Detail from Tim Bowtell's Colbinabbin silo project 'Stage 1'.
There is something surreal about this image ...
...where is the train headed? where will it end up? Sound familiar?
Love the use of reflection...
(Photo: Tim Bowtell)
Unfortunately The Weeping Willows Gallery Gig at NEA has been cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic regulations. Hopefully they will play in Benalla in the not too distant future.
The Weeping Willows'
Join Melbourne Americana duos, The Weeping Willows and Great Aunt as they preview songs from their forthcoming albums! 🎶
Who: The Weeping Willows and Great Aunt
When: Saturday 16th May from 6.30pm (TBC)
Where: The Gallery Gigs at North East Artisans, North East Artisans, Benalla, VIC
How Much: $15
The Weeping Willows:
The Weeping Willows, Laura Coates and Andrew Wrigglesworth, are a couple of old souls, steeped in Bluegrass tradition and draped in Gothic Americana imagery. They regale their audiences with stories of sunshine and romance, God and The Devil, murder and decay. Real music.
2015-2020 has seen The Weeping Willows nominated for 5 x CMAA awards, 4 x CMC awards, performing at AmericanaFest (USA), Folk Alliance International (USA), Maverick Festival (UK), Port Fairy Folk Festival and Out On The Weekend plus supporting Lukas Nelson (USA), Hayes Carll (USA), Iris DeMent (USA), Eilen Jewell (USA), Willie Watson (USA), Cory Branan (USA), Kevin Welch (USA), Shane Nicholson and Lachlan Bryan. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live or caught on tape, will always delight.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️s - “Australian Alt. Country at its near-finest...” - Rolling Stone.
Great Aunt is an Americana/Roots duo from Melbourne, Australia, rambling a musical line between the plaintive and the joyous. Their music is raw and austere, simple and bold; full of stomping feet and clapping hands, chants and harmonies, whispered words and soulful lament. Set somewhere between a Gospel Church in Louisiana and a dimly-lit speakeasy in Melbourne, listeners will hear tales of joy and grief, whiskey and wine, gratitude and purpose-seeking.
“Great Aunt gives us folk-based Americana music tinged with shades of Bluegrass and Gospel and capture the true spirit of this genre with their soulful renditions.” - LA Music Critic Blog.
With the closure of the Benalla Art Gallery due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sofles' Compendium exhibition, an integral part of the planned Wall to Wall 2020 Festival, is now on-line as a virtual tour. To find out more about the exhibition go to https://poly.google.com/view/1OCO92ezljp.
We are mindful that many of you are concerned for the security of your work whilst NEA is closed.
We are therefore organising for some of our wonderful volunteers and committee members to be at NEA at specific times so people can pick up their work.
We ask that you are respectful of our volunteers by practising social distancing and comprehensive hygiene. We also ask that you provide the volunteer with your name and the number of pieces you are taking and sign for the work. If you are not known to the volunteer you will be asked for ID. We are sorry if this causes any offence but it is for your protection.
Anyone needing help with bigger pieces and local delivery, John Holschier will have ute and trailer available tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March between 10 am and midday. If there is anyone younger, with a few muscles who can help, that would be great.
Current collection times are:
Today, Tuesday 24th March 12.30 - 2.30 pm
Tomorrow, Wednesday 25th March 10.00am-12.00 noon
Thursday26th March 3pm-5pm
Friday 27th March 11 am - 4pm
Weekend by negotiation.
We appreciate your understanding
Sally 0438 063185
"Unlock Your Creativity" has been suspended for the foreseeable future.
Participants have thoroughly enjoyed the work with 'air clay' and have created a range of items from doll's furniture to bespoke drawer knobs, bowls, dragons and beads.
"Unlock Your Creativity" is the perfect environment to explore different artistic opportunities in a safe, supportive and non-judgmental atmosphere!
Science is discovering more and more about how artistic pursuit (not the end product) allows our brains to relax, change and process our circumstances in more productive ways. It is therefore excellent for improving mental health and physical well-being whilst having fun and meeting new people.
Why not join us when we are able to reconvene?
$5/ session casual rate
Friday mornings 9.30-12.30 during term time.
You get a say in the type of art we explore!
Dear valued customers, exhibitors and volunteers,
(My apologies to those who receive this twice.)
The NEA Gallery Shop will be closed as of tomorrow, 24th March, until further notice.
This is due to the Government requirement that all non-essential operations close.
TEXTILE ARTISTS with work at NEA are advised to collect their work today or delegate someone with written or email permission to do so. Valerie will be at the shop from 1.30. Please wait outside and respect social distancing.
We will develop a schedule for other artists, who wish to remove their stock, as soon as possible.
