Red Road Cafe's Sam and Lauren in their new Wall to Wall T-Shirts
NEA's program over the Wall to Wall Benalla Street Art Festival at the weekend featured -
9:- 4 Red Road Cafe - Extended Hours
9 - 4 'Another Brick in the Wall' Exhibition
10 - 4 Gallery Shop - Extended Hours, plus:
11 - 3 Sunday - Makers Market at the Hub - 'Buttons to Go' was there!
10 - 2.30 Sunday - NEA demonstrations and tasters - Wall to Wall Hub - Catherine, Chris, Elaine, Jarita, Seamus with willing whittlers Sally and John.
The weather was perfect to be sitting at the footpath cafe drinking coffee from the Red Road Cafe in festival mode, perhaps catching Frank, Tom and Bruce in session, or visiting the NEA marquee at the Lake where our artisans kept busy whittling, carving spoons, making jewellery or folding paper. Thank you Elaine, Catherine, Chris, Elaine, Jarita and Seamus for being there; talking to the public about your work, sharing ideas with one another, and representing NEA at the Hub.
A very special thanks to Sharon Tharratt from all at NEA for helping us to realise most of the original concepts planned for the Hub and to Kylie for stepping in to facilitate NEA's involvement.
Annie Longmuir's knitting and crochet class at NEA on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 7.30pm ($8 including coffee, tea) is a rallying point for Benalla's Winter Yarn Bomb - Annie can help to work out suitable patterns, show you how to knit or crochet flowers to decorate the plainer strips and squares and more.
Community members can also add to some knitted coloured strips while enjoying a coffee or chai at the Red Road Cafe. Cornelia Selover and Mary Kennedy joined in while on the volunteer roster during the week. The fact that knitting is supposed to be therapeutic seems to be true - they both look so calm in the photos below. .
You might also find someone to give you a lesson at NEA if you can't knit, as Seamus did this week. He proved to be a fast learner, taking on board Bev's grandmother's memory jogger 'In, Over, Through and Off'! with aplomb. He also looks quite serene, don't you think...
Annie and other NEA artisans, volunteers and friends are also involved in the Benalla Winter Yarn Bomb event's planning group which met on Friday 25th May at NEA, We'll continue to share news of their progress on our website.
Finally... North East Artisans is one of a number of venues at which knitted, crocheted other suitable textile work or balls of yarn can be left to feed into the late winter 'yarn bombing' of Benalla! Here's a link to a downloadable pdf flier for the event.
An occasional BLog...
Kylie and Tim's KISS cafe is currently popping up regularly at NEA. A wonderful space to catch up with friends, family, artisans from the NEA community and their friends and families..
The coffee is great - you can also buy hot (and iced) chocolate; tea, real Chai; with various milk options.
Call in next time you see the 'Coffee' sign on the pathway outside the gallery - the regular opening times are during Gallery hours on Fridays (10 am to 4 pm) and Saturdays (10 am to 2 pm). .
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