Open Studio Weekend countdown ...only 8 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend 9 of Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra. 
Maureen McManamny

The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, from 10am - 4pm.

At 9 weeks to go we have started a countdown of a weekly artist spotlight, giving you a little taster about one of the talented artists each week.

The week 8 spotlight is on Maureen McManamny. 
Maureen studied at the Victorian College of the Arts after many years working in Film, TV, Advertising and Photography. She paints (including portraiture), does pottery and sculpts with clay. Painting and decorating old furniture is also a passion.
Maureen has exhibited in many Melbourne group shows through pottery and painting.
Her work is inspired by her family, who came from Egypt, giving her a love of the exotic and a fascination with ancient history. 
Maureen considers her work a success if it can give someone a moment of pleasure.
She loves colour and varying themes and this year's Open Studio sees her exhibiting at Farm Foods Provedore, developing the theme of 'High Tea'. 

Look out for the remaining countdown! Participating artists and their medium are:

Chris West - textiles                                          Maureen McManamny - painting, clay, installation  
Monica Provan - glass                                                               Ron Eichler - sculpture          
Angie Smales - textiles, precious metal clay                                 Wendy Dennis - wool 
Melanie Hall - food
Exhibiting at Tarndwarncoort are:   Tim Lucas - photography       &       Chris Hoggard - clay

Soul Food ....Libana!



Libana is a Internationally renowned world music & dance ensemble. Libana illuminates the creativity, vision and spirit of women worldwide. Riveting, transformational and soul stirring, Libana takes audiences on a musical journey reflecting the universal human experience uniting us all.

This beautiful and haunting song goes along way to calm the disquiet many artist feel about immigration and asylum seeker debate - enjoy! 
For more of this nourishing music explore www.libana.com and www.facebook.com/libanamusic


Wish You Were Here - Postcard Art Prize

Creative Otways is a new community group on a mission to support and promote artists and the arts. Now up and running, they have their first project ready to go. 

The Wish You Were Here postcard art prize is the first art event to happen simultaneously across the Shire. Creative Otways has partnered with Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Apollo Bay Arts and COPACC in its first venture which is sponsored by Star Printing, Cape Otway Lightstation and Colac Otway Shire.


The prize is designed to celebrate the diverse landscapes of our region which inspire locals, artists, holidaymakers from around the world, sea-changers and tree-changers. The prize is open to young, emerging, aspiring or established artists which will culminate in exhibitions, in May 2014, at Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery, Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre, and the Apollo Bay Arts Gallery.

There are three categories to this landscape art prize.
  1. Coasting entries going on show at the Apollo Bay Arts Inc. Gallery
  2. Hinterland works will be exhibited at COPACC
  3. Lakes, Craters and Rural Life entries being exhibited at RRRTAG

What's in it for you?

This series of exhibitions will be open for the month of May in all three gallery spaces and the winners of each category will receive printed postcards of their work which they can choose to sell or use as a tool to market and promote their work.

The ultimate prize is a weekend artist’s retreat for two at the Lightstation.

Plein Air Workshops - To get you in the mood

To encourage as many entries as possible Creative Otways has invited art teacher Salvina Conti to lead three en plein air workshops in connection with Wish You Were Here.

They are at:
  1. Sunday, March 2: Stevensons Falls from 10am-2pm
  2. Sunday, March 9: Cape Otway Lightstation from 10am -2pm (free entry plus a barbeque lunch courtesy of the Lightstation)
  3. Sunday, March 16: Red Rock from 2pm-6pm
The workshops are suitable for beginners and experienced artists.

What to bring to the workshops:
A pallet                            Brushes
Paints/pastels                   A lightweight portable stool
Rags                                 2 jars

Cost for participating in the workshops will be $10 for Students, $20 Adults and $25 Family with an extra $5 for each additional entry. A parent or carer must accompany children under 13 years of age.
The entry fee and other information for Wish You Were is detailed in the attachment.
Please RSVP for the workshops by calling 5232 9418.


Find the Creative Otways page on the COPACC website with more information.

Open Studio Weekend count down ...only 9 weeks to go!

During the Easter Weekend 9 of Birregurra's practicing artists invite you to discover their studios, providing an intimate and privileged insight into their arts practice.

