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Dame Edna please phone, I have your face by Maree Coote
If you are looking for the trendiest art scene and gallery, then look no further then MELBOURNSTYLE in South Melbourne. At 155 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne, this store is where the latest Melburniana memorabilia and Melbourne history blends with modern art, home decor, jewellery, books, scarves, and much much more. Artists of Melbourne unite in this scrumptious one stop shop store.
Melburniana Memorabilia with MELBOURNESTYLE and finese
And there are regular exhibitions running in the stunning art gallery and space above the store.
Launch of Maree Coote's Spellbound Book the next gold winner? / Image courtesy of MELBOURNESTYLE
If you are lucky, there might be a few art works from the last exhibition still on display for you to glimpse and carry home. The last exhibition was of Maree Coote's (pronounced cutie - and she is one) wonderful, graphical icon, alphabet book with a twist called "Spellbound". In the past Maree has been a three time gold medal winner including her most recent win the coveted "2015 NEW YORK IPPY GOLD for Best Regional Non-Fiction" award. That's right! Maree's book named (wait for it) "The MELBOURNE Book" has won the gold. I think this book will be in the running for another gold.
With these new colourful inventions, she has stylized Australia's famous people in both the book and matching expressive wall art. For example, the one I snapped up was Dame Edna, where Dame Enda's image is graphically created with the spelling of her name. It is a beyond clever concept of Maree's. And she is always coming up with yet another winner of an idea.
Master of Ceremonies David Astle / Image courtesy of MELBOURNESTYLE
At the launch of the book "Spellbound" and gallery display, Master of Ceremonies, David Astle, The Age's "DA"- Cross Word guru, and star of Letters and Numbers on ABC TV, and author of "Riddledom", was thrilled to see his portrait sparkling under lights on the wall for all to applaud. Twins!
Maree Coote's new book Spellbound / Image courtesy of MELBOURNESTYLE
But this new book goes beyond that, it travels the world depicting iconic characters, iconic buildings, and adorable animals. This book is for ages 2 to 102. I happily traipsed home with my autographed copy and my Dame Edna treasure. Now all I have to do is find out how to get Dame Edna to autograph her lovely face.
Dear Dame Enda, when you read this, please contact me; make my life!)
What a thrill to meet Maree and get an autograph in her book. And she is at the shop, MELBOURNESTYLE, regularly, so you might also get her autograph, if you stopped in. But maybe call ahead, so you will not be disappointed, as she is a very busy lady about town.
Since the last exhibition was a ripper, I can't wait for the new exhibition coming up March 22 to April 3, 2016. This is your chance to see this very Australian art. If you pop in today, you may be lucky and some of the art, that was not sold out, might still on the walls. But don't leave it too late, as they need a few days to clean out the old and bring in the new artwork for the next dynamic showing. If you get there and the walls are snow white, not to worry, check out their fab website to see the art almost at its best a www.melbournestyle.com.au/ and snap up your favourite fame.
A Lynda Pola Creation of a Creation / Image courtesy of MELBOURNESTYLE
The exhibition coming up includes "New Holande: Flora and Fauna" by Lynda Pola whose art absolutely pops. Maree states, "European eyes struggled with the strange and wondrous Antipodean creatures they encountered during early landings. In this unique collection of screen prints, Lynda rediscovers the eye of the beholder".
Off to the exhibition as I just must see these starkers
The other exhibition, on at the same time, is another clever one by Maree Coote called "Naked History". Again Maree explains, "What does it mean when the trappings of history are stripped from the legend, when all that remains is the flesh, up close and personal. No uniforms, no status, no narrative to elevate the individual, just the skin we live in while we live...the limbs we rely on, the intimacy we know." I am beyond intrigued and planning my city trip as soon as I finish this article. I better call her at 9696 8445 and make a date and you should too.