Spring Arts flower in Beechworth

EXPRESSION: Spring Arts 2017 program cover. ARTWORK: Alicia Marshall

BEECHWORTH Arts Council’s month-long Spring Arts 2017 celebration of visual arts is blooming as November opens.

The program in the historic Indigo community starts with a weekend of open studios on November 4-5 — and with another artist also opening her mountainside studio near Tawonga — in the wake of an exhibition by King Valley artist Anita Laurance in Milawa’s Off Centre Gallery from November 3. Michael Ashby opens Under a blue sky on November 5 and it runs until December 4.

Les trois — an exhibition of printworks by Beechworth artists Chris Dormer and Tania Sutton and Stanley artist Janet Sutherland — opens at Indigo Library Beechworth on November 8 and runs to November 26.

Another Beechworth artist, Therese Shanley, exhibits Rain and good weather in the historic confines of Old Beechworth Gaol, opening on November 10 and running for nine days 10:30am-3:00pm.

Works by Woolshed Valley artist Nina Machielse Hunt show in the 1858-built Old Stone Hall in Beechworth November 10-26. The abstract landscape painter’s Wild is the wind opens on November 18.

A lively discussion about inspiration and tension in regional and metropolitan art featuring leading curators and gallery directors takes place in Beechworth’s Old Stone Hall on November 11. The art chat participants include former Art Gallery of South Australia director and NGV curator Christopher Menz.

Art under the rotunda, an exhibition of works by children from Beechworth and St Joseph’s primary schools, Montessori School and Wooragee Primary School, runs in Beechworth’s Town Hall Gardens on November 12.

The personal landscape — a major group exhibition — will open in Beechworth Town Hall on November 15 and runs until November 26. It ill be opened by Indigo mayor Jenny O’Connor.

Mayday Hills Art Society marks the sesquicentenary of Beechworth Lunatic Asylum with a show of artists’ works from November 23 to December 3 at its gallery in the asylum grounds. The asylum opened in 1867. It became Beechworth Mental Hospital in the mid-20th century and closed in 1995.

Spring Arts also features workshops exploring abstraction and painting for beginners.

 

North East artists open studios

OPEN: A satin bowerbird’s bower on Three Mile Creek near Beechworth. IMAGE: Jamie Kronborg

NORTH East artists in Beechworth, Wooragee and Tawonga will open their studios this weekend to launch Beechworth Arts Council’s November-long Spring Arts 2017.

Visitors to the studios will be able to meet Beechworth’s Chris Dormer and Kay Hampton, Wooragee’s Catherine Stewart and Tawonga’s Bärbel Ullrich, discuss their creative practice and view their works.

Chris’s practice includes printmaking, etching, and collagraphs. Kay creates landscape and still life colour works in acrylic. Catherine creates paintings and works on paper. Bärbel’s practice includes printmaking, drawing and mixed media.

‘Art Roads’ series heads to Benalla

SINUOUS: Brett Whiteley’s ‘Marulan bird with rocks’ circa 1980. IMAGE: Art Gallery of NSW / Wendy Whiteley copyright

Beechworth Arts Council is encouraging members and friends to take to the tarmac and join the first of its ‘Art Roads’ series on March 18.

These self-drive, shared vehicle journeys are being planned across the year and will be led by Arts Council vice president and fine arts creative honours student Daren John Pope.

The first Art Roads drive will take in Benalla Art Gallery’s Brett Whitely exhibition ‘West of the divide’.

Participants will depart Beechworth post office at 9:30am for Wangaratta Art Gallery and Christine Johnson’s ‘Voyages Botanical’ exhibition and a spot of morning tea.

The ‘Art Roads’ caravan will then drive on to Benalla where the Whiteley exhibition features works from the late Sydney artist’s enduring connection with country west of the Great Dividing Range. Daren is hoping to organise a discussion about the Whiteleys with Benalla Art Gallery director Bryony Nainby for Art Roads’ travellers. He will also provide commentary on the works.

Benalla Art Gallery has a lovely cafe for those who want to lunch. Alternatively, the adjacent Benalla Botanical Gardens offer wonderful options for picnicking.

Car-pooling is encouraged. If you’d like to join Art Roads #1 or can offer seats in your car please email Daren by March 12.

Dark art on stage

DARK: Nick Ravenswood and Gareth Skinner in ‘The Baby Farmer’

Beechworth’s former asylum at Mayday Hills is to become the setting for the dark art of theatre on March 17-18.

Direct from the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Nick Ravenswood and Gareth Skinner from Melbourne’s The Laudanum Project present in a variety of media the story of a helpless child and her unbalanced mother against an ever-shifting musical tapestry that reveals desinty, lost innocence and the nature of evil.

The Laudanum Project has shocked audiences since 2009, combining the darkest concepts with the best of writing, performance and music.