The Weekend provides a rare opportunity for visitors to chat with the artists in their studios and view works in progress, pieces that didn't quite make it, and, of course, successful end results. Also, where possible, they may witness the creation of a new work. You are invited to experience the people, space, making process and ideas that unfold within the private studios of artists in and around Birregurra. 
Pam Fyfe




























The studios will be open Saturday, 19th and Sunday, the 20th of April, from 10am - 4pm.

With 9 weeks to go and 9 artists opening their studios, we are starting a count down, giving you a little taster about one of the talented artists each week.



The week 9 spotlight is on Pam Fyfe, who chooses felting as her artistic expression.
Pam uses wool and silk to create unique hand- made garments, accessories, such as scarves and bags as well as 3-D items. Pam will be demonstrating felting techniques at her studio located in Birregurra.

























Look out for the remaining countdown! Up coming artists and their medium are:

Chris West - textiles                                          Maureen McManamny - painting, clay, installation  
Monica Provan - glass                                                               Ron Eichler - sculpture          
Angie Smales - textiles, precious metal clay                            Wendy Dennis - wool 
Melanie Hall - food
Exhibiting at Tarndwarncoort are:   Tim Lucas - photography       &       Chris Hoggard - clay                                                               



All hail the inspiring artist!

Whether or not an artist is inspiring is a very subjective debate. For me, inspiration is drawn form those artists whose work makes me think, provokes my comfort zone, transports me into another dimension and, as it happened this week, engender public debate.


So all hail the 28 artists participating in the Sydney Biennale who wrote an Open Letter, threatening to boycott the event unless the board of the Biennale sever their sponsorship deal with Transfield Holdings, as they hold contracts with the Immigration Department to provide services at the detention centers at Nauru and Manus Island.


I am very much heartened by their action as it, and the size of the debate it has engendered, reminds me of the power of the artist to touch us - thank you.

Postscript:
Late this afternoon the board of the Biennale announced their decision in reply to the artists' Open Letter

Would you like to exhibit at Kana?

Kana Weekend in Colac is celebrating its 57th year of community entertainment and they want you to exhibit your artwork. 

The festival is held from Friday14th to Sunday 16th March 2014. A Street Parade and fantastic Fair-in-the-Square occurs on Saturday15th March.

As part of the 57th Colac Kana Weekend, local photographer, Shane Powell, is putting together yet another Scouting Talent Photography and Art Show as a Fundraiser for the Colac Otway Scouts. He is looking for work to fill the walls of the Scouts Log Cabin. So if you have anything that he could use or know anyone who would like to exhibit, please contact him on 0447 260830. If you like, you can make your work for sale.


...NOT....another Saturday night!


...with nothing to do.

If you have Saturday night free, why not check out White Night Melbourne.
Saturday, 22nd of February - 7pm to 7am.
Experience Melbourne transformed by the Arts. For a full event program click here



Daytrip to the big smoke

Join us for an ARTS PACKED day out gallery hopping in Gertrude & Smith Streets Fitzroy

When: All day, Wednesday 19th March

The Itinerary 

7.00am: Join us on the early train to Melbourne or meet us up there
10.30am: Australian Printmaking Workshop - tour and gallery ($5 pp)
11.30: Gertrude Contemporary Gallery
12.30: Lunch at De Clieu Cafe
2.00pm: A glass of wine and a dig around with Pamela Bakes at Page Two Collectable Book Shop
3.00pm: Australian Galleries and Stock Rooms
4.00pm: Wander around the artist precinct on Smith Street for an hour or so
7.00pm: Hop on the 7pm train back to Birregurra

To book your place, email birreartsgroup@gmail.com or call Fiona on 5236 2464. 

Costs: Your train fare, $5 for the printmaking tour, lunch money and whatever your going to blow on shopping.

Click below to find out more about where we're going. 

Australian Printmaking Workshop  
Gertrude Contemporary Gallery 
De Clieu 
Page Two 
Australian Galleries and Stock Rooms

Inside the Artist's Studio - Monica Provan

INSIDE THE ARTIST’S STUDIO
Brought to you by Birregurra Arts Group (BAG)

 “Inside the Artist’s Studio” is a new initiative by BAG. Each month, professional artists are invited to BAG get togethers to share their experience and give us a glimpse into their life as a practicing and professional artist. This is an edited transcript of our first interview which took place at BAG’s most recent monthly get together. The next “Inside the Artist’s Studio” interview will be on Thursday 14th March. Everyone of all ages are welcome. No cost although gold coin donations are always welcome.

