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Lesley Wallington – Birds on the Shoreline

Bungendore Fine Art
5 December 2020 to 25 January 2021

Depicting birds from the inland to the coast, this exhibition celebrates the diversity of birdlife inhabiting and visiting South Eastern Australia.  These recent works are watercolour, gouache and mixed media.

Lesley Wallington is a professional award-winning artist and tutor. Lesley is a keen bird watcher who volunteers for the South Coast Shorebird Recovery program. She currently paints in her home studio and conducts classes and workshops for Nature Art Lab in Canberra.

A Gift from Bob / A Christmas Gift from Bob – film review

Palace Electric Canberra
From 3 December 2020
Rated PG, 92 mins

James Bowen was a busker and recovering addict when, in 2007, he rescued an abandoned and injured cat, nursing it back to health.

He and the cat, christened Bob, became inseparable, winning admirers as they performed and sold The Big Issue on the streets of London.

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Graduating Exhibition of CIT Visual Arts students for 2020

Saturday 5 December, 10:00am – 4pm
DesignSpace gallery, L Block building, Reid Campus, Canberra Institute of Technology

In a highly challenging year for students and teachers across the world, it is a delight to see an exhibition of work by graduating art students at CIT Canberra.

The exhibition is testament to the dedication of both students and staff to the completion of bodies of work which express the individuality and talent of their makers.

At the VIP night on Thursday 3 December, Craft ACT awarded two Emerging Artist Support Scheme winners: Akka Ballenger (https://akkaballengerconstantin.com/) and Christine Little (@ChrisLittle_Art)

Akka Ballenger
Sally Black

The NAVA award of two years’ membership went to Sally Black (http://www.thesallyblack.com/)  – this award recognises a student’s preparation for professional practice.

Malyan Gilbert (pictured)

You can also find things of interest on Instagram: #CITDiplomavisualart2020 

Congratulations to all students and staff and best wishes to the graduates in their ongoing or new careers.

Canberra Sinfonia returns, and so does Lenny Weiss

Directed by Leonard Weiss
Natalie Nicolas & Lachner
Saturday 5 December at 2pm
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest ACT
Tickets: $35 at canberrasinfonia.com

We are delighted to see Artistic Director Leonard Weiss conducting the Canberra Sinfonia again, having recently returned from studying conducting with Marin Alsop in the USA.

Prime goals for the Sinfonia are to give exceptional performances of chamber music, and to promote new music, primarily by Australian composers, as a core feature of their concerts.

Lenny Weiss talks about the Canberra Sinfonia concert on 5 December
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Tim Olsen – Son of the Brush – A Memoir

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

Described as a memoir, Son of the Brush does indeed introduce us to some of the key figures of the art world in Australia in the 20th and 21st century,  in the context of the life of the author, son of painter John Olsen.

Tim Olsen grew up surrounded by people we now consider luminaries, but it is the personal, the candid appraisal of self and family that touched me most deeply in this book.

Barbie speaks with Tim Olsen
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Alchemy Chorus – a choir for people living with dementia and their carers

https://alchemychorus.com

Alchemy Chorus brings together people living with dementia, their relative or close friend, volunteer musicians and singers for a morning of music-making, story-sharing, laughter and fun.

The choir normally meets from 10am to 12noon on Thursdays at the Hughes Community Centre but COVID restrictions have meant a temporary relocation to the park opposite. Under the shade of an oak, the group works on its extensive repertoire under the leadership of Brian Triglone.

Barbie spoke to Alchemy Choir organisers and participants

Alchemy Chorus was founded in 2016 and provides not only the benefits of music but also of social interaction for both carers and dementia sufferers. The socialising with people who understand their situation is cited by carers as a major plus for the group. A third of the group is made up of volunteers, allowing for smooth administration and the organisation of regular concert performances.

We enjoyed a morning with the choir and found it to be a welcoming and well organised group, coping magnificently with the difficulties of the time, enjoying a great range of familiar songs and a healthy dose of laughter. Some excellent voices are members of the choir and these people are often soloists in the concerts.

New members are always welcome. It is advised to contact the choir organisers before attending. Contact details are on the Alchemy Chorus website.

