A wonderful poster from NY with a collage of the images shown in our recent 'Postcards from New York's Hudson Valley' exhibition!
Join us for the final Gallery Gigs of 2019 on Saturday October 5th! Tickets $15. Available now on Trybooking or from NEA.
Born and bred in the historic gold-mining town of Beechworth in North-east Victoria, Liv Cartledge is a rare find. At just 21, her husky tones, soul-filled lyrics and warm melodies married with a voice one can only assume comes from her toes, Liv will draw you in and leave you wondering how you got there.
With each song telling a different story of people she’s met, places she’s been, thoughts and dreams she’s had, Liv’s songwriting will tug at your heart strings and leave you begging for more.
Growing up in a perfectly picturesque town, surrounded by rolling hills and hidden valleys, Liv was spoilt for inspiration when it came to songwriting. Influenced by the likes of Paul Kelly, Missy Higgins and Thelma Plum, Liv draws on encounters with strangers, love and loss from every aspect, memories and dreams.
Fast forward to December 2015, Liv was crowned winner of the Telstra Road To Discovery. In 2016, Liv recorded 4 out of 5 tracks from her debut EP ‘Timber’ in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Canada with award winning producer Daniel Ledwell. The title track, ‘Timber’, was recorded with Neilson Hubbard in Nashville, TN whilst Liv was in town for the Americana Music Festival.
Now, two years on, Cartledge has provided fans with a snapshot of her growth and determination as a songwriter and musician with her first release for 2019. ‘Rogue Dog’ looks inward while shining with promise, as Cartledge gets introspective and paints a self-aware portrait of herself, ever-maturing and ever-evolving.
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Mandy Connell is bare souled & luminous on stage. With acclaim Throughout the Folk Scene Mandy is admired for her songwriting & delivery. Taking the Declan Affley Award (National Folk Festival) in 2005 and the Maldon Minstrel Award (Maldon Festival) in 2006, Mandy placed at the Port Fairy’s ‘Songs of Peace & Tolerance’. She has toured the UK, formed Trad 5 piece ‘Stray Hens’, & continues to write original music.
“Mandy Connell is the latest in a long and distinguished line of talented female musicians to grace the musical scene in Australia. A fine singer and songwriter in her own right, she also has the knack of taking other peoples’ songs, and by virtue of her original and unique interpretations making them her own, the mark of a truly gifted performer…” Eric Bogle
“Mandy Connell is a folk festival favourite. She’s quick, bright-hearted and liable to break into song mid-sentence. On stage she conjures up moods with an ease that comes from living her music. “I identify as folk,” she says. “If there was an ethnic group you could call folk, that would be me. I’m there. I grew up in it, and I’ve always called myself folk… since before banjos were on t-shirts.”- James M Fahy (Wait Long by The River)
TIx on sale NOW at trybooking OR in store at NEA OR on door if not sold out prior - $15 adult, Under 18's free with responsible parent or guardian. Tickets are limited!
Drinks at bar prices. No BYO
North East Artisans, 122 Bridge Street East, Benalla 3672
'Bronx Diner' Mary Ann Glass 2019
Twenty-eight artists from New York’s Hudson Valley (about 60-70 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River) were asked to make postcard-sized (6x8 inches) artwork on paper, cardstock, or unstretched canvas. The works encompass oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography, mixed media, collage art and woodcuts. Following the success of this exhibition, we are calling all local artists to provide their responses to these works.
Any interested artists please provide:
6" x 8" works on paper, card, photo paper or un-stretched canvas
DUE AUGUST 25th
Response works will be hung in NEA Gallery 2 in September before making their journey to Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon, New York. All art works will be for sale for $AU50, with a 20% commission going to the exhibiting gallery. Any unsold works will be returned.
Contact: Irina Korotkow 0407491756
'NEA's Instagram followers may have noted that there haven't been any new NEA posts for a few weeks. We're facing what is seeming to be an almost insurmountable problem, one which probably besets other organisations when for some reason a password suddenly fails to respond. NEA's organisational memory bank has been combed to the 'n-th degree' in the effort to remember who set the account up in the first place some years ago, which phone number was used, which email, what sort of device, what the original and other passwords may have been.
