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Koala Rocks – solo exhibition by Michael Ryan

The next event at the Arts Hub will be recent paintings by Michael Ryan, an exhibition titled  ‘Koala Rocks’.

Michael is an expressionist painter working in oils. This current body of work is inspired by the rocky outcrops of central Victoria… and koalas. You can get a taste of his upcoming solo exhibition on his instagram profile.

Opening night will be on the 2nd of July at 6pm, Peter Young will be opening the show. Peter is an artist himself after a successful career in public relations for Ansett and cricket Australia. Everyone is invited to the opening night.

The exhibition is open weekends, 2nd-30th July from 9am -4pm.

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Michael Ryan founded Mi-Fine in 1994. Now in its 22nd year, Michael’s commitment to creativity has earned a reputation for excellence in arts production.

Michael has over twenty five years’ experience in the display, sign, exhibition and arts industries, with numerous best exhibition and display awards to his credit. He has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art, and has run his own exhibition and display business for over twenty years.

Michael has project managed a wide range of public art including Bendigo Chinese precinct ‘Bendigo Chinese garden flowers’

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A celebration of colour: Karen and the Kids opening night this friday

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Karen’s upcoming show is an inspiring exhibition bursting with colour, character and imagination!

Opening night is this coming Friday 22 April at 6pm, and the night will be filled with festivities, with live music by Andy Rigby, Natasha Mullings and Peter Sullivan, and catering by hospitality students from the Castlemaine Secondary College. Everyone is welcome!

Well loved artist, teacher and Newstead local Karen Pierce presents a long awaited celebratory exhibition, Karen and the Kids, marking her retirement after 45 years teaching art and craft in schools around Victoria. In addition to her work as a practicing artist and private art tutor, Karen has worked in art education at schools across the state, including Altona North, Flemington, Brunswick, Maryborough, Maldon, Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square, Kyneton, Castlemaine and most recently in her home town of Newstead.

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Karen and the Kids is a rare opportunity to see a huge body of retrospective and recent work in one location and will be a treat for anyone with a sense of creativity and adventure. Karen and the Kids represents a selection of the work of thousands of creative hands, hearts and minds over almost five decades and will surely inspire many more.

A celebration of colour, imagination and versatility, the kids artwork on display presents a true smorgasbord for the eyes, with all manner of brightly decorated puppets, hobby horses, creatures and contraptions – showing us there is truly no limit to the imagination. Karen’s own paintings combine these childhood creations into finished works of art – bringing together brash marches of hobby horses, oceans of rainbow fish and tides of pirate ships.

Karen and the Kids also includes a special new series of original paintings from Karen entitled, ‘Edge of the Forest’ that capture the unique light and beauty of the Australian bush landscape.

“I’d be lost without my imagination. It’s essential. And everything you do is a part of a cycle of ideas. In fact, these new paintings of mine hark back to paintings I did in my final year of College.”

Many of Karen’s large-scale school projects – such as the Maldon Folk Festival stage banner, created in 1998 with Maldon Primary School – involve all students at every year level, and result in beautiful, distinctive assets for the local community.

There will also be plenty of creative artplay activities for kids to enjoy throughout the exhibition.

Opening night on Friday 22 April 2016 will be filled with festivities, with live music by Andy Rigby, Natasha Mullings and Peter Sullivan, and catering by hospitality students from the Castlemaine Secondary College. Everyone is welcome!

Karen and the Kids runs every weekend from 23 April until 8 May 2016 at the Newstead Arts Hub, a beautiful exhibition space located at the newly restored Newstead Railway Station.

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Upcoming exhibition ‘Karen and the Kids’

Our upcoming exhibition is called ‘Karen and the Kids’. This will be a retrospective of work from Karen Peirce, who has recently retired as art teacher from the Newstead primary school.

We can expect a playful, delightful and colourful display, including a selection of Karen’s original paintings. Karen has had a great impact in nurturing creativity in Newstead and we are excited that she is having this exhibition.

Opening night is Friday 22nd of April at 6pm and all are welcome.Katk

 

 

 

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Newstead Open Studios 2016

Newstead artists and their studios are very much a part of the Arts Open 2016: Open Studio event running over two weekends – Labour Day long weekend 12-14 March, & Sat-Sun 19-20 March.

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There are eight studios offering diverse and fascinating art experiences: sculpture, painting, printmaking and ceramics.

You can  also stop for a coffee or a meal at Dig Cafe, our local good food café, have a drink at one of our two pubs – one on each side of the Loddon River, or visit local wineries a few minutes drive north – Welshmans Reef or Chapples Cairn Curran Estate.

For more information have a look at the Newstead Open Studios website and also the Arts Open website

Open Studio times: 11am to 4pm daily, Labour Day long weekend 12-14 March, & Sat-Sun 19-20 March. Some studios may be open longer.

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Newstead West walking tour

The Newstead West walking tour, organised by Castlemaine District Community Health is a great opportunity to explore the other side of the town. The tour will be lead by Newstead Local Ray Stevenson, and will take in some of the historic buildings of Newstead:the old butter factory, the railway arts hub and Presbyterian church, plus the racecourse and the old goldmine dredging area.

The walk will end up at the Arts Hub where you can have a cuppa and take in the current exhibition.

When:Wednesday 24th of Feb from 10-11am
Where: Meet outside the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, Dundas Street, Newstead
Cost: FREE

Cancelled in the event of heavy rain or a Code Red Day
No bookings or RSVP required

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Reiteration Exhibition

Janet Barker has shared some of the images she took on the opening night of Reiteration. The images give us an intimate perspective of the works, something that may have been a little difficult on the opening night!

The exhibition is open through February: on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11-4pm.

reiteration - artists sally roadknight, julie patey, georgina duckett, sandra tobias at newstead artshub exhibition opening
Julie Patey
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Sally Roadknight
reiteration - artists sally roadknight, julie patey, georgina duckett, sandra tobias at newstead artshub exhibition opening
Sandra Tobias
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Georgina Duckett
reiteration - artists sally roadknight, julie patey, georgina duckett, sandra tobias at newstead artshub exhibition opening
The artists: (L-R) Julie Patey, Sandra Tobias, Sally Roadknight, Georgina Duckett
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Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup exhibition

Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup exhibition

A wonderful exhibition of nature photographs by leading amateur photographer and longtime resident of Newstead, Alan Jesse Hartup (1915 –2004) will be opened at the Newstead Railways Arts Hub on Saturday October 10th at 3pm.

This exhibition is largely of bird life in Newstead and the surrounding districts, from Alan’s vast array of black and white photographs and colour slides. This selection of 20 works of black and white and prints from colour slides, span over 60 years of Alan’s impressive output. Beginning with his beloved 35m Voigtlander camera, he progressed to the brilliant level of work he achieved with his Mamiya and Rollieflex 2¼ square cameras and his great ability with dark room techniques.

Alan has been represented widely in amateur circles and has been a central figure in promoting, selecting and judging photography in Victoria and interstate. In preparing for this exhibition we have been reminded what a wonderful legacy Alan has left with images of the beauty and richness of our surroundings. He was a man at one with the natural world and one who took a vital interest in our environment and how to care for it. The exhibition was prompted by local field naturalists Geoff Park and Mrs. Joan Butler.

We, members of Alan and Rita’s family, appreciate the opportunity to show his work.

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