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Out and In the studio May and June

Here we are in a ‘7 Day’ lockdown which has given me time to stop and reflect on the month of May that went so quickly I almost missed it.

It was such a shame that Walter and I could not attend the much-awaited RISING festival activities as our tickets for all performances were cancelled. On the eve of Reconciliation Week, we were to enjoy Bungul in Hamer Hall and experience the magnificent projection on the Art Centre. I hope that the projection is extended, as it looks great in the video clips.

We did, however, have an at-home dinner celebration and extensive clear view of that giant red-blood moon. Joy for Walter that his oncologist does not want to see him for a year.

May came in a flurry as the Flora exhibition closed, the Nillumbik Prize opened at Montsalvat, and Walter featured on the front page of the Warrandyte Diary that reported on the Anzac Day March.

In between Walter’s medical appointments we managed a few days, with the dog, in Lakes Entrance. What a vibrant arts community, full of energy, collaboration, and some broad thinkers. We spent time with Jan Martin, Cynthia Boyle, Ngaere Donald, enjoying their creative studios, afternoon tea in the converted dairy and great conversations with spouses.

Another lovely dinner at Jan’s place with Josephine Jakobi, Andrea Lane, more spouses, and an introduction to the Lake Tyers Float residency.

At Red Gallery in Fitzroy, with Janet Boddy and many others I listened to Anne Hastie’s presentation, set amongst her artworks in the Peridot exhibition, in gallery one.  In gallery three Beatrice Magalotti exhibited her Migration Series of drawings, installation, bronze, and photography.

I was wowed when I walked into an exhibition by Sue Jarvis. Art That Makes You Think was held at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, a superb gallery space where Sue’s paintings were literally awesome. The exhibition was a survey of some 15 years of studio production. An absolute credit to her.

It was a privilege to attend the wake and exhibition of works for Valda Cuming OAM. Valda, at 91, passed away in April 2020. Valda’s legacy continues with the profit from exhibition sales being divided between her three favourite arts organisations. I am pleased to say I now own two small Valda Cuming artworks.

Not knowing whether June will be spent at home in our 5klm zone, Walter and I are in preparation for future activities but keep low key immediately. This time is good for, well, writing, studio work, touching base with friends and family and updating social media.

With a major installation planned for November, I am required by end of June to submit images and text for promotion of the artwork and workshops, whilst continually folding paper for the installation.

As the webmaster for the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors (MSWPS) June will see me setting up an online Covid Creations exhibition due to be launched 1 July.

Also, as editor for The Bulletin, a bi-monthly MSWPS Newsletter, my job is to have the publication out before 1 July.

For more than a year I have been planning for a crate of my artworks to be sent from China.

11 June sees the crate landing in Melbourne and delivery to my studio 18 June. I look forward to having a few of my babies in Melbourne.

In February I participated in the Year of Wonder presentation in Warrandyte. The exhibition concludes on 30 June and a celebration with a book launch will take place on Saturday 3 July. I was fortunate to be able to by a copy and full of excitement to see my images included in the publication. Our Year of Wonders Warrandyte 2020 is available for purchase at $40.

Thanks for Resilience


Two months on and a fresh perspective on my world.

Well actually it is three months on. Wow that went fast.

With ups and downs, cans and cant’s, sudden restrictions on again and off again our lives have been in a state of questions.

Do we make plans, buy tickets to a show, arrange dinner with friends, book the restaurant etc. for if we do will it be postponed, cancelled or become a non-event?

Here I am three months since the last blog, festive season come and gone, Walter in treatment for six weeks, come and gone and moved into 2021.

We are living within a freedom of movement that can be restricted at any time.

As always flexibility is the key. Yes, we make the plans, buy the flight tickets to South Australia, organise a night with friends and book a restaurant to celebrate the end of Walter’s radiotherapy treatment.

Somethings we can do, somethings we cannot do. With a sudden five-day lockdown recently, we cancelled five different activities, movie ticket purchase reimbursed, just sneaked in the new studio shelving, new worktable delivery postponed, Church service back to Zoom, Gallery visits cancelled and postponed meet up with friends.

