Pop-Up December Arts Newsletter The scent of Frangipani is everywhere and I love it…Summer is finally here, even if the weather makes you think otherwise some days. This is my final newsletter for the year. There is plenty to see that will bring you joy, lovely gifts to buy if you are looking for them, and remember there is lots to do for free around town (which we love). The MCA, Maritime Museum, Art Gallery NSW, Carriageworks and White Rabbit to name the big ones and some of my local favourites. Also tune in at the end of my newsletter if you are just wanting to know about a few more beautiful places to walk and relax… Have a lovely and safe holiday season. Best of wishes and if you have some favourite walks of your own, please let me know. Cassie
Portraits by Yale McGillivray
A unique exhibition showcasing the work of a group of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photographers engaged in a program through Flashpoint Labs.An exciting and positive indigenous exhibition.
ArtHere Photomedia, 126 Regent Street, Redfern
BOOK LAUNCH THIS WEEK…
Citizen – Portraits by Ingvar Kenne 1997-2012
BOOK LAUNCH Hollywood Hotel, Sydney Wed 12 December 6-9pm
+ Current Exhibition in Canberra, at National Portrait Gallery Until 27 January, 2013
David Wenham, Actor, Sydney Meryl Tankard, Cheoreographer, Sydney Yang Yi La Mo, Property Developer, China
Join Au.thentic Press at the historic Hollywood Hotel (2 Foster Street, Surry Hills) for the official launch of their first published book, Citizen – Portraits by Ingvar Kenne 1997-2012.Ingvar’s powerful collection of portraits, taken over a period of 10 years or so, will be on tour to Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane, after it leaves Canberra.
This collection of 111 portraits glimpses humanity in a unique and direct way – rich and poor, famous and unknown, bad and good – they are all here. Some will surprise, many will delight and all will intrigue you. Meet the photographer, the publishers and maybe a few famous faces at the Opening.
More info on these sites:
Ingvar Kenne, Photographer www.ingvarkenne.com/citizen/ www.ingvarkenne.com
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra www.portrait.gov.au/site/exhibition_subsite_ingvar.php
Songlines Christmas Exhibition at Coo-ee
Until 22 December
Everyone who thinks the best ones have all sold are mistaken. Look at these…
Wendy Nungarrayi Brown, Seven Sisters Betty Muffler, Imma Dancing Kindy Kemara Ross, Bush Flowers
Many small and exceptionally beautiful artworks are still available. Like these three above (although I did buy Wendy’s Seven Sisters because I could not resist it. I love it and having 4 sisters and girlfriends that feel like sisters, this has special meaning, plus I love the colour and the story). Even you don’t buy anything, the exhibition is bound to make you smile and linger in the gallery longer than you planned.
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi
Painting Class, NAS
Immerse yourself in art for one whole week in January…what could be better?Ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, welding sculpture + more. Over 50 courses to choose from by leading artists and teachers. Some teachers this Summer School include: Cherry Hood, Watercolour Painting; Kerrie Lester, Assemblage & Mixed Media; David Frazer, The Art of Relief Painting; Tania Browitt, Digital Photography + introduction of Art Lab for High School students Yr 9 – 12. All courses online.
NAS, cnr Forbes & Burton Streets (old Darlinghurst Gaol), Darlinghurst
Billy’s Shop – T-Shirts & Cards
Beautiful photographs donated by Robert McFarlane & Jacqui Dean
William & Bear, 1999 Giraffes T-Shirt, Image by Jacqui Dean
by Robert McFarlane
Billy is Robert’s son. Robert is a widely acclaimed Australian photographer whose love of the arts is parallelled only by his for love for Billy. Billy is 22 years old and has autism. To help Billy develop a sense of independence, Robert and Billy’s mother have set up this small online business, where Billy can manage the store, selling T-Shirts and cards, amongst other gifts. Designs include a special limited selection of Robert’s work (including this beloved image above of his son Billy) and that of award winning Sydney photographer, Jacqui Dean (her Giraffe image sampled on children’s T-shirt above).Buying from Billy’s Shop will, as Robert says, "help a young man on his journey to an independent life".
The photograph above by Robert is one of my many personal favourites – tenderness, love, pride, protectiveness & melancholy are powerful emotional responses to this superbly framed portrait.
Please check out Billy’s website: www.cafepress.com.au/robertmcfarlane
NOW FOR THOSE SYDNEY SUMMER GARDEN WALKS…
Wendy Whiteley Garden, Lavender Bay – explore top to bottom, then take a walk along the boardwalk to Luna Park. I love the figurines hiding in the shrubs along this walkway too. Pity council has now made it difficult to get onto the old railway track – I loved it up there and great for photos.
The Gardens of Vaucluse House, Vaucluse – one of my favourite Historic Houses Trust properties and a beautiful garden to wander around (for free, only costs $8 if you want to go into the house). The colonial kitchen garden is so lovely you just want to collect a basketful of veges.
Cooper Park, Woollahra – what a secret of rainforest entanglements hide behind those tennis courts! If you have never been on this walk then you are in for a wonderful surprise.
Any beach, north or south – but special favourites close to home are Bronte Pool & Clovelly. For Harbour beaches I love Nielson Bay and love the updated Watson’s Bay pool, especially at high tide when diving from the boardwalk into deep clear water is a thrill.
Bradley’s Head Fort Tunnel, Bradley’s Head Road, Mosman (just past entrance to Taronga Zoo) – there are plenty of old fortification tunnels around the Harbour to explore if you’re game – this one is a scary favourite. Built in 1840-42 and upgraded by James Barnett in 1871, this is no garden walk, but fun in a dark-black-hole kind of way. Go with someone who does NOT drop the torch.
Entrance to Tunnel Fortification at Bradley’s Head, Sydney Harbour
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