The Les Blakebrough show rolls into Bega…

22 07 2008


(above) Tim Moorehouse opening the show



It was a case of deja vu for the Gang last Friday night when Les Blakebrough: Ceramics opened at the Bega Regional Gallery. This exhibition, the first in Object’s Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series, has been doing the rounds of all the regional galleries since it was first launched in 2005 (so we’ve had the opportunity to check it out a couple of times already…)

Tim Moorehead opened the exhibition – sharing lots of personal anecdotes of good times spent with Les in the early days – and the valley’s own Living Treasure Klaus Moje was there, of course, providing that additional touch of cultural clout.

Although only a smallish number of the faithful attended on the evening, no doubt many more will wander through over the next month (the show runs until the 16th August.)

Go here for a peek at the evening’s fare.

More from Tim…

21 07 2008


Timothy Horn’s Villa Medusa, cast silicon rubber.

Tim now has a website! So you can drop what you’re doing and peruse its many charms to your heart’s content. Go to…

Latest offering from Craft Act…

19 07 2008

(above) Beth Hatton, Introducing Species (Settlement series) 2007, redanther wallaby grass, allocasuarina seeds, scotch thistle , yorkshire fog, linen thread. (photo: Ian Hobbs)

Baseline: Remnant Grasslands of Weereewa/Lake George, featuring the work of Sydney textile artist Beth Hatton and Canberra painter Christine James, opened last Thursday at Craft ACT and although the Gang was unable to attend, we had the next best thing – a roving reporter in the guise of Nigel. He very kindly sent through a little snapshot of the evening so we wouldn’t feel that we’d missed out entirely. (Which we really appreciate, thanks Nige.)

Great looking show from here – we’ll have to head straight for it next time we’re up in the ‘Berra. Caroline Huf’s, Weaving in and out of time, is showing in Gallery 2 and the Crucible features Joanne Searle (below left). But wait there’s more…Ruth Parry, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (below right)and Vanessa Samuels, in the front and foyer showcases respectively. It’s a visual feast we tells ya.

For additional info and exhibition dates go to Craft Act’s excellent website

For a brief, but quality, mugshot parade, go here.



Luna Ryan: the road show…

18 07 2008


Luna came through yesterday for an overnight stay on her way to Melbourne to deliver her work to Kirra Gallery for the Capital Glass exhibition (opening next Thursday.) She’s certainly set up for some serious travel nowdays – bike rack ‘n all.  



And while she was down here she received confirmation from Craft ACT director Barb McConchie that the touring of Mamana Mamanta  – see previous posts and, more to the point, Craft Act’s curatorial coverage  is thunderbirds-are-go. It’s all been given the thumbs up by Visions of Australia and will travel in 2009/2010 (to Adelaide, Bathurst, Orange, Darwin, Brisbane and Wagga Wagga – though not necessarily in that order.)

So a huge congrats to both Luna and Jock – and how fabulous that the show will get so much well deserved exposure. We toasted the deed with Megsie’s Blackberry Nip (which is really, really, really, really good – even if we do say so ourselves.)

Which reminds us – filmmaker Les Herstik has made a great little film about Loons and her practice, and it’s up on YouTube. For a serious treat check out…


And speaking of films…in the mail today we received a wonderful surprise from Mr Marvellous Tom Moore – a preview dvd of his ‘glass-o-rama’  episode for ABC’s Artscape. How excitement! You’re gunna have to wait because it’s not scheduled for airing until sometime in November apparently – but we can assure you that it’s classic Tom, very entertaining, and not to be missed.  And it’s peppered with interviews with Nick Mount, Deb (The Leader of the Free Glass World) Jones, and Tom’s very lovely trouble and strife, Rosie. We even caught a glimpse of the Netster. It’s a ripper. We’ll give you a little reminder nudge closer to showtime.

What’s wrong with this picture?

18 07 2008

Well, well, well. We never thought we’d see the day when a (latter day) Pope inspected the military. We’re gobsmacked.


What were they thinking?

So far so amazingly ugly…(the work that is, not B.J)

17 07 2008

(Canberra Times, last Saturday.)

Well, what can we tell ya – let’s hope the sum of the whole will be of greater beauty than its parts. Chihuly it ain’t.

And gawd forbid Mr Stanhope should get excited about it – or it could be coming to a public art space near you. (We can feel a freeway verge coming on…)

[For all those nervous nellies out there who are already getting their knickers in a knot, glasscentralcanberra wishes to advise that all aesthetic opinions/ponderings expressed in this blog are solely those of glasscentralcanberra. Anybody wishing to air a contradictory view is sincerely encouraged to do so. n(Ed)]

Random sightings…

16 07 2008

David Disher, Kelly Country, oil on canvas.

Opening tonight at the Jackman Gallery in St Kilda.

Wish we was there…

Only in Seattle…

14 07 2008

Yessiree Bob, a glass memorial business. But hey, could be a good side-line for the Canberra Glassworks.

[Note to kids – don’t even think about it. We so don’t want a glass tombstone. n(Ed)]

FSCLAP…and the winner is…Tanja Riese!!

13 07 2008


Last Friday evening the recipient of the 2009 Far South Coast Living Artist Project Scholarship was awarded the gong by Acting General Manager of the Bega Valley Shire Council, Leanne Barnes, at a reception at the Bega Regional Gallery. And the winner was printmedia artist Tanja Riese (no great surprise there, of course, her work’s fantastic – it’s that dark romanticism we get off on…)


The scholarship, worth in the vicinity of $35,000, affords a regional artist one year of full time practice (with additional mentoring, educational and marketing support from a willing network of local professionals in the field.) The two other finalists, Craig Cameron and Matthew Jones, were presented with a consolation ‘”drown your sorrows” gift pack from Committee member Prue Acton (presumably a bottle of plonk), heaped with high praise and encouraged to re-apply for the next round (it’s a biannual affair.) 

(Left) The work of Matthew Jones……and (below)


…Craig Cameron’s video piece (which gave us an eek! moment because we’ve fallen off the diet wagon again – how did he know!?!)                                   

And at long last we’ve run that crazy sheila Sharon Cornthwaite to ground! We’ve been keeping a weather eye out for ages – knowing she’d moved somewhere nearby (Bournda) – and, finally, there she was!! It was only a matter of time, mind you; we’d already clocked her name on a program of upcoming events (she’s giving a jewellery workshop at the end of July and an artist talk later in the year.) Anyhoo, the big news is she’s bought a little cottage in Gipps St, Bega, and turned it into a studio – so we’ll have to go check it out and take some snaps next time we’re in town…

For a flick around the happy throng, go to…


12 07 2008

Every time we see birds on the wire now we feel the beginnings of a Charlie Sofo fugue coming on. If you’ve not yet stumbled across his darling little bird piece go to Mobile Politics and check it out. It’s been up for some time now – Artwranglers first drew it to our attention, followed by another prompt from crazybrave (see the blogroll) – but just in case you missed it…


…just too sweet for words.