and come from The Source, sustainability & mindfulness and any other creative directions.
Please start creating and help us support this new exciting event in our city.
For more information, contact Janet on 0431 890 158 or by email at email@example.com.
Please note - this exhibition was originally advertised as March 8 - 28; the dates are now March 16 to 30 with entry forms due March 8 as in the updated application form.
Wednesday 27th February, 2019
6:30pm - 9:30pm
Doors open 6:00pm
In 2019, Scott Cook is returning with a new intercontinental string band called The She'll Be Rights, consisting of fellow Canadian Bramwell Park on banjo and mandolin, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. They're touring in support of Cook's sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, which earned him his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination!
<Click here to book your ticket/s at Trybooking.com>
Adults - $15
Under 18's - Free
i hear django presents Red Tail Ring (USA)
Sunday 24th March 2019 - The Gallery Gigs at North East Artisans
Michigan-based, Red Tail Ring are Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp. Together they create intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and lush harmonies. Fresh off their fourth full-length studio release 'Fall Away Blues', Laurel and Michael are re-imagining Americana music with pure soul. Formed in 2009, they’ve performed their unique brand of acoustic roots all over the United States and throughout Canada, the UK and Europe including Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway and Sweden. “Red Tail Ring doesn’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music… they breathe new life into it, channelling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs.”– John Sinkevics, LocalSpins. www.redtailring.com
Doors 5:30pm // Tickets $15 via TryBooking.com
Introduction to Jewellery Making workshops with Sally Wallace are held in Gallery 2 on Friday mornings from 9.30 to 12.30 during school terms.
An initiative of NEA, Waminda Community House & Local Learning Networks.
Contact Sally on 0438 063 185.
In 2018 artwork by a number of NEA artists was exhibited in the foyer display window of the Rural City of Benalla offices in Bridge Street, part of an arts bank like project inspired and facilitated by Benalla's Mayor, Councillor Don Firth. Works by Tim Bowtell, Jamie Ferguson, Frank Burgers and Julie Burdis featured in the small gallery space near the lift in 2018..
With the Council requiring the display window for Benalla Festival's 'Our Backyard' and Christmas exhibitions at the end of the year, a change of venue was arranged to the Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Learning Centre in Fawckner Drive. Janet Leith's 'The Arborist' and 'The Stripey Bike Rider' have now been on display there for a number of weeks.
Recently Janet visited the library to see her work on exhibition, meeting the new librarian along the way. If you are in the library, have a look at Janet's paintings on the wall towards the back of the library.
An occasional BLog
We would like to invite any artists or groups from NEA or the community to showcase your work in our large Exhibition Gallery space.
Although the NEA exhibitions for the year have not been finalised there will be quite a few months available and applications will be considered based on availability.
Please refer to the Exhibitions Application below for details.
If anyone has any requests or theme ideas for NEA exhibitions this year, please contact our Exhibition Coordinator Janet Leith.
Photos - Annie Longmuir, Bev Lee, Simmon Tan; Cooinda, with more to be added.
Canadian singer-songwriter Meiwa (a.k.a. Kristie McCracken) has earned international praise with her maturely thoughtful lyricism and subtly sophisticated, genre-melding creativity that reflects an artist who is adroitly expanding her musical horizons. She is a WCMA 2016 ‘Urban Artist of the Year’ nominee for her debut solo album ‘Let Go & Grow’.
Ellen James is a Benalla based songstress with a BIG voice who gathers inspiration from memories, dreams, stories, creatures & you! Ellen speaks about her music and plays live in the studio in a recent Killer Pigs 'Suck it Up' podcast - Episode 5: Ellen James.
On Saturday 19 January 2019 at 6:30pm
North East Artisans
Gallery 2, 122-124 Bridge St East, Benalla, VIC 3672
Tickets - TRY BOOKING or NEA
Now that Ned is home again,
Engraved amongst his own again,
His final wish atoned again
He'll never be alone.
No stake hold in this mortal coil
no further battles to embroil
forever laid in Greta soil
Now that Ned is home.
Perhaps it's time to compromise,
To look at things with different eyes,
Not heroise nor demonise,
Not worship nor despise
And in return it's time to mark
a day so savage wild and dark
(T'was murder down at Stringybark)
Now that Ned is home
Out there beyond that Great Divide
Where all must surely now reside
where earthly sins are cast aside
And grievance satisfied.
Perhaps eight men would meet again
In circumstances less mundane
And seek to salve all mortal pain
Now that Ned is home.
To find in common, bushman's ways
Much more than you or I today
And yarn by campfire; boil the tay
And share the bowl of clay
Now that both outlaws and police
From earthly conflict find release
May all together rest in peace
Now that Ned is home
NEA's proximity to the area in which Ned Kelly lived, roamed, was imprisoned and appeared in court; the still rustling to and fro between descendants of the Kelly family and the police officers; the periodic launching of new books and plays about Ned's life; the recent opening of the memorial to the police officers at Stringybark, inspire conversations about the life of Ned Kelly at NEA. Kelly saga related literature brought by customers to the Red Road Cafe to read over coffee (as happened just yesterday), typically generates discussions about Ned's life, his mother Ellen, the police officers involved; his court case and more,
NEA's 'resident poet', studio holder, instrument maker and whittler, Seamus Foley, has taken a lively interest in the Kelly story since living in Greta a few years ago. Seamus's poems 'Now that Ned is home again' (2014) (above) and 'The Kellys' are Riding Tonight' (2017) are incredibly evocative - it always feels such a privilege to hear Seamus perform these poems. Seamus describes being inspired to write 'Now that Ned is home again' in the period after Ned's remains were buried in the Greta cemetery.
An occasional BLog.
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
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA