Birregurra Arts Group are proud to announce the launch of the inaugural Snapshots of Birregurra Amateur Photography Competition featuring the Len Robb People’s Choice Award.

Working closely in partnership with Birregura Arts Group—the Birregurra Mail, the Birregurra Weekend Festival Committee and the Birregurra Art Show are sponsoring the event and hope to make it an annual events which give our community an ever growing collection of artwork and archival images. Winners will be announced during the Birregurra Weekend Festival and an exhibition of all entries will run across the weekend.

Application forms will be available to pick up in a few weeks from a number of shops and outlets in Birre, Colac, Lorne, Winchelsea and Forrest. More info provided in a week or so. For now, here are the general details so you can start planning your entry.

  • Entries will open early-August and will close 26th September
  • All photos should be maximum 6”x8” and will exhibited at Birregurra Weekend Festival
  • Two categories: Under 13s and Open
  • Theme: My Birregurra
  • Open to: Anyone. Entries from right around the district are welcome but must be of the theme
  • Prizes: $100 first place / $50 runner up / $100 Len Robb People’s Choice Award
  • Entry forms will be available from early August at multiple pick up points in Birregurra and the district. More information provided here soon and in the next issue of Birre Mail
  • Get creative and think outside the box – Judging based on the most creative as well as for technique

Inside the Artist's Studio - August

Sculptor, Lucy McEachern takes us Inside her Artist Studio - Thursday 14th August

When: Thursday 14th August 7pm - 8pm
Where: Senior Citizens Room, Birregurra (Birregurra Hall - entrance at rear on the left hand side)
Lucy McEachern is quickly establishing herself as a leading sculptor of birds. Her work is exhibited in a number of Australian galleries and, having recently been accepted into the prestigious 'Birds in Art' exhibition in 2010 and 2011 at the Woodson Museum in Wisconsin USA, Lucy McEachern has had the opportunity to exhibit her work internationally. 

Lucy joins us at Birregurra Arts Group in August and invites us to take a glimpse of her artist studio. Come along and find out how Lucy produces her beautiful sculptures and get an insight into the nuts and bolts of her creative process.

Everyone is welcome. Come along, bring a plate or a bottle of wine and enjoy the company of other art enthusiasts.

Lucy draws inspiration from her home situated in rural Australia. Brought up on a farming property in south west Victoria, she has a deep affinity with the enchanting birds that inhabit the surrounding landscape. She is often inspired when doing stock work as she rides past plantations and grasslands and, living by a creek, Lucy has the pleasure of observing an abundance of water birds at her front door. Whether it is a finch that darts from post to post, a brolga that dances with its mate or a wedge tailed eagle that glides in the thermals high above, there is a never ending supply of subject matter to inspire.

Lucy’s sculptures are moulded in clay and wax and cast in bronze, using the “lost wax process”. They feature simplified and elegant lines and form, which venerate the subject and demonstrate Lucy’s deep respect for these enchanting creatures. She enjoys the challenge of portraying movement and capturing a bird’s personality whilst simultaneously creating a permanent, solid form. The sculptures’ tactile nature invites the viewer to feel the bird’s contours in a celebration of its majestic presence.
Lucy’s sculptures are included in private collections throughout Australia and abroad.  Her Guinea Fowl and Australian Wood Duck have been selected to travel throughout the United States, along with works of other noted bird artists from around the world, until 2013. 

Recent group exhibitions:
2011: ’Jewels of the Wild’, Gasworks Art Park, Albert Park Victoria
2011: Finalist in the Yering Station Sculpture Prize, Yering Station Yarra Glen, Vic
2011: Finalist in the ‘Agendo 2011’ Emerging Artist prize, The Abbotsford Convent Abbotsford, Melbourne.
2011: Finalist in ‘The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize’, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
2011: Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum ‘Birds in Art 2011’ Wausau Wisconsin, United States of America
2011: Finalist in the Lorne Sculpture Prize, Lorne Victoria
2011: ‘Cut and Formed on the Plains’ with Vida Pearson, Yering Station, Yarra Glen Victoria; Roma on Bugil, Roma, Queensland, and Purple Noon Gallery, Freemans Reach, New South Wales
2011: Finalist in the Toorak Village Sculpture Prize, Melbourne, Victoria