This month’s guest Artist was Monica Provan, a lampwork glass artist who crafts beautiful beads and jewellery from hot glass and metals. Monica is also one of the founding members of Gellibrand River Gallery.

  
Who or what inspired you to take up your arts practice, and make it your career?
As a child, my parents would buy glass amlets for me every birthday. Since then, the internet showed me how accessible the materials were. They are sourced from overseas—America, Venice, Germany. Thirty years ago you couldn’t order these materials as you would have to travel to get them. I have honed my skills by watching YouTube videos.

Who or what were the most important influences on your artwork?
I chose hot glass and metal because I was trying to stay away from what my mum enjoyed doing because she was great at everything! I had to find something totally different!

What have been the greatest challenges of your arts career so far?
Learning to use the internet to sell my work. Most of my work is sold to buyers in America. There is a large beading culture in the United States. After the artist makes the beads they then use them to make a piece of artwork that you hang around your neck!

Which pieces of work are you most proud of?
My experiments! Using the colours of the glass that no one sees as being possible. The glass reacts with the colours and I enjoy using different techniques to use colours that people don’t usually use in this art form. I use pitting in my artwork which other glass people may see as mistakes.

Do you have a favourite space or studio to work in?
In my imagination!! My house plans include a room to house my four different types of torches along with all the safety equipment that I need. At the moment I work in a dusty shed with all the extra stuff that we can’t fit into the house. It’s dusty and cramped!

Who are your favourite artists and why?
The Arts and Craft Movement—particularly Macintosh. [I like] the way they incorporate art work into their craft. The Arts and Craft Movement started producing handmade pieces in America response to industrialisation. This Movement strongly influenced the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras.

What is your most memorable exhibition or workshop?
I have never had an individual exhibition but my first group exhibition was at the Glass Festival in Drysdale about four years ago. Before then, I thought that no one liked my work. At this exhibition I sold lots of stuff and I realised that other people like my style and that gave me confidence.

What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring artists?
My biggest lesson so far had been to find your market and not to stick to one place. If you enjoy creating it someone will enjoy purchasing it.

What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working towards the Drysdale Glass Festival which is on this weekend. It is the only glass festival in Australia and this is its 4th year. There will be many different techniques on display including slumped, cased, beads and marble work. Once my studio is finished I’d like to make marbles. It is a similar process to making a bead only without the whole through it.

(Note: Monica showed us one her magnificent marbles which was about 5 cm in diameter. It certainly IS NOT the type of marble that we used to play with!)

Big BAG thanks to guest artist, Monica Provan, our interviewer Fiona Brandscheid, and our wonderful scribe, Debbie McIntyre. This interview has been cut and edited for the Birre Mail. Some content has been omitted for brevity. Stay posted for details on our next artist. Comments and suggestions can be sent to birreartsgroup@gmail.com

Tactile Pleasure Exhibition - Apollo Bay

March seems to be the month to indulge the senses. This exhibition showcases the work of two Birregurra Arts Group members—Chris West and Pam Fyfe.


1303 tactile pleasureTactile Pleasure Exhibition
@ the Anglican Church Hall
Showcasing in Apollo Bay.
Contributing artists are:
Geoff BEERE photography; Cate CRACKNELL painter; Jude CRAIG textiles; Julia CICCARONE painter; Teresa DAIR textiles; David DICKSON sculptor; Lyn DICKSON mixed media; Heather DUNN textiles; Carolyn ELSWORTHY textiles; Sally EVERETT textiles; Sue FERRARI textiles; Ollie FRASER textiles; Pam FYFE textiles; Michael GALLOP sculptor; Matt GILCHRIST papier mache; Pete GOODLET painter; Peter HAGAN woodwork; Victoria HOWLETT artist; Janet KNOOP textiles; Grace LEVIS jewellery; Rosie LUGG papier mache; Anna MURPHY textiles; "Reuben" sculptor; Jillian RIDGEWAY painter; John ROWLAND woodwork; Keith RULE carver; Robyn STEELE-STICKLAND textiles; Sisca VERWOERT Painter & Illustrator; Chris WEST textiles & Jessi WONG artist & printmaker.
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or contact Bernadette Marriner 0407 828 314 for more information.

Lorne Sculpture Biennale


The famous Lorne Sculpture Biennale is just around the corner. It looks bigger and better than ever!

March 8 - 30, 2014

All the information about artists and the program can be found at: