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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
Saturday 30th November 2019 – 10.30am to 2.30pm
At North East Artisans, 122 Bridge St Benalla, Victoria
Learn how to do Nuno felting- felt on a silk scarf.
Cost $65 ($40 tuition plus $25 for materials)
(Materials - either a black or white silk scarf and wool and silk fibres.)
Bring: 2 old towels, small scissors, paper scissors, pencil and your lunch (or purchase it across the road).
If your skin is sensitive to soap please bring gloves.
Pay on the day with cash to Annie or by direct deposit prior to the class please.
Bookings essential please contact Annie by 28th November for a place in the class.
For inquiries and booking contact Annie Longmuir 0407554416
or email email@example.com
A special Christmas exhibition provided by members of North East Artisans
Friday December 6 2019 to Thursday January 9 2020
'$50 Christmas' is an exhibition of affordable artwork by members of the North East Artisans made or selected to meet the Christmas Season’s tradition of giving gifts. Our '$50 Christmas' exhibition provides gift opportunities which will be thoughtful, individual and have high personal and human value. Although the price of the artworks is fixed at a ridiculously low $50 – this is meant as a humorous and ironic gesture – but really - it is NEA's gift to Benalla's Festive Season. We're not making any money here....
The idea of the exhibition is to bring NEA's exhibition space into the commercial domain with a $50 splash opportunity for the Festive Season commercial mayhem period. There is no entry fee (waived) but the 20% commission stands - so the "in hand" artist payment for sold works will be $40. We hope the exhibition will help the Gallery Shop as well....if there's nothing in the exhibition then try the shop....
The exhibition runs from Friday December 6 to Thursday January 9. Works are to be dropped off on Tuesday 3rd December from 10 am to 4 pm and collected on 10 January from 10 am to 4 pm. Further details are available on the attached Conditions and Application form.
We don't expect members to give works away - but if there is oldish stock or an idea for a less labour intensive artwork than usual this is the time to bring it forward
The EXHIBITION team - simon, bev, cathy, frank and grace (and sometimes Tim)
The Exhibition team is sending out invitations today to NEA members to enter works in the '$50' Christmas exhibition. If you are thinking of entering, or find yourself talking to a member who may be interested, the work entered doesn't need to be new work, can be concepts you are currently developing.
Entries are due in next Tuesday 3rd December, although there will be some grace as the opening isn't until Friday 6 December.
Please check out the web post below, the Conditions and Application form, and the poster developed by Tim Bowtell in response to an invitation by Simon Klose, Exhibitions team leader. It's already causing lots of discussion... which is what art's all about! (If you are aware of rapper 50 Cents...or Fiddycents you'll understand the connection!)
Presenting 'Gallery Choir' at NEA, hosted by Beechworth musician Marisa Quigley! To celebrate NEA's 5th Birthday we'll be rounding off 2019 with a fun-filled evening of laughter, song, drinks and cake on Saturday evening, 14th December from 7 pm..
What is Gallery Choir you ask? NEA's Gallery Choir event draws upon on the community music concept of a pub choir founded in Brisbane, Australia in 2017. The host arranges a popular song and teaches it to the audience, concluding with a performance which is filmed and shared on social media. All ages* and abilities welcome! Tix are on sale now at NEA and bookings are essential!
Birthday and end of year celebrations 5-7pm (free entry, bring a platter)
Gallery Choir from 7pm ($5 adult/under 10's free)
Drinks at bar prices, strictly No BYO
*Under 18's must be accompanied by responsible parent/guardian
A few months ago, NEA published a flyer from an organisation dedicated to saving pianos from landfill. An exhibition was planned for November at the North Melbourne Meat Market for local artisans and craftspeople to design and build objects from parts of unwanted pianos.
I knew that Bill McCabe from Benalla had dismantled his old family instrument, a 1923 Beale, Australian made, and that he had a few bits left.
From Bill, I was able to source a leg, the front panel, the sheetmusic shelf, some bits if ebony and ivory keys, and some miscellaneous fittings.
I scratch built a stick dulcimer, which apart from the machine head tuners, strings and frets, was made entirely from the Beale parts, and entered it in the exhibition.
Mary and I attended the presentation night, mainly for the food and wine, and to see what others had created, so I was absolutely blown away when my name as read out as the winner in my section. …….with respect for the pianos musical heritage, to create something that gives the piano new purpose in music…
$600 prize, and a great experience. Thank you NEA.
Rodney Horsfall photographed with an admirer from California, and the winning entry
From NEA Members
‘Affordable, creative and fantastic”
An in-house Christmas exhibition provided by artists of the North East Artisans
Friday December 6 2019 to Thursday January 9 2020
North East Artisans 122 Bridge Street Benalla
$50 is an exhibition of artworks by members of the North East Artisans made or selected to meet the Christmas Season’s tradition of giving gifts and presents which are thoughtful, individual and have high personal and human value. Although the price of the artworks is fixed at a ridiculously low $50 – this is meant as a humorous and ironic gesture – it is the choice of the artists to determine their own contribution to the equation of principles and ideas.
Don’t expect works to be glazed and framed = although some may be – but expect a great gift opportunity provided by people who share the North East with us and want to provide a positive human contribution to the seasons character.
This slide show is under construction - More to come!
Tuesday is 'Open Studio' day at
Merv and Irina's
4 Byrne Street, Benalla
Start around 10am and finish whenever you like. Basic idea is bring your paints and work on your painting,
I work on mine and will be there if you want advice or encouragement.
