The Highlands is known for the strength and creativity of its artistic community. Practitioners of all levels, from national icons to enthusiastic amateurs, come to the area for the cool air, natural beauty and lifestyle which combine to provide an inspirational environment in which to create. The region supports a vibrant Arts/Culture ethos that is reflcted in the wealth of events, performances, exhibitions and festivals that occur
through every season, all year. As a dedicated Arts & Culture site for the Southern Highlands, ARTSfie is both a teaser for the spectacular creative offerings of the region, and a calendar of events for various cultural happenings during the year. We trust that you enjoy what you see and look forward to meeting you here in the
November is Southern Highlands ARTS Trail time! Visual artists across the Highlands open their studio doors for visitors to explore their creative habitats and purchase works direct from the maker. Exhibiting artists range from full-time professionals to emerging artists across genres including painting, ceramics, jewellery, woodwork, photography, sculpture and printmaking.
Join us at our ImaginArta Puppet Theatre for “The Story of Mr B.” by Shake Shake Theatre
This surprise filled puppet show, set in a giant pop-up book, tells the story of Mr Bumblegrum. As we turn from one page to the next, this grumbling character goes on a colourful, moving journey through the seasons. Nature tries to cheer him up with tenderness and humour; trees play, the sun swirls, mushrooms laugh and snow falls. As spring arrives Mr Bumblegrum realises he wants friendship again.
Can you help blow the stormy clouds away?
Will you be his friend?
Delighting audiences young and old.
Performed with puppets, animated objects and shadow theatre.
Join us at ImaginArta for a very special family experience where master puppeteer and performer Pierre Filliez from Shake Shake Theatre shares the tale of “The King’s Nightingale”.
Built in an old suitcase, the show is inspired by Andersen’s famous tale “The Nightingale of the Emperor of China”, where a nightingale with a marvellous song and a prodigious mechanical bird compete with each other and end up being stopped, to the great displeasure of the sovereign who owns them.
“An exclusive pleasure for those who get involved here. Pierre Filliez has created a very special “fairy tale” atmosphere with his voice, facial expressions and gestures. ”
Duration: 30 minutes
Duration: 30 minutes
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New art exhibition with paintings from Ann and Glen Morton with ceramics by Greg Daly.
Siblings Ann and Glenn Morton were born in Cowra, country New South Wales in 1958. The Morton family always competed in the local show, and Ann found her niche in the art competition, often taking months to complete a dozen or more works each year for the show. Working mainly in black and white in the early years, animals, birds, still life and portraits made an amazingly good foundation for a career in art. Ann has had her work hung in The Archibald Portrait Prize, The Doug Moran Portrait Prize and The Portia Geach Portrait prize. Glenn is a well-known traditional artist and is a member of the Morton Gallery in Cowra. Exhibiting with Ann and Glenn, renowned ceramicist Greg Daly is internationally known and respected as a ceramic artist specialising in rich glaze effects. His work is represented in 24 international book publications, in 80 national and international art galleries and museums (including the National Gallery of Australia and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London), and he has won 36 national and international awards and is the author of three books on glazes.
The Morton gallery is one of Cowra’s tourist attractions showcasing a lifetime of artwork by the Morton family Ron Morton, Ann Morton and Glenn Morton. This exhibition will display Glen’s passion for art and his interpretations of still subjects & landscape within landscapes. In this exhibition, Greg’s ceramics will feature in Ann Morton’s still life paintings as well as stand-alone artworks. The two artists have combined their talents to showcase their extraordinary skills jointly in the superb still life paintings by Ann and exquisite ceramics by Greg.
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Drawn from AGSA’s collection, Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) showcases major contemporary works by celebrated women artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands – cultural custodians of an oral tradition that epitomises the art of storytelling. Working individually and collaboratively, these women leaders share an irrepressible desire to create ground-breaking works, deeply embedded with cultural knowledge and rich in ceremonial song and performance. Presented as part of AGSA’s acclaimed Tarnanthi program, this regional touring exhibition reflects the adaptive genius, energy and dynamism of Aṉangu culture and the inspiring tale of women supporting each other across generations.
Key artists include Angkuna Baker, Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Sylvia Ken, Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani, Rhoda Tjitayi, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Kaylene Whiskey and Yaritji Young – to name a few.
‘The Seven Sisters story has always been important for Aṉangu women and it is more important today than ever before… This is the power of women leaders. We can make all the women coming behind us fly.’ – Nyunmiti Burton 2021
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Build your confidence and learn the simple art of seafood with Anna Philips, Seafood Master and Foundation Teacher at the Sydney Seafood School.
Anna has a commitment to and has a passion for sustainable seafood with over 40 years experience teaching and writing about Australian seafood. She takes her inspiration from freshwater rivers to the NSW South Coast.
