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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.

Roz Dibley from Bungendore Fine Art talks about December and January exhibitions at Bungendore Fine Art

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

Paul Jurak – Kayak Cameraman 2021 Calendar

Paul Jurak began kayaking in the thick of a punishing treatment regime for cancer, intending it to be a physical path to returned fitness. Never having kayaked, he took the plunge and bought two kayaks on the basis of an advertisement for a 50 per cent special, ventured untrained onto the lake and on his first sortie snapped a photo of his son using a phone camera.

Barbie talks with Paul Jurak
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Liz Lea: Interconnect – a DESIGN Canberra Festival event

Gorman House Arts Centre, Braddon
21 November at 2.30pm and 4.30pm
Bookings limited and essential, $30 and $25
https://designcanberrafestival.com.au/event/interconnect/

Interconnect is a sharing of movement and design, exploring the connections between India and Canberra, from the 80,000 years of history of the land, to the designs of Burley Griffin and the present Covid restrictions upon and within the body.

Barbie speaks with Liz Lea about Interconnect

Liz Lea, Apsaras Arts Canberra,  Vanaja Dasika, Ira Patkar, Debora di Centa and Rainbow for a delightful foray into classical Indian and contemporary dance viewed through the design of the body, place and space.

Photograph credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light – Liz Lea in performance at NPG 2020

DESIGN Canberra festival

Presented by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre
9 to 29 November 2020
Various venues

Now in its seventh year of events, exhibitions, activations, tours and talks, the festival celebrates Walter and Marion Griffin’s visionary design a century ago and the vibrant arts practice evident in this 21st century city.

Throughout November 2020, over 200 events, exhibitions, talks, tours, markets, artist studios and open homes will be showcased as DESIGN Canberra. The festival is for all interests and ages and most events are free. Last year a record 114,000 people attended the festival.

Full program at www.DesignCanberraFestival.com.au

Covid-safe conditions apply to all events.

Due to COVID-19, many DESIGN Canberra events will be smaller to meet social restrictions. We will need to manage numbers and bookings more closely. They don’t want people to miss out because someone has booked but not turned up. And so this year you’ll notice a couple of new processes.

There will be limits on the number of tickets you can book at one time, and more events will have a modest fee. This will hopefully mitigate the urge to book first and decide whether to go later. Other conditions of booking will be listed on the individual event pages.

Craft ACT is a registered charity and so proceeds from the booking fee will go directly to supporting local craft artists and designers.

The health and safety of audience and presenters is DESIGN Canberra’s top priority and so you are reminded to please stay home if any of the following applies to you:

  • You have had a COVID-19 test and are waiting for results
  • You have had contact with someone who has COVID-19 in the past 14 days
  • You are unwell or experiencing any symptoms of a cold or flu, even if it is just a little sniffle
  • You have visited a COVID-19 hotspot in the past 14 days

Photo: Darren Bradley