August Arts Newsletter 2020. It’s been awhile…

Lots to see, visit, read, listen, watch, learn – I hope you find something in here…

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August Arts Newsletter 2020 intro…Hi Everyone.
It has been some time since writing and so the last month of winter seemed like a good time to return. You can feel spring getting that little bit closer, especially on recent days when it has been deliciously warm. Seeing tiny new buds on the jasmine vine in my garden and all over the neighbourhood, wattle bursts of yellow everywhere you walk or drive, are pleasing signs of new life. What a strange time for us all – and for many a sad and stressful time too. Changes everywhere – jobs left, jobs lost, working from home, working on the front line somewhere, wearing masks, no travelling, less visiting, more zooming.
There are still many good and nurturing things to do to liven the spirit a little and stay connected: being in nature, reading, watching movies, listening to stories, little drives, longer drives, little walks, long walks, cold water swimming, (if you’re brave), friends, art – perhaps we all have found new ways of the everyday. I have been enjoying riding my bike more and learning all the cycle paths around town– I really don’t like riding on the road. Our Saturday yoga class has been held outside (rain free days only) on the top of Mt Steele in Moore Park for many weeks now and it is wonderfully energising in the warm morning sun, surrounded by others out exercising or walking their dogs, or doing their own yoga class, or copying ours. Even with a broken wrist, our teacher Sandy cannot be stopped.
I live in Sydney near the city, so mostly my ideas are based from here. But I do hope some of the following inspires you to visit or explore for yourselves – there are plenty of online connections if you can’t visit, or prefer not to – or maybe some suggestions might ignite a few ideas of your own you’ve had bubbling away.
COVID shutdown has given me a few new favourite discoveries. Here are some of them:
Favourite new recipes – they’re old recipes really as I cook through some of my Mum’s biscuit treats.
Favourite bakery Wholegreen in Arden Street, Clovelly. Who would ever know everything is gluten free? No one!
Favourite new hobby beside riding my bike around town – I discovered I don’t mind being immersed in a puzzle (preferring a 500 to a 1000 but perhaps that’s being a bit lazy). I have found it relaxing and meditative, getting lost in finding that one last piece and then I’ll stop for the day…
Favourite morning walk – meeting my sister Robbie and walking either around Rushcutter’s Bay to Darling Point, or the Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Botanical Gardens track. Both always end in a coffee and a good start to the day.
Favourite new online storeLove and West. If you love retro and clever crafts with good old linen tea towels, this is for you. I absolutely love my new carry bag and Queensland (my childhood State) tea towel cushion cover. This will be my new go-to gift idea store.
There is lots to read here. Click away on links if you don’t feel like reading, or grab details from the top of the posts. If we didn’t have art and nature and friendship, what would be the point of it all?
Until next time
Cassie

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Spring Arts 2019 – Sydney is bloomin’ lovely…

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Spring arts…
Hi Everyone.
Well it has been some months since I have posted a newsletter and Spring seems the perfect season to reconnect. With flowers blooming all over everywhere, trees all leafy and now jacarandas and flame trees beginning to burst open with purples and reds across the skyline and suburban streets, the mad-crazy beautiful flowers all over the passionfruit vine in my backyard and heads of flowers on hydrangeas getting bigger, plus more, the days are lovely. Flowers and bees are glorious things aren’t they?
The last 6 months I have been busy with a few little travels and work of course. A 5 day visit to Daydream Island and the Barrier Reef, to see before it disappears, was fun with my daughter and her BF; a 2000km solo winter road trip out to Broken Hill and back to Sydney, via Wilcannia (out) and Mildura (back), was absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend; a trip to Brisbane to see family and go to my 40 year School Reunion (strange and good); another little solo road trip Sydney to Minnie Water north of Coffs Harbour to stay with my sister in their holiday house – beautiful coast, lots of whales and wonderful rockpools; and other small day trips here and there. I love a drive.
There have been good Festivals on around town and exhibitions in the major galleries – I love the Art Gallery NSW on a Wednesday night when there are no tourists. You must get to SH Ervin Gallery, River on the Brink (until 17 Nov) if you can. The newest fashion exhibition I can’t wait to visit is the Jenny Kee & Linda Jackson show on at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney).
The last three weeks I’ve had a big show a week – it’s just worked out that way. Chicago at The Capitol Theatre – what a beautiful art deco theatre and the play was pretty good too – especially Casey Donovan belting out When You’re Good to Mama. Last week I was at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo with my 86 year old dad and his baby sister – and one of my daughters came as moral support. The Tattoo was not our choice, but it was a big wish for my dad to go. It was epic and we went – and I will admit we really enjoyed it. And then last night was another biggie with Cirque de Soleil: Kurios. This is 2+ hours of being in another world dimension and it is incredible what the body can do. Fabulous stuff. For me now, I need a rest!
So lots to read here. I have included below a few highlights of shows I love, on now around town. Click away on the links if you don’t feel like reading, or just grab the quick details at the top of the posts.
So happy book reading and gallery hopping and movie watching – I didn’t even go there this time around – and driving and walking… until next time.
Cassie

