Thursday, 13 September 2018

COMING UP - BRIGIT HELLER at MONSALVAT










BRIGIT HELLER
MICHELLE MANTSIO
at
MONSALVAT









Barn Gallery, 21 September - 11 November - 
SOLITUDE, VISITOR AND THE VILLAGE

Michelle Mantsio and Brigit Heller

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 22nd September, 2pm - 4pm
Light refreshments provided 
All welcome 

Artist Floor Talk: Friday 26 October11am

Monday, 3 September 2018

Process and Inspiration - step into Victoria Howlett's red shoes for a while...........



Sunday 9th September, 2-4pm 

Marengo based artist Victoria Howlett will talk about The Process, Inspiration - How we get it and what we do with it     

A visual presentation will illustrate a variety of on-site source materials & some studies that evolved from that material, gradually developing into the final resolved works. The process of documenting a sense of place ‘en plein air’, and translating those gleanings into imagery, will be discussed, along with such tools as notebooks, visual diaries, photographs and the written word. 


Free, all welcome - could please let us know if you are coming via windowspacebeeac@gmail.com


WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC  
79 Main Street, BEEAC







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Upcoming exhibition at QDOS Gallery, Lorne 4-25 Nov qdosarts.com


Finalist Corangamarah $10,000 Acquisitive Art Prize 7 -28 Oct 2018 
Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery www.redrockarts.com.au


Friday, 31 August 2018

VICTORIA HOWLETT, CON BRIO - SEPTEMBER 2018










The work in WINDOWSPACE is from an upcoming exhibition at QDOS Gallery, Lorne
4-25 Nov 2018




Genesis of the Con Brio oeuvre.





Each morning Victoria Howlett walks her small dog along the tide-lines of the Marengo and Otway bays, absorbing the colour, life and movement of the rock pools. At times dark and mysterious, at times clear and vibrant, the pools and eddies reflect a world of lush aqueous nature. Some pools are deep, dark and still, enclosing a microcosm of habitat. Others, shallow, sand- filled and brightly lit with reflected sun.



As the paintings evolved over several months - from the wave-washed pearl-grey   foreshore rocks into a high key colour register - these works expanded into a surge of colour and movement, where shapes and juxtapositions assumed an imaginary underwater landscape filled with light and colour. A spirited celebration of landscape. Con Brio.



The land holds us and grounds us. We belong to the land with such intimate and powerful ties, that displacement can disrupt our sense of belonging.



For many years Howlett has played with this connection between such landscapes (seascapes), memory and an evocation of place – shared country, joyful celebration. From the early Apollo Bay landscape paintings, to her more abstract collages and enigmatic three-dimensional ceramic configurations, a visual lexicon of forms has developed that gathers the motifs and memory of sites as varied as the Otway coast, Flinders Ranges, Lake Mungo and Mutawintji.



Landscape was also central to Howlett’s recent PhD research from Monash University. That studio work and Exegesis, ‘In Pursuit of Desire Lines: A Woman in the Landscape’, documented the experiences of the bush and coastal painting camps she organised, where women temporarily discarded their roles as ‘wife, mother, carer’, and worked ‘en plein air’ in their creative field at these diverse camp sites. These ‘bush-camp’ locations, where we shared women’s stories around the campfire, ranged from the lushness of ‘Bundanon’ and Broome to the dry plains of Silverton or Noonkanbah in the Kimberley.



Howlett’s arts practice reflects a concern with a contextualisation of landscape imagery and the perception of identity, place and celebration, especially in response to current issues regarding continuing colonial exploitation, environmental carnage, and feminist theory.



Drawing on her wide international and national exhibition history, and her experience of several decades as a lecturer in arts practice, her oeuvre continues its re-invention in her Marengo/Apollo Bay studio.




Howlett in her studio (2018)





Some Selected Collections: NGV, National Gallery Canberra, Art Gallery SA & 



WA, Parliament House Canberra, Australian Embassy Iran, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Regional Galleries Manly, Newcastle, Ballarat, Shepparton, Bathurst, Bendigo, Geelong, New England, State Craft Collection, Australia Craft Council, Art Bank, Victoria Ministry for the Arts, Latrobe University, University of Melbourne. 


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Join Victoria on Sunday 9th September, 2-4pm and hear her talk about The Process, Inspiration - How we get it and what we do with it     


This visual presentation illustrates a variety of on-site source material & some studies that evolved from that material, gradually developing into the final resolved works. The process of documenting a sense of place ‘en plein air’, and translating those gleanings into imagery, will be discussed, along with such tools as notebooks, visual diaries, photographs and the written word. 

Free, all welcome - could please let us know if you are coming windowspacebeeac@gmail.com

WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC  
79 Main Street, BEEAC


Upcoming exhibition at QDOS Gallery, Lorne 4-25 Nov qdosarts.com

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

...from footpaths to finalists ...




