A major component of Benalla’s Seniors Festival, the exhibition “Wisdom and Experience” presents the work of over forty senior artists within a special theme..
The wide range of subjects and media is initially quite amazing. But after reading a few of the artists’ statements it becomes clear that the whole exhibition is a wonderful story of thought, care and the wise assessment of what counts in life and the world we all share.
From the beauty of a tranquil lakeside setting, with a sole individual communing with the majesty of nature to the over life size couple sharing and embrace with real affection and dignity, the exhibition is an uplifting revelation of the value of a life well lived and an inspired artwork well produced.
Visitors can vote for their favourite artists and make a donation to the people’s choice prize. Its very voxpop, but here at NEA we believe visitors will be quietly moved and deeply impressed at the depth of talent and thought Benalla’s community can draw together.
Wisdom and Experience was officially opened by Cr Barbara Alexander AO with additional remarks by NEA's Exhibitions Coordinator Simon Klose.. The exhibition, which received finding support from Aged Friendly Benalla, runs until 26 October. Most of the works are for sale at very reasonable prices. Add to your store of Wisdom ….
Wisdom and Experience Exhibition 2019
Exhibitions Gallery (Gallery 2)
8th to 26th October
Tuesdays to Fridays 9 - 4; Saturday 9 - 2
For further information contact
Simon Klose, Exhibition coordinator 0412 545 656
Bon Voyage - 'Postcards to New York' soon to be on exhibition at the Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon, Hudson Valley, New York State
The 'Postcards to New York' exhibition at NEA came to an end on Saturday 28th September. Exhibitors, their family and friends, and members and friends of NEA farewelled the postcards at a celebration on Friday 27 September. We will include news of the installation and exhibition at the Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon, New York, in upcoming news posts. Just a sample from the 83 postcards contributed to this community exhibition. and international postcard exchange: .
Wisdom and Experience Exhibition 2018 - Charlie Corser,
The Exhibitions Team is calling for entries for NEA's second ‘Wisdom and Experience' exhibition, 'an exhibition of the work of older artists focused on their observations of our world through their art and craft'. The exhibition opens on Tuesday 8th October, with works to be delivered to NEA on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th October from 10am to 12 midday.
'Wisdom and Experience' 2019 is open to older artists (over 55 yrs) who live within the North East Artisans catchment’ area of within 100 kilometres radius of Benalla.
Each work is to be accompanied by a text outlining the motivation behind or the significance of the subject for the artist/craftsperson.
This second 'Wisdom and Experience' exhibition continues to bring forward the special advantages in wisdom and experience that comes with age. Benalla has a high proportion of older people in its population and this event is one of the ways this advantage can be brought forward in a positive and engaging way.
The exhibition runs in NEA's Exhibitions Gallery from 8th to 26th October, with an opening celebration on Friday 11th October from 5.30 to 7.30 pm.. Special tours will be available to visiting groups.
Carol Mainardi (Hudson Valley, New York) Sea Lullaby woodcut
‘Postcards from New York’s Hudson Valley’, an innovative International Postcard Exhibition curated by NEA studio artist Irina Korotkow and New York based photographer Mary Anne Glass, is on display in NEA’s Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from June 18th to July 14th.
Mary Anne Glass visited North East Artisans early in 2019 while in Victoria conducting workshops. On her return to New York, Mary Anne asked twenty-eight artists from New York’s Hudson Valley (about 60-70 miles north of New York City along the Hudson River) to make postcard-sized (6x8 inches) artwork on paper, cardstock, or unstretched canvas. And they were excited to participate!
The work now on exhibition at North East Artisans encompasses oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings as well as photography, mixed media, collage art and woodcuts.
‘Postcards from New York’s Hudson Valley’ represents the first stage in a reciprocal international exchange of postcard artwork. Irina Korotkow is now encouraging artists from North East Victoria to respond to the exhibition by contributing post card sized artwork to a post card exchange with artists from the Hudson Valley. Submissions need to be 2 dimensional works 6 x 8 inches on cardstock, paper, unstretched canvas.
Postcards created and exchanged by artists from North East Victoria will be exhibited in a month-long response show at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, New York State, with an opening during Beacon’s Second Saturday, when all galleries are open.
“The postcard exchange and reciprocal show at RiverWinds Gallery in New York’s Hudson Valley provide a wonderful opportunity for artists in North East Victoria to broaden our artistic horizons, make a stimulating connection with artists on the other side of the globe and have our artwork exhibited in New York!” Irina Korotkow.
'Postcards from New York's Hudson Valley' will be on show in NEA's Exhibition Gallery (Gallery 2) from Tuesday June 18 to Sunday July 14th. The beautiful postcard images will be for sale between $40 to $50 each. If you would like to participate in the postcard exchange and reciprocal exhibition at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, in New York’s Hudson Valley, please contact Irina Korotkow on 0407491756. The 'Postcards to New York - Response Exhibition' is to be held during September in the Exhibitions Gallery.
'I am too uncomfortably familiar with fire in the bush and, in this painting, attempt to show its destructive and fearful nature. Yet, also, I'm searching for a Phoenix quality as with fire comes rebirth'
Mervyn Beamish has exhibited at NEA for the past three years and shares a studio at NEA with his partner Irina Korotkow.
Mervyn has drawn and painted since childhood. He studied at East Sydney Technical College and then the National Art School, exhibiting at a number of galleries in the Eastern States of Australia after graduating. His career took him into industrial and trade exhibition design, multimedia and film production and a 30+ career as a freelance writer. Mervyn returned to full time painting in 2006.
Merv has run workshops in art and writing, is a published author and occasional resident artist. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Germany, Poland and Australia. His works are in both local and international private collections including Egypt, Malta, UK, USA and Germany.
Interview with North East Artisan's Mervyn Beamish
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