Whistlewood Gallery looks forward to welcoming artists Japeth Rangi and Lynley Nagoordah from Mangkaja Arts, Fitzroy Crossing and film director Nicole Ma to a special evening opening, in conversation and film screening of ‘Putuparri and the Rainmakers’ this Saturday February 18 from 6pm.
Lynley and Japeth are both directors of Mangkaja Arts and strong young leaders, passionate about their art and culture. Lynley is the current chair of Mangkaja Arts and niece of Tom Lawford (Putuparri). Japeth is the grandson of the ‘Rainmaker’ Spider Snell and award winning artist Dolly Snell and features in the film.
What: Recent works of the Mornington Peninsula Painting & Drawing Group are on exhibition at Oak Hill Gallery. The group was established over 30 years ago as an initiative of the Gallery Society, which met at the original Mornington Gallery in Vancouver Street. Since those early days, the group has thrived and now has a membership of 50 artists.
When: Sunday 5 June 2016 Official Opening 2-4pm
Where: Oak Hill Gallery, 100 Mornington Tyabb Road Mornington
Perry Fletcher has a reputation as one of the world’s finest engravers.
A Vietnam veteran who served between 1967 and 1969, Fletcher spent five years creating the masterpiece The Last Supper 1970-76, upon his return. The massive panel is on display at the MPRG to acknowledge the contribution of returned veterans in more recent wars.
Perry arrived back in Australia from Vietnam after five months of Operations and the completion of his two year commitment as a National Service Conscript 1967 – 1969.
Needing a rest and inspiration he travelled to Europe to study art and visit the Galleries. When in Europe it soon became apparent that wonderful paintings were in abundance but far fewer engravings exhibited and none of any significant size.
On his return to Australia in March 1970, Perry chose a nomadic lifestyle, moved into a one roomed flat in Hawthorn, Victoria and started on his massive commitment, having purchased a 5′ x 2′ piece of brass began his 6 year journey and when completed recognised as a proclaimed Master Piece in Australia, The Last Supper and Borders 1970 – 1976. This work of art is probably the largest engraving completed in modern times especially on a single piece of brass. Perry’s design and creation of the boarders that compliments Da Vinci’s painting are exquisitely unique and so intricate featuring 370 figures, 500 scrolls and excess of 30,000 dots taking 5 years to complete. Over 3000 hours were spent on the engraving, all done freehand with a dentist’s drill (a unique medium) engraved early mornings and late nights in-between him earning an income as an engraver.
After the completion of this remarkable piece of work in 1976, it was articled in Newspapers around the world and exhibited in Queens Hall, Parliament House, Melbourne and St Vincent’s Hospital for some years, and featured on Australian Television several times.
Perry Fletcher, known as “Fletcher the Etcher” aged 70 of Mornington is arguably one of the world’s finest engravers and etches onto to a variety of mediums from glass to goose eggs, wax, and most famously brass for his rendition of Leonardo Da Vinci’s The last Supper plus borders.
What set’s Perry apart from the rest is the tool he uses. Perry engraves with a old dentist’s drill. Perry’s portfolio of clients bursts at the seams with pieces such as the Winner’s Trophy for the Australian Open, the Olympic Committee, Vermont football Club, Bonville Golf Resort and Collingwood Football Club.
Perry is also a talented and accomplished painter and has create hundreds of pieces from impressionist masterpieces, interpretation of Van Gogh and Monet a small selection of his paintings can be viewed in Oak Hill Gallery for the month of May
What: Join us for the opening of Autumn Salon Exhibition + launch of the Indigenous Jewellery Project.
To be opened by radio presenter Sally Baillieu with introductory remarks by Emily McCulloch Childs
When: Opening Drinks 3 – 5pm on Saturday 26 March
Exhibition Dates: Saturday 26 March, Sunday 27 March, Monday 28 March, Saturday 2 April + Sunday 3 April 11am-5pm
On show are fabulous new colour works such as the lovely Tjunkaya Tapaya painting above and those by other favourite artists of Utopia, the APY Lands, Ampilatwatja, the Western Desert and the Pilbara as well as stunning new works by talented rising star artists including Anyupa Stevens, Rachael Mipantjiti Lionel, Steven Williamson and many more. Catalogue now online for the Indigenous Jewellery Project – resin, silver, mixed media and natural materials jewellery from the artists of Ernabella Arts and Ikuntji Artists.
