The Ocelots (IRL) are heading back to Australia in early 2020 to play a huge number of shows and festivals all over the country, including a Gallery Gig at North East Artisans on Thursday February 20th from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. They will be showcasing a set list of new songs to be released on their album due out March 27th 2020.
Situated in Wexford Ireland, 22 year old twins Brandon and Ashley combine to create The Ocelots.
They have crafted their songwriting and musical experience together to produce a forceful blend of rich harmonies and bare, raw acoustic folk. Their music perfectly embodies the breezy effortlessness of early Bob Dylan, and Simon & Garfunkel.
The Ocelots have performed all across Ireland, UK and mainland Europe and also toured with acts such as Jack Johnson, Glen Hansard, Hudson Taylor and Isaac Gracie.
The Ocelots live set combines all that is great about folk music, so come and be charmed by the charismatic duo.
"Merry Christmas to all the NEA family, it’s been a wonderful year at NEA. Thanks for all that you do to keep the dream alive. Let’s make 2020 even better! " Tim Bowtell, NEA President
Tim is pictured here outside the Benalla Rural City offices with the portrait of Greta Thunberg he painted for the Window to Window Festival. in early December 2019.
This year was the second year for two new annual festivals in Benalla, 'Benalla Rugged Up' in August, and 'the Window to Window' Christmas Festival in December. Like the Wall to Wall Festival in April, Benalla Rugged Up and Window to Window encourage the community to 'See the art in everything', which is the vision of Benalla Rural City's tourism strategy.
While 'Benalla Rugged Up' caused a flutter on social media, a veritable storm of activity developed surrounding the art work of NEA founder and president Tim Bowtell on Benalla Rural City's Mair Street window during'Window to Window' .. Picked up early by Sky News, also appearing in the Daily Mail in the UK, it was pleasing to see reports over the following days on regional television stations becoming better informed and balanced,
Discussions have continued, with most of the Letters to the Editor (three pages) in this week's Benalla Ensign about Tim's painting -- nearly all of which were positive!
Tim's compelling portrait of Greta Thunberg, draws from and is representative of Tim's current work. Tim describes being surprised that around 90% of people who spoke to him while he was painting weren't aware of Greta Thunberg, and is pleased that his work has acted as such a catalyst for conversations about climate change.
The announcement by Time Magazine of Greta as their Person of the Year a few days into the controversy on social media proved a wonderful endorsement of Tim's choice of a portrait of Greta for his window.
Here are two of the later reports from mainstream media, the first featuring an interview with Tim at NEA.
The second item from 9 News Border North East includes responses by Renewable Energy Benalla's John Lloyd and Benalla Sustainable Future Group's President Peter Holmes
An occasional BLog
Who would have thought? Five years almost to the day, NEA members old and new met to celebrate NEA's 5th birthday on Saturday 14 December. Founding members, NEA's first President, Tim Schloss, and NEA's current President, Tim Bowtell, can be seen here cutting the birthday cake. Both Tim's spoke and then invited contributions from others., The Gallery Gigs 'Gallery Choir', conducted by Marisa Quigley, followed, culminating in a stirring and wonderful rendition of 'Queen's' "We are the Champions'. What a delightful way to celebrate NEA's 5th Birthday!
NEA members Mervyn Beamish, Tim Bowtell, John Holschier, Irene Korotkow, Mike Larkin, Cathy Pianta, Tanya Tabone, Sally Wallace and Mal Webster in action!
Photographs: thanks to Annie Longmuir, Bev Lee, Rustik Cafe, Mal Webster
The brainchild of NEA's Exhibitions Coordinator Simon Klose, the $50 Christmas Exhibition is now underway in the Exhibitions Gallery (Gallery 2). Featuring works by NEA members, early sales are promising - new works will be installed as works sell! If something takes your eye, our Gallery Shop volunteers will assist you.
As 2019 is coming to a close, we thank everyone for your
continued support throughout the year!
Come in and browse for your holiday gifts - we have a wide variety of paintings, jewellery, hats, skirts, baby wear, skin products, cards, tree decorations and many more. All items are individually designed, made locally, and are reasonably priced. So please come into the Gallery and support your local artists. Our volunteers will be happy to gift wrap your purchases.
The shop will be open for extended hours before Christmas:
Benalla late night shopping until 8pm on 5th December. We will have a special of a free NEA T-shirt or NEA bag with every purchase over $50.00.
Extra days open - Sunday 8th, 15th, and 22nd, and Monday 23rd December from 10am to 2pm.
We will be closing the Gallery Shop on 24th December at 4pm and reopening on January 3rd 2020.
We wish you all a very happy holidays and look forward to your continued support in 2020.
-The Gallery Shop Team-
(Valerie, Carole, Melanie, Bill and Cathy)
Window to Window Christmas Festival 2019
Do you like art? Want to be an artist-in-action? Why not decorate a window in Benalla's CBD on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th December?
This is a great way to be part of the Benalla festive season as Benalla’s street will be filled with music, chalk art and street stalls around the town.
At 6pm on Friday head over to the Ceramic Mural on Lake Benalla for some live music, a BBQ and drinks.
Contact Jim Myconos 0448 817 006
Wall to Wall Benalla Festival
Benalla Street Art Map to 2017
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
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)