Back on Track
Slowly, slowly we can move along the track to a new normal. It is wonderful to see the gentle opening up of Newstead and regional Victoria. The Hub is now holding workshops, and in December we will open with a very special exhibition.
In this Enews:
- Discover the mysteries of weaving sticks: workshop Sat 17 October
- Welcoming our new Coordinator
- Four looms creating beauty
- Painting the landscape: Mark Dober workshop, Sat 21 November
- Looking forward to our December exhibition: John S Turner … the botanist and artist
- Share your craziest creative idea … and maybe we can make it happen!
- Our garden is born.
Welcome Andrea Distefano
We are so excited that Andrea Distefano is now Arts Hub Coordinator: she’ll be coordinating exhibitions, workshops and events, promoting the Hub, collaborating and communicating to help us develop and extend what we offer you – our community. Andrea is a talented filmmaker and arts programmer. She’s lived in Central Victoria for six years and brings to the Newstead arts scene her diverse experience in several creative industries.
Andrea, with Hollie Fifer (best known for the controversial Papua New Guinea documentary The Opposition) were one of eight teams that created Voxdocs, a series of five-minute films about artists in COVID-19. Their film – Unbalanced – was created with performance artists The Huxleys, capturing their experience of lockdown in Fitzroy as they created artworks with amazing costumes, masks and shoes that represent both their feelings of the chaos of COVID and how they created a way out.
Read more about the project and watch all eight Voxdocs here
Four looms, four weavers, beautiful yarns – and the result – four stunning textiles.
‘Cathy showed us how the things we call mistakes in our weaving are often creative innovations. And after a few skills shared and a few hours work we each created a unique piece of woven cloth’ said Saide Grey, one of the four weavers.
Each weaver’s textile was distinctly different, combining colours and textures in surprising and beautiful ways.
Painting the landscape
Then in November, head out in the landscape – near the Hub – to enjoy a plein air watercolour workshop guided by Castlemaine artist Mark Dober. During the workshop Mark will demonstrate the steps in building 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. Book now for Mark’s workshop on Saturday 21 November 10am – 2.30pm by emailing email@example.com
Dianne Longley: Embossing with plants: Full day workshop
Dianne Longley, renown printmaker from Trentham (Agave Print Studio), is offering a workshop on printing using plants to create stunning embossed cards – something to send to a special person or to frame. She will show you how to use small plants, weeds and leaves from your garden or the bush to create photopolymer plates for printing. Saturday 28 November 10am-4pm. Only 6 spots for this workshop: book now by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
John S Turner Retrospective: opening 5 December
Opening on 5 December – John S Turner … the botanist and artist – is a retrospective exhibition showing the scraperboards, watercolours, lithographs and photographs created by John S Turner, botanist, educator and artist (1908-1991). John Turner was the Professor of Botany at Melbourne University from 1938 to the early 1970s. He was a passionate conservationist and a remarkable artist.
On retiring from Melbourne University, John moved to Castlemaine, continuing with scraperboard – his long-practised art – and became involved with Buda Historic Home and Garden, and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum, among other things. His scraperboard landscapes have illustrated a range of publications. On show only for the second time. The exhibition opens on Saturday 5 December, closing on December 27.
What’s your craziest creative idea … for 2021
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.
What about a fashion parade of wearable art created from what we throw away? Or a season of summer films on the platform? Or a circle dancing in the park?
Or quick sessions to learn something useful: how to make string? Crochet 101? Mindful doodling? Ukulele strumming? Videos on your smart phone?
We’re just guessing! Let us know your great idea that maybe the Arts Hub can deliver – online or in person. Complete our online Expression of Interest form for 2021 events, exhibitions and workshops on our Bookings page of our website, or drop us a line at email@example.com
Giving birth to a garden!
The garden is born. Between the growers, the diggers, the planters, the fencers – we now have a baby garden. Thanks to everyone who has helped.
It will need loving care over summer, and a carers roster is being planned. Email Prue if you can help.
Thanks to our growing list of garden sponsors: we really value your time, energy, creativity.
To those who nurtured plants and then came to help plant: Lyn Grocke, Janet Barker, Frances Cincotta, Pam Connell, Julia Robinson, Beth Higgins, Suzie Smith, Prue McAdam, Dawn Hartney, Deb Butler, Liz Sardone.
To the others who dug, planted and fenced: Alex Whitlock, Bronwen Algate, Bronwyn Silver, Chris Johnston, Chrisanne Blennerhasset, Damien Kingsbury, Dean Smith, Deb Wardle, Geoff Park, Gillian Frances, Gordon Dowell, Grace McCaughey, Ken Collins, Lee Shelden, Liz Butler, Megan Ballinger, Melinda Smith, Milton Moss, Patrick Kavanagh, Saide Grey, Sally Roadknight, Shana Rowe.
And those who sponsored the semi-mature trees: Genevieve Barlow, Geoff and Mary Park, Julie Patey, and the Enviroshop (Frank Forster)
Our Arts Hub Friends and volunteers are at the heart of the Hub. We are grateful for their energy, ideas and action.
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