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What: Rob Snarski, Ruby Whiting and David O’Connell.

The Blackeyed Susans honey-voiced singer Rob Snarski will play the first MOTH of 2015. He will play songs from his recently released debut album ‘Wounded Bird’ along with favourites from the Susans back catalogue. Support will be by Peninsula singer songwriters Ruby Whiting and David O’Connell and it all starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are $20 ($10 for children) and are available from Tasty food and local wines and beer will be available and don’t forget ‘AfterMoth’ at the Long Table for drinks and nibbles from 10.30 – Midnight.

When: Friday 2 January 2015

Where: Red Hill Community Pavilion, Red Hill Recreation Reserve.



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What: Andrea Marina Garabelli Exhibition

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931


When: Sunday 11th January 2015 2 – 4pm Exhibition continues to 28th January 2015

Gallery opening hours: Open daily 11 – 4pm

Cost: $2.00 Donation



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What: Sue-S

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931

When: Sunday 11th January 2015 2 – 4pm Exhibition continues to 28th January 2015

Gallery open daily 11 – 4pm

Cost: $2.00 Donation



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What: Debbie Mackenzie

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931


When: Sunday 11th January 2015 2 – 4pm Exhibition continues to 28th January 2015

Gallery Opening Hours: Open daily 11 – 4pm

Cost: $2.00 Donation



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What: Fred Whitson

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931


When: Sunday 11th January 2015 2 – 4pm Exhibition continues to 28th January 2015

Gallery Opening Hours: Open daily 11 – 4pm

Cost: $2.00 Donation



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What: Peninsula Postcards Exhibition

Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington 3931


When: Sunday 11th January 2015 2 – 4pm Exhibition continues to 28th January 2015

Opening Hours: Gallery open daily 11 – 4pm

Cost: $2.00 Donation



New CD “After The Rain” available December 2014

Andy Cowan

Seminal Australian soul and blues visionary Andy Cowan returns with a new collection of 12 timeless, and seamless contemporary songs with ‘After The Rain.’

Andy’s evocative song writing and timeless vocals have cemented him as one of the country’s foremost singer songwriters, revered for his passion and lyricism. ‘After The Rain’ sees Andy give a nod to the nostalgic stylings of soul and blues greats with version of “Georgia On My Mind” and “What Good Am I,” whilst paving the way for modern adult contemporary sounds. (JB HiFi review)



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What: A photography exhibition from the Mornington Peninsula Camera Club, based on a series of workshops sponsored by Mornington Peninsula Shire and mentored by well-known photographer Peter McConchie. 15 photographers will present limited edition prints for sale, covering Peninsula & related activities. All welcome

Where: Pier Street Gallery 7 Pier St, Dromana, 3936

When: Exhibition Opening Saturday Jan 24, 7pm, continuing until Sunday Feb 8. Open weekend & public holidays 9am-4pm, and Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

Website information:

Enquiries & Booking Contact: 5974 3421

Blossoming Beauty by Mary Knaggs
Blossoming Beauty by Mary Knaggs



What: The eighth Peninsula Summer Music Festival.  World-class music and intimate performances @ unique Mornington Peninsula places.

Bookings/Program/Tickets visit:




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Season’s greetings to all and very best wishes for a safe and happy festive season.

2014 has been, as always –  and thankfully so – filled with creative endeavours and new activities. A highlight has been some special trips to Arnhem Land, Darwin, Alice Springs, the APY Lands and the Pilbara for our research, writing and other art projects, to select works for our exhibitions and judge awards such as the Hedland Art Awards.

We’re taking a short break over Christmas and the New Year in preparation for our annual Summer Collector’s Show opening on January 17 and running to January 26.

Now a popular annual event, this year’s Summer Collector’s Show features a wide variety of more than 60 paintings, barks, ochres and carvings we’ve selected as being of special quality or interest by established, mid career or emerging artists from more than 25 Aboriginal art centres around Australia.

More details to come early in the New Year.

In the meantime all our very best and warmest wishes for Christmas and the New Year and a special thanks to our clients, friends and supporters, our fabulous Whistlewood and McCulloch & McCulloch team, the wonderful art centres, artists and the other great art professionals we’ve worked with over the year.

We look forward to seeing you in 2015 Susan & Emily

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Artwork above is by featured artist: Anyupa Stevens, Tjala Tjawani, acrylic on linen,152 x 101 cm (detail) Courtesy Tjungu Palya


Terrance J Hadler Oil on Canvas 'Nineteen Seventy Eight'
Terrance J Hadler Oil on Canvas ‘Nineteen Seventy Eight’


I was born in the Victorian Mallee in 1947 and lived all of my childhood years in rural Victoria.

