So much has been happening with NEA since our last newsletter.
President, Tim Bowtell, retired from the position to accommodate his growing workload. We have appreciated and are grateful to Tim for all his hard work and for how he has represented NEA across so many communities. I am excited about the opportunity to take up some of the important work that we are doing at NEA as Acting President.
We have officially moved to our new premises at 28 B & C Carrier Street, Benalla. In this space, we’ll occupy two buildings and a huge back yard area. This allows us to continue to provide the services which have always been at the heart of our organisation.
Our new venue is smaller than the previous one but it has loads of character, four gallery/exhibition/shop spaces, along with two kitchens and a large outdoor area which we hope to see filled with gardens, restful spaces for coffee and chats, and lots of outdoor art. We continue to be a centre of community connection, a place where people meet for mentoring and sharing, a place for artists and artisans to develop their skills and sell their wares.
As we reopen, we welcome our community to participate in what will be a broader and even more inclusive NEA than ever before. NEA is a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation. Our work relies on the great ideas, good nature, volunteering and generosity of the community. I would like to thank all members of our Management Committee and all other volunteers who work so generously behind the scenes. Most importantly, I encourage you to contact us through our website with your ideas and any offers of volunteering support to take us into our new and exciting future. Not everyone is able to volunteer but your suggestions and comments are really valuable to us.
I look forward to seeing you at future NEA openings and events.
Source: NEA Newsletter, 26 September 2020
A very brief message to let you all know that the yarn bombing has now been removed around Benalla. It was bit touch and go as to whether the weather would co-operate, but after Friday’s rain, everything had dried out enough by Saturday afternoon, so we managed to remove everything, and so meet the Council requirements. It does look a little less bright around town, but the leaves will soon be back to brighten things again. Thank you to everyone who helped with providing materials and support, and special thanks to those who were able to help with the installation and the removal.
A new expressionist work by local artist Irina Korotkow 'Feeling flayed and finding a position of comfort' 2020
13/9/2020 Progress photos and appreciation posted on Facebook!
"Over the past two days, NEA volunteers Tanya, Michaela and Marshall have been sanding back the floorboards in one of the rooms at our new Carrier St location and boy oh boy what a difference it makes! Thank you to the team for what was a mammoth undertaking and we hope that your bones aren't too weary today
Getting there folks....
Keep watching this space!
"Thanks to the knitters and craftspeople of Benalla and district for cheering us up these past few weeks. Your wonderful work is enough to put a smile on anyone's face."
Diane McMillan posted this wonderful photo and comment on the Benalla Community Noticeboard Facebook page! It received lots of likes and some wonderful comments...
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