Belinda Alexandra – The Divine Feline

(A Chic Lady’s Guide to Woman’s Best Friend)
Murdoch Books, Australia, 2020

This is a book that has enjoyed sumptuous production treatment with its striking fashion illustration style hard cover and velvety velour spine with cursive gold font. It is indeed an object of desire and worthy of its subject, the mystique of the cat.

Belinda Alexander talks about The Devine Feline
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Blanche d’Alpuget – The Cubs Roar

Ventura Press, Australia,  2020

This is the fifth of Blanche d’Alpuget’s Birth of the Plantagenets series and I confess that I come to it as a stand alone novel, not having yet read the four previous books. However, while reading the entire series is ideal and recommended, it is perfectly possible to enjoy this one alone.

Barbie talks to Blanche d”Alpuget about The Cubs Roar
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Joanna Nell – The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home

Hachette, Australia, 2020

This is the third of Joanna Nell’s novels, each of which explores aspects of ageing and particularly ageing for women. Jo writes with gentle humour, with compassion and respect, but never shirks from addressing the tough matter of this subject.

Barbie taoks to Joanna Nell about The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home
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Adaptation – Canberra Glassworks

In collaboration with Suki & Hugh Gallery
25 November – 20 December 2020 
Opening and Christmas launch 25 November, 4pm to 8pm

The events of 2020 have highlighted the need for collaboration and supporting each other as a community.  Hence this collaboration on the exhibition Adaptation.

Barbie interviewed some of the artists from Adaptation at the exhibition opening.

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Pub Rock – National Portrait Gallery

Until 14 February 2021
Free, but sessions bookings required under COVID rules
https://www.portrait.gov.au/

Pub Rock celebrates the people, places, scenes and sounds defining 1970s and 1980s Australia. Drawn primarily from the Gallery’s collection and enriched with works by leading Australian music photographers including Tony Mott and Wendy McDougall, Pub Rock  features staged portraits and publicity shots alongside images captured during unguarded moments and the grungy energy of live performances.

Exhibition curator Joanna Gilmour takes Barbie on a tour of Pub Rock
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Marilyn Chalkley – Swifty the Greyhound (Where is my Pie?)

Illustrated by Jane Ostler
Brogo Books Australia, 2020
https://www.brogobooks.com/

This charming tale of a recue greyhound recounts the (mostly) true story of the author’s adoption of her dog Swifty through Greyhound Connections, a voluntary Canberra based organisation that rehomes former racing greyhounds.

Barbie speaks with Marilyn Chalkley about Swifty the Greyhound
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Fleur McDonald – The Shearer’s Wife

Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2020

The Shearer’s Wife is the 16th and latest of Fleur McDonald’s best-selling rural suspense novels. It is set in small town regional South Australia and with a rich cast of characters, some of whom carry over from previous books. For new readers, no previous reading is required to immediately feel familiarity with the Barker community.

Fleur McDonald talks to Barbie about The Shearer’s Wife
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National Capital Orchestra resumes live rehearsals

Keep up to date at https://nationalcapitalorchestra.org.au/

When the orchestra last convened in March of this year, it was well into preparations for a concert in celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday, which included the composer’s famous 5th Symphony.

Barbie talks with the National Capital Orchestra’s Louis Sharpe
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Marion Schumacher – Seasons

Bungendore Fine Art
From 7 November 2020

Marion Schumacher’s exhibition depicts the beauty of the Australian bush – the trees, the rocks, the waterways. With affection and a keen eye for detail, Marion invites us to observe the preciousness of pristine natural places and to note not just the broad sweep of a view but to also see the finer aspects a closer inspection delivers.

Marion Schumacher walks around the exhibition with Barbie

Her subjects in this exhibition include coral reefs, waterfalls, the beach, boats and tree filled scenes, all capturing the particular qualities of light rendered by the changing seasons.

Marion has drawn and painted since childhood. After attending art colleges and privately run art schools, she freelanced as a sign writer before becoming a professional artist in her 20s. She recently became a partner in the Bungendore Fine Art Gallery.

Image: Marion Schumacher – Southern Tablelands View