Information provided from http://www.artstrail.com.au/artistarchive.php?id=97

NGV Winter Masterpieces Daytrip - Wed 30th July

Join us on Wednesday 30th July for a daytrip to Melbourne to see the NGV Winter Masterpieces. Guided tour at 10am followed by a lazy long lunch somewhere nearby and then a visit to the Ian Potter Gallery to see Inge King's massive and breathtaking sculptures (www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibition-checklist?Img_List=625293&exhibition=624757).
  • NGV ticket including tour: Full $36 / Seniors $32
    (excludes lunch and train - pay as you go)
  • To book, email the arts group by clicking here or calling Fiona on 5236 2464.
  • Leave on the 7.04am train from Birre and back on the 7pm train
  • BAG members and non members welcome
  • Still join us and meet us at Southern Cross Station if travelling from Colac, Camperdown, Winchelsea or Geelong
The holdings of Italian art in the Museo del Prado, Madrid, are unique and unrivalled. Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court, Museo del Prado presents a rich selection of paintings and drawings spanning three hundred years of Italian art, from the early sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Many of these paintings are at the heart of the Prado’s collection and have never before left Spain.

Inge King, now 98 years old, is an important sculptor working in Australia. She has received many significant public commissions. Her work is held in public and private collections. Her best known work is Forward Surge (1974) at the Melbourne Arts Centre. She became a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in January, 1984. http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/exhibitions/inge-king-sculptor

Find more info about Inge at http://igking.info/inge-king/

Calling out to Ukulele player wannabes in Birre

This is a call out those ukulele players who would like to meet up with other ukulele players and have some fun playing some music together. 
It’s a casual group with people of all skill levels. If you’re keen on hooking up for some ukulele fun, contact Fiona at birreartsgroup@gmail.com or phone 03 5236 2464. 
Nothing set in stone yet, just looking for interest.

Life Drawing in Birre goes weekly

Birre's life drawing group has gone from strength to strength and has decided to meet up EVERY TUESDAY of the month 7pm - 9pm at the Birregurra Community Health Centre Starting from the 8th of July. 
  • The life drawing sessions (with a model) will be held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month as usual.  Cost $15 per session. 
  • On the alternate weeks drawers will sketch a volunteer clothed study and concentrate on honing their skills in drawing portraits, hands, feet, knees, arms, legs, costume, drapery. Cost $5 per session. 
  • For all sessions, the cost will cover tea/ coffee, basic materials & equipment.
  • Drawers are able to dip in once a month, just go to the clothed studies, or go to all sessions. Children are also able to have a go at drawing in the clothed studies.
For more information contact Tom Gittings
T:  03 5236 2062 M: 0425 730433  E: tag.design@bigpond.com

Winchelsea Repertory Rides Again

Casting call for end of year performance - Granny Get Your Gun

The Winchelsea Repertory Society is a friendly, community based organisation and hugely welcoming to everyone with or without previous experience in performing.  
Play Reading/Casting: Sunday 27th July, 12pm in Winchelsea. If you would like to attended please call Neil Cameron on 0419 329 245or email the Winchelsea Rep on winchelsearepertorysocietyinc@gmail.com
After the huge success of Winchelsea Repertory Society’s end of year play Granny Get Your Gun, it has been decided that this years play will be the stand-alone sequel Granny Rides Again. To the delight of last years audience, Granny Get Your Gun involved a number of talented performers who put on a fantastic display of acting, dancing, singing and musical instruments. Granny Rides Again is certain to delight audiences with all this and more, and we would like to invite anyone interested in being in this years play to a play reading and casting on Sunday the 27th of July at 12pm.
Winchelsea Repertory is a community based theatre group that provides members with an opportunity to be part of, and work with, an incredible group of people to create an end of year play which is performed over 6 nights to approximately 700 people. Our end of year play usually involves acting, singing, dancing and playing musical instruments, and encourages members to be creative and express themselves. Our performances and rehearsals are based in the Globe Theatre, Winchelsea.

Our end of year plays also provides local communities or organisations with the chance to raise funds by sponsoring a play night. In the past we have worked with the Winchelsea Fire Brigade, Wurdale Fire Brigade, Wingeel Fire Brigade, Deans Marsh Anglican Church and Winchelsea Netball Club. 

If you would like to be involved in the end of year play, make sure you attend the play reading or notify the Winch Rep of your interest.