Artwork from artist Chloe Neath will be exhibited with the performance – intricately detailed works in charcoal on brown paper – together with a book.

Venue
Mayday Hills Village Ι March 17-18, 2017 Ι 8:00pm for 9:00pm start Ι Ticket: $40 book it

Information
The Laudanum Project

Digging into book publishing

Anne Vale’s Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend workshop will take place at Beechworth’s Mayday Hills, where Beechworth Treescape Group will lead a walk and readings ‘into the woods’ among Mayday’s National Trust-listed tree collection.

Anne Vale’s academic and practical interests in Australian design, influential women and gardening coalesced when she wrote a guidebook about ‘Durrol’, a significant garden near Mount Macedon.

The Allen family in 1932 commissioned Edna Walling – gardener, landscape designer, photographer and writer – to plan a small enclosed garden within the larger grounds laid out in the earlier years of the twentieth century. Walling became the subject of an entry Anne wrote, while a University of Melbourne lecturer in garden history and design, for The encyclopedia of women and leadership in twentieth century Australia, and demonstrates that Walling’s influence persists today, more than 40 years after her death.

Anne, in Walling’s footsteps, has written three books and the most recent of these, Influential Australian garden people and their stories, was self-published. The former Victorian branch chair of the Australian Garden History Society – and, like Walling, a skilled garden photographer – says it has been the most successful of her publishing experience.

Participants in Anne’s Beechworth Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend workshop on Sunday, February 12 will learn about writing and preparing a book for publication, negotiating a printing contract, and taking – profitably – a book to market.
Participation: $50 | book it | presenter information

Writing the new world

AmalgaNations‘ author and travel writer Doug Hendrie. Image: University of Melbourne

Travel writing has a well-known skew towards exotica. That’s understandable – if everywhere is the same, why leave home?

But globalisation has brought cross-pollination – and Melbourne nonfiction writer, teacher and author Doug Hendrie reveals you can now go everywhere and see traces of home.

In his Beechworth Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend workshop on February 11, Doug explores the possibility and promise of writing travel in a globalised world.

His AmalgaNations: how globalisation is good found a series of unexpected – and bizarre – cultural mash-ups, from StarCraft videogame superstars of South Korea to the Clash-loving punks of Indonesia; from gay power in the Catholic Philippines to the street filmmakers of Ghana.

‘A whirlwind world tour through surprising subcultures told with subtle humour,’ said publisher Hardie Grant, ‘AmalgaNations picks up where Louis Theroux leaves off.’

 Doug has a longstanding interest in cross-cultural issues and emergent subcultures. He is working on his second book.

Saturday, February 11
Doug Hendrie workshop | George Kerferd Hotel, Beechworth | 10:00 – 11:30am
Participation: $50 book it | presenter information

Beechworth-raised poet’s new work published

A new collection of poetry by Beechworth-raised poet Eddie Paterson is to be published today by Whitmore Press

Beechworth-raised poet and Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend presenter Eddie Paterson will have a new title to his creative name when he returns to Beechworth for WRAP17 (February 10-12).

Independent Whitmore Press this evening (Feb 1) in Melbourne releases redactor – a new collection of poems by the University of Melbourne creative writing lecturer. Poet and novelist Amy Brown will launch the work for publisher Anthony Lynch, who says Eddie has used found texts from the everyday – emails, memos, notes, lyrics, text messages, tweets and webfeeds – as poetic material for redactor.

“Drawing on techniques from the visual arts and radical writing such as the ready-made, the cut-up and the concrete poem, Eddie Paterson reflects upon the ways in which the historical legacy of censorship intersects with contemporary surveillance technologies,” Anthony says.

Eddie will discuss redactor at Beechworth Books as part of the WRAP program on Saturday, Feb 11, at 9:30am. He will also sign copies. He will later host ‘Poets by post’, public, walk-up readings of poetry on the steps of Beechworth post office.

That evening, at George Kerferd Hotel, Eddie will host a post-dinner conversation with The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham.

The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review wrote of Ham’s work: ‘…We sense that…once the camera closes in on the ‘tumbling brown house’ of Mad­ Molly, ‘leaning provocatively on the grassy curve’, it’s clear we’re visiting a small 1950s town not of history but as imagined by Tim Burton: the gothic, polarized world of Edward Scissorhands’.

Rosalie Ham was born and raised in Jerilderie in southern NSW and as a young adult ‘rushed to university because Gough Whitlam made it possible’. The Dressmaker has become a film starring Kate Winslett, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. Rosalie has since written Summer at Mount Hope and There should be more dancing.

WRAP dinner | Saturday, Feb 11 | Participation: $80, with wine available for purchase | book it | presenters’ information: Rosalie Ham and Eddie Paterson

ABC talks writers’ refugee panel

Lesley Milne with Afghan Hazara refugee students in Beechworth in 2016.

