North East Artisans (NEA) has revamped its gallery gift shop with a winter theme.
The theme has a cool winter colour scheme and has a range of items to help you through the cold weather, such as handmade gloves, locally knitted scarves and warm beanies.
The revamp has been designed to enhance the experience for local shoppers. With premium handmade products and a selection of unique artworks from local artisans, guests to NEA will enjoy more meaningful keepsakes and gifts when they explore the gallery gift shop.
‘Winter is a great time for shopping and the NEA gallery gift shop is a great place to find that one-off gift for someone special or for yourself,’ said Valerie Clements, gallery shop coordinator.
‘The shop continues to stock the incredible artworks that it is known for,’ said Valerie.
‘Come in for a hot drink at the Red Road Café, peek into the mind of an artist by exploring the studios and make your next gift special by browsing the NEA gallery gift shop.’
All products in the gift shop are handmade and have been sourced from local artists.
NEA gallery gift shop opening hours:
Visit the gallery gift shop at North East Artisans, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla
The Annual Tatong Art Show is running again this year as part of the Benalla Festival in November.
Entries are now open. A downloadable entry form is attached below, with hard copies available in the Gallery/Shop/Red Road Cafe, at the Benalla Art Gallery and at the the GMCU. Entries close on Friday October 21st.
Realizing that the 'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition would be more expensive to run than previous exhibitions, the Exhibitions Team sought additional funding to ease the financial burden on North East Artisans.
We would like to acknowledge funding of $500 from Benalla Rural City's Community Sponsorship July funding round and the donation of $350 from V-Line Benalla staff community fund.
With a much larger prize on offer next year for the new biennial Contemporary Art Prize, our fundraising net will need to spread further, however we are thrilled to have received these contributions in support of 'In Your Face'
Thank you so much Benalla Rural City and V-Line Benalla Station!
We are now in the final stage of preparation for the “Benalla Rugged Up” yarn bombing event. The last week has seen good progress, but there is always more that can be done.
Here is a summary of where we are at (updates from last week’s status information in green; effort still required in red):
The outstanding tasks are:
As you can see there is still some work to do. The fun part of actually producing the material has been great. To date the hard work of organisation has been done by a small group of people. Further assistance from people who are available on Saturday, 3 August to help with the installation would be of great help.
We will be meeting on Wednesday, 31 July at 10:00 to review and finalise the plans for the installation on 2/3 August (that is the coming Friday and Saturday!). Everyone is welcome to come to this meeting. We will be meeting in our “work room” at the Gliding Club. Call me if you have trouble finding the work room (0417 065 351).
If you can help with the finishing work on the material (mainly sorting and sewing) or with the installation on either Friday or Saturday, please come along on Wednesday or call me on 0417 065 351. I have cancelled all my other commitments this week apart from Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon, so I should be available to talk with you if you have any questions. And you can always send me an email.
I hope you have enjoyed any part you have played in the journey to get us to this point, and even if you cannot help with the installation, come along and say hello to those who are working on this essential part of the event. After all, this was the goal for the work we have all undertaken.
Thank you all
0417 065 351
Among other creative activities (including film-making, writing, drawing, digital art and comic books!) Killer Pig Productions' Jake and Sam Bowtell produce podcasts!
A first series is available as audio on Killer Pig's YouTube channel
Episode 1: Jack Johnston
Episode 2: Franco
Episode 3: Owen McLaughlin
Episode 4: Annaliese
Episode 5: Ellen James
Episode 6 Lily Aagren
Episode 7: Felix Leunig
Killer Pig's podcasts provide a unique opportunity to 'eavesdrop' on wide ranging conversations between Jake and Sam in which they explore all sorts of ideas from a twenty something perspective in a comfortable, stimulating fashion, exchanging thoughts and ideas with their guests in a conversational manner.
Killer Pig Productions are on Facebook, Youtube, Spotify and the NEA website!
IN YOUR FACE PORTRAIT PRIZE FINALISTS
Anthony James Faulkner (Gammy)
Stefani Helena Mierzwa
MariJana van Zanten
'In Your Face' - NEA's Biennial Portrait Prize Exhibition can be viewed in the Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from Tuesday to Friday 10 to 4 pm and Saturdays 10 to 2 pm from August 3 to August 31st..
The winner will be announced by judge Deborah Halpern at the exhibition opening on Friday 2 August.
While you are viewing the exhibition, fill out your choice for the People's Choice Award!
NEA Exhibitions Team
NEA;s Exhibitions Team would like to acknowledge the financial contribution to the holding of the In Your Face Exhibition by the Rural City of Benalla (Community Sponsorship Grant) and V-Line Benalla Station staff.
Creative State Consultation (with Creative Victoria representatives)
Thursday 25 July 2019
6.00pm - 8.00 pm
Wangaratta Performing Arts Centre
62-68 Ovens Street
WANGARATTA VIC 3676
This forum is the first in the state which will look at artist's practice and the best ways to include the regional creative arts to help shape the Victorian Government's strategy and investment in the creative industries from 2020.
Please see below link also.
For More Information = contact Dr Treahna Hamm firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the latest update around the progress towards our yarn bombing event – Benalla Rugged Up.
The outstanding tasks are:
If you can help with any of these tasks, let me know. We are still working out of the Gliding Club building, but have moved to a ground floor room – actually we have three rooms. I plan to be there Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoon this week. The building is open form around 9:00 to 3:00 Monday-Wednesday and Friday. I can also arrange to be there on Monday afternoon and part of Thursday, or even later afternoon, early evenings on any day if anyone can help at those times. Just give me a call on 0417 065 351.