What:Saltwater Country ‘we are all saltwater people …’
Saltwater Country is a major touring exhibition of contemporary Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, showcasing more than 50 works by 16 of Queensland’s most acclaimed Indigenous artists including Vernon Ah Kee, Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday and Judy Watson. Having returned from a successful international tour to museums in the US and Europe, this exhibition finally lands in Mornington and offers audiences a unique insight into the artists’ cultural connections to ‘their’ saltwater country – Queensland’s coastline, sea and waterways. As artist Vernon Ah Kee says, beaches are ‘part of the Australian psyche … everybody thinks of themselves in relation to their proximity to the coast, to the beach. So in that way, we are all saltwater people.’
Image: Michael Cook, Civilised #1 2012, inkjet print on paper, Courtesy of the artist.
What:Australia Will Be There – Victorians in the First World War Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Travelling Exhibition Australia Will Be There was created as a touring exhibition for the centenary of the First World War. Comprising historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition presents the chronology of the First World War (1914–19). Through stories of the hardships endured and the battles fought – from the landings at Gallipoli to combat in Palestine, Passchendaele and Fromelles – the exhibition provides insights into the experiences of Victorian men and women in the Great War.
As part of the exhibition, families and communities are encouraged to contribute to understandings of the experience of our forebears and the events that shaped our country and the world. Visit the Stories of Remembrance page to share your story: www.shrine.org.au/stories
When: 11 March – 1 May
Entry: Adult $4 Student/Concession/Senior $2 MPRG members and children under 5 free
What: VERNON AH KEE – FLOOR TALK
Vernon Ah Kee investigates race, ideology and politics. Enjoy this rare opportunity to listen to Vernon talk about his work and learn from one of Queensland’s most celebrated contemporary Indigenous artists with an international reputation.
When: Tuesday 26 April, 5pm for 5.30pm-6pm floor talk
Entry: Cost M $15 G $18 (includes drinks and nibbles) Bookings Essential 03 5975 4395
What: MEET THE ARTIST: TEXTAQUEEN MPRG Events & Public Programs TextaQueen is Australia’s felt-tip superhero. She explores politics of sexuality, gender, race, identity, self-image and inter-personal relationships. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to meet TextaQueen and to find out more about her residency and work at Police Point.
What: Learn how to make your very own polymer clay necklace in this 2 hour workshop. You will be shown a variety of mixing techniques and how to add texture & other effects to beads. Each participant will complete an eight-bead necklace to take with them at the end of the workshop. A gift for yourself plus you’ve gained the skills to make personal gifts for your friends and family.
* Suitable for late teens and adults
Where : The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington 3931
Join us for a 3-hour workshop and learn the addictive craft of weaving! You will learn how to warp your own loom, experiment with a variety of weaving techniques, create patterns & shapes, and hang your woven creation for display!
All participants will get their own loom to continue their newly acquired skills at home as well as the tools they will need for basic weaving.
We also supply beverages and morning tea. * Suitable for late teens and adults
Where: The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington 3931
When : Saturday 20th February 2016 9:30am – 12:30pm
Masterful ceramics specializing in crystalline glazes, and sculpture, by this internationally renowned and highly respected artist ‘After 35 years of creating works in clay, Ted Secombe is still relentless in the Pursuit of Beauty in the objects he creates’
Workshop conducted during exhibition
When: March 2 to March 24
Where: Manningham Art Gallery, MCSquare, 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, Victoria
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Come join in the last class for 2015 tomorrow Saturday 28th November. We are breaking for the Christmas/New Year holidays. We will be back again in February when we gear up for another fabulous year at WHERE DO YOU DRAW THE LINE? Thank you Dennis Veal for your dedication each week with these classes.
