nook-logoWhat:  Paintings by Liz Fitzgerald.  An enduring love of the coast figures largely in Liz’s paintings, which feature abstract and semi-abstract coastal landscapes.  Liz works with blocks and layers of colour which merge and overlap, creating impressions of the ever-changing sky, wind and water.  She also creates digital artworks of everyday objects suggestive of a simple, uncomplicated existence. Liz works under the name Liza & Co.

About the artist: Liza + co. is the creative child of visual artist and illustrator Liz Fitzgerald.  Liz works from her garden studio on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne, experimenting with and creating artworks using a variety of mediums.  Her works are inspired by a love of coastal themes, colour and simplicity – Liz interprets these through painting, drawing and digital works.  Liz finds the process of painting very meditative, balancing her fondness for a strong soy latte and her general inability to otherwise sit still.

When: Opening Saturday 22 October @ 5pm – 9pm Sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Brewery.  The exhibition runs daily 10am – 3pm until Wed 26 October

Where: The Nook gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington the-nook-nov-16


PWC 2What: Join the Peninsula Writers’ Club for an inspiring talk where we are encouraged, enlightened, invigorated and just darn-tootin’ captivated by the writing journey of another.  The talented Rachel Power is coming to Cakes & Ale Sorrento. This is one dinner-party style guest speaking event that will have the town talking.
nov-pwcRachel Power is a freelance writer, editor and artist.  She has contributed to many publications, including Mamamia, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings and The Age.

Rachel has been a court illustrator for Channel 9, production editor of Arena Magazine, and is currently communications manager for the Australian Education Union (Victoria).  Rachel is the author of Alison Rehfisch: A Life for Art, The Divided Heart: Art and Motherhood, and Motherhood & Creativity.

rachel-powerFor many members of the Peninsula Writers’ Club her ‘Motherhood and Creativity’ is a well-thumbed tome, and an Aussie must read for creatives struggling to find clarity and commitment to continue when juggling parenthood. We aren’t alone, and Rachel has written a powerful book to encourage us to keep creating! In addition to talking about motherhood and creativity, Rachel will talk about the process of bringing together an anthology. We know this will be just as interesting to writers who aren’t parents, and to other creatives on the Peninsula.

When: Tuesday 8 November 2016 @ 6:30pm

Where: Cakes and Ale,  102 Ocean Beach Road Sorrento (Dinner and Drinks at own expense)

Bookings essential: Email coastalconnection@skymesh.com.au or a message via our facebook page www.facebook.com/PeninsulaWritersClub

There will be a book signing and sales table so we can support Rachel.

Thanks to Antipodes Bookstore for making this happen. antipodes-logo


If you’d like to spread the word about the loveliest little writing club this side of the bay here’s what the Peninsula Writers’ Club is all about.



Teal & White logoWhat: Alongside the MPRG’s current exhibition Salon Des Refuses is an exhibition ‘Portraits: Sullivan & Bilbrough’.  A further selection of Vicki Sullivan’s paintings titled Aspects of Realism can be viewed in the Foyer Exhibition Space @ Mornington Library.

Lighthorse Walers and kangaroo feathers by Vicki Sullivan

Lighthorse Walers and kangaroo feathers by Vicki Sullivan


When: From the 14 Oct – 9 Dec 2016

Where: Mornington Library, Vancouver Street Mornington


pcm 1 LOGOWhat: Peninsula Chamber Musicians are delighted to present their final chamber orchestra performance for 2016. The exquisite program of Ravel, Copland, Bottesini and Grainger will delight with its stunning melodies, rich harmonies and a good dose of virtuosity. Featuring Melbourne Symphony musicians Andrew Hall (violin), Stephen Newton (double bass) and freelance harpist Alannah Guthrie-Jones, this is a performance not to be missed.