HOOOOORAY
&
CONGRATULATIONS TO 

KAREN CHERRY
PETER DAY
&
BEEAC PRIMARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

their
Brolga Pathways Project
has just been announced as a

FINALIST

in the Premier's Sustainability Awards


WONDERFUL & WELL DONE ALL OF YOU!!!

WINDOWSPACE IS SO HAPPY FOR YOU!




Man seen stitching




... notions of daring and mending ...


Friday, 3 August 2018

Notions of darning and mending: An Invitation to a Sewing Circle




Join artist Sue Ferrari for an afternoon of slow stitch and conversation.



Following the rich traditions of a sewing circle you are invited to spend the afternoon exploring the notions of daring and mending, creating the space for the sharing of stories and skills.



It is not only an opportunity to learn to mend, but also an open space for conversation as the repetition and slow nature of stitching is mindful, giving us space to slow down and chat.



Please bring a textile item or garment that requires mending.

Any cherished fabric scraps and thread you would like to incorporate into your mends.

A sewing kit if you have one, if not Sue will have the basic necessities of needles and threads to share.



No previous sewing skills are required

Saturday 11 August
2-4pm
Free


Thursday, 2 August 2018

SUE FERRARI - AUGUST 2018



Ebb and Flow (detail 2018) 



Sue Ferrari is a visual artist from South West Victoria whose interest lies in examining inherited textile traditions and recognising the value in the rich history of domestic crafts. Through her work she shows the intimate and significant role that fabric and thread play in our lives and our history.  


Ferrari  

“We are received in cloth, and we leave in cloth, it follows us from the cradle to the grave”.  I am inspired by the stories of these beginnings and endings, and the life in between using stitch as a means to express emotions of life, love, loss, concealment and hidden secrets all of which are encapsulated in her stitched, sewn and assembled works". 



In her most recent works the ideas of preservation of skills and the environment have become a major focus.  Reflecting on the strong parallels between the loss of skills and knowledge and loss of important, fragile elements within our environment and how the ultimate fragility of our lives makes their preservation essential.  The work ‘Ebb and Flow’ created brings these ideas together though collaboration.






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Every drop counts




'Ebb and Flow' was originally created as part of an experimental collaboration at Off The Rails Gallery (http://offtherailsgallery.blogspot.com/) titled ‘Every drop counts’ with fellow artists Alison Eggleton and Phillip Ward. Inspired by Salt Creek in the town of Dunkeld, the installation centered on the element of water as a force which shapes the environment and explores traces of flow and saturation in the landscape.


The three artists coming together for the collaboration lived far apart so collaboration was always going to be tricky and to make it work it was decided they would meet on site to discuss the separate elements and how the elements would come together. With a shared vision and appreciation of each others skill and mastery they worked on their own element in their own studio. 


Ferrari has become accustomed to working in a solitary environment as she lives on the family dairy farm in far South Western Victoria – a long way from anywhere!  So in the far away studio with the shared vision in mind 'Ebb and Flow' was created using reclaimed woolen blankets, dyed with natural dyes from the eucalyptus leaves collected along the edge of Salt Creek when exploring the environment and finding inspiration. The piece is constructed using machine stitching, metal strapping and stainless steel cables.


Ferrari


“I saw it as an opportunity to work with other creatives and I took on the attitude you just don’t know what may materialise until you give it a try and all the best things seem to happen when I step outside of my comfort zone. I have found that working collaboratively with other artists whose concepts, knowledge and experience come from different genres and unrelated forms is a stimulating way to spark new ideas and different ways of working. 

Though you may not recognise it in the end result, all of this work came out of these creative collisions. Together we are able to draw on each other’s skills, experience and perspective to create a collaboration that unlocked many creative possibilities."




In 2007 on completion of a Diploma of Art in Studio Textiles and Design at South West Tafe Sue was the winner of the Peter Lucas Memorial Art Award. Producing a work titled A Mothers Apron Sue took out first place in the National Tertiary Art Prize for Sculpture in 2008.  Returning to study in 2010 Sue received an Advanced Diploma of Fine Art. Regularly showing in group and solo exhibitions and undertaking work on collaborative installations and community art projects, her work is held in private collections both here and overseas.

Sue currently teaches in the Centre for Creative Arts at South West Tafe Warrnambool in the Visual Arts program and takes specialised workshops on a regular basis and is a valued artist and educator in the Colac Otway Region and beyond.   

www.sueferrari.com.au
Instagram@sueferrariart


WINDOWSPACE-BEEAC is pleased to have Sue’s element ‘Ebb and Flow’ during August and to bring her passion for teaching and conversation through stitch with Notions of Darning and Mending: An invitation to a Sewing Circle on 
Saturday 11 August  2-4pm. Enquiries: windowspacebeeac@gmail.com 

FREE
All Welcome 
RSVP  8 August


The Hive (CrossXPollinatioN 2018)