Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Seizui - Essence

This is the name of Nerina Lascelles' free exhibition which opens tomorrow night at the Long Gallery at Montsalvat.  Her beautiful Asian-inspired works will be on display until Sunday 2 October.  Nerina is this year's Nillumbik Prize People's Choice Award winner who was featured on this blog a couple of weeks ago as a local profile.
Mopoke by Darren Gilbert
Speaking of art, I briefly popped into The Light Factory Gallery today to see the Wild 4 Art exhibition.  Much of Darren Gilbert's work (sculptures) has already sold but you can still see works for sale by Janet Matthews (who is also running classes at the gallery), Vida Pearson and Rodger Scott until this weekend.

While I was at the gallery I also went into the Brougham St Bazaar right next door and came out with lighter pockets including a wedding present for my sister!  It's well worth a look if you're into vintage and collectables and more affordable than the Peninsula and Yarra Valley.

Nb: Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Spring into action

Image via Manningham City Council
Aah Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait to start spending more time outdoors again despite coming down with hay fever as an adult.  Mr R and I have also started running again which is so much better once the days are warmer and lighter.  Speaking of which, there is an actual Spring Outdoors 2011 regional program of environmental events which is a collective effort by Banyule City Council, Manningham City Council and Nillumbik Shire Council.  Events run from August until November.  Click here to access a copy.

Father's Day is this Sunday and I've organised Mr Rosanna's present and will reveal what it is next week.  Something small but something that's very him which is what we both like to do - giving personal and individual gifts to each other based on our grand passions in life.  We're actually celebrating Father's Day with the extended family this coming weekend with a pub lunch so it will be a lot of fun, a bit like an early Christmas.  More tomorrow!

Monday, August 29, 2011


I'm back - did you miss me?  I had a great time blogging for the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival but I must say it's nice to be writing my own blog again.  Aside from Winter in Banyule, I have spent the past couple of weeks catching up with friends and family and enjoying the warmer weather.  It's funny how you suddenly get an influx of invitations to events once winter ends. 
Party in New York by Kat Mcleod image via Michi Girl
One of the highlights was celebrating my friend Jules' birthday.  The girls and I decided to buy her a Kat McLeod print - something she's always wanted.  Above is a picture of the exact same print we got Jules called 'Party in New York' - wishful thinking on our part!  Jules had a great birthday party and is now sunning herself on a beach somewhere in Bali.

I also caught up with some old work friends of mine at St Katherine's in Kew.  My in-laws have previously been there for dinner and were quite underwhelmed by it due to the noise and cafeteria-style set up inside.  However I have to say I loved it, it's loud but nowhere near as loud as Hellenic Republic where you have to shout to be heard.  The food was great (we ordered a la carte), the service young and exuberant and it was pumping the night I went during the week.  I also loved the L'Occitane soap and Dyson hand dryer in the toilets!  Would definitely go back again with a group of friends.
Finally, my friend Kate is wanting to sell her Art Deco 6-piece (three seater couch and three single chairs) lounge suite which was fully re-upholstered in 2005.  I don't normally spruik things on my blog but if you are interested or know someone who is, please email me:
Lots on this coming week with Father's Day and other things on.  More tomorrow.  It's great to be back!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Winter in Banyule

Please come and join me for the next 10 days as I blog for the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival!

I'm sure there'll be something to interest each of you and I look forward to seeing you at some of the exciting Winter in Banyule events.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Love is in the air

What a beautiful day it's been today.  I've been sitting outside on my deck soaking up the sun while the boys have been running around like little mad men.  It's great to know Spring is finally on its way.  I've often told Mr Rosanna I don't think I could live anywhere colder than Melbourne.