Studio artisan and newsletter editor, Tahleah Styles, is currently liaising with Instagram Support in the final stages of trying to reinstate our capacity to post on Instagram. There is a lot of 'creative capital' in the existing site, not the least of which are the musicians who follow the Gallery Gigs, the project area of the media team's 'chief of Instagram posts', Michaela Alexander.
We have our 'fingers crossed' that we are almost there (but are in fear and trepidation there are further hurdles to cross).
We'll let you know as soon as we are posting again on Instagram.
NEA's Media Team - Jake, Tahlea, Tanya, Michaela, Sam, Lauren, Bev
The North East Artisans Annual General Meeting will be held at North East Artisans, 122 Bridge Street East, Benalla on Tuesday 17th September , commencing at 7pm sharp.
All members are invited to attend.
Nominations for positions will be welcome from anyone with skills to offer and a willingness to play a part in the running of NEA.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing you there.
Deb Dodd, President
On behalf of the Management Committee
NE. Artisans Inc A0090960Y
122 Bridge St Benalla, Victoria 3672
The Gallery Gigs return - a magical evening with Claire Anne Taylor and Paddy McHugh, supported by Sean Buckley
Photographs: Russell Cremin, Jack Johnston, Bev Lee...
The Gallery Gigs returned on Friday 9 August with a magical gig by Paddy McHugh and Claire Anne Taylor, supported by Sean Buckley. Thank you Paddy, for persuading Claire to join you on a tour, and thanks New Zealand's Adam McGrath from THE EASTERN for telling Claire that the Gallery Gigs Benalla would be a great place to start the tour!
Great to read this article in the Ensign! (Click on article for larger image).
Date for your diaries - next Gallery Gig - Saturday October 5 - Mandy Connell and Liv Cartledge!
'Benalla Rugged Up' 2019 was installed by the Benalla Yarn Bombers on Friday 2nd August. There has been an overwhelmingly warm response on NEA's Facebook Page to posts we have shared, however we are aware that some people are perplexed, asking questions about the event and that the reception has been mixed on some social media sites.
The 'Benalla Rugged Up' planning portal on this website received a question through the contact us page ' '
"People have been asking why we are wrapping trees etc.
Can you email me the purpose of Yarn Bombing and what it is supporting please.
We asked Joy Shirley from Benalla Yarn Bombers to reply to our reader - here is Joy's reply:
'Benalla Rugged Up', an annual yarn bombing event, came about in 2018 when thinking about something that could involve the community at a quiet time of the year - winter. As the ideas developed, we realised that the end of winter meant that the streetscape had little colour and that yarn bombing could bring colour to the street.
There are a number of people in town who knit and crochet and this would give them an outlet for their creativity. As the ideas developed further, we found that homelessness week occured in August as well, so the thought of encouraging the community to be aware of homelessness in the north east while warming up our town also developed.
So the thoughts behind the event became warmlng/rugging up Benalla while encouraging awareness of the need to help to rug up people who are homeless."
The reasons underpinning yarnbombing events and the chosen sites vary. Bendigo yarn bombers yarn bomb a tram; while on the weekend of the Chiltern Jam Session festival in late July the pillars in the streets of Chiltern are yarn bombed with colourful squares containing music 'notes'.. In Benalla, trees and elements of the streetscape in the retail precinct are the focus of the yarnbombers' attention.
Would you like to read more:about yarn bombing?
'Knit one, Purl One - the mysteries of yarn bombing unravelled' Alyce McGovern, The Conversation
Bendigo Tramway = 'Yarn Bomb Tram'
'Yarn Bombing Lifts Spirits of Drought Hit Warwick '
'In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 - joint winners Tanya Tabone 'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' and Frank Burgers 'Mum'
'Uncle Fred, Pumpkin Head' Tanya Tabone (2019)
"This digital work has been specifically created for the 2019 In Your Face Exhibition. The piece is a portrait of my Great Uncle Fred which I photographed at an event and have digitally altered to convey my impressions of him as an artistic subject.
When viewed from afar, this is a realistic photographic portrait of my uncle who always pulls silly faces. It is only upon closer inspection that you can see a blurring of the details of his likeness. This demonstrates how age blurs the line between life and the memories we hold.
His eyes and face capture his fun, strong personality, but the dry brush stroke softens his
features so that they jump around like a memory when you try to focus on a face you have loved."
