Sonic Spheres

Sonic Spheres

Detail of TarraWarra Biennial artist Dylan Martorell’s exhibition work, Sound Tracks TarraWarra 2012, mixed media, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Utopian Slumps, Melbourne I write my best blogs in the shower.  Words and phrases wash over me until they...
Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday

Ruby Tuesday is very well known to locals as the ‘go to’ jeweller if you’re looking for that little gift for someone special.  They’ve been designing, making and repairing jewellery in Warrandyte since 1998.  Now they are part of a new...
Material Things

Material Things

©Libby Schrieber Apple Picking Saints, silk cut linoleum print There’s a little number that’s been tucked away at the back of my wardrobe for what seems like a life time.  I remember wearing that cheeky llittle hot pink shirt to a...
Steampunk

Steampunk

You could be excused for thinking these pics were taken on the set of a movie about the life and times of Jules Verne. In fact they were taken at an event called Steampump at the Meat Market  on 11th of August this year. The event celebrated the Steampunk movement....
Fu Hong – a Retrospective Exhibition

Fu Hong – a Retrospective Exhibition

FU Hong Window I, oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. (Photograph courtesy of the artist) The above painting is one of many being exhibited in the Barn at Montsalvat, in a restrospective for the artist Fu Hong.  Standing in front of it, I was drawn into the oh so subtle use...
Potters Cottage: a tribute

Potters Cottage: a tribute

 Sylvia Halpern© 1918 – 2008 In days gone by, Warrandyte was synonomous with the Potters Cottage (1958 – 2004). So what better exhibition to open the new Manningham Gallery than a tribute to that old Warrandyte institution. This is such a...
Engaging Form

Engaging Form

Maria Vanhees, More Than Skin-Deep ll, earthenware, press-mould and coil built, soda fired, H47 x W53 x D34cm.  2009  (detail) Feast your eyes on these examples from an exhibition showcasing 45 of the best of Australian Ceramists.  The exhibition,...
The Caladenia Rosella Orchid

The Caladenia Rosella Orchid

One of the really lovely things to happen since beginning Isiiad has been the making of connections at Dunmoochin.  It’s meant, life drawing sessions, exhibition openings and opportunies to meet many of the fine artists who take up residence there....
Mariella McKinley

Mariella McKinley

 Photograph courtesy of the artist. Just when I thought Montsalvat couldn’t possibly do anything more to delight me, I met Mariella McKinley.  She’s been working away there over the last few months, preparing her new studio space....
2012 Not The Archies winner- Peter Allen

2012 Not The Archies winner- Peter Allen

You could be forgiven for wondering if I’m still not over the Archibald and am having yet another ‘farewell’ moment with this portrait. The truth is, this is the winning portrait of the 2012 Not the Archies, painted by Peter Allen. ...
Farewell the Archibald

Farewell the Archibald

Juan Ford Ultrapilgrim, oil on linen, 168cm x 214cm  © Juan Ford Archibald Finalist 2012 The 2012 Archibald closed at TarraWarra Museum of Art on the 8th of July.  Over three thousand people attended on the last day. I feel a bit wistful as I write that…the...
Ekphrasis Awards

Ekphrasis Awards

Simon Icarus BAIGENT Caviar Spoon 1995  gold, ebony, mother of pearl, diamond, ruby  0.5cm x 5.5cm x 2.0cm ©Simon Icarus Baigent (Photo by Silvi Glattauer) Collection: Nillumbik Shire Council If Ekphrastic poetry is the conversation...
First Train to Allwood

First Train to Allwood

“The first train to Allwood [now Hurstbridge] arrived on June 25th 1912 and we’re going to yarnbomb a fence to celebrate”.  So say the organisers of this community arts project (The First Train to Allwood), local artists Margaret Summerton and...
Emmy Mavroidis and Aldo Bilotta

Emmy Mavroidis and Aldo Bilotta

Emmy Mavroidis’ work was shortlisted for this years Nillumbik Prize.  It’s a big brave drawing of a ‘moving’ figure. She loves the figure and has been exploring it artistically, in drawing, painting and sculpture for many years....

Indigenous Artists

Peter Waples-Crowe I knew I’d love this work as soon as I saw the invitation to the opening of Colour Theory at the Manningham Gallery.   It’s raw, edgy, with an energy that made me think of the street art of Jean Paul Basquiat....
Michael Peck-Archibald Finalist 2012

Michael Peck-Archibald Finalist 2012

Michael Peck  Self-portrait in the image of my son, 2012  oil on linen 206 x 237.5cm  ©Michael Peck Archibald Finalist 2012 Did I use the word incomparable to describe the artist Michael Peck earlier this week? I’ve sat in front of...
Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Archibald Finalist- Kate Tucker

Kate Tucker Melody (you’re the only one who saves me) – portrait of Missy Higgins, 2012  acrylic on linen, 155 x 125cm © Kate Tucker Archibald Finalist 2012 To get in the mood for this one, I suggest you click on this link to Kate Tucker and Missy Higgins interview...