As of tomorrow I'll be blogging for the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival which officially opens on Thursday 18 August so you won't be hearing from me until Monday week.
I don't often talk about my own family but thought you might be interested in seeing a photo of my sister Andrea and her hubby Julien who just got married and eloped to Hong Kong!  My love and congratulations to the happy couple.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Winter magic

There's a hell of a lot on between now and the end of Winter.  There are a few events I wanted to mention between now and Wednesday when I cross over to the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival blog.
Meeting Pool image via Montsalvat
Firstly, Montsalvat in Eltham is holding a Greek Feast this Thursday night at their newly opened Meeting Pool restaurant which had a recent write-up in The Age Epicure.  Tickets are $60 per person including a glass of ouzo and bookings are essential on 9431 2681.  Matthew Fagan is also launching his CD at Monsalvat this Sunday.
It's National Bookshop Day this Saturday so please head to your local bookstore like Andrew's Books or Eltham Bookshop and buy yourself a book or two - remember 70 cents for every dollar you spend stays in our local community.  The inaugural Magnolia Square market is also on this weekend at The Centre Ivanhoe and is part of the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival.  There are over 50 retailers showing their beautiful wares as part of this event.
Image via NTA Tourism
Finally, the Hursbridge Wattle Festival is being held on Sunday 28 August - I've heard that it's a huge event with lots of queues and crowds so plan your trip well, go early if you can and be prepared to wait if you do go.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Local profile - Nerina Lascelles

I've talked a lot about art and artists this week so it seems fitting that today's local profile is Nerina Lascelles - this year's Nillumbik Prize People's Choice Award winner and current artist-in-residence at Dunmoochin in Cottles Bridge.  I love that she also works an Art Therapist as well as her whole Asian aesthetic and am looking forward to her upcoming exhibition at Monsalvat in September.
Name: Nerina Lascelles
Occupation: Artist and Art Therapist
Lives/works: Artist in residence at 'Dunmoochin', Cottlesbridge
How long have you lived/worked here? 1.5 years

Describe yourself/what you do:
I am a Melbourne artist who has been exhibiting in Australia and internationally for over 20 years.  My paintings are part of private collections in Australia, Singapore, UK, America and Japan.  In my philosophy, I start with the proposition that the role of the artist is to depict the sacred.  It is the sacred things in the art of other traditions and cultures that primarily inspires my art practice.

I have also been practising as an Art Therapist for over 10 years.  I conduct sessions and consultations with a wide array of marginalised community groups and health services including homeless, drug and alcohol, and depression and stress disorder clinics.
"Clouds veil the moon..." Mixed media on canvas, Nerina Lascelles 2011
My most recent influences have been drawn from travel to Japan. These paintings consist of a pastiche of origami paper and fragments of kimonos along with gold and silver leaf, acrylic paint, bitumen and encaustic wax.  All these materials have been combined to create works that reflect the antique objects that inspire them while standing on their own as objects of beauty.

An upcoming exhibition of my work will open on Thursday 1 September in the Long Gallery at Montsalvat in Eltham.  This new series of paintings has been inspired by Haiku poetry from the Japanese masters and will be showing until 2 October. 

Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's north-east:
I haved lived in the beautiful leafy Nillumbik Shire for all my life.  While I have travelled the globe extensively in search of inspiration for my artwork, this beautiful part of the world always calls me home.  Over the years rural settings in Eltham, Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground and Cottles Bridge have provided the perfect environment for my studios.  Places of peace, tranquility and silence… where the creative process can be nurtured. These areas are also very close to our world-class city of Melbourne.. which delivers artistic stimulation of a different kind!

For more information:
Contact:  +61 422 800 713

Thursday, August 11, 2011


The Claydescope ceramic exhibition at Bulleen Art & Garden starts today and runs until 17 September at the Bolin Bolin Gallery as part of the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival.  The exhibition showcases works by members of The Claydreamers Pottery Studio who work in a variety of ceramic disciplines from garden sculpture to functional pottery.  I love the little Japanese looking girls below.  Entry is free and the gallery is open during nursery hours.  For more information contact 8850 3030 or visit 
Bulleen Art & Garden is located at 6 Manningham Road West, Bulleen.

Speaking of plants and flowers, I popped into Jaclyn Roma Floral Design at Eaglemont Village to buy a present today and met Jacki New who is just gorgeous, as is her beautiful shop.