Tanya Tabone 2019
'Mum' Frank Burgers (2019)
"I’ve been working on this painting for years. Mum is changing over time, and I am
hoping the painting will evolve into a summary of what it means to be the son of Hannie
Burgers. She has always been a strong and independent woman, and continued living on
her own when dad passes away in 2005. Before that she survived a tumour the size of a golf ball, removed from her head when she was in her late 40’s. Mum always retained a positive outlook on life. That, her generosity, and her caring nature, defines the wonderful woman she is.
She loved colour."
Frank Burgers 2019
'The In Your Face' NEA Portrait Prize 2019 exhibition is open at NEA from 10 - 4 Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 - 2 on Saturdays. to 31st August If a volunteer is available, it my also be open on Mondays from 10 to 4 pm (NEA is usually closed on a Monday)
NEA would like to acknowledge financial support towards the cost of running the 'In Your Face Exhibition' from Benalla Rural City Community Sponsorship fund and V-Line Benalla Station Community funding.
Photographs: Tanya Tabone and Janet Leith
⭑ ⭑ ⭑ Paddy McHugh ⭑ ⭑ ⭑
‘Excellent songs played with distinction,’ - The Music
‘This is music that’s raw, dusty and authentic,’ - Noel Mengel, Courier Mail
Paddy McHugh is a songwriter who adheres to the time honoured approach of using music to tell a good story. His no nonsense approach to writing and performing has seen him win over audiences, tour the world and share the stage with some of the world’s best local and international acts. Paddy’s latest album ‘City Bound Trains’ was released to critical acclaim and has cemented Paddy’s spot as one of Australia’s most admired songwriters.
⭑ ⭑ ⭑ Claire Anne Taylor ⭑ ⭑ ⭑
‘Amazing’- Rhythms Magazine
'Taylor's voice is the stuff of musical legend'- Canberra City News
Claire Anne Taylor crafts soulful folk songs that are alternatively lush and intimately earthy. Born in Tasmania's ancient Tarkine rainforest, Taylor’s music is reflective of her wild and remote upbringing. With her colossal vocals and powerfully captivating stage presence, her live shows leave the audience in no doubt that they have just witnessed something extraordinary. In January, 2019 Taylor released her second studio album, titled 'All The Words'. A rich, soulful masterpiece from the Tasmanian songstress, 'All The Words' was recorded in a wooden cabin in Tasmania's Huon Valley, by esteemed producer Chris Townend (Portishead, Silverchair, Tim Finn, Ngaiire).
Friday 9 August at 6.30 pm
North East Artisans - 122 Bridge Street East Benalla
Tickets available at https://www.trybooking.com/BDIOF
OR in store at North East Artisans OR on the door if not sold out prior. $15/adult. Under 18's free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult/guardian.
Local drinks at bar prices. - No BYO thanks!
Friday was a busy but successful day, “rugging up” Benalla. The majority of the installation was complete by around 3:30 on Friday. This included installations on trees and bollards along Mair, Nun and Carrier streets. Saturday a small group checked the installation and made adjustments and additions as available. This included some extra bollards covered in Carrier Street and a few repairs.
Thanks to everyone who contributed, and particularly to those who helped with installation activities. A special thank you to the ANZ bank volunteers who did so much of the installation work.
"Wandering around with her camera on Saturday I spoke with a few locals and visitors. In general everyone was positive. One gentleman even commented that it felt it warmed up the town. So good work to everyone." said Joy Shirley, Coordinator.
There are also some decorations outside Cooinda, the Uniting Churchand out in Swanpool. So get out and have a look around.
Over the next few weeks, we need to keep an eye on the installation and make repairs if necessary. We do not want things to start looking untidy – not a good look for our town. If you see a problem, and you cannot fix it yourself, send me a message and I will see what can be done to make sure all still looks good.
The removal of the work will take place on 31 August., coordinated by Chris Dunster will be co-ordinating . If you can helplet Joy know = Joy pass on your details to Chris.
Well done to all!
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 email@example.com
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
Benalla Street Art Wall to Wall Festival
Benalla Street Art Map
Benalla Youth Action Committee
Juddy Roller Wall to Wall
Benalla Art Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum
GANEAA (Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance)
Wangaratta Art Gallery
Benalla Camera Club
Broken River Potters
Broken River Painters
Table Top Games at NEA