I was educated at Melbourne University taking an Honours Degree in Law and practiced in this field for some years before becoming completely disillusioned with the legal system. Subsequently I travelled extensively throughout Europe and America with my wife, Kathryn. Returning to Australia in 1982 and commenced painting fulltime.

During my time in the legal profession, I had art lessons with well-known Menzies Creek artist, Richard Keith Gasson and was also tutored by the brilliant Victorian artist, Ambrose Griffin. My work has taken me through a roller coaster ride through styles and techniques. Initially I painted in a very traditional realist style influenced by my previous teachers. However, I found that over the years my focus changed to Australian Impressionism, greatly influenced by Charles Condor and Sir Arthur Streeton.

By chance, in 1996, I visited a Fred Williams retrospective exhibition and was overawed by the beauty in the simplicity, colour and design of his landscapes. This enlightening caused me to abandon a large degree of my style of work and concentrate on contemporary art. I am heavily influenced by Fred Williams and Piet Mondrian (who so greatly influenced Fred Williams).

I now mainly paint very large canvasses in contemporary semi-abstract style. I concentrate in vivacity of colour, simple line and representational motifs to express my view of the Australian bush. However, I feel that my journey is far from complete as I have fallen in love with the surrealist paintings of perhaps our greatest painter, Brett Whitely, and can see myself in the future exploring these directions.

My art is now spread worldwide and is sold in all capital cities in Australia, as well as many regional centres. Some notable sales of my art have been to Ex-President Jimmy Carter (U.S.A.), Mrs Anita Keating, the Australian Embassy in Washington DC and recording legend, Slim Dusty.

Recently I completed 40 paintings for the Australian Tourism Commission which will be used to promote Australia overseas.

Exhibition runs from Dec 19 – January 16

The paintings are for sale and you can enquire directly to the artist on 0404 699 033


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What: Struggling to find an appropriate gift for Christmas. Daryl Gordon Photography now offers personalised gift vouchers we currently offer vouchers for the ‘Mornington Peninsula Guided Landscape Photography Shoots’ as well as vouchers for the ‘On Location Family Portrait Sessions’.

No need to search endlessly for a gift that may or may not be appreciated, spending long hours in busy traffic or shopping centres. Here’s an opportunity to give the gift that just keeps giving by improving your skills as a landscape photographer or forever capturing your family or extended family with stunning family portraits.


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What: The Eureka Ensemble is a chamber music group formed in 2012. The ensemble are rapidly achieving a reputation for their high level presentation having already performed a number of venues across Melbourne. Eureka Ensemble features Emily Sheppard – Violin; Robert Manley – Cello; Lloyd Van’t Hoff – Clarinet and Thomas Williams – Piano.  They will be playing one of the most remarkable works to have come out of  WW2 – Messiaen’s landmark Quartet for the End of Time.

When: Friday 9 Jan 2015 @ 7pm

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What: A mainland Australian premiere of exotic music that fuses the baroque period instruments of the acclaimed Latitude 37 with 3 special guests on Middle Eastern Traditional instruments.  

This will be an extra special event that will take us on a journey to 17th and 18th Century Constantinople.

Add to your experience with the wonderful food and sensational Moorooduc wines between performances.  

Bookings food and wine package: Phone (03) 5971 8506

When: Saturday 10 Jan 2015, 5:30pm & 8pm

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What: Hot Art for Cool Kids School Holiday Program

Stay cool this Summer and join the fun with the Frankston Arts Centre’s Water themed Hot Arts workshops. Enjoy creating your own masterpieces using woodwork, recycled materials, sewing, painting and so much more. There will be origami boats by the bucketful to make and join in to create a giant fish mobile that will be on display at the Frankston Waterfront Festival on January 17 & 18. A trove of treasures to explore, engage and experiment with!

Suitable for 4-12 years, $15 / $10 each additional child. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: Monday January 12 – Friday January 16, 2015  FROM 10 AM – 12.30 PM

Where: Cube 37 @ Frankston Art Centre, Davies Street, Frankston

Bookings:  97841060


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What: Regional Arts Victoria and the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre proudly present First Things First. 

There’s a first time for everything…

From one of Australia’s most innovative performing artists comes First Things First – a one man show of technically virtuosic dance and hilarious physical theatre that explores the art of ‘getting used to it’.

Do you remember your first day of school? The first time you rode a bike? Your first kiss? The first time is always memorable. But then you do it a second time, then a third. Suddenly, it’s second nature

Join award winning performer Joseph Simons as he explores the art of ‘getting used to it’ in this mind-blowing display of physicality with his signature charm and wit.

Following critically acclaimed seasons in Berlin and New York, Simons is thrilled to return home to perform First Things First for Australian audiences.

Don’t miss your chance to experience the physical comedy showman in action.

