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Gippsland Arts Festival 2015 - Creative Gippsland

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Be inspired at the Gippsland Arts Festival
The Gippsland Arts Festival is a wonderful event that celebrates the region's creativity.

From 1st May to 31st May, the Festival will be jam-packed with things to do and see. There are over 150 events taking place this month all over Gippsland - from Phillip Island to Mallacoota, Yarragon to Briagolong, Drouin to Omeo, and everywhere in between.

There are exhibitions at all galleries, artist-led tours, hands-on workshops, art business workshops, designer-made objects to appreciate, film festivals to enjoy, classical music, fabulous markets, and more!

Image from Creative Gippsland website

The theme for this year's Festival is 'Swap or Exchange'. It's about artists and performers swapping concepts, collaboration, and exchanging thoughts and opinions. All Gippsland Councils will be switching artists, trading talents and exchanging inspiration!

Here is a sample of their program of events:

Meeniyan Art Gallery Exhibition - 'Gippsland 14' Exhibition
84 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan. Until 24th May, 2015.
The exhibition features award winning Gippsland artists.
For details visit the gallery website here.
Kerry Spokes, Swarm I, 2014 - Gippsland 14 Exhibition

Moondani Art & Glass - Mosaic Day Class
535 Rougheads Road, Leongatha.
20th May or 23rd May, 2015 from 9.30am to 4.30pm
Apply mosaic tiles to pottery or marine board to create unique and colourful art to admire.
For more information or to book call 5664 3259

Lucinda Estate - Weave Sculptural Basket
108 Parr Street, Leongatha. 31st May, 2015. 10.30am to 3.30pm
Learn to make a random weave sculptural basket using fresh grapevine from Lucinda Estate Winery, with artist Pat Dale.
For more information or to book call 5662 2029
Lucinda Estate vineyard

Gecko Studio Gallery - Wood Engraving with David Frazer
15 Falls Rd, Fish Creek. 23rd/24th May, 2015. 9.30am-4.30pm
Learn about an age old printmaking medium. Make one practice piece and one designed piece using beautiful end grain wood. Prepare and transfer drawings on the blocks. Print with and without a press. Suitable for beginners and those with experience.
For more information contact Michael on 5683 2481.

David Frazer wood engraving

Mt Best Community Hall - Classical Guitarist Tom Chalko
Tin Mine Road, Toora North. 30th May, 2015. 4.30pm start.
Tom Chalko will perform a selection of famous composers and his own compositions, including the music he composed for the Documentary 'The Dance of the Lyrebird'.
For more information contact Tessy Amesreiter on 5681 6329

West Gippsland Arts Centre - concerts, musicals
Cnr Smith and Albert Streets, Warragul
Special concert by Rachael Beck and David Hobson and more!
For more information and bookings visit their website here

Town and Country Gallery - Inspirations from Africa & Australia Exhibition
111 Princes Hwy, Yarragon. Until 31st May, 2015.
An expression of the natural world in pencil and ink by artists Darren Gilbert and Janet Matthews.
For more information contact Jo on 5634 2229.

Darren Gilbert
Darren Gilbert, Australian Raven, ink on illustration board

West Gippsland Arts Centre - 'Spirit of Place' Exhibition
Cnr Smith and Albert Streets, Warragul
An exhibition of Freestone Printmakers from Briagolong inspired by their environment.
For more information and bookings visit their website here

Gillian Kline, Lunch in Berlin, detail linocut

The Station Gallery - 'Looking Back' Exhibition
Princes Hwy, Yarragon. 25th May to 31st May, 2015.
A retrospective exhibition of the works of textile artist Glenys Mann.
For more information contact Sue on 5633 1902.

Glenys Mann
Textile art by Glenys Mann

Forge Theatre & Arts Hub - Song writing with Kutcha Edwards
80 McKean Street, Bairnsdale. Free workshop on 13th May.
Free workshop with renowned singer/songwriter Kutcha Edwards. Processes such as developing lyrics, rhythm, verses, the chorus, an intro and outro will be demonstrated. Learn what helped Kutcha develop his own successful albums with one of Australia's most renowned Aboriginal singer/songwriters. By telling the stories behind his songs Kutcha explains and demonstrates his own style of song writing.
Places are limited, please register here.

Gippsland Art Gallery - 'Life Cycle' Exhibition
68-70 Foster Street, Sale. From 29th May, 2015
An exploration of textile art mediums and techniques by local artists.
For information call (03) 5142 3500

East Gippsland Art Gallery - Glass etching demonstration
2 Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale. 20th May and 21st May, 2015.
Peter Cummings will demonstrate how to etch images onto glass.
For more information call (03) 5153 1988.

Tallon Glass - Handcrafted glass
105 Nungurner Jetty Rd, Nungurner. Sat & Sun, 11am to 4pm.
Handcrafted glass by Norman Borg in bold and contemporary shapes and organic forms.
Call before visiting on 5156 3379.

Glass artwork by Norman Borg

Briagolong Art Gallery - Sally Walk Exhibition
Cnr Avon and Forbes Street, Briagolong.
Artworks by award winning Baw Baw ceramicist Sally Walk. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 4pm, all of May.
For more information call Contact: 5145 5439

Sally Walk
Ceramic sculpture by Sally Walk, untitled, 2014

Stratford Court House - 'The Taming of the Shrew: Shakespeare's Shrew & Other Lies'
66 Princes Hwy, Stratford. 23rd May, 2015 at 7pm.
Groundwork Youth Theatre Production. These young actors have taken Shakespeare's script and developed an exploration of the themes in a new and original reworking of this classic play.
For bookings call 5145 6790

Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale - Lois Brown Exhibition
68-70 Foster Street, Sale. Until 24th May.
Lois Brown draws from the unique Gippsland environment in her light-filled watercolours. The landscape and its changing appearance forms the foundation of her work.

Lois Brown watercolour

For more information and a full program of events visit the Creative Gippsland website here.

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Why? An appreciation of Australian creative talent!
When: For the month of May
Phone: Josephine Kent (Chairperson) on (03) 5671 2492
Where: Gippsland
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