I would like to thank NEA for their ongoing support of the Yumi sock toys handmade by Nguyen Pham in Hoi An, Vietnam. From the sales of these toys Nguyen has been able to support herself and her disabled mother in Vietnam.
I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at NEA and have met so many talented people who give so freely of their time to make NEA a wonderful and unique meeting place and gallery for local artists and musicians. and the coffee is great!
Without the organisation of the hard working committee members this facility would not exist, and I thank you all for your vision and passion. When volunteering we hear so often from visitors, saying what a wonderful idea and space. Benalla is so fortunate to have this Gallery. Well done.
We are moving to the Castlemaine district to be near family, and the hourly trains to Melbourne! I will be looking for a gallery in Castlemaine to sell them
On behalf of Nguyen, can I say a very big thank you NEA, you have made a very significant difference in her life. She is very proud of her toys and loves photos of her toys on sale in Australia.
Yumi Sock Toys
Planning is now well underway for 'Benalla Rugged Up' in August. A number of planning meetings have already been held, with the next meeting to be held on Friday 21st June at 1 pm in Gallery 2 at NEA.
"We will be looking at the progress we have made, and planning our next steps. To be successful, we do need people to assist with the steps needed to be able to stage the event.' Joy Shirley
Progress to date includes planning tasks such as setting up a time line from 'go' to 'whoa'; commencing the process of seeking approvals from VicRoads; commencing the Council Event Application; investigating a Community Sponsorship Grant process to assist with costs; contacting Waminda re insurance coverage for volunteers during installation and removal; and more.
Collection bins and some posters have now been distributed, and some posters.
The group is looking for help from volunteers to assist with organisational details and planning; distribute more of the posters; market the event; prepare finished products ready for installation and assist with the installation.
The preparation of products ready for installation will commence from 1 July at the Gliding Club at the airfield.
If you would like to assist with the organisation of 'Benalla Rugged Up', your attendance at the planning meeting at NEA at 1 pm on Friday 21 would be most welcome.
For further information - Contact Joy Shirley 0417 065 351
Carol Mainardi (Hudson Valley, New York) Sea Lullaby woodcut
‘Postcards from New York’s Hudson Valley’, an innovative International Postcard Exhibition curated by NEA studio artist Irina Korotkow and New York based photographer Mary Anne Glass, is on display in NEA’s Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from June 18th to July 14th.
Mary Anne Glass visited North East Artisans early in 2019 while in Victoria conducting workshops. On her return to New York, Mary Anne asked twenty-eight artists from New York’s Hudson Valley (about 60-70 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River) to make postcard-sized (6x8 inches) artwork on paper, cardstock, or unstretched canvas. And they were excited to participate!
The work now on exhibition at North East Artisans encompasses oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography, mixed media, collage art and woodcuts.
‘Postcards from New York’s Hudson Valley’ represents the first stage in a reciprocal international exchange of postcard artwork. Irina Korotkow is now encouraging artists from North East Victoria to respond to the exhibition by contributing post card sized artwork to a post card exchange with artists from the Hudson Valley. Submissions need to be 2 dimensional works 6 x 8 inches on cardstock, paper, unstretched canvas.
Postcards created and exchanged by artists from North East Victoria will be exhibited in a month-long response show at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, New York State, with an opening during Beacon’s Second Saturday, when all galleries are open.
“The postcard exchange and reciprocal show at RiverWinds Gallery in New York’s Hudson Valley provide a wonderful opportunity for artists in North East Victoria to broaden our artistic horizons, make a stimulating connection with artists on the other side of the globe and have our artwork exhibited in New York!” Irina Korotkow.
'Postcards from New York's Hudson Valley' will be on show in NEA's Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from Tuesday June 18 to Sunday July 14th. The beautiful postcard images will be for sale between $40 to $50 each. If you would like to participate in the postcard exchange and reciprocal exhibition at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, in New York’s Hudson Valley, please contact Irina Korotkow on 0407491756. The 'Postcards to New York - Response Exhibition' is to be held during September in the Exhibitions Gallery.
Katharine MartinB-urgers is one of NEA's newest studio tenants! Katharine is a highly skilled textile artist, silversmith and sculpturess. Her entry into @chilternartprize this year is one example of her highly detailed and labour intensive works. We love her story behind this piece." Michaela Alexander, Media Team
"Thank you for all the positive likes to my piece. For those who don't know how I came to this idea, allow me to explain.
I was studying textiles in the 90's and I started to put One and Two cent coins into my work, with titles such as 'Pocket Money' and 'Small Change'.
In 2008 to 2010 I studied Silver Smithing. I wanted to learn to do small metal pieces after doing big sculptural work in the 80's. I enjoyed the course and fell in love with silver!
My mother became interested in my work and studies, and mentioned to me that she had saved 5 cent coins because they were the smallest coin in silver, and she offered them for me to use in an art work. Next thing I ended up with $15 's worth of 5 cents in silver!
I came to the idea of surrounding the coins with a flower crochet like a doily. After testing, I decided to use wire. It gave a different beauty to the crochet and it accentuated the silver coin. When encompassing the coins I realised that to crochet and cover the coin like a precious stone I was using jewellery making techniques.
Each coin took 2 hours to do, so if I wanted to do a dollar's worth, it would take a 40 hour working week to complete. A dollar a week, very similar to how textile workers' labour was valued.
The table cloth idea came when I put my first One Dollar block together: one dollar a week for 24 weeks would create a beautiful piece and a statement about the low economic value placed on women's labour and Textiles skills.
Test for yourself how much the piece should be worth if you were to be paid a fair hourly rate: $-- /hour x 40 x 24 = $-- .
Anyway the piece is finally finished and I named it 'An Artist's Dollar; in memory of Brenda Faunce Martin', my mother."
Katherine Martin Burgers working on 'An Artist's Dollar' at NEA in 2017.
'Identity' - an exhibition of work by students of the North East Flexible Learning Network - June 3 to 16 - NEA Exhibition Gallery
"Our exhibition ‘Identity’ includes work from across the North East Flexible Learning Network with campuses in Wodonga, Seymour, Shepparton and Benalla. The artwork within this exhibition will explore the concepts of personal and community identity through
a multitude of mediums including paint, mosaics, ceramics and coloured and graphic pencils. Students from year’s seven to twelve have been working around the theme of ‘Identity’ since the beginning of the year. With the exhibition set to include a wide range of perspectives and concepts focused on identity, how the students view themselves, the school, their communities and the people around them." North East Flexible Learning Network
Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2)
North East Artisans
3rd to 16th June 2019
Monday to Friday 9 to 4 pm Saturday 9 to 2 pm
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