Lordy, Lordy, it’s been a long time coming…

…we’ve been distracted, but hey – the show must go on.


Showgirl ritz: 'Best Heifer in Herd', Debbie Petersen

Showgirl ritz: ‘Best Heifer in Herd’, Debbie Petersen


The Country Show, that is, at the BVRG. And what a corker it is, and the fun hasn’t been confined to the gallery – the public program component hitched up with the Bega Show, beaming old-fashioned goodness from the bosom of the glorious old Show Pavilion itself.


Waratah and Caren man the Pavilion

Waratah and Caren man the Pavilion


There was a great turn-out of participating artists for both the opening and associated ag show event and a splendid time was had by all. [Anyone who thinks the country ag show scene is past its use-by date needs to get with the program – it’s the perfect antidote for pestilent IT-dysplasia.  n(Ed)]


Tanya and Lia check out the local talent

Tania and Lia check out Simon Ramsay’s trophy


Side-show alley was a treat, with leanings ever so faintly toward Victorian freak show…


Simon Scheuerle's fabulous Stallionator

Simon Scheuerle’s beyond awesome Stallionator

Chloe Bussenschutt's Lambs, Bellies, Fairyfloss

Chloe Bussenschutt’s Lambs, Bellies, Fairyfloss

Simon Scheuerle's Transbovine adaptor harness

Simon Scheuerle’s Transbovine adaptor harness

Visitors are loving it, and if ever there was an exhibition that could boast ‘something for everyone’, this is most certainly it.



man from snowy river

Miss Showgirl with Waratah's blokes

Miss Showgirl with Waratah’s blokes


Best in show? Too hard to pick – but we’re really taken with Elvie’s banana…


Elvie's banana


More exhibits here.

Meanwhile we’ve lifted this article from the Bega Times…

Show ponies

While the Bega Show is over for yet another year the spirit burns brightly in the Bega Valley Regional Galley’s current exhibition The Country Show. Described as ‘a convivial contemporary take on a cherished agronomic tradition’ the exhibition showcases the work of a group of Canberra artists who for the last 5 or so years have held their own annual homage to the spectrum of agricultural fare.

This year, on the occasion of the Canberra Centenary, they’ve made the trip across the Monaro to help celebrate the BVRG’s own 25th anniversary milestone (the current gallery space was opened by the then Premier of NSW Nick Greiner.  

‘It’s a wonderful exhibition,’ said BVRG curator Megan Bottari. ‘A great mix of serious skill delivered with flair and good humour. It’s so nice to sit in my office and hear visitors chuckling away in the gallery. When it comes down to it, you know, the visual arts are just another form of entertainment. This show is certainly that.’

The out of towners − Emma Beer, Joyce Bell, Ali Aedi, Jacqui Bradley, Cathy Laudenback, Chloë Bussenschutt, Hilary Cuerden-Clifford, Julie Cuerden-Clifford, Denise Ferris, Dan Edwards, Tania Evans, Kirsten Farrell, Caren Florance, Cathy Franzi, Erik Krebs-Shade, Cathy Franzi, Simon Ramsey,  Mini Graff, Bernard Hardy, Waratah Lahy, Janet Meaney, John Pratt, Simon Ramsey, Simon Scheuerle, Wendy Teakel, Lia Tajcnar, and Lyndall Kennedy – have been joined by local artists Debbie Petersen, Elvie Preo, Cathy Jarratt, Vicky McCredie and stalwart Bega Show Art and Craft Champions Rita Roberts and Elvie Preo.

But perhaps the biggest excitement of the exhibition is the inclusion of Gail Schaefer’s panels from the Southern District’s 1991 Royal Easter Show exhibit. The Man From Snowy River tableau has graced the north facing wall of the Bega Town Hall foyer since it’s return from the big smoke and, after years of relentless exposure to direct sunlight and dust, has faded away to a ghost of its former self.

‘But from a visual arts point of view, ironically enough,’ says Megan Bottari, ‘the work has come into its own. The subtlety and movement in the fleece is intriguing. It was the perfect foil for The Country Show and gallery visitors are absolutely loving it.’

‘And there was a surprise bonus – a marvellous inlaid wooden piece was found hanging behind the horse panel. Apparently when the Man from Snowy River was installed somebody decided that the ‘plaque’ was no longer of any value or relevance and so just covered it over. Which is lucky, really, because it’s been protected from the sun for all that time and remains in fair condition.’

‘There’s an inscription on the back – from Pedro to Happy Manning – and we’re rather hoping that people might come forward and fill in the mystery gaps in the story. Who, for instance, was Pedro?’

‘The show is running for another 4 weeks, so we’re hoping to garner all sorts of information during that time. Already we’ve had a number of people who remember seeing it in the old municipal chambers when they were children. It certainly provides a great point of local interest.’

The exhibition is open until the 23rd of March; entry free, all welcome.



the wild bush horses 

Photograph: Gallery staffer Jenny Greenwood with the recovered inlaid wooden ‘plaque’ and ‘the wild bush horses.’

It’s showtime…

We’re in the middle of country agricultural show season down here in the Far South East and we’re building to the biggie; the Bega Show – which this year is starring as the backdrop to the upcoming BVRG exhibition The Country Show.

Excitement is gathering apace – more of that soon.

But meanwhile Megsie took these shots of a couple of her fave bits at the recent Candelo Show (well, more particularly for Sammy Jo and Iain.)

[She’s such a tragic for pipes and militalia. n(Ed)]


for Iain

for Iain

for Sammy Jo

for Sammy Jo


Back at the BVRG, preparations are well in hand for the upcoming excitements…


Grand Supreme (Arts and Crafts) Champion of the Bega Show, Rita Roberts making dainty with the laceworks.

Grand Supreme (Arts and Crafts) Champion of the Bega Show Rita Roberts making dainty with the laceworks.

Lace leaves


Rita’s one of the BVRG’s longstanding volunteer gallery sitters. (What a privilege, that added bonus of watching a live demo at work.)

She’s also one of a selected handful of local artists joining the 21 strong Canberra mob in what promises to be a most entertaining celebration of the long standing country ag tradition.

Hang on to your hats – it opens next week.

Animal husbandry…


During a lightening raid on the ‘Berra on Monday the Gang swung around past The Country Show at the ANU  School of Art’s Foyer Gallery . Omigod ya gotta love that Simon Scheuerle – nothing quite like a little agricultural-grade fisting, eh?

This ripper show has become a fixture on the annual program, and we look forward to it with great anticipation. So much fun.



Some of our all-time fave peeps were showing, from Jules Cuerden-Clifford…



…to Jacqueline Bradley…



Highlights here.

Last word on the subject goes to Ampersand Duck…


Country Show Central…

Our dear old mate Julie Cuerden-Clifford sent through a couple of snaps from the opening of The Country Show exhibition (held at the ANU School of Art Foyer Gallery recently) which we’d missed, sad to say – though La Gropp had filled us in, painting a marvellous portrait of Jules, centre stage, spun into the guise of the Fairy Floss Fairy! Everybody hopped straight in and started to eat her, apparently – what a wonderful departure from boring old bickies ‘n cheese.



We’re not sure if the sheep dog was actually doing trials but there was plenty of classic country show action nonetheless; including (prints of) ring events, crotchet-ed cake cosies, knitted vegetables, sundry preserves and a clot of country cookery…all in a class of its own.




It was such a success and so much fun that there’s serious talk of it becoming an annual event (in which case we are sooo going to put in something ourselves next year…)

Thanks Jules ♥♥♥