Please understand that the management team is working very hard to ensure NEA's future. These are difficult times and circumstances are changing daily.
Feel free to direct enquiries to myself via email: email@example.com
With deep regret,
(on behalf of the management team).
This is the reminder about our planning meeting for yarn Bombing 2020. I hope you can all come, and bring along anyone else you know who would be interested in participating in the event.
Date: Sunday, 15 March
Venue: 40 Salisbury Street, Benalla
If you need yarn, we will have some available at the meeting.
If you have any questions, just give me a call.
0417 065 351
"Last night's Gallery Gig was pretty epic! I'm still trying to find the words to describe it.... @tobymobbsmusic began the night perfectly with his original tunes and then @tim_mcmillan and @wanderingfrog took to the stage and we all lost our minds a wee bit! '...you audience lot are a good bunch for listening with great respect to three hours of live music - 'hype guy' as we've affectionately called him was verbalising everything that we were thinking! What a night! And a reminder as to why I've been doing this. Because music is important. And goddamn it IS a form of art! " Michaela Alexander, Gallery Gigs Coordinator. on Facebook.
Michaela forgot to mention that the night ended with a stirring rendition of 'Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday dear Michaela'... who turns 40 this week!
Thank you so much for inspiring and producing such wonderful Gallery Gigs, Michaela.
Tim Bowtell - 'Greta Thunberg leading the Next Generation' - Upstairs Downstairs Exhibition, Gallery 2 to Saturday 7 March
Title : Greta Thunberg leading the Next Generation (work in progress)
Medium: Oil on canvas
Artist : Tim Bowtell
Although this painting is not finished – there is more to do, the artist Tim Bowtell has kindly agreed to the request to exhibit it for this collection of NEA Studio Artists’ work.
This is a traditional painting with a contemporary and topical subject. Actually, the idea of a traditional painting with a contemporary and topical subject is traditional as well. Artists such as Delacriox, David, Picasso, Arthur Streeton and Juan Davila and an army of others have successfully stung the public consciousness with artworks which bring timeless ideas and values to the fore.
Jacque Louis David’s “The Oath of the Horatii” (1875) depicted a Roman patrician holding swords upward for his sons to take in commitment and pledge to defend Rome. Originally exhibited in the Paris Salon, the painting created a great controversy which carried across to the evolving political climate in France at the time. 1875 was the year of the establishment of the Third Republic in France. The painting now stars in the Louvre.
Arthur Streeton painted “The Last of the Messmates” in 1928. The painting depicts a lone tree standing in a cleared landscape. Cleared as far as the eye can see. The land is littered with the trash of the former Dandenong Ranges forest. Streeton and the Australian painters of his “Impressionist” group focussed on the Australian land, the environment and its particular beauty. “The Last of the Messmates” was a protest painting, foretelling the end of the forestation of the Dandenongs – once called the lungs of Melbourne….
The centre of this composition is Greta Thunberg. The three figures on the ground in blue suits raise their arms and form a pyramid composition drawing the eye to Greta. Behind Greta are her followers. They are all young. She leads them away from the devastation of the landscape ravaged with fires and polluting smoke. The blue suited figures in the foreground attempt to stop Greta, but her eyes are firmly raised above their entreating arms. One of the raised hands holds a lump of coal.
This painting was commenced well before the current fire season began. Some people will find it quite unsettling.
This Saturday (March 7) we are so excited to welcome world class musicians and fine humans Tim McMillan and Rachel Snow to the #gallerygig stage at @northeastartisans 💫
@tim_mcmillan and @wanderingfrog will be bringing all of the songs and stories to your ears! Guaranteed musical magic.
With local support act @tobymobbsmusic this will be a night to remember and we want all you lovers of live music to be there! Support live, original music in Benalla and keep regional towns alive with the sound of music 😜
Tickets - trybooking.com https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=594489&
Manager, 'The Gallery Gigs'
The two untitled works by Simon Klose in NEA's current 'Upstairs Downstairs' exhibition do not refer to any specific experience or subject. They are intended to be autonomous experiences in their own right, although others may understand them through their own associations or experiences.
The works are intended to be read as an ‘object’ and a ‘subject’ where the object and subject are as close as possible to being the same. They employ the traditional relationship of viewer and subject, although they differ in that the smaller is closer to a pictorial representation whilst the larger work is enhanced by the wall on which it is located.
What may be experienced by a viewer at best will reflect the many and layered processes and decisions which have led to the present works. The process of their making employed sensing as well as thought, a form of engagement that best communicates making and meaning that is embedded there in the work. A work is completed to attain a ‘truth’, not simply a preference or a liking – that comes from having a primary objective in mind.
Then, I naturally discover beauty as well, so the traditional trilogy of perception, truth and beauty is there.
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)