Our major priority now though is to identify extra volunteers to assist with the installation process. Without volunteers to help with the installation, all the effort to get us to this stage will not be successful.
Please contact me as a matter of urgency if you can assist with the installation on either Friday 2 August or Saturday 3 August. An hour or two on either day is all that we ask, or more if you are available. Just let me know what time/s you can help so I can set up a roster.
We are near the end, and with the material that we have received, we are quite excited about being able to achieve more than last year. Our town will be brightly coloured for August.
0417 065 351
Two NEA studio holders who have contributed an enormous amount to North East Artisans, Seamus Foley and Cornelia, not so long ago made the decision to move on, to focus on their lives and creative endeavours in the places they have come to call home, for Seamus Briagalong in Gippsland near Sale, for Cornelia Albury/Wodonga,
Seamus quietly became a strong and highly valued presence at NEA, serving on the Committee of Management, including a period as President. Seamus gradually revealed a diverse creative 'portfolio', with music, instrument making, poetry and wood craft featuring during his time at NEA.
Seamus became involved with NEA during his transition to retirement. He began working in a studio upstairs, providing a space for him to work on projects he had wanted to do for many years. He participated in the Door of Hope project in 2017, carving Celtic pendants which he incorporated into necklaces and exhibited on the 'Raggedy Tree' he carved for The Door of Hope exhibition. We became accustomed to him whittling as he sat in the foyer, started to hear him quietly singing Irish folk songs as he went about his business. His gradual linking up with others interested in wood became more serious when he moved his studio to Tim Schloss's wood working studio downstairs, setting it up as his own, Seamus's interest in making musical instruments and in sharing his love of working with wood with others was evident for all who entered, usually to a warm Irish welcome. We would hear Seamus playing his violin in his studio and on Tuesday evenings, if we were in the building, listen in to the Irish music sessions he instigated in the foyer cafe on a Tuesday night, mentoring local musicians while enjoying keeping his skills up..
Seamus inspired the Winter Solstice Poetry Evening held at NEA in June 2018, followed up by a spring equinox session later in the year. His poetry performances were absorbing and truly memorable, delighting all and inspiring aspiring poets who he then mentored and supported. Seamus was delighted to receive an award at the Benalla Bush Poetry sessions in 2018, and recognition for his poetry performances at his beloved poetry week at Koroit in January this year. Seamus even became a prize winning artisan while at NEA, winning both first and third places for his woodcarvings in the People's Choice award in the 'Wisdom and Experience' exhibition at NEA in October 2018.
Seamus, we have truly enjoyed watching your creative spirit flourish while at NEA and know that NEA's loss is Briagalong's gain!
Cornelia was an early if not founding member of North East Artisans. A prolific artist working in genres from painting, graphic design and sculpture to ceramics, rugs and more, Cornelia has been a strong, 'whirlwind' like presence at NEA, whether fulfilling her insatiable appetite for working on her art; curating and marketing memorable exhibitions or working on the accounts with her finance team leader hat on.
Visits to Cornelia's large, sunny upstairs artist's studio were memorable, yet signs of her gradual departure were imminent when she downsized to a smaller studio after establishing her home studio in Albury. We were intrigued by her art, by the impact that having directly experienced the Kinglake bushfires may have had on it. We watched, fascinated, as her 'Crunque' saga developed and featured in her sculptures, jewellery, repurposed crockery and ceramics, as well as in her paintings. We will never forget Corn working towards installation of her Crunque sculpture in the forecourt of 'The Shed' next to NEA, the day Shaun Murphy helped her to get it into position.. Cornelia's inspiration and efforts towards the two exhibitions 'The Rite of Spring' (1916) and 'In Your Face' (1917) were awe inspiring, including her capacity to develop beautiful graphic designs for accompanying posters and pamphlets.. We would like to thank Cornelia for her creative/graphic design support for many NEA exhibitions.
We have laughed with Cornelia and cried with her as at times 'life got in the way' of her art. We have been thrilled to see her gain the recognition she deserves, with work exhibited in at the Dax Gallery in Melbourne, both in solo and group shows; her individual show in MAMA in Albury last year; with work entered in the Archibald accepted for Melbourne's esteemed 'Salon de Refuse'. We shared her joy recently on hearing that her 'Woman giving birth in the presence of a horse (2017) sculpture had been acquired for MAMA's permanent collection.
Cornelia's presence at NEA has been a very powerful one in so many ways and we would like to honor and celebrate it. We are following Cornelia's creative journey via social media as she continues to work in clay, prepares her entry for next year's Archibald Prize and launches her clothing company. .
An Occasional B:Log
Postcards from artists living in New York's Hudson Valley - an invitation to artists from North East Victoria to respond
Are you aware of New York's Hudson Valley area? Visiting 'Postcards from the Hudson Valley, New York', a reciprocal postcard exhibition exhibition currently at NEA, evokes a sense of what it might be like to live there..
Postcards in a range of media = watercolour, photography, multimedia, digital prints, collage and more - shared with us by artists from the Hudson Valley in New York were photographed on the walls of NEA's Exhibition Gallery, where the exhibition has been on display for almost a month. It has been extended to Saturday 28th July.
North East Artisans would like to thank the artists from New York's Hudson Valley who entered this International Postcard Exchange and shared a part of their life with us. Thank you!
Artists and photographers who would like to submit response 8" x 6" art work postcards from North East Victoria please contact Irina 0407491756.
Postcards from New York's Hudson Valley - NEA June 14 to July 28 2019
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)