spring arts

Spring Arts 2019 / Beechworth / November 2 – 30

“Spring Arts this year is shaping up to be an exciting month-long celebration of creativity with lots and lots happening. We have the inaugural Artisans & Makers Market, Beechworth Bloom Flower Show and a fabulous group exhibition of petite art at the Library, to name but a few events. Our focus in the coming year is to be totally inclusive across all art disciplines, for and by all ages. We aim to create a lively art scene that truly has the heart of our local community in mind. Take a look at our 2019 Spring Arts Program and come celebrate art and creativity with us. See you around town.”

Tania Sutton – Beechworth Arts Council President

Spring Arts 2019 program


Alan Phillips – Stillness Listening to Landscape – new works Old Stone Hall, 7 Church St, Nov 1-10 Official opening Fri Nov 1, 6pm. Artists Talk, Sun Nov 3, 10am Free

Beechworth Arts Council Artisans & Makers Market – An exciting new creative venture with art stalls in public places on the first Saturday of each month. The inaugural Artisans & Makers Market launches in front of The Old Stone Hall, Sat Nov 2, 9am-1.30pm Free

Jess Weston – Landscapes and beyond Christ Church, 27 Ford St through Nov, 9-5pm Free

Shop Front Art – Window-shopping takes on a whole new meaning when local artists exhibit their wares in local shops. Host venues include WAW Credit Union, Ravida Real Estate, Beechworth Books and Arcadia. Look out for the Spring Arts signs

Salon at the Library – Local artist go small with the grand theme of Permutations for this Salon style show. Included are exciting 3D works and a meet the artist opening Beechworth Library, 101 Ford St Nov 1-30 9am-5pm. Official opening Thur Nov 7, 5.30pm Free

Mayday Hills Art Society – 2nd Members Exhibition A selection of member’s art works on show in the newly painted MHAS gallery. Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon, 1-4pm through November, Kurrajong Way Mayday Hills Village Free

Jess Myers – Alice in Wonderland series Staircase gallery, The Empire Hotel 10 Camp St through Nov Free Hang Your Own This exhibition is in conjunction with Star Lane Artisans & Makers Market. Enter via Phillips Lane. All art welcome. Sat Nov 2, 9am-1.30pm $5 per artwork for BAC members.

Life Drawing – the beauty of the human form Basic materials provided. Mondays 6.30-8.30pm Tanswell’s Commercial Hotel, 50 Ford St Bookings: 0408 877 652


Ada Cambridge Readings – Celebrating Beechworth’s world famous poet. Special guest readers include Nola Firth, Cathy McGowan, Helen McGowan, Jean Memery and Helen McIntyre Christ Church 27 Ford St, Fri Nov 15, 6.30pm $10

Frank Prem – The New Asylum The third volume in a series of free-verse poetry anthologies. Launched by Dr Helen Haines MP, Quercus Hall, 26-30 Ford St. Wed Nov 13, 11am Details: frankprem.com

Culture Club – The launch of the Library Culture Club with Dr Jacqui Durrant in conversation about her new book Fire on the Plateau. Beechworth Library 101 Ford St Sat Nov 16, 10-11am Free Details: jacquidurrant.com Story Slam The brave at heart take the five-minute challenge to enthrall the audience with tales of school. The Empire Hotel, 10 Camp St.Thur Nov 7, 7pm Free


Georgie Currie – Live music concert in the intimate setting of the historic Burke Museum. Thur Nov 21, Loch St 7.30pm $40 entry includes canapés Bookings essential (03) 5728 8067 Details: burkemuseum.com.au

Beechworth Organ Society – Stylus Phantasticus – Baroque violin, viola da gamba, organ and harpsichord play violin sonatas from the 17th Century. Sat Nov 30, 8pm Beechworth Town Hall, 103 Ford St Details: wendysue99@bigpond.com

Beechworth Singers Traditional Irish, Scottish & Welsh songs Uniting Church, Sydney Rd Fri Nov 8, 7.30pm $10


Beechworth Bloom – Spring flower and produce show: A blooming event! Entry forms available from Explore Beechworth Visitor Centre, Beechworth NewsXpress and here. Deliver entries with completed form at Beechworth Town Hall, 103 Ford Street: Friday, Nov 22 between 9am and 11am. Show opens 12pm. Also open Saturday, Nov 23, between 10am and 4pm, with prizegiving at 3pm.

Mayday Hills Art Society – 2nd Birthday Party – Come as your favourite artist or musician to be in the running for a Best Dressed Prize. Kurrajong Way Mayday Hills Village, Sun Nov 24 from 2pm RSVP email bibart@bigpond.com

Pub Choir – sing out one and all – A phenomenon to be reckoned with, your choir host is the inspirational Marisa Quigley. The Empire Hotel 10 Camp St Thur Nov 14, 6.30pm

Download the Spring Arts 2019 program

Hard copies of the Spring Arts 2019 program are available from Beechworth Library, Quercus Bookshop, The Empire Hotel, WAW Credit Union, Beechworth Books, Beechworth Information Centre and selected cafes.

Need to more information – email – beechworthartscouncil@gmail.com



BEECHWORTH Arts Council in 2016 staged the first of its annual Spring Arts Show series in the historic Old Stone Hall from November 11 to 27.

Woolshed Valley abstract landscape painter Nina Machielse Hunt also lead a painting workshop en plein air as an out-take of the exhibition.

Arts Council Vice President and exhibition co-curator Daren John Pope said the local arts advocacy organisation had launched the yearly exhibition series to celebrate the skills and build community awareness of some of the district’s finest visual artists.

WOOLSHED Valley artist Nina Machielse Hunt with one of her works at a Chiltern exhibition in 2015.

“This inaugural group exhibition offers a broad range of painting, print, sculpture and photographic styles, from the purely abstract through to figurative naive,” Daren John said.

The hanging featured works from Bärbel Ullrich, Rose Wedler, Catherine Stewart, Therese Shanley, Nina Machielse Hunt, Judy Hawking Burnett, Inga Hanover, Kay Hampton, Tina Fraser and Chris Dormer.

“In keeping with the seasonal theme, the inaugural Springs Arts Show focuses on rural landscapes, native birdlife and enigmatic still life,” Daren John said.

“Also featured are reflections on township and the pivotal role of the family in rural living.”

Spring Arts  ¦  Beechworth  ¦  November 4 – 26, 2017

BEECHWORTH Arts Council’s 2017 Spring Arts was a November-long celebration of the visual arts in Beechworth and beyond. The program ranged from a group show in the Beechworth Town Hall to solo exhibitions by Therese Shanley at the extraordinary Old Beechworth Goal, Nina Machielse Hunt in Beechworth’s beautiful Old Stone Hall and Anita Laurence at Milawa’s Off Centre Gallery.

There was also a print exhibition from Chris Dormer, Janet Sutherland and Tania Sutton in Indigo Libraries’ Beechworth branch, a kids’ art show under the rotunda in Beechworth’s Town Hall Gardens and a series of skills-share art workshops.