Spring Arts 2019 – Sydney is bloomin’ lovely…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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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…
Hi everyone and welcome back to my Pop-Up Arts News.
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

A good beginning for arts and movies and a fun travelling finish to 2016

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January 2017 Pop-Up Arts News…
A new year of arts! 2016 finished off with a trip early December to Jindabyne with my hubby who was racing in L’etape. I spent my time with a solid hike to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko – the many snow drifts across the path and the strongest winds I’ve ever faced off, made for quite a challenge; a fun mountain dirt bike ride on the tracks around the lake (glad not to fall off); and a magical bush walk along the Thredbo River from the Ski Tube park to Diggers camping ground – was so pretty with wild flowers and curving tracks, kangaroos, wombats and a deer! We drove home to Sydney via back country Snowy Mountains National Park, passing through the highest town in Australia – Cabramurra at 1488m – to stay overnight at the Country Club in the little town of Talbingo, (the birth town of Miles Franklin), so we could explore the Yarrangobilly Caves the next day. Amazing and decorative ancient limestone chambers, with a good dirt road track in. The Country Club, with a big mob of kangaroos on the lawn, was pretty cute too and even the Chinese Restaurant was good!
A week later I was off on a little driving break to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, with two dear friends. We stayed a few nights in the log cabins at Hanson Bay and totally recommend. The fab Southern Ocean Lodge was a few km away, but we still had the same coastal view on a far more reasonable budget. On our way back to the city we explored the Fleurieu Peninsula driving back through McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. The last night we stayed in one of the newly renovated workers cottages at The Bridgewater Mill. Perfect and totally recommend this one! And finished with lunch at Jamface at the Adelaide Central Market. Wow! for these markets. Only wish they were in Sydney.
Christmas was spent in Brisbane with my big family and a highlight was visiting the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, on a day trip with two of my sisters, finishing off in Byron Bay for dinner and a long drive back to Bris.
And finally I would like to say a big thank you to all the editors, writers, producers and presenters last year who supported all of the artists, galleries and events I sent your way. And thanks to all of you who take a few minutes to read through my monthly (if I make it) newsletters and enjoy some of the things I send your way. So many good things going on in our little town of Sydney – sometimes being indoors is the only way to cool down! Unless of course you are jumping into the divine blue sea, or some other big basin of water…
Best of wishes for the year ahead and see you next month. Cassie
SUMMER SHOW AT BLACK EYE GALLERY…
DARLINGHURST, SYDNEY…
Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre. Interpretations from the Air

Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen, Ricardo Da Cunha
10-29 January 2017
l OPENING Thursday 12 January 6-8pm.
BOOK DETAILS l THE MIX James Valentine interviews Adam & Paul, Dec ’16
WATCH their Behind-the-Scenes Video l And browse their website for a little daydreaming.
Tom Evangelidis at Black Eye saw their show last year at Danks Street, loved it and invited them for the gallery’s Summer Show. All large scale prints and many new images. If you missed these first time around, don’t miss them again. Aerial photos of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre – stunning, abstract, painterly, mystical, patterned and beautiful. A superb collection of photographs of a landscape few will ever see and even fewer will see from above. And there is lots of water in the lake!
The group go under the name The Light Collective, and between them all the list of awards for their landscape and nature photography is more than impressive. A feature in this fortnights Edition of Big Issue Magazine & a superb profile here on L’Oeil de la Photographie by Australian photography writer, Alison Stieven Taylor.
Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst (next door to the best DVD store in Sydney, FilmClub)
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www.thelightcollective.com.au l Adam Williams l Luke Austin l Ignacio Palacios l Paul Hoelen