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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
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) l Adam Williams l Luke Austin l Ignacio Palacios l Paul Hoelen

November is the prettiest month in Sydney and lots of great art to see – nature, landscape and culture make a little connection this month…


November Pop-Up Arts News…
October whipped by so fast I thought I would just take us through until the end of spring for now. I love November in Sydney – I think it is the prettiest month. It seems nature, landscape, culture and identity have found a little thread through this posting so I hope you find something here to see, do or click on. Until next time… Cassie


Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre. Interpretations from the Air

Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen
03 – 12 November 2016
l OPENING Thursday 03 November 6-9pm.
SPECIAL GUEST to Open the Exhibition: Acclaimed landscape photographer, Ken Duncan.
WATCH their Behind-the-Scenes Video l And browse their website for a little daydreaming.
Four incredible and dedicated photographers, an adventurous off-road 4WD trip and three charter plane rides above Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre delivers a collection of stunning, abstract, painterly, mystical, patterned and beautiful images. This is a superb collection of photographs of a landscape few will ever see and even fewer will see from above.
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.
Depot Gallery ll, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo l Adam Williams l Luke Austin l Ignacio Palacios l Paul Hoelen



Pop-Up September Arts – isn’t spring just lovely and there are lots of beautiful shows to catch and places to explore…

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September Pop-Up Arts…
Spring is finally here and my wisteria vine is starting to bloom, the jasmine vine ripe with blossoms and bees buzzing everywhere around my little city back yard. I love it! September features some of my favourite Sydney Galleries – with gorgeous shows for this month and more to impress in the next (stay tuned especially for Robyn Stacey’s Dark Wonder exhibition Opening 06 October) . Hope you get around the city and see some art and find a good dose of nature wherever you can. I have been exploring all the little coves and headland walks around Lane Cove recently – one of my new discoveries is Tambourine Bay foreshore and mangrove walk. Another is Berry Island Reserve and I plan to explore more of Balls Head Reserve in Waverton. If you don’t know these walks then go exploring yourself. All beautiful places. So until next month. Cheers and thanks for reading. Cassie
Sally Simpson. A selection of sculptures from her exhibition, 2016

Sally Simpson. Objects for an Unknown Future Museum
Until 01 October 2016
If you missed the Opening last week, don’t worry, just be sure to visit on another day – less people and you see the show much better anyway. I love the sculptures of Sally Simpson. It is a strange joy to see them 3D – they are bigger and more engagingly endearing than you can imagine. If you have kids – take them too – kids love these beautiful odd figures. Sally also has another exhibition just Opened at Benalla Art Gallery (in Victoria) of earlier work – only a 2hour drive from Melbourne. She also recently won the 2016 Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Art Awards & is a Finalist in the 64th (2016) Blake Prize Award.
To see more check out her website below and these story links: Brag Magazine South Sydney Herald September 2016
Stanley Street Gallery, 1/52-54 Stanley Street, Darlinghurst l



A good arty month ahead about town in Sydney and interstate, plus cherry blossoms and jasmine about to burst open and welcome in the spring…

Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
August Pop-Up Arts… 

Hi Everyone. I’ve been away overseas for a bit – in Italy in the north from Milan to Edolo via Lake Como, Bolzano, the Dolomites (Colfosco, Corvara), Sirmione on Lake Garda, Lake Iseo (we just missed the full Christo Floating Piers installation but did see some of the pontoons still in place), Bergamo (UNESCO listed old cite) and back again to Milan. A train ride to Geneva, an overnight stay and then a few weeks driving south through France heading to the Pyrenees. Beginning at beautiful Lake Annecy for a couple of days – about an hour or so from the Swiss border – we then drove to Narbonne, Carcossone, Mirepoix, Foix, Luz St. Sauveur – it was here we observed the Bastille Day events of this small lovely village and heard the tragic news of Nice. A tour back north through Lourdes, Bordeaux, St. Emilion, Amboise, Chancay in the Loire Valley (a good base for exploring the region), Tours, Le Mans, Chartres, overnight in Versailles before a final weekend in Paris and the finale of the Tour de France. A few days in steamy hot Hong Kong before arriving home to a perfect clear blue sky chilly 9 degrees Sydney. Now back to work of course. It’s a busy arty month ahead with fab shows and events across town and interstate, so I hope you find some good ideas here. Until next month. Cassie

Michael Haylen. Bush Fire, 2016

Michael Haylen. Pretty Big Pictures
10 – 21 August. OPENING Sunday 14 August @ 3pm by Special Guest, Sandy Edwards
– Director of ARTHERE, Curator at STILLS GALLERY, Photographer

Photographer Michael Haylen changes the way we look at the natural world. He says, It’s more about the way the eye reads an everyday subject when it is blown-up and depicted large…you get the sense that it’s not really the object that matters in the end. Form, light, texture and soft muted colour all play a part in these curious and lovely observations of our world.
Art Space on the Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood l l

May Pop-Up Arts Newsletter – a great month for exhibitions & festivals with landscapes, connections and people being a theme


 May Pop-Up Arts…

Hi everyone. Here is my skip-April-and-straight-to-May newsletter to let you know about a few good things around town. Head-On Photo Festival is well underway, the Sydney Writers’ Festival is about to kick off next week and then another of my favourite Festivals is Vivid which gets going by the end of the month. I am loving the extended warm autumn and managed to get some veges planted out in my newly built raised garden bed. Not sure there will be baskets of produce at the end of it all, but so far so good. Have a good arty month and be sure to get out of town if you can – a break from the city is always a nice thing. So until June… Cassie

Andjana Pachkova. The Outback through my European Outlook (mixed media on pastel paper).