Lastly, the Monty Community Group is holding a carbon-neutral bush dance this Saturday night at Petrie Park Hall in Montmorency.  Tickets are $25 per person (you're not required to bring a partner) or $35 for families.  Call Jane on 9431 1445 or email:

Nb. Miss Rosanna is a freelance copywriter for Banyule City Council 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wild 4 Art

I've spoken before of the wildlife to be seen in this area and there are a number of wildlife exhibitions that will be showing around the place over the next few months.
Guinea Fowl Quintet by Janet Matthews
First cab off the rank is The Light Factory Gallery whose 'Wild 4 Art' group exhibition opens today and runs until 4 September.  Wild 4 Art is a collective of four very talented and dynamic wildlife artists - Janet Matthews, Vida Pearson (who has just returned from Madagascar of all places), Rodger Scott and Darren Gilbert.  Janet has also previously designed stamps for Australia Post.  The official opening is this Sunday from 2 - 4 pm at The Light Factory Gallery, 21 Brougham Street in Eltham.  How gorgeous are these birds?
Crimson Rosellas by Vida Pearson
The Wildlife Art Society will also be exhibiting at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre from 1 - 18 September incorporating the Wild Art Awards.

Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Green house

The 'Create an Energy Efficient Home' workshop is being held tonight at Preston Shire Hall from 7 - 9 pm by Darebin City Council while Banyule Council will hold the same workshop on Wednesday 24 August at the Rethink Centre Banksia St, Bellfield.  These workshops are part of the Sustainable Homes & Communities Program - a fantastic series of programs  and events designed to provide individuals and groups with practical information on helping to reduce our energy, water and food bills, produce less waste and create a more sustainable home and community.  Registration is essential.  Email: or call Katelyn Fryer on 8470 8873 to register.
Image via Banyule City Council
The other thing I've been wanting to mention is that there are a number of Food Swaps around Banyule and Nillumbik.  Diamond Creek, Olympic Village Heidelberg and Rivers at Yarrambat hold swaps on the first Saturday of each month while Montmorency holds theirs on the first Sunday of every month.  Churinga, Greensborough Food Swap is held on the second Saturday of every month and Bulleen Art & Garden and Allwood House, Hurstbridge on the third Saturday of every month.  You can find more details in Banyule Council's Green Wrap newsletters. 

Nb.  Miss Rosanna is a freelance copywriter for Banyule City Council

Monday, August 8, 2011

You're invited... a number of events on around the place this week.
Image via Banyule City Council
Firstly, the Winter in Banyule program launch is on tomorrow night from 6-7 pm at Watsonia Library, Ibbotson St, Watsonia.  This is a free event and will feature performances from Poets@Watsonia and Eilish Gilligan. RSVP: or ph: (03) 9490 4222.  Please advise of dietary requirements or special needs
Image via Text Publishing
Eltham Bookshop, Montsalvat and Text Publishing are also holding an event this Thursday night from 6.30pm at Montsalvat to celebrate the publication of Arnold Zable's new book, Violin Lessons.  Arnold Zable will be in conversation with Morag Fraser along with a musical performance by Freydi Mrocki, lead singer of Klezmania, and guest accompanist.  Entry is $10 and includes refreshments.  Prepaid and early bookings are essential - please phone: 9439 8700 or email:

Nb: Miss Rosanna is a freelance copywriter for Banyule City Council

Friday, August 5, 2011

Local profile - Jeannette Davison

Bloggers are real people and I was thrilled to meet another fellow blogger in the north-east this week - Jeannette Davison - who has one of the most beautiful blogs called Isiiad.  Not surprisingly, Jeannette has a professional background in art having previously worked as an art teacher and Gestalt therapist amongst other things.  She is also a talented artist in her own right and a former inner city dweller who moved to this area seeking a more peaceful existence near the river.
Photo of Jeannete Davison by Kerry Cross, Nerina Lascelles Exhibition opening
Name: Jeannette Davison
Occupation: Blog writer 
Lives/works: Warrandyte
How long have you lived/worked here?  Just over one year.
Photo of Jeannette Davison by Kerry Cross for Kaya Storm's blog
Describe yourself/what you do: 
I write an arts and design blog called Isiiad, which is an acronym for I Saw it in a Dream.  During the two years I searched for a house in Warrandyte, I dreamt that I found  a lovely home among the gumtrees, where I could give my creative spirit free rein.  Just over a year ago I made the big move from St Kilda to a lovely spot by the river at Warrandyte.  I called my new home Isiiad.  The blog grew out of having the opportunity to 'smell the gumtrees' in my beautiful new environment.  I now spend my days meeting artists in their studios, checking out local artisan shops and finding out what's on at my favourite local galleries. Best job ever!
Best thing(s) about living/working in Melbourne's north-east:

The early mornings filled with birdsong let me know that all's well with the world.  The way the fog fills the space between the trees and the way that the water 'laughs' over the rocks in the river at the bottom of my garden, is a source of great pleasure.  Even the washing smells better here.

