A Gallery Gig at NEA on 19 th April at 6 pm is part of an extensive Australian tour by Canadian musicians Corin Raymond and Scott Cook. We feel so privileged to be able to offer this Gallery Gig!
Both Corin Raymond and Scott Cook can be found on YouTube...
The next clip features Scott Cook singing 'Fella's Get Out The Way'...
Like the lyrics? Check out this webpage...https://scottcook.bandcamp.com/track/fellas-get-out-the-way
See you at 6 pm at NEA on the 18th April! $10 - bookings at NEA.
Next Writers' Corner is on the 3rd Wednesday as the 4th is ANZAC Day and the Library is closed. At our last Writers' Corner I raised the possibility of us doing a "writing course" using Carmel Bird's book 'Dear Writer...revisited...' Originally published in 1988 while this edition is 2013. A quote by the author from the intro -
'When it comes down to it, the principal thing a writer has to do is write, to sit down at the desk and make up stories. You can actually guess and glean for yourself all the info about the so-called world of writing; you can work out how to present a manuscript to a publisher, if you want to. You can pick up some ideas from books such as this one. In classes and at festivals I have sometimes felt that students and members of the audience were hoping to be given the secret to a magic formula that was supposed to be in the possession of the tutor or speaker. The secret is that there is no magic formula.
Writing students have sometimes told me they wish for a book that will not only provide advice about skills, but will somehow urge and inspire the reader to write and continue to write. I hope that 'Dear Writer' will fulfill the students' wishes and answer the needs of both new and experienced writers.'
Leading Edge Books can get 'Dear Writer...revisited...' in for us. Retails for $25 but they will do them for $20 if we order more than 2 copies. I will definitely be getting a copy and am wondering if BRW should purchase a copy. Thoughts anyone? If you want to participate in this exercise I would strongly recommend getting yourself a copy so you can read and reread the entirety of each letter we are working through. I will include a few quotes, but it won't be as good.
A team effort led to a most enjoyable visit to NEA by the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Probus group on March 14th. Tim Bowtell was dropped off at Winton Wetlands where he met up with Elaine Murphy's brother and a busload of members from the Yarrawonga/Mulwala Probus Group. Tim provided a guided tour of the art, then proceeded with the bus to Benalla to guide a further tour - this time of Benalla Street Art. Meanwhile, back at NEA, Kylie PItts and her team - Kylie's mother, Susie Buykz and Annie Longmuir - were busy setting up tables and laying out prepared sandwiches, cakes and generally making ready. No rest for Tim when he returned, as there were lots of orders for coffee from the Red Road Cafe. The lunch by all accounts was delicious and followed up by a look through NEA and some enjoyed (and appreciated by NEA) retail therapy in Gallery 1..
Tim Bowtell's 'Asha' portrait the first of a series of artwork by NEA artists on display at the Benalla Rural City Council Offices in Bridge Street
Over the coming months artwork by a NEA artist will be exhibited in the display window of the Rural City of Benalla offices in Bridge Street. This is the result of an arts bank like leasing project inspired and facilitated by Benalla's Mayor, Councillor Don Firth.
The first painting, on display in the Council window, is Tim Bowtell's portrait of 'Asha'. .
Tim Bowtell loves to paint all manner of subjects and executes them in the most appropriate medium.
Tim is fascinated by building and architectural images – many of his works reflect this. Paintings of buildings of local interest – the Benalla Council Chambers prior to restoration; BPACC; the signal box near the railway station, are now in private collections.
Tim’s interest in social issues is reflected in works including his acquisitive prize winning painting for the 2016 Tatong Art Show ‘Chinese New Era’; the Gandhi wall opposite NEA; (Wall to Wall Festival 2016) and his thought provoking 'Sticks and Stones' wall on the railway side of the 'Primal' gym building (Wall to Wall Festival 2017). Tim's latest wall (on the library side of the Benalla Senior Citizens Community Centre has roots in his reaction to watching documentary film 'Cowspiracy'.(Wall to Wall Benalla 2018).
Street Art painting has taken a grip since Tim had the opportunity to paint a mural in the 2016 Benalla Wall to Wall festival. Tim enjoys creating aerosol works on canvas as well as on walls and enjoys the challenge of commissioned work. His commissioned works at the Mokoan rest stop and Winton Wetlands are much admired.
Tim works from his open studio at NEA.
'Asha' Tim Bowtell 200cm x 150cm
An occasional BLog.
Jenny Paull held a two day Pastel Workshop at NEA as part of 'A Brush with NEA' during the street art festival on the Labour Day weekend. Participants learnt to use underpainting techniques with water colour, acrylics and pastel to experiment with different effects in landscape and portraiture.another. Jenny's workshops are very popular, with a number of participants returning each time to continue to develop as pastel artists.
Maggie Hollins offered an eco-printing workshop on Saturday 10th March as part of
NEA's 'A Brush with NEA' during the Wall to Wall street art weekend in Benalla. Eco printing is a direct print method that obtains colours from plants and creates beautiful designs on material. Participants, pictured learning the basics of eco printing with Maggie, created an eco-printed scarf.
Photographs: Bev Lee and Helen Jeffree
A message from Meralyn Vincent from 'A Brush with NEA' team.
"Thank you to everyone, including Ruth Mollison, Edie, Kylie Pitts on the coffee cart, Justin and Simmon with the kids murals, Cornelia for her T-Shirt design and all the volunteers who put in hours during 'A Brush with NEA. (Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed someone)
I just wanted to say THANKYOU for all the effort you all put in... it was a cracker of an event for NEA and I’m pretty proud of the results.
We did a wonderful thing for the community and I feel like we’re on the map in a lot of people’s minds.
High five everyone,
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)