Where: Oak Hill Gallery Rose Garden Tea Rooms, 100 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington
Enjoy some ‘me’ time with other crafty folk and put your own mark on your parties and Christmas festivities this year.
In a 2 hour workshop, you will learn how to make paper bunting, washi tape cake bunting, tassle garlands and fabric garlands. Each participant will take home their own creations as well as information on where to get supplies and discover other ideas!
All materials supplied but please feel free to bring your own festive paper, fabric or washi tape.
When:Wednesday 25 November from 7pm to 9pm
Where: The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington
Add a personal touch to your Christmas decorating this year. You will be shown how to make two different styles of Christmas wreath to adorn your front door this festive season. You will create a floral wreath with foliage and flowers both bought and foraged. You will also learn to make a small wreath from burlap and recycled and repurposed materials. Each participant will take home two wreaths which may be added to with your own personal findings!
When: Wednesday 9 December from 7pm to 9pm
Where: The Nook Gallery, 18 Progress Street, Mornington
At Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Meeting last night Oak Hill Gallery presented the Mayor & Councillors with 11 prints from the inaugural Print Exchange Portfolio Exhibition held in 2014.
The works will be added to the Shire’s Cultural Asset Register becoming a valuable addition to the civic art collection and shall be hung temporarily in the Councillor Lounge at the Shire’s Rosebud Offices.
Artists represented in the small collection are: Ildiko Faska, Peter Ferguson and Judi Singleton, Yvonne Watson, Trish Andreoli, David Frazer, Jodi Heffernan, Brett Jackson, Jade Lees-Pavey, Sharron Okines and Jutta Prior.
What: Montalto are now accepting entries for the 2016 Montalto Sculpture Prize valued at $30,000.
This year, the 2016 MSP Exhibition, will be open for 8 months from 28 February – 30 October. Previously 3 months, this extension gives our finalists a longer period of time for their work to be on display to thousands of visitors wandering our Estate.
Where: Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove, 33 Shoreham Road, Red Hill South, Victoria
Montalto has asked 2014 winner Adam Stone to reflect on his work that won and explain how the prize helped his career.
You won the MSP for A Fall from Grace (Self Portrait Crash), why did you create the piece?
I made the work because I believed it was an appropriate representation of my investigation into hubris. I thought by taking the conventions of the hero in classical sculpture and literally inverting them by creating a crashing figure, I could open up a dialogue about over confidence and our intrinsic relationship with it. Although the work depicts myself crashing while skating, I hope that the image can open up a wider and more universal dialogue about environmental, political, social etc. forms of hubris.
How has your view if that work changed since winning the prize in 2014?
The work represents a really important moment in my artistic practice where the ideas that I had been struggling with all seemed to come together and make sense. At the time I was 21 and studying Honours so it was a monumental financial commitment to produce the work, especially when my lecturers were advising against it. It was really rewarding to see the work outdoors on Montalto’s beautiful property where it really activated the work, making it seem as if it fell from the sky. I still enjoy visiting the work.
How important was the win to you career?
Being a recent graduate at the time, it was phenomenally affirming for my confidence. From the prize I have sold the remaining two editions of the work and had the opportunity to upscale a smaller work as a private commission. The prize money enabled me to participate in residencies later that year in Beijing and New York, as well as a research trip through Europe. It also contributed to the fabrication cost of a new work out of marble.
What are you currently working on?
I’m just finishing up an up scaling of a smaller falling figure I had in a show earlier in the year for a private collector. I’m also working towards two solo shows in the first half of next year where I’m going to be exhibiting some new non-figurative works incorporating electronic components.
How has your art developed since winning the prize?
Although it might not seem like it, I feel that my practice has developed dramatically since MSP 2014. I’m working towards widening the scope of my work and looking to more conceptual and perhaps abstracted ways to continue my investigation into hubris. I think this will be a nice counterbalance to my figurative works, which I intend to continue developing and pushing.