This is not a workshop and is free.
We'll provide a lunch ... let us know if you have any special requirements.
RSVP is needed as space is restricted and some Tuesdays may not be available
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0417 269 611
Featuring artwork on shop windows by known artists, community groups and local schools, the Window to Window Festival is returning in 2019. Building on the success of the 2018 Window to Window event, businesses have agreed to participate in the event, paying a fee to contribute to the costs of the events which includes paint, painting supoplies, insurance and promotional materials.
NEA studio artists, exhibitors and members painted windows in 2018, with many already planning to participate again in 2019. A 'pro bono' contribution to the community by artists, last year proved to be a quite joyous happening, with people enjoying strolling between windows as artists worked on their windows, followed up by admiring glances over the pre Christmas shopping period.
If you would like to participate, please contact Jim Myconos on 0448 817 006 or call in to see Jim at 'She's Arty' opposite NEA.
Check out images of last year's festival - https://www.northeastartisans.org/news/window-to-window-2018-nea-and-other-artists-in-action-november-30
Many NEA artisans are looking forward to the Makers' Market to be held under the beautiful trees near the Benalla Art Gallery on Saturday morning, 23 November. The market will be open from 9am to 1pm, Saturday the 23rd November.
Makers will have access to the area from 8:15 am. The gallery is asking stall holders to bring anything they might need on the day. For example tables cloths, a cash float, eftpos if they'll be using it, signage, shopping bags etc..
This year there is a small fee of $10 each to cover admin and advertising costs. This can be paid at Reception either before or on the day.
For more information please contact:
Katherine Hauptmann – Admin. & Customer Relations Officer, Benalla Art Gallery
Benalla Rural City Council
PO Box 227
BENALLA VIC 3671
t: 03 5760 2612 I f: 03 5762 5640 I e: email@example.com
We've just received the news that the Postcards response show is opening later today (November 9) at Beacon Arts Riverwinds Gallery in New York. Love the title = 'Air Mail: Artist Postcards from Oz'. We've received first image, along with a link to the exhibition information on the Gallery's website. If you are planning a trip to NY, the show runs through to December 8. Find out more: https://beaconarts.org/events/air-mail-artist-postcards-from-oz/
NEA's ‘A Day in the Gardens” team has planned a day filled with demonstrations, information distribution and promotion for NEA at this year's 'A Day in the Gardens' event, along with an extraordinary selection of stock for sale that includes artisan textiles, jewellery, and art!
NEA will be at the gardens from 9 am to 3 pm. Demonstrations: 10 - 11 am "Card Making" Irina Korotkow 11 - 12 pm; "Shibori Dye Tech" Maggie 12 - 1 pm "Jewelry Tech" Jarita and Sally Wallace 1 - 2 pm; "Advanced Jewelry Tech"Jarita and Sally 2 - 3 pm "Felting Tech" Annie Longmuir.
Hopefully the weather will be favourable and everyone will have an enjoyable experience!
The 'A Day in the Gardens' team rehearse! Preparing the NEA marquee and displays.
It's almost time for the end of year exhibition of work by students from the Flexible Learning Centre, which is scheduled for Tuesday 19 to Saturday 30 November.
This round up of April's exhibition of work 'Kaleidoscope of Colour' on the NEFLC website is interesting to read. (Click on the image for a clearer view).
NEA members visiting Wangaratta are finding time to pop in to see the new 'Art Gallery on Ovens', a wonderful initiative involving a cooperative of twelve fine artists who live and work in North East Victoria. It's a beautiful space in the blue stone lane way beside Where's My Coffee (formerly Gloria Jeans) in Ovens Street, Wangaratta near the bridge. Congratulations to all concerned, including NEA exhibitors Janet Leith and Joan Mullarvey, and past exhibitor Kate Jenvey.
The Wisdom and Experience exhibition held at NEA during Seniors Month proved to be a reflective and valued experience for many visitors to the Exhibitions Gallery..
A People's Choice award of $200 was shared by Berni Hurst, for her work 'Down the Hillside' and Cathy Pianta, for her oil pastel 'Freedom'. Honorable Mentions were accorded by the people to Bruce Buckley for 'Love'', Mary Kennedy for 'Cleopatra' and Rob Matthews, for Memories of Coming Home;
Bernie Hurst 'Down the Hillside Imixed)' (foreground) with 'Desert Mountain Range' (acrylic)
Berni Hurst wrote about 'Down The Hillside' ' It's amazing how resilient our Bush is after a Bushfire. The new growth coming up in stark contrast to the Blackened tree trunks and Rocks. The smell of the Bush and beautiful colours of the Australian Bushlands have always fascinated me as is evident in this piece.'
Cathy Pianta pictured with 'Freedom' and 'My Favourite Picass0'
Like Berni, Cathy Pianta received votes for both her works, however 'Freedom' was awarded the joint winner. Cathy wrote about 'Freedom', (Oil pastel on board 2019) "The striking combination of strength, colour, youth and beauty in the face of a young West Papuan independence fighter (2019) prompted my attempt to capture this. '
Broken River Painters who exhibited in Wisdom Experience this year included Jan Burge, Jacquelie Durand, Carol Perry, Norah Waghorne, Marian Wroe and Lee Voight. Jan, Jacqueline, Carol, Norah and Marion are pictured in this gallery of photos with Denise Ellison, Rob Matthews and Cathy Pianta.
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