GRAINGER- Walking Tune for Winds arr. Wengrow

BOTTESINI-Gran Duo Concertante for Violin, Double Bass and Orchestra

RAVEL- Introduction & Allegro for Strings, Winds and Harp

COPLAND- Appalachian Spring. Suite for 13 Instruments

Tickets: $25, $20, Primary and Secondary students free

Bookings: trybooking.com/177229

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Rd Mornington

When: Sunday 6 November, 2016

Visit: peninsulachambermusicians.com.au

Enquiries: info@peninsulachambermusicians.com.aupcm-nov-16


cropped-imgp4089What: Call for Entries

The notJack Writers’ Prize has its origins in the work of Australian philosopher and writer Raimond Gaita. The prize presents a great opportunity for writers of all genres – writing on the theme of place – to receive publicity through the prize website or anthology, and to compete for a $5000 cash prize or a visual artist collaboration prize.

The notJack Writers’ Prize recognises the significance of place for Australian writers. Accordingly, the theme of the prize is ‘writing from place’. It is a deliberately broad theme designed to encourage entrants from all genres, whose writing demonstrates creative engagement with place and/or shapes the significance of place for their audience. $5000 cash and artist collaboration prizes available.

Entry Details: Up to 3000 words or 40 lines of poetry. The entry form, guidelines and other prize details visit notjack.org/

Entry fee: $20 per entry. Both the Open and Baringhup categories

Closes: 15 November 2016

For further information contact: notjackwritersprize@gmail.com


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What:             Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Talk – Adrian Boddy, former Director of the Architecture Program in the F aculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the Sydney University of Technology, will discuss the impact on Australian house design of the Modernist architectural revolution led by Frank Lloyd Wright & Le Corbusier which began in Europe & America in the 1930s.

The Rose Seidler House by Architect Harry Seidler

The Rose Seidler House by Architect Harry Seidler

rose-seidler-houseWhere: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington

When: Friday, November 11 from 5.30 to 7.00pm

Cost to non-members: $20

Enquiries and Booking Contact:   9787 2092


Mount Eliza North Primary School was one of four local schools chosen to receive a grant through the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Mornington Peninsula Young Arts program in 2016.

The school was given $850 to purchase instruments to enhance its music program.







Media Release 6th Oct 2016

Regional Victorian communities will attract the best performances and live events to their towns thanks to a new Andrews Labor Government program to strengthen regional touring in more places across the state.

The Small Regional Presenters program will be available to support regional arts presenters – including not for profit arts groups and societies, venues and local councils – to present professional arts events and experiences in their communities.

Grants of up to $15,000 will be available to support the presentation of a single show or live event, a series of shows or an annual program.

Small Regional Presenters builds on existing programs that support Victorian arts companies and producers to embark on regional tours.

It provides a focus on the other end of the touring cycle by supporting regionally-based arts groups and venues to attract shows to their area.

Small Regional Presenters part of the Labor Government’s $20 million Regional Arts Package, delivered in the 2015/16 Victorian Budget.

Funding will be offered through three grant rounds in 2016-17. Applications to the first round of the Small Regional Presenters program close 5pm, Wednesday 16 November 2016, for shows taking place from 31 January 2017 onwards.

Community presenters seeking to apply must be members of Regional Arts Victoria.

For program details, visit www.creative.vic.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley

“Arts touring brings significant benefits to towns, to communities and to artists and Victoria has a strong history of regional tours by major companies as well as independent artists.”

“Small Regional Presenters supports the presenters working on the ground in each region. These presenters know each community’s needs and character and can program shows that resonate locally.”


mspafWhat: The Main Street Mornington Festival is turning 21 this year!


This family friendly Festival celebrates some of the best of the peninsula’s food, wine, and performing arts. There will be a diverse range of stallholders and performers, creative and fun activities and entertainment occurring throughout the day.

When:  Sunday 16 October from 11am to 5pm.  Entry is FREE

Performers will be located all throughout the Festival, and there will be a mixture of up and coming artists with well-seasoned performers.  A large variety of music styles will be performed, including pop, jazz, blues, folk, country, and indie.   Audiences will see a lot of great local talent, cover bands, singer songwriters, school bands and more.


img_2525Keep an eye out for the Shire’s pop-up drawing and painting tent & roadway chalk drawing.