When cooking seafood it’s all about timing and a fresh seasonal product for the right dish. With delicate fish you need to celebrate with unique flavours and enhance with fresh herbs. For balancing textures with cuttlefish, octopus and squid, pair with breadcrumbs, crispy pancetta or capers.
In this class you will learn:
* seafood has seasons just as other fresh produce and that sustainable seafood choices are very achievable* how to clean and prepare a whole squid to cook two ways* how to fillet a whole fish* how to bake the whole fish for a table feast* all about mussels – a delicious mollusc packed with iron and so quick and easy to prepare.* all about prawns – cooked v’s raw
Tips and tricks for purchasing, storage and just how easy seafood can be to cook.
After our cook up we will sit down for a seafood feast with local wine.
Cut of date for booking is Thursday 13th October at 9.00AM
A Weekend Flower & Butterfly Illustration Workshop with Nature artist Peter Wale.
Celebrate the beauty of Spring in this stimulating Drawing and Painting Workshop.
Express yourself using Coloured Pencils, Watercolour Pencils and/or Watercolour Paints.
Step-by-Step guidance will be provided using each of these well loved mediums and showing how they can be combined for maximum effect.
Lots of demonstrations and personal tuition will be given.
Both beginners and more experienced artists are welcome and will benefit.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own reference material, although this will be provided. The theme of Flowers and Butterflies is optional. Other nature subjects may be undertaken.
Book: 4861 4093 or email@example.com
Workshop will take place at the BDAS Studios at 1 Short Street, Bowral
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This is local artist Doctor Mary Lou Pavlovic’s third school holiday camp for children. Mary Lou is a registered Creative Kids Provider, so government vouchers are welcome, contact the artist firstname.lastname@example.org about vouchers.Activities include robot puppets, blow scream paintings, mandala making, art cooking, 3 day mural, alien snow domes, glow jars, coloured wood temporary sculpture, slime, oobleck, salt and fizzy painting, clay, drawing and much more!Camps: 4-7 years 9.30am – 12.30pm 8-12 years 1.30pm – 4.30pmMon-Wed Camp :$135Thurs- Fri Camp $90One-off Session: $60Five Days: $200Call: 0412 609 917 for further informationSee: www.facebook.com/@artacrossgenerationsMary Lou Pavlovic holds a PhD, MA & BA in Visual Arts, has a Working with Children Check, National Police Check and as a Creative Kids Provider must hold all legally required insurances and completed a Child Safety Course through the Office of the Children’s Guardian. Additionally, she works as a tutor to primary school children assisting those with learning difficulties through art. Mary Lou Pavlovic’s artwork can be found in many national collections including the National Gallery of Australia.
Display of Orchids from the Southern Highlands Orchid Society members. There will be orchids available for sale and the entry of a gold coin will be donated to CanAssist in the Southern Highlands.
Presenter: Peter “The Magician” Kazacos
Ages 4-7 yrs
Calling kids aged 4-7yrs, this one’s for you!
Mini Magic Explorers is a mini magic workshop designed for younger children. In this short but super fun workshop Mini Magic Explorers will come together to learn great tricks, play games, do craft and experience a morning of exciting magical fun.
During this workshop kidlets will:
• Experience the excitement of magic
• Have fun with interactive games & craft
• Learn & perform their very own (& new) Magic trick… Balancing Bird + more!
Morning tea will be provided. Magic trick props go home with their mini maker.
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Emerging Sydney artist Layla Stanley has chosen the Milk Factory gallery in Bowral to display her debut exhibition ‘This and That’ launching this weekend.
Ms Stanley created a series of lifelike drawings inspired by Australia’s iconic native birds in a new intimate exhibition, alongside local artists Timm O’Regan, Linda Chant and Tony Dagg to showcase drawings, sculptures, paintings and ceramics.
A former architecture graduate, Ms Stanley turned her side-hustle into a thriving business after becoming inundated with commissions during the pandemic lock-downs.
Ms Stanley said her pastel drawings for this collection are inspired by the emotion and personality of birds she has met in aviaries and in the wild.
“I like to get up close and personal with my subjects, waiting until the birds are relaxed enough to approach me so that I can take in every detail, particularly their feathers and colours,” Ms Stanley said.
The 28-year-old then takes photos and begins to bring them to life on the canvas, painstakingly drawing for up to 12 hours per day with each portrait taking around two weeks to complete.
Her works of art feature up-close views of species including cockatoo, lorikeet, hawk and parrot are as striking as they are beautiful.
“I’ve been fascinated by animals and the way they find ways to communicate with you for as long as I can remember,” says Ms Stanley.
The artist is a regular visitor to Bowral to visit family, and loves the escape from the City the highlands provides.
Her aim for this collection is to bring a little bit of joy or relief to people after a tough few years.
This and That, Us and Them, new works by Layla Stanley, Linda Chant, Tony Dagg and Timm O’Regan is showing at Milk Factory, Pop Up Gallery 1 Southern Highlands until 14 September.
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