Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Still Reflections

'Still' is the name of emerging local artist Mark Roberts' latest exhibition at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham and his arresting figurative work and distinctive portraits look pretty amazing - the portraits in particular have a touch of the Dutch Old Masters about them.
Portrait 2 (section) by Mark Roberts, Still exhibition 2012
Accompanying Roberts is Greensborough artist Louis Jetten - a Dutch Australian painter whose colourful 'Reflections' exhibition spans a number of decades with works including paintings in acrylic and gouache on paper.  The official opening is this Sunday 4 November from 2 - 4 pm with both exhibitions running until Sunday 25 November.  Entry is free.
Currently on at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre is Cloudy Sensoria exploring the intangible forms of sensation and featuring the work of Chris Cottrell, Georgina Cue, Jason Parmington, Malte Wagenfeld and Cara-Ann Simpson (who has previously been featured as a local profile).  Cara-Ann Simpson has also co-curated this exhibition with Malte Wagenfeld, which runs until Sunday 2 December.  Entry is free
Finally, there's a call to artists for Pimp my MUF 4 (sounds quite rude!) - an exhibition of custom painted ukeleles for next year's Melbourne Ukelele Festival being held 1 - 3 March in Northcote.  For entry details you can contact local artist Jacqueline Gwynne (who was also featured more recently as a local profile) at

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fun in the sun

Well I'm back on deck (at least in body if not in spirit) and I must say that the Year of the Dragon has certainly been living up to its reputation for me - it's been a year of change with a lot going on, I'm not sure if it's been the same for you as well?
Photo courtesy of Warren Lynam
Thought you might like to see a pic of the boys which almost made it into the Sunshine Coast Daily - strangely enough they were pipped at the post by a Californian girl in a bikini : ) which made page 3.
Image via Banyule City Council
We had a glorious time up north and managed to go the beach most days, swim in the pool, eat, sleep and read and not do much at all.  Mr Rosanna and I got to catch up on a few movies as well as watch a lot of TV - I was so excited to see the Banyule Homestead featured in the second episode ('Black Tide') of Jack Irish with Guy Pearce on the ABC while we were away.
Image via ABC Shop
Lots of stuff going on and I'll be back tomorrow as we gear up for the mad dash to Christmas!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A little break

My computer has died on me and I'm writing this on Mr Rosanna's laptop - it must mean I need to have a little break! There are a few events on over the next fortnight which I just wanted to mention in my absence - no links and no pictures so you're just getting the quick and dirty version.

Markets galore - The Finders Keepers Melbourne market is being held on Friday 19 & Saturday 20 October while the Suitcase Rummage market at The Thornbury Theatre, Diamond Village Preloved Baby & Kids Market and Eltham Community Craft Market are all on Sunday 21 October. On that same Sunday (21 October), the Practically Green Festival at Edendale Farm in Eltham is also on as well as the Nillumbik Mud Brick Tour.

On the Hill at Panton Hill is on the following Saturday 27 October while on Sunday 28 October you can  Breakfast with the Birds at 7.30am at the Old Shire Offices off Beverley Road in Heidelberg. The Cuban Jazz Festival is also being held that same day at Rochford Winery in the Yarra Valley.  Lots to see and do! I'll be back in a couple of weeks time.  Cheers!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Having a look

A few things on this weekend - if you're into mid century architecture and design, Robyn Boyd's Featherston House at 22 The Boulevard in Ivanhoe is having its Open Day this Sunday 7 October.  Tickets must be pre-purchased and are cheaper if you're a member of the Robyn Boyd Foundation.
Image via State Library of Victoria
The Hurstbridge Garage Sale Trail is also on this weekend from 8 am - 2 pm and the Hurstbridge Farmers Market (which we've sadly not yet visited) is on this Sunday.
Image via Hurstbridge Garage Sale Trail Facebook page

The Meeting Pool Restaurant in Eltham's Montsalvat also celebrates its re-launch this Sunday.  The last time I was there, the Masterchef crew were shooting some of their last TV series.

Finally the Love Vintage Melbourne Summer Show also starts tomorrow and runs all weekend.  Are the school holidays over yet?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In suburbia

A few new exhibitions to mention today.  'Recollections of a suburban boy' by newcomer Martin Gash opens at The Light Factory Gallery in Eltham today and runs until 28 October.  This is his first ever exhibition and his sublimely beautiful work includes cityscapes and landscapes of both Melbourne (where he has lived for the past 10 years) and the NSW Riverina area where he spent some of his adult years.
And they're racing (section) image by Martin Gash, Recollections of a suburban boy 2012
Established local artist Marcello D'Amico will also exhibit his work at The Light Factory Gallery at the same time in 'Drawing life' - 19 drawings and 4 sculptures which all celebrate the female form - something which has inspired D'Amico since the late 1990s.  The official opening for both exhibitions is this Sunday at the gallery from 2 - 4 pm.
Hera beggin Zeus image by Marcello D'Amico, Drawing life 2012
Meanwhile, Heidelberg artist Jacqueline Gwynne is curating a quirky animal-inspired exhibition titled 'The Origin of Fur & Whiskers' which opens this Friday night from 6 - 9 pm at Off the Kerb, 66B Johnston St in Collingwood.  It features both her work and 19 other very talented artists.
Image via Jacqueline Gwynne blog
Nb. Miss Rosanna is The Light Factory Gallery's freelance PR consultant