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May/June Autumn arts…
Hi everyone.
Sydney is about to launch into a big art month and another to follow. The Sydney Writers Festival has started and I am volunteering this year, resplendent in yellow festival tshirt around Carriageworks over the next few days, so say hi if you spot me. And Head On Photo Festival kicks off right there in the middle of it all, making it quite hard to get to both, with the launch Friday night 03 May at COFA in Darlinghurst and the announcement of competition winners. It’s always a buzz of a party. A few highlights I love are below, but also check out Luke Hardy, Lisa Tomasetti, Paul Blackmore – just a couple of other shows to keep an eye on. Best start at the Festival Hub in Paddington Town Hall, head to the Reservoir across the road and grab a program, as this Festival is huge – now branching more widely to regional galleries. And when these two festivals are done, they are followed by Vivid and the Sydney Film Festival. By July you will be looking for a warm place to be and a good book. And my most recent favourite personal memoir has been Rick Morton, One Hundred Years of Dirt. I met him today at the Festival and wanted to give him a big hug – and his mum. She is the hero in the story – and all the women like her. So happy reading and gallery hopping and movie watching and walking… until next time. Cassie

Autumn Arts News – a few ideas for around town and beyond…

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Autumn arts news. I haven’t written in a while…
Hi everyone and welcome to my Autumn Newsletter and the first for 2019.
The end of 2018 got away a little – there was a spot of ill health (well recovered now). followed by adventurous travels to Paris and Greece (Athens, Milos, Crete), followed by fab exhibitions that kept me too busy to write about them, then my other work days as a nurse in a little Sydney private hospital that is not without drama. Summer was wonderful and not quite long enough with family visits, books to read, movies to see, tv series to binge out on, new music to discover and podcasts to tune into when cooking. I loved swimming when I could over summer discovering a few new spots and enjoying other favourites. And walking of course – around the city, the harbour, in the bush, out of town. So here we are beginning Autumn – a season I love for all the good things it brings with it – the cool of a morning, beautiful clean light, coloured leaves on the trees and crunchy drifts of them piled high on the ground, new veges to plant out in the garden, March celebrating International Women’s Day and Art Month Sydney. Below are a few art ideas for around town and a little beyond – and what I love is they are all free – so I hope you find something here to help colour your autumn too. And If anyone has any secret Sydney shares, books, podcasts, pretty swimming spots or tv series to suggest, send them through. I love hearing from you.
Thanks for reading.
Cassie

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Winter Pop-Up Arts News – hope you find something arty in here you love too…

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Winter arts news. It’s been a couple of months and so time to check back in…
Hi everyone and welcome to my Winter Newsletter.
The months pass by with lots of stories and arty things to see and do and read and watch and listen to. So I wanted to check back in with you all and share some of it. My book pile has grown again, exhibitions and events around town (and out of it) have kept the pace going and music, movies, walks, drives, discoveries and little travels in between have been great adventures of their own. And of course there has been work to pay the bills! But I have missed writing and vowed to try to be more regular in sharing some of the things I love about this town and beyond. So thanks for reading and I hope you find something you love in here too.
Cassie

Winter Pop-Up Arts News – hope you find something arty in here you love too…

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Winter arts news. It’s been a couple of months and so time to check back in…
Hi everyone and welcome to my Winter Newsletter.
The months pass by with lots of stories and arty things to see and do and read and watch and listen to. So I wanted to check back in with you all and share some of it. My book pile has grown again, exhibitions and events around town (and out of it) have kept the pace going and music, movies, walks, drives, discoveries and little travels in between have been great adventures of their own. And of course there has been work to pay the bills! But I have missed writing and vowed to try to be more regular in sharing some of the things I love about this town and beyond. So thanks for reading and I hope you find something you love in here too.
Cassie

March Pop-Up Arts News – Festivals, Music, Food, Books, Movies & Travels

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March and the beginning of a new season – Autumn can be so pretty…
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After a long hot summer of swimming and festivals, family and work schedules, the year ahead has much more to give – there are more festivals, adventures, movies, bingey TV, books, walks, drives, travels, life and nature to jump into. Autumn has plenty going on: March is Art Month Sydney, Africultures Festival, WOMADelaide, Byron Bluesfest (I love all the fab music that comes to Sydney after these Festivals); April is a trip to Perth for a nephew’s wedding and some travels around. It’s also the kickoff for Sydney Writers Festival at their new Carriageworks venue. And then May – one of the prettiest months in Sydney right up there with November – brings with it Head On Photo Festival (even with the extended deadline I still missed getting in my 3 photo submissions!).
So here we go and thanks for reading.
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Spring, history, stories, typewriters, jacarandas and art…