Andjana Pachkova. Disintegration Anxiety
Until 20 May 2016

Landscapes painted from around the artist’s home and many little bays of the northshore, others from the western plains of NSW, between Bathurst and Dubbo and others imagined Australian landscapes and contours. The Australian landscape seen through the eyes of this Ukrainian-Russian-American artist are beautiful – rich in colour, texture, movement and life. A most delightful gallery space in Rozelle. Link to Brag Magazine article
Paper Plane Gallery, 727 Darling Street, Rozelle

March Pop-Up Arts Newsletter.  Back with more arts and arty ideas…

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March 2016 Pop-Up Arts Newsletter…
Hi Everyone. I’m back after a little break with more exhibitions, ideas and arty recommendations of things I like and love – mostly around my town (Sydney), but not always. I am loving our extended summer into autumn and trying to swim everyday when I can. We are lucky for sure to have so many great beaches. Arts March starts with Art Month Sydney & Spectrum Now Festival, recommended exhibitions this time in Sydney and a great cafe out of town. The Australian Central Desert is beautifully represented in two exhibitions and for those who love personal histories, a really lovely show is on at the State Library of New South Wales. For anyone who can’t visit, the details are all online. And the best is the big Africultures Festival on this Saturday. All free. Read on…
The desert comes to the city – on now in Sydney…
Artist Kitty Napanangka Simon painting at the Warnayaka Art Centre, Lajamanu, NT.

Kitty Napanangka Simon. Marking Memories
Until 10 April.
Special Guest to the Opening on 5 March was the Artist, Kitty Napanangka Simon, accompanied by Warnayaka Art Centre Manager, Louisa Erglis.

Kitty Napanangka Simon (b.1948) is a Warlpiri woman from Lajamanu, on the northern edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory. She is one of Mina Mina’s custodians and a keeper of Women’s Law for this remote desert landscape. Mina Mina is a sacred place to Warlpiri women. Her unique paintings, known for their quality of colour, dot and line work, are feminine and beautiful.
Interview & Review, Australian Financial Review Sat 27 Feb. Written by Steve Dow.
Cooee Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue, Bondi

Greg Weight. Old Desert Oak, 2015.  Pigment on archival paper 60x90cm, Edition 10

Greg Weight.  Temples of Stone
Until 28 March 2016.  

Opened by Special Guest Sandy Edwards, Photographer & Curator.
Greg Weight captures the night skies of the Central Desert in all their spectacular, glittering beauty. Dossing down with his swag under this luminous night canopy, often camping out alone, Greg photographs this landscape with intimate knowledge – he has been travelling to NT for many years now.  There are also daylight photographs in this series, sharply contrasting the rocky red earth of this remote desert country.
Australian Galleries, 15 Roylston Street, Paddington
Australia’s biggest African Cultural Festival…
One day only. FREE! Saturday 12 March 11am – 6pm. 

A big colourful day joyfully celebrating vibrant African communities in Sydney and across the country, coming together to celebrate different culture, food, fashion, music, performance, literature and sport.  Last year 38 out of 53 recognised African countries were represented. This year they are expecting over 40!  Now in its 8th year, Africultures is Australia’s biggest African cultural festival.  As the Director of the Festival, Fatma Mohamed, says: This is a really soulful and community based festival.  We don’t care about the colour of your skin, everyone is welcome here…and a trip to Western Sydney is a lot closer than a trip to Africa.  
Check out their website and facebook pages as loaded with info – including the performance schedule and sports tournaments.  The fashion parade at 2pm is not to miss!  And the food.
Wyatt Park, Church Street, Lidcombe
(easy access by train and bus, some street parking available)
Recommended exhibition at State Library NSW on now in Sydney…
Sally McInerney. Family Fragments
Until 08 May

When photographer and writer Sally McInerney’s aunt found a handful of half-destroyed family photographs in her garage, a labour of love was set in motion. Sally added these photographs to her own collection and the resulting artist’s book also includes eleven photos by Sally’s mother, the late Olive Cotton – one of Australia’s greatest photographers – which had never before been published. Family Fragments comprises 37 haunting solar plate etchings and handmade paper folders with beautifully handwritten inscriptions by Sally, providing a rare insight into the private lives of one of Australia’s artistic icons and her husband’s family. (Text from State Library NSW website).
State Library NSW, Macquarie Street, Sydney
Favourite new Instagram sites to discover…
Trunk of Dresses.  Beckiy Winston

Adorable vintage dresses and skirts and accessories and a website to go to if you want to buy. I just like looking and liking.

Go Yum or Go Home.

This is their byline: ‘Based in Sydney, we’re determined to bake, eat & drink our way through recipes & kitchens everywhere with the motto – go yum or go home’. Here is a mix of great home cooking, eating out about town and great pics. This one taken at breakfast, Penny University Cafe (Canberra). Yum for sure! (no bias but it is one of my daughters and her bf btw).
Eating this month in Canberra…
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, Canberra
I had a couple of days in Canberra a few weeks ago and on our second morning found this great cafe in Kingston – and I totally recommend. Food delicious. Coffee good. Staff friendly. Atmosphere very pleasant. You can even buy freshly-roasted-on-premises-coffee, as well as inhouse made pickles and chutneys. Too good! And all very stylish.  I will definitely go back and only wish I could find a cafe like this in Darlinghurst.  Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters has an interesting history to its name also, based on the first coffee houses in 17thC London costing a penny to enter.
Penny University Cafe – Coffee Roasters, 15 Kennedy Street, Kingston.