Friday, October 14, 2016

Glory days

I am loving the sunshine today after a few pretty miserable mid-week days where I got rained on twice (!) while going out to lunch.  I spent this morning at Heide Museum of Modern Art with my good friend Paula and it was so busy there today, we had to park at Banksia Park and walk up to the Central Galleries at Heide where the Making Modernism show is currently on.  The place was packed!  But it was fantastic to see Margaret Preston's work in particular, along with Grace Cossington-Smith and Georgia O'Keeffe.  O'Keeffe's work is so modern in nature, it looks like it could have been painted now and I wonder how her remarkable art would have been received in 1930s America.  While all three women never met, all of them have been influenced by nature and all lived to ripe old ages!  Their passion for art must have kept them young...
Paula and I stopped in at the Heide Store, which is also selling some beautiful products including a limited edition Margaret Preston tea towel and a recipe book (above) by Lesley Harding.  The store is also currently selling some gorgeous nature-inspired ceramics by Yvette De Lacy from Mountain Clay in Kinglake.  It's always very difficult to go there and not buy anything!
Finders Keepers featured book by James Gulliver Hancock
There is so much on this weekend, I'm not sure where to begin.  The Finders Keepers market starts tonight at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton and one of my new work friends Jen is working there all weekend.  Closer to home, the Ivanhoe Makers Market is on as well as Interlaken kindergarten's 50th anniversary from 11 am tomorrow.
Image via Montsalvat
If you're wanting to hit the road, Open Cellars of the Artisan Hills in Nillumbik is on all this weekend while the Montsalvat Arts Festival in Eltham and Practically Green Festival at Edendale Farm are also being held on Sunday.
Image via Spring Fling Street Festival
For something different, there's actually a special Star Wars reading event at Eltham Bookshop being held tomorrow while if you're heading closer to the city, the Spring Fling Street Festival is on in North Melbourne where my mum and her family all grew up.

Lots to choose from this weekend!  I've been really busy working on my next Bold Thinking Series event 'Free speech - how far is too far?' featuring La Trobe's legal experts Professor Patrick Keyzer and Dr Nicola Henry along with GetUp!'s Shen Narayanasamy (who was on Q&A on Monday night) and free speech advocate Chris Berg.  This discussion on revenge porn, decency and the law promises to be an interesting one!

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