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                            ARTS & CULTURE | Winter Scene
 arts for all
BEYOND THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS’ COMFORT CULTURE OF MISTY MORNINGS, LOG FIRES AND STEAMING BOWLS OF SOUP IS A VIBRANT AND THRIVING ART SCENE. SO READ UP, RUG UP AND HEAD OUT TO SOME EXHIBITIONS THAT WILL GENERATE THEIR OWN HEAT. OR AS AMANDA MACKEVICIUS WRITES, WHY NOT SIGN UP TO AN ART CLASS AND LET THAT FIRED UP CREATIVE ENERGY WARM YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL THIS WINTER.
    Bowl by Mollie Bosworth
Sturt Winter School
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw or paint, knit a tea cosy or sculpt a figure in clay, now’s your chance. The arts and craft centre known simply as ‘Sturt’ is hosting
its annual Winter School from July 9 to 13. There are 16 week long adult classes and five one day courses
for children aged 7 to 12 years. They include contemporary embroidery, Saori cloth weaving, wood carving and textile printing, taught by fascinating teachers from around the country. Course fees include art talks, demonstrations and social events, with four or five night accommodation and meal packages available. This
is a unique and special cultural experience. sturt.nsw.edu.au/ education/winter-school
Cultivate – Inspired by Nature
Elsewhere at Sturt, which was started by educationalist and Frensham founder Winifred West in 1941, the gallery is hosting a beautiful group show featuring new work in jewellery, ceramics, basketry and textiles by artists including Helen Earl, Mollie Bosworth, Cathy Franzi, Julie Ryder, Beth Hatton, Cara Johnson, Sophie Carnell and Leanne Marshall. With exhibitions such as Cultivate – Inspired by Nature, Sturt is a gem in the crown of the Highlands arts scene. The longest continually running arts and crafts centre in the country, it continues to host nationally and internationally recognised artisans who come to live, stay, work and teach at Sturt. The centre has accumulated one of the important collections of post war contemporary craft outside of our national collecting institutions. The collection, which comprises almost 800 objects including ceramics, woodwork, jewellery, textiles, basketry and glass, was deemed of national significance after assessment by the National Library
of Australia in 2011. June 10-July 29, Sturt Gallery, Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong; sturt.nsw.edu.au
Country – Ancient Lands
Sturt is also hosting an exhibition
of new work by ceramic artist Avi Amesbury. Country – Ancient Lands was inspired by her recent artist’s residency at the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center in Tel Aviv. August 5-September 16, Sturt Gallery, Cnr Range Road and Waverley Parade, Mittagong; sturt.nsw.edu.au
Bowral Art Gallery & BDAS
Thank goodness for the Bowral District Art Society and its beautiful, cosy and warm gallery space for hire. Many a local artist has exhibited here, solo or in a group, including those attending classes and workshops in the adjacent studio. Throughout the year, this community focused gallery hosts sponsored Art Prize Exhibitions, with generous cash prizes awarded. Two popular annual competitions will be held this winter, the Pirtek Still Life Prize from June 29 to July 8 and the Bowral Art Prize from August 10 to 19. Exhibition openings here are always fun (well attended and well catered) and are open to all. In total, another eight will be held at Bowral Gallery this winter. Moss Vale multimedia artist Lucinda McDonald kicks things off with Steel.Paper.Paint until June
5. Landscape painter A-F Fulgence, who holds painting and drawing workshops at BDAS throughout the year, will show her students’ work in the gallery from July 28 to August 5.
1 Short Street, Bowral, 10am-4pm daily; bdasgallery.com
Paris Impressions in Ink
Arthead Gallery Blues Art Prize
Artist Sonja Millis and Arthead Gallery are hosting the inaugural Blues Art Prize featuring blue art (as in the colour) in any medium, sized 16 x 16 inches (flat or squared). Call 4868 2000 for more information. June 9-17, 478 Argyle Street, Moss Vale; arthead.com.au
Wombat Hollow,
Desmond Freeman’s Paris
– Impressions in Ink
Bowral artist and illustrious interior designer Desmond Freeman launches his masterpiece, Desmond Freeman’s Paris – Impressions in Ink, at friends Michael and Suzie Yabsley’s Wombat Hollow. This is the second in his
series of five magnificent hardbacks showcasing iconic cities in pen and ink, and the launch will be accompanied by an exhibition of Freeman’s prints from the book, which contains more than
50 drawings. His first book, Desmond Freeman’s Venice – Impressions in Ink, features over 50 detailed ink drawings of the architecture and vistas of Venice and won the top global award in the Fine Art Books section of the 2017 Independent Publisher book awards from a pool of 5000 entries.
July 5 talk from the artist & exhibition July 6-8 Wombat Hollow, 300 Kirkland Road, East Kangaloon wombathollow.net.au E
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