On Tuesday the 11th December 2018, NEA will be closed. We will be celebrating the life of one of our NEA family. The celebration for Meralyn's life will be at 2pm at NEA.
The photos in this collection represent a little of Meralyn's life at NEA. Commencing as a volunteer not long after NEA's relocation to 122 Bridge Street, Meralyn's sign writing skills soon announced NEA's arrival to our new second home. Not long after her sewing machine was busy producing the rainbow flags which hang outside NEA letting the community know that NEA is open for business.
Meralyn immersed herself in workshops with NEA artisans and always supported NEA exhibitions and events - that is, as long as they didn't happen on a day Richmond was playing; she was away at a beloved festival taking mandala or life drawing workshops, or demonstrating to improve animal welfare.
A participant in the 'Door of Hope' program's 'Subject Object I' course and exhibition in early 2017, Meralyn moved on to become a key driver behind the 'A Brush With NEA' event during the Wall to Wall Benalla festival in March 2018.
Meralyn's excellent IT skills, understanding of finance and marketing and passion for NEA's vision led her to roles as newsletter editor/producer; workshops coordinator; member of the finance team; general member then Treasurer on the committee of management, roles in which she worked with a quiet determination to strengthen NEA and ensure its future.
Meralyn loved her little studio upstairs at NEA and had so many creative projects she wanted to complete there.
We will miss her so much.
"We're feeling pretty chuffed at NEA as one of our much loved textile artists, Annie Longmuir, has bought home a selection of prizes from the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.
Annie received a first prize for a felted then dyed scarf/wrap (pictured below #1) and second for a shawl (pictured below #2) which she had designed and knitted with handgun superfine merino. Both were made from Wendy Beer's Beersheba super fine merino.
The dyed felt scarf also won a special prize for the best super fine merino, the Gordon Ford Memorial Prize.
Congratulations, Annie, from all at North East Artisans"
An Occasional Blog written by by Meralyn Vincent, Newsletter Editor (August Newsletter, 2018)
A message from Meralyn Vincent from 'A Brush with NEA' team.
"Thank you to everyone, including Ruth Mollison, Edie, Kylie Pitts on the coffee cart, Justin and Simmon with the kids murals, Cornelia for her T-Shirt design and all the volunteers who put in hours during 'A Brush with NEA. (Please accept my apologies if I’ve missed someone)
I just wanted to say THANKYOU for all the effort you all put in... it was a cracker of an event for NEA and I’m pretty proud of the results.
We did a wonderful thing for the community and I feel like we’re on the map in a lot of people’s minds.
High five everyone,
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
Phone: 0402 563 918 (Gallery Hours)
Address: 122 Bridge Street East, Benalla, VIC 3672