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November 2017 Pop-Up Arts News. One of my favourite months in Sydney…
Hi Everyone.
I am back home now in Sydney after my recent adventures in Spain and Switzerland. Three weeks on the Roman archaelogical site in Spain, Cerra de la Muela (aka The Roman Pulpon) were hot, fascinating and incredible – and yes, we found coins from the time of Augustus (200AD), iron blades, nails, caligae (studs from Roman sandals), pottery, jewellery including fibulae (toga brooch) and hair pins, small turned pebble toys, animal bones and loads of roof tiles – some even with small hand prints and finger marks across their surface. Most of it in poor condition and broken, but it has been buried in a farmers field for over 1800 years. I also learned a lot travelling on my own for 5 weeks – an opportunity I said yes to, but will admit to being quite nervous about – before meeting up with friends and one of my daughters in Switzerland, where we toured gigantic mountains, glacial lakes, raging rivers and historic towns, all the while being surrounded by stunningly beautiful verdant countryside. We were mostly in the Swiss French and German parts and it seems everyone in Switzerland is a gifted backyard gardener or farmer. And what sound sums up Switzerland? For me it will always be the lulling sound of tinkling cow bells.
Sydney in November is one of my favourite months of the year – certainly one of the prettiest – with jacarandas and flame trees, tangles of bougainvillea and star jasmine, strelitzia and grevilleas growing like crazy all over this bloomin’ town. And I am very happy indeed to watch all the veges planted from seed popping up in my own backyard garden, albeit a very small one.
But let’s now look at a few arty ways to enjoy spring in this city and thank you for reading…
Cassie

The end of autumn brings great shows and beautiful colour, winter brings its own pleasures. And a few ideas for getting out of town & into nature…

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May-June 2017 Pop-Up Arts News. Autumn in full colour & hello winter
Now heading into winter, with a few remaining autumn colours to carry us over the line, I love the way the light changes with the seasons. Now becoming crisper and cleaner and brighter – outlines seem sharper. I’ve been lucky to have a few days away here and there over the last few months. In early April it was a drive to Capertee Valley near Lithgow (did you know this is the world’s second largest canyon? second only to the Grand Canyon? and the historic Royal Hotel in the little town offers good food and accommodation). We did a tour of the nearby ghost town of Glen Davis (a photographers dream) and horseriding at nearbyTuron Gates, with beautiful trails that included a few river crossings – our horses sure-footed on the slippery cold river stones. A few weeks ago six of us stayed in a waterfront cottage in Patonga – one of Sydney’s secret places for sure. The hike across to Pearl Beach stunning! And steep! The ferry trip Patonga to Palm Beach a treat. Most recently houseminding for friends in Church Point on Pittwater was a peaceful and refreshing escape from Darlinghurst – we had pretty views across to Scotland Island in one direction and to the mainland point in the other. There is easy access to many lovely – and more steep – walks, either by foot or a little further in the car, especially if you want to explore Kuringai Chase National Park (and you should). You really don’t have to travel far from this city to experience incredible natural beauty – being in nature restores the soul, as does being away from traffic sounds.
That said at the end of July I am heading off to Spain for one of my own adventures – a 3 week archaeological dig organised through ArchaeoSpain. I’ll be with a group sifting through the ruins of the Roman Fortress Pulpon, about 100km east from Madrid. Afterwards I’ll tour a little to the south of Spain (Granada, Cordoba, Seville) before flying to Switzerland and meeting up with friends, including one of my daughters. So I hope to get another newsletter out before I go…
In Sydney we have four of my favourite annual Festivals – two finish this Sunday 28 May – Head On Photo Festival and Sydney Writers Festival. Vivid opens today and runs until 17 June – hard to avoid the crowds but there are some tricks. And the Sydney Film Festival Opens 07 June. Below are a few recommendations of exhibitions to see, all in Sydney this time around. You’ve really got no reason to be at home – except for some good TV series viewing…
Best of wishes and thanks for reading. I love hearing from you so email me if you like.
Cassie

A new autumn arts season with plenty to see about town…

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March/April 2017 Pop-Up Arts News… autumn
Summer flew by and with so much going on I didn’t get a chance to write. So here are a few things to put in your autumn arts calendar for March and April. If there is a theme in all of this I would see the connection is ‘people’ – how we see others, how we ourselves are perceived (or think we are) by others, how our history forms us and how artists tell stories to connect us. A couple of recent events I want to mention – both a few weeks back now but if you missed you can explore through the links – are the annual Africultures Festival in Sydney(SBS World News report 11/03/17) and Memory Palace, an exhibition on in Melbourne. And keep your eye on Coo-ee Art Gallery, with setting up a permanent gallery back on Oxford Street as well as their permanent home in Bondi. So lots of good reasons to get out of the house and a few movie ideas to keep you in! I love March and the change of a season. It’s also my birthday month and to add to the joy, my niece had her first baby – a little girl named Olivia…
See you next time I get to writing. CassieLINK TO AUTUMN ARTS MARCH/APRIL NEWSLETTER