I was due to start an artist-in-residence with Manningham Arts on February 22. Would it happen, would it not happen?  Fortunately, restrictions lifted and life continued.

In the past three months I have managed to attend some exhibition openings, covid safe environments are a bit spasmodic and I do set my own criteria.

I have managed to start an exercise class, just skimming either side of a five-day lockdown.

I have entered Art Shows and actually taken artwork to the framers.

I have rearranged my studio, had new shelving installed and had a new worktable delivered.

I do not know what is normal anymore and continue my mantra of flexibility. Activities and events that pre 2020 were part of everyday life take on a different significance.

Strange experience today to walk around the supermarket and choose products, so different to online ordering and having groceries delivered to my car boot.

I went to Bunnings, physically walked into the store and asked where I could find certain products. I enjoyed the time sifting through the storage bin shelves. Just a little exciting.

As we hover at the edge of March and look at a twelve-month anniversary of the first restrictions and cancellation of my exhibition at Art at St Francis, we can thank our own resilience and personal strength that has carried us thus far.



36th Annual Warrandyte Art Show

TODAY I submitted my Entry for the Annual Warrandyte Art Show. The rotary club have undertaken to Fundraise through an annual art show in Warrandyte for 36 years. It is a fabulous achievement and well supported by local and broader living artists. Read the information for entries; and do come along to see the show 20 – 22 March 2020

Dear Artists,  The Rotary Club of Warrandyte Donvale extend an invitation to exhibit at the 36th Annual Warrandyte Art Show, to be held on the 20th, 21st & 22nd March 2020

The Rotary Warrandyte Artshow is run in conjunction with the Warrandyte Festival. This attracts thousands of visitors to our unique tourist centre from all parts of Victoria.

20th – 22nd March 2020

Total Prize Pool of $7,500.

  • Best in Show      $2,000,
  • Best Oil or Acrylic $1,000,
  • Best Work on Paper $1,000,
  • Highly Commended  5 Prizes of $100 each,
  • Best Small Painting $500,
  • People’s Choice Award $250,
  • Emerging Artist Awards – 3 Prizes of $750 each (Entry by invitation only)

Entries Close   Monday 2nd March 2020

ONLINE ENTRY FORM CAN BE FOUND HERE >>https://www.warrandytedonvalerotary.org.au/online-entry.html

A PRINTABLE ENTRY FORM CAN BE FOUND ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL. Please fill in this entry form and post before Monday 2nd March 2020

Contacts:      Judy Hall (Chair)


Venue:                  Warrandyte Community Church                                                           

57 Yarra Street, Warrandyte,  Vic

Again this year’s Art Show will be held in the Warrandyte Community Church Complex in Yarra Street Warrandyte.

It runs in conjunction with the Warrandyte Festival which attracts thousands of people to our unique tourist centre from all parts of Victoria.

Please note no photographic or ceramic prizes.

Artworks personally delivered by the artist will be received on Friday 20th  March 2020 only between 8.30am and 12noon at the Community Church, Warrandyte,

Delivery by couriers is available from 2 to 4 pm on Thursday 19th March 2020.

Any unsold works may be collected on Sunday 22nd March 2020 between 5-00pm to 6-30pm.

Couriers may collect artwork Monday morning after 8 am 23rd March 2020.

One complimentary invitation to the opening night will be offered to each exhibiting artist to enable them to promote their art.

Please indicate on the application form if you will be in attendance for the Friday evening Art Show Opening. This will assist us in our catering arrangements. You will be aware that the majority of paintings sold are on opening night. Should you wish to invite extra guests to the opening, additional tickets are available at the door for $25 per person. Tickets are all inclusive & include entry, catalogue, entertainment, and supper. All proceeds go to support Rotary community activities. We look forward to receiving your application and assisting to showcase your art.

Marianne Mooney: 0429 879 970

Judy Hall: 0419 201 231

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