First things first: book now!

First Things First

Where:  Southern Peninsula Arts Centre, 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud.

When: March 16th 2015 @ 7:30pm

Tickets: Full: $29:50, Conc/Grp 8+: $25:50

Bookings: or phone 5986 8204




What: A great night was had at the Mornington Peninsula Music Network AGM,  many MP musicians and supporters came together to celebrate the milestones and achievements of the Network.  Since 2010 the Network has designed and administered a website/database/Facebook page for MP musicians, bands, teachers, tutors, businesses and choirs; committee members have  been involved in a variety of performance opportunities, strengthened links with other music industry organisations such as Music Victoria the state peak body for music in Victoria.  The Network has been generating a viable and valued point of reference for our local sector and has been instrumental in driving a Music Development Plan for the Shire and a draft of the document will be available for the broader community discussion to Have their Say over the coming months.   Five Network members were co-opted to participate on the committee to further progress initiatives across the Mornington Peninsula; Michael Snelson, Lori Hakim, Ian Pav, John McGregor, and Merry Hallowell

Along with the President Simon Mills and others who spoke Geoff Carson, Manager of Libraries Arts & Culture outlined the importance and need for our creative communities, artists and musicians to lobby Councillors to understand the needs of the arts and in particular the music sector.  He urged everyone present to write and make demands of Council to hear what they have to say…

The Westernport Regional Band, Tommy Spender, Paul Jenkins & Sergio provided some fabulous sounds to cap off this great evening.  

To become a member (FREE) visit:

Want to know more, contact: or phone 59501716

Steve Romig & Rob Pap
Steve Romig & Rob Pap
President & MC Simon Mills
President & MC Simon Mills
Manager Libraries Arts & Culture Geoff Carson
Manager Libraries Arts & Culture Geoff Carson
Adam Dunning & Marty Williams
Adam Dunning & Marty Williams
Ree Liddell & Lori Hakim
Ree Liddell & Lori Hakim
Westernport Regional Band
Westernport Regional Band
Ashley Admiraal & Michael Snelson
Ashley Admiraal & Michael Snelson
Paul Jenkins & Sergio
Paul Jenkins & Sergio


What: ‘Natured Kids’ is an outdoor playgroup of families and their young ones 0-6yrs who gather each week in the natural environment for healthy, happy family fun. The focus is on the four natural elements that ensure our survival; Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

We invite you to join us for these culturally artistic explorations of how to live more sustainably in our beautiful natural environment.

‘Natured Kids’ is a member of Playgroup Victoria, BERG, and Play Australia.

When: Tuesdays  & Wednesdays from 9.30 – 11am

Where: Tuesday Sessions run in Frankston/Langwarrin for ‘Kinder in the Garden’, held between Cruden farm, Groundswell community garden and Sweetwater Creek.


‘Beach, Bush and Botanic adventures’ at Mt.Martha beach, Balcombe Creek Estuary and in a magnificent private garden complete with wetlands.

For further information contact:  Narelle (registered teacher) and request a timetable or telephone 0431791379 for details. 

Group meets back February 3

'Natured Kids' learning about colours whilst making a fragrant sensory group art project, a petal rainbow.
‘Natured Kids’ learning about colours whilst making a fragrant sensory group art project, a petal rainbow.


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What: Launch of the book ‘The Symphony’ by Paul Dillon with illustrations by Josh Brown from Snakehole Gallery Mornington

To celebrate the launch of local author Paul Dillon’s children’s book ‘The Symphony’, we invite you to The Nook on Sunday the 14th of Dec 2-6pm for an afternoon of drinks and nibbles. ‘The Symphony’ illustrator, Josh Brown, will be exhibiting the entire set of illustrations created for the eco children’s chapter book (all available for purchase).

“Each day and night a magical musical symphony is performed under the stars, the sun, and the moon. Each of the animals in the Balbirooroo wetland has a different voice and sound to make in their mysterious orchestra. Every day Sticky Webster, the symphony conductor, weave’s a spider’s web for each animal in her old gum tree. In the morning the sparkling dew drops settle on each web, and they become the musical notes that each animal is to sing in their part of the symphony.

But… the symphony is suddenly silenced when the oldest frog in the wetland The Balbirooroo Guru informs all the creatures that their water has been poisoned and all of the Pobblebonk frogs have left. Can five girls, a nosy blue dragonfly, a banjo playing cockatoo, and a young hero frog called Kobi save the Balbirooroo wetland and the symphony… If not it could even reach you humans too!!”

‘The Symphony’ books and ‘one off’ framed giclee prints of the book illustrations will be available for purchase at the launch along with a book signing from Paul Dillon.

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When: Sunday 14 December 2014 from 2 – 6pm

Where:  The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington