A long and winding road

What a roller-coaster year! Doors closed, doors nearly open, doors closed. Phew! Easy to forget the great things we all enjoyed BC – before Covid-19. But its still a long and winding road before we can open our exhibition spaces, so our October and November exhibitions have been rescheduled to 2021.

During October, our dedicated workshop space will open for two weaving workshops with Cathy Tobin, followed by Mark Dober’s plein air watercolour workshop in November – and more to come!

We’ll have a COVID-19 plan in place to keep everyone safe – and we’ll reschedule again if needed.

In this eNews:

  • Reflecting on 2020
  • Get your gloves on for our Plantathon – 26 & 27 September
  • Weave your way into Spring
  • Plein air painting
  • Sharing creativity: express your interest.

Reflecting on 2020

Before COVID, we filled the Arts Hub with music, colour, arts and food. The Instrument Makers Gallery in January as part of Newstead Live saw the Hub alive with music; our inaugural art auction and fund raising dinner in February, where we raised over $6500; two great exhibitions – the Nature of Colour followed by the Photographers of the Goldfields and the Printing from nature workshop.

And even through the bleakness of winter and Covid-19 restrictions, we’ve been creating a garden, with help from a $2000 grant from the Maldon & and District Community Bank plus Arts Hub funds of $4400.

Our inaugural online Artist Market – open from May to the end of August – gave 22 local artists a chance to show off their talents and sell their work through our website. Creativity abounds in our community.

Get your gloves on

Garden beds will be ready – now for the plants!

Roll up your sleeves and put on your gardening gloves. Come along to our Plantathon on Sat & Sun 26 & 27 September between 10.30am-3.30pm. Volunteer for an hour – or more – by registering with Janet Barker by email on ecologica@bigpond.com

Planters will work in pairs – socially distanced of course – guided by Janet Barker and Cassia Read. There will be COVID safe arrangements in place including a sign-in form. Tea and coffee and toilet facilities will be available at the Arts Hub all day.

BYO mask, gloves and hand trowel (and watering can if you have one) plus drinking water and anything else you might need for your stint.

Weave your way into Spring

Colour and up-cycling will be at the heart of two October workshops by gypsy weaver Cathy Tobin: freeform loom weaving on Friday 2 October (4 places), and weaving sticks to recycle old clothing into rag rugs (6 places) on Saturday 17 October. Head to the What’s On page of our website for more information and bookings.

Freeform loom weaving is based on the philosophy of Saori weaving. Originating in Japan, Saori weaving encourages individual creativity unhindered by rules, patterns and perfection. In this workshop you will create a scarf or table runner as you freely weave on a floor loom.

Cathy’s second workshop uses weaving sticks to recycle old clothing into a rag rug, using handheld weaving sticks. The weaving sticks are yours to take home to continue creating.

Plein air painting

Out in the landscape – near the Hub – enjoy a plein air watercolour workshop guided by Castlemaine artist Mark Dober. During the workshop Mark will demonstrate steps to build your composition, how to see and mix colour and tone, and how to apply a variety of mark making and wash techniques to make for a vivid and expressive result.

Saturday 21 November: 10am – 2.30pm. More information and how to book, go to the What’ On page of our website. Bookings now open.

Share your creativity

Creativity comes in so many shapes and sizes – from gardening to sculpture, knitting to painting, printmaking, ceramics and much more.

Got a great idea for an exhibition, workshop or event? Or maybe you’d like to share a skill or a passion, in person or online? Let us know what you’d like to showcase, learn, or teach.

Complete our online Expression of Interest form for 2021 events, exhibitions and workshops on our Bookings page.

Be our Friend

We all need friends and we need you! Our Friends and volunteers are a key part of the Hub – we couldn’t do it without you!

It’s easy to become a Friend – join with a donation of $20 or more, download and return the Friends form to us at newsteadartshub@gmail.com or to PO Box 123, Newstead 3462.

Or keen to volunteer? We’d love to have your skills and energy at the Hub: drop us a line at newsteadartshub@gmail.com and let’s talk.

Through donations, Hub Friends support the development of the Arts Hub. In return they are invited to a special annual Friends event each year.

Thanks to our supporters

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