At the end of the day the killer sunsets over the river, seen from my deck, are frequently accompanied by a noisy aeronautical display from thirty sulphur crested cockatoos…it's better than the telly.

For more information:

Thursday, August 4, 2011

In the mood for a market

Aah...can you feel Spring in the air?  I'm starting to get excited and am loving being outside again.  Just need to get back on track exercise-wise and I'll be all set for Summer...
Image via
Anyway, a couple of markets are on this weekend which I've not previously mentioned.  The Sisters' Market is on this Saturday 6 August from 10 am - 4 pm at the Brunswick Town Hall in Brunswick - a hop, skip and a jump away from where I used to live.  Independent fashion and design lovers will enjoy this one.

The other is the The Bumble Bee Baby & Children's Market also being held on Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm at the Diamond Village Shopping Centre in Watsonia.  Happy shopping!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A new kind of seduction

Monsalvat Great Hall image via Wikipedia
Sounds saucy doesn't it?  It's actually the name of a new exhibition by Neil Mcleod who wants to 're-write photography', which opens at Montsalvat in Eltham tomorrow night and runs until 11 September.

The Yarra Valley Grammar School is also holding an exhibition of work by their Certificate IV in Design students which opens tomorrow at Monsalvat in the Long Gallery until 28 August.  The design course is targeted at those students wanting to work in arts, design and fashion.

Image via
The James Sherlock Trio are also playing at Monsalvat on Sunday 7 August.  Tickets are $35 ($25 senior / concession) plus booking fee and are also available at the door on the day.  To book, visit or phone 03 9685 5111

Speaking of music, Montmorency Shopping Village is holding a free music in the park event this Saturday 6 August with Lot 56 playing from 11 am - 1 pm if you're in the area.  They'll repeat the event with The Rechords on Saturday 20 August.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Art for everyone

How nice have the past few days been?  I can finally believe Winter is coming to an end.  Before it does though, it will go out with a bang as there are lots of things happening in the lead up to Spring.
Image via Winter in Banyule
The first thing I want to mention is the Winter in Banyule Arts Festival which is held from 18-28 August each year.  There's over 20 events over the 10 days of the festival, all of which are free or low cost and designed for people of all ages.  Keep an eye out for the program which is out today or you can find a list of all events on the Winter in Banyule blog.
Image via Winter in Banyule
Speaking of which, it will be me who is writing the blog to accompany the festival program!  I hope to see you at some of the events over the festival and have already picked out my favourites.  More news tomorrow on what's happening around the place as we say farewell to Winter...

Nb. Miss Rosanna is a freelance copywriter for Banyule City Council

Monday, August 1, 2011

Deco desires

Image via
Mr Rosanna and I had a look at this beautiful Art Deco house for sale in Ivanhoe East on the weekend.  It's called 'Bukit Raja' meaning 'King of The Mountain' and it would make a fantastic restoration project - it was featured in Home Beautiful when it was originally built in 1946.
Image via
Speaking of Art Deco, Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett's 'New York' book is also on my wish list.  I love the picture on the front cover of the iconic Art Deco Chrysler building and if I could go to New York to do a foodie's tour - I'd be taking this book with me.  There is a Melbourne Writer's Festival event on at Vue de monde on Tuesday 30 August where Shannon Bennett will be celebrating his book along with a three course meal matched with wine.  Tickets are $170 and can be booked at

Finally, I read with some dismay about the Eltham Bookshop's future being under a cloud due to the impact of the internet.  I will be making a beeline for the store to buy my books and I encourage those of you who live in the area to please support Meera and her store.  Bookshops, cafes and galleries are the heart and soul of any community and make living here in the north east all the more wonderful.