For more information visit the Festival website mainstreetfestival.com.au or on Facebook at facebook.com/MainStreetMorningtonFestival


Teal & White logoMPRG_BOXlogo_20cm.FAWhat: Salon des Refusés.  A National Trust NSW, S.H. Ervin Gallery travelling exhibition.  The official alternative selection to the Archibald and Wynne Prizes 2016.


The irreverent and playful rabble-rouser of the Archibald, the Salon des Refusés showcases ’the ones that got away’. The prized selection of the humorous, innovative, mad, bad and dangerous entries includes portraits of arts and entertainment personalities such as Osher Gunsberg, David Walsh AO, Jean Kittson, Paul Capsis, Katie Noonan, Maria Venuti and indigenous film maker Warwick Thornton.  A portrait of politician Penny Wong is among the 40 works selected from the Archibald Prize and 24 works from the Wynne Prize entries that will be shown exclusively at the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.

The Salon des Refusés follows the tradition made famous by Napoleon lll in Paris in 1863, when he insisted that the huge number of works which had been rejected by the Academy for that year’sSalon be displayed for the public to view and judge.  The very first Salon des Refusés included works by Edouard Manet and Camille Pissarro.

In Australia, the Salon des Refusés exhibition was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Galley 25 years ago.   Each year the Salon panel goes behind the scenes of the judging process, to select an exhibition from the many works not chosen as finalists for the official exhibition.  The criteria for works selected are quality, diversity, humour and experimentation.

When: 24 September – 20 November 2016

Entry fees: Adults $7 MPRG and other Victorian public gallery members, National Trust Members and concession $4 (children under 5 free)
Free entry for seniors during Seniors Festival on Tuesday 4, 11, 18 and 25 October

Salon Searoad Ferries package: $130 Includes return travel between Queenscliff and Sorrento and entry to the Salon des Refusés for up to 4 people. Ferries depart every hour on the hour, from 7am–6pm. Up to $78 in savings!

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/MJVZ

For further information visit:  http://mprg.mornpen.vic.gov.au/Exhibitions/Current-exhibitions/Salon-des-Refus%C3%A9s 


PWC 2What: The Peninsula Writers’ Club will present award-winning author of books for young people George Ivanoff.

George is a Melbourne author who has written more than 100 books for kids and teens, including school readers, non-fiction books, chapter books and novels.  He is best known for the You Choose series, the RFDS Adventures and the Gamers trilogy.


As a child, George loved reading interactive books, where he got to make decisions about the direction of the story. He has had more fun plotting and writing the You Choose books than pretty much anything else.  And writing the RFDS Adventures has opened his eyes to the amazing work done by the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

George is thrilled that You Choose: The Treasure of Dead Man’s Cove won the 2015 YABBA for Fiction for Younger Readers, and that You Choose: Alien Invaders From Beyond the Stars has been nominated this year. George drinks too much coffee, eats too much chocolate and watches too much Doctor Who.

We are thrilled that George can join us to share his writing journey, and we promise to keep his coffee cup full after his dinner talk at Cakes and Ale.

You can check out his website at georgeivanoff.com.au and then you can come along and check him out in the real, live writing flesh!  George will also be meeting local school children to talk books and writing.

When: Tuesday 4 October, 2016 from 6:30pm to Cakes and Ale in Sorrento



the-studio-logoWhat: Join Julie Niekamp at the Studio and indulge in a little self-expression.  Art class at the Studio is now offering ongoing tuition. The classes consist of three six week blocks of drawing, painting and sculpture, including ink wash, mixed media and colour pastel, acrylic paint, gauche and oils.  Life drawing can be offered in the evenings depending on numbers. Sculpture classes will follow mid to late November.   Students will be encouraged to continue after the initial tuition making their own art in a working studio environment.


When:  Mondays & Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

Commencement Dates: Mondays Aug 22 to 26 Sep Saturdays Aug 27 to 1 Oct

Cost: $35 (non refundable) per class, all materials provided some materials costs will apply to the sculpture classes.

