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

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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.

TheWeekend 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.

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 paint…

Soul Food ....Libana!

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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!  A river of Birds by Libana For more of this nourishing music explore www.libana.com and www.facebook.com/libanamusic

Wish You Were Here - Postcard Art Prize

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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. Coasting entries going on show at the Apollo…

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

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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.

TheWeekend 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.




























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 a…

All hail the inspiring artist!

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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 anOpen 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?

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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!

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...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 clickhere



Daytrip to the big smoke

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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

Inside the Artist's Studio - Monica Provan

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Tactile Pleasure Exhibition - Apollo Bay

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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.

Tactile 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 & pri…

Lorne Sculpture Biennale

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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:
http://www.lornesculpture.com/