Backing off…

Hey all, we’re reconsidering the amount of time (editing/uploading snaps and snaffling on about ‘what’s it all about Alfie?’) lost in blog-biz and we’ve decided to pull it right back. We’ve got too many competing commitments – and that most precious commodity, life/home/hearth, is taking a dive. So we’re gunna claw back our R&R and post way less frequently. More specifically, we’re not going to cover the scene so broadly, we’re just going to drop in stuff of entirely subjective orientation. Be prepared for sporadic scat.

Last meeting, folks…

Yesterday was fairly intense at the BVRG; meetings, followed by meetings, followed by the gallery forum ‘So you want to be an artist…?’ – which ran the length of the afternoon and attracted 60-odd art perps. Well, darlings, as you can imagine, by the end of the day we were simply exhausted. And more than ready for that very last meeting of the day…




…the debrief with Rach, Al, Rowie & Megsie (at the newly built beer deck at the Bank Hotel.)

Last Friday’s galloping gallery rounds (or a portion thereof)…

Last week saw the usual PMS (pre-manic-show) syndrome that grips us monthly at BVRG – that relentless lead up to every opening (it’s always fraught; too much to do, too little time, too few hands.) But of course we managed as always to pull it together in time to wander down at 5pm on the Friday for the opening of Kim Falkenmire’s new show, Of Landscape and Memory, at Spiral – there to do a quick round of drinkies, snaps and chatter before belting back to the Regional to set up the refreshments for our own opening at six.






DebbieCraig(Kim’s show was officially opened by last year’s winner of the Bega Art Awards, Craig Cameron, above right)

Anyhoo, having attended to the requisite social observances, Rach and the Gang beat a swift retreat back to the BVRG only to get so involved with the ensuing meet’n’greet’n barkeepin’ & speechifyin’ session of our own that it wasn’t until over breakfast the next morning that we suddenly realised we’d completely forgotten to take any more pictures of the evening (and to compound the matter, we’d left the camera on the desk at work…)

Total bummer, dudes. Unbelievable. So we’ve missed bringing you the excitement of the opening of Rose Montebello and Gabrielle Powell’s show, Women’s work, entirely.

Ah, doesn’t matter – we’ll sort out a pictorial sweep soonish, and Rose will be back in town on November 11 for the Arts Café. So all is not completely lost…

And besides, it’s incontrovertible proof that we always put the promo of others before our own – bugger, bum. Must be old Granny Lucas’s Presbyterian influence. Might have to review the practice!!

Nick Mount at Artisan…



The Gang’s visit to Artisan coincided with Nick’s new show which was an unexpected, though happy, bonus. We haven’t got a list of works – so no titles, sorry. You’ll just have to enjoy them in a job lot.





For more goodies, go here.

Loved the Japanese fabric, Nick, and the drawn patterning.

It’s a show with great élan.  That’s what we like about Nick’s work, the verve – and that infectious sense of genuine enjoyment. As for the skill factor, hey, it goes without saying that he’s nonpareil.

Dr Gerry at Wagga Wagga…

Our fave feller in Wagga Wagga, the inimitable Michael Scarrone, has just sent through the good oil on The National Glass Gallery’s current exhibition, Gerry King – Into the Fourth Decade: a retrospective…







Gerry King
INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective

Gerry King INTO THE FOURTH DECADE: a retrospective presents an array of work by renowned glass artist and designer Gerry King. His work has been extensively exhibited, collected and published both in Australia and internationally and is held in some twenty public collections worldwide.  Whilst orientated towards exhibiting, he is also engaged in design commissions and architectural projects.

One of the first Australians in the field, King commenced working with glass while undertaking postgraduate studies in the USA during the early 1970s. Originally trained as a glassblower he now works with a wide variety of techniques which include hot, cold and warm glass. 

He holds various academic awards culminating in a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong.  In the 1980’s he was instrumental in the development of the Glass Studies course at the University of South Australia.

This exhibition brings together pivotal works from King’s artistic journey through four decades of working in glass. While his work is now inspired by ideas, he has long been acknowledged as an exceptional craftsman of uncommon breadth. These works still manage to present fresh ideas and take the viewer on a voyage with the artist…

At night, on top of a bare hill I was abruptly and shockingly exposed to the brilliance of landing lights from a large plane.  It was akin to being instantaneously stripped naked.

Exhibition opening

When: Thursday December 17, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Where: Wagga Wagga Gallery

Cost: Free

Exhibition Dates: 2 October 2009 – 10 January 2010 

For more information please contact Michael Scarrone on 6926 9660 or email


But wait, there’s more – a swag of exhibition snaps…


Gerry K for Megan

…sorry y’all, no titles…

Gerry K for Megan


…for a mosey around the rest of the gallery, go here.

Thanks Mikey – see ya soon, eh?


Jumped onto Rexy on Sunday for a meeting in Brisvegas, and nodded off (as you do) until timely awakened for our favourite view…


Warms the cockles of yer heart, don’t it!! Anyhoo, the trip was straight up and back, no fun/just meetings – but did manage to catch Nick Mount’s show at Artisan, which we’ll bring as soon as we have time to process the snaps (it’s install week at BVRG, so we’ve since been truckin’ up to Canberra picking up artwork, painting plinths, bossing Pa around, yadda yadda…)

Here’s something to go on with, though – pizza delivery Brisvegas-style…