For more information contact: Julie 0411 149 730 200 Marine Parade Hastings 3915


ran-band-headerWhat: The Royal Australian Navy Band Melbourne will be joined by The Casey Concert Band in this unique and exciting concert.  ‘A Joint Musical Extravaganza’ is proudly supported by the City of Casey.

All profits to the Dogs for Diggers Charity


When: Sunday 18 September, from 2pm to 4.15pm

Where: St Margaret’s School, Rosanove Auditorium, St Margaret’s Place, Berwick

Tickets: Adults – $20, Concession and Full-time Students – $10, under 12 free (but require a ticket)

Visit: ww.trybooking.com/17696

For further information contact: Greg Marks on 0421 611 930


southern-sounds-1What: If you love to sing, we’ve got a place for you!

Southern Sounds Chorus is looking for ladies to join for New Member Month in October. They are the only 4-part harmony barbershop women’s singing group in the southern/bayside suburbs.


When: Tuesday 4 October and every Tuesday evening 7-9pm over the month of October.

Where: St. Judes Parish School Hall, 30 Warrandyte Rd, Langwarrin

* All lessons are FREE

* Learn new songs in our unique 4-part harmony ‘barbershop’ style

* Make new friends

* No previous experience or ability to read music necessary

* Coaching provided

Contact: Marg M: 0429 591 927 or Justine M: 0425 877 422

Visit: southernsounds.org.au


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What: TINALLY SPRING QUARTET CONCERT – beautiful classical music by Mendelssohn, Beethoven and Webern.

The Tinalley String Quartet has established itself as one of the finest string quartets of its generation and remains one of Australia’s most awarded classical music exports. It has performed throughout Europe, America, Canada and Australia to critical acclaim.

Where: Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilsons Road, Mornington (Melways 145 E2).

When:  Saturday 1 October, 7:30pm.

Entry: Adults $45, Seniors/Concession $40, Student under 25 years $18.  Tickets available at venue pre-concert, by phoning     03 9787 8392 or online at www.pmsmusic.asn.au

Enquiries:  Tim Acton – 0418 310 727


sorrento-art-showWhat: 33rd annual Sorrento Art Show sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sorrento offering new, emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work at this prestigious exhibition which is greatly anticipated by locals and visitors alike.

Where: Sorrento Community Centre, McFarlan Reserve, off Melbourne Road, Sorrento

When:  Champagne and Nibbles Opening Night,  Saturday  7 January from  5pm  $25 p/p, exhibiting artists FREE.

Exhibition runs:  8-14 January, open daily from 10am – 4 pm

Entry: $5.00, children FREE

Artist Registration deadline: 8th October  2016

Visit:  sorrentoartshow.com

Enquiries:  George Segan – 5984 0885



What: Improvisation fosters spontaneity collaboration and playfulness.  Join actor Carole Patullo to explore the art of theatrical improvisation.  For those interested in flexing their creative muscles in a safe space!

Where: Red Hill Mechanics, Mechanics Road,  Red Hill

Contact: carole@dramatico.com.au

Cost: $40, $35 Concession



dreamhouse-logo-finalWhat:  Dreamhouse Theatre Company is presenting a  one day fun event for teens to experience, multiple stagecraft workshops.

When: 28 September from 9.30 – 5pm

Cost: $40 & $35 Concession

Where: Southern Peninsula Art Centre, Corner Boneo & Eastbourne Roads, Rosebud

For bookings contact: dhtheatreco@gmail.com

Visit: facebook.com/dreamhousevictoria




What: Art exhibition and auction of original artwork, including signature totem poles created by renowned local artists. Creative workshops, children’s activities, gourmet food and wine, market stalls and live music.somers-fair-16

Where: Somers Primary School, 87 Camp Hill Rd, Somers, Victoria

When: Sunday 23 October 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm

Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Website: somersartsfair.com

Enquires: info@somersartsfair.com