Beechworth’s Leslie Milne tomorrow (Wed, Feb 1) talks with 106.5FM ABC Goulburn-Murray’s Joseph Thomsen at 7:15am about the refugee panel discussion to take place at Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend in Beechworth on February 11.

Wars, conflict and persecution have forced more people than at any other time to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ Global trends 2015 reported that almost 60 million people were forcibly displaced by the end of 2014 – up by nearly 14m in a single year. One in every 122 of the world’s people is a refugee, displaced in their own country, or seeking asylum. If this were the population of a single nation it would rank twenty-fourth in the world.

The stark realities of displacement are to be discussed at WRAP with young adults who want to share the stories of their journeys and the ‘the way of the world’ and of their search for asylum and opportunity in Australia. The panel will be convened at George Kerferd Hotel at 1:00pm on Sat, Feb 11.

Last winter Border Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) group members and families in Beechworth and nearby North East communities opened their homes for one weekend to 24 students from St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre in North Melbourne – each of them a refugee. Some of them are returning to participate in this panel discussion about our shared time and place in the wider world.

Participation: $20 – proceeds shared with BRASS | book it | presenters’ information

Write into the ways of the world

Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend will explore gender, diversity, feminism and power in great opera, with Richard Wagner’s Brynhildr examined by Australian Book Review editor and opera performance critic Peter Rose.

Beechworth’s seventh annual Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend is just 15 days away.

Street works and readings, discussions and workshops, together with word-directed art projects, will be staged February 10-12 in Beechworth’s heritage-listed main streets and at George Kerferd Hotel in the grounds of the 1864-built Mayday Hills former lunatic asylum and its extraordinary gardens.

Headline participants include Jerilderie-born Rosalie Ham, author of The Dressmaker – the source of a major Australian film released in 2015, Melbourne-based activist poet and writer Hayley Louise Singer, who will delve into women’s histories, journalist and author Doug Hendrie, poet Eddie Paterson, Australian Book Review editor and opera performance critic Peter Rose and garden historian and writer Anne Vale, a former chair of the Australian Garden History Society Victorian branch.

WRAP is also building awareness of North East established writers, including Yackandandah’s Kate Rotherham and Beverley Lello, and emerging writers, such as Wangaratta world-building and fantasy writer and graphic designer Chris Febvre. Challenge yourself by helping to create a new fairytale and develop an anthropomorphic creature with a twist – like a crocodile whose dream is simply to bake bread?

Poet and surgeon Paddy Dewan and singer-songwriter Marisa Quigley will host ‘Bookends’, a words and music workshop for children, and Beechworth Arts Council president Jamie Kronborg and vice president Daren John Pope will bite into lively ideas about North East artistic and cultural endeavour over lunch.

The program also features ‘Cereal words’, a writers’ breakfast at which all participating writers can take the opportunity to read from their own works, and a work-in-progress screening of ‘Potholes’, a collaboration between Kate Rotherham and Brendan Hogan to turn a short story into a short film.

See full program information and booking opportunities. Tickets sell fast.

Enquiries: Jamie Kronborg 0409 912 967 or email

Inaugural Spring Arts Show takes to the valley

November 11-27 2016 @ Old Stone Hall Art Space, 7 Church Street Beechworth.

Official Opening Friday November 11 @ 5.30pm

A group exhibition showcasing the work of artists from Beechworth and North East region:

Chris Dormer, Tina Fraser, Inga Hanover, Kay Hampton, Judy Hawking Burnett, Nina Machielse Hunt, Therese Shanley, Catherine Stewart, Barbel Ulrich, Rose Wedler.

Gallery Opening Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10.30am – 3pm.

nina-and-her-artwork

Also don’t miss the workshop:

Abstracting the Landscape

A day in the bush with local artist, Nina Machielse Hunt

Hosted by The Beechworth Arts Council this workshop invites artists and novices alike for a day of gestural painting and drawing en plein air in the beautiful Woolshed Valley.

Along with tuition from celebrated local artist Nina Machielse Hunt, participants will enjoy a sumptuous picnic lunch and the bon amie that can only come with like-minded creative spirits.

  • Bookings essential (strictly limited places)
  • $80 per person
  • Bring your own arts materials lunch provided
  • 10.30 – 3.30pm, Saturday, November 26th
  • Bookings: Daren John Pope, 0474 351 240

Artist statement: Nina Machielse Hunt

“I have always been intrigued by the Australian landscape, the romance and the spirit of the bush, flora and fauna, Indigenous art and culture. I enjoy learning how others have personally responded to a sense of Place through art, literature, film and song I do love the bush; walking, sitting, thinking, feeling and then returning to my studio to absorb the experience. Then after preparing my materials I work through the challenge of adding and removing colour, shifting shape and line until eventually the final composition reveals itself.”