Late November Pop-Up Newsletter. Weekend Openings & One-off Events: Gardens, flowers, blooms, colour, light, laughter, joy, beauty, fun, delight, enchantment…

Pop-Up late November Arts Newsletter.
Gardens, flowers, blooms, colour, light, laughter, joy, beauty, fun, delight, enchantment…all of it covered in these fabulous exhibitions and one-off events. Spring could not end on a more pleasant note to welcome in Summer! Hope you can make it to some, or to many, if not all. Best of wishes, Cassie 0416 209 391

Hybrid: Seeds of Change. Photographs by Juliana Swatko
24 November – 08 December 2012
OPENING Saturday 24 November 2 – 5pm

Bromeliads, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Juliana Swatko
An exquisite series of panoramic photographs all shot with a low-tech Holga. Juliana has layered multiple images side-by-side and overlapping to create these beautiful images. All photographed in the three major Botanic Gardens of Sydney (Domain, Mt Tomah & Mt Annan) + Everglades in Leura.
ArtHere Photomedia, 126 Regent Street, Redfern


Songlines: 11 Arts Communities, 90 Artists, over 200 Artworks. Celebrate a Coo-ee Christmas.
24 November – 22 December 2012
OPENING Saturday 24 November 2 – 5pm
– Viewing from 2-3pm + Sales from 3pm

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Come and be delighted, enchanted and uplifted by this vibrant and truly lovely exhibition. Your only problem will be deciding how many to paintings to buy! The communities are well represented by different styles, tones, colours and stories. One will not be enough.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi



Who are the Trusted? Where are the Brave? Steve Smith.
A Survey Curated by Nick Vickers
Until 23 December 2012
OPENING TALK Saturday 24 November @ 3pm
– Glenn Barkley, curator at MCA, will be discussing Steve Smith’s world of anti-heroes and the comic underground.

Idols examining their goals, 2006 Steve Smith

This fascinating exhibition includes selected recent paintings, as well as hallmark drawings and paintings through the decades. Inner-city streets, back laneways & strange situations feature large in Smith’s work.
For locals, these ‘mean streets’ are a composite of Smith’s favoured haunts from Bondi to Kings Cross, Redfern and ‘there abouts’.
The Cross Art Projects, 8 Llankelly Place, Kings Cross


CLOSES SATURDAY 24 November, 2012
Max Pam (Photography) at Meyer Gallery

16 Different works from Max Pam’s upcoming exhibition
Featuring a strictly limited collection of vintage prints & other works from 1971 – 2011
Book sales available at the Gallery.

Meyer Gallery at Syndicate, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo


Preserved. Gregory Elms
Until Saturday 24 November, 2012

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo Gregory Elms

Gorgeously gothic larger-than-life photographs of taxidermied animals, insects and other beastly critters. However these are far from beastly photographs. This is a stunning collection of finely detailed images made with a film scanner re-purposed as a lens-less camera. Not to miss. If you don’t live in Melbourne then make the trip! No excuses.
Edmund Pearce Gallery, Level 2 Nicholas Building, Swanston St (cnr Flinders Lane), Melbourne


Images of the Cross – Kings Cross Photography Exhibition
Until Sunday 25 November
Compared by – Charles Waterstreet, barrister, commenter & entertaining raconteur; Larry Writer, author of ‘Razor’; and Curator, Sandy Edwards

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Tamara Voninski, Polaroid Lady, Cassie French, Mohammed Sali, Head Chef Malabar RestaurantWinner 2012 Kings Cross Photo Prize (my image selected for this years exhibition)



I said this same para in my last newsletter, so if you are interested and didn’t get to read, here are my thoughts on Kings Cross – my own local stomping ground. Hope you can make it to the Sunday talk. It will be lively and fun for sure.
Some people visit Kings Cross, some stay well away and some of us live here. A colourful, diverse, interesting, funny and sometimes sad story unfolds every day around this neighbourhood and for those of us who live here, it is just that, our neighbourhood. Who remembers Jocelyn and her Polaroid camera? A deserved winning photograph of a warmly remembered character. I am pleased to have been selected this year with my photograph of Mohammed Sali, owner and head chef of Malabar Indian Restaurant (just near the Coca Cola sign). Thirty photographs in total reflecting the life and character of the Cross. Curated by Sandy Edwards. The Storytelling event (to be held on the last Sunday of the exhibition) will be held on the roof-top terrace bar. Come along and enjoy the stories, the conversation, the photographs and the view!

Level 1, Mercure Sydney Potts Point Hotel, Victoria St, Potts Point

(entry near Kings Cross Train Station on Victoria Street)


Ian & Tom’s Garden in Redfern, Sydney
Part of Open Gardens Australia November Calender

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Back garden at Ian & Tom’s

For the very first time, two very special inner city Sydney gardens are part of the Open Gardens Australia calender. One garden in particular to discover is this little beauty in Redfern. A small tropical oasis hides behind this lovely Georgian terrace. Begonias, philodendrons, bromeliads in the front and a little back yard garden full of epiphytes including ripsalis, epiphyllums, tillandsias – I just wanted to type all those wonderful botanic words for you to read and just try saying them aloud – planted around an established orange tree. Fifteen years of ‘green thumb’ love brings us a sustainable city garden that relies only on rainwater. Plant sales too!
$6 entry (U/18 free)
8 Pitt Street, Redfern
Contact Ian McMaugh, Budwise Garden Design 0415 943 654
Also check out Paradisus @ 52 lander Street, Darlington


Flora. A Collective View by ‘The Photo Group’
28 November – 16 December 2012
OPENING Saturday 01 December 3 – 5pm

Image by Mim Sterling for Flora

The Photo Group is a group of 8 photographers: Asim Aly-Khan, Bryan Cummins, Felicity Jenkins, Andrea Klucis, Philippa Margan, Caroline McLean-Foldes, Mirjana Tan, Mim Sterling.
They inspire one another to create beautiful imagery, full of emotion, meditation and beauty. Highly recommended!
Incinerator Art Space, 2 Small Street, Willoughby NSW 2068
Wed – Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat/Sun 11am – 4pm
Contact: Caroline McLean-Foldes 0423 358 851


With the last days of Spring enjoy walks in three of my favourite local Darlingurst parks

The Pine Grove walk in Centennial Park – beautiful in the early morning with the sun streaming from the east or the yellows of the afternoon with the sun streaming from the west – long shadows, beautiful light, smelling faintly of pine needles.
The Rushcutter’s Bay to Darling Point walk
– sit on the little jetty for awhile, or the end sandstone seawall and watch the boats drift by. I love the chink-chink sound of the sail boats as you walk along the seawall and the crazy playing of the dogs (and there are many) along the way.
McKell Park at the end of Darling Point Road.
The ruins and grounds of a once grand home, this park is a Sydney secret I may regret sharing. Forget about the bullnose sharks that could be nearby and dive from the jetty into crystal clear harbour water. I love this little park and the flowers are blooming everywhere. Picnic perfect.
Goodbye Spring…

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Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity 0416 209 391

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