Emails to ALL of our Biblio-Art entrants were sent out last night. If you have entered and haven’t heard from us, please send us a quick email (firstname.lastname@example.org) – we’ve had some technical problems and don’t want anyone to be left out as a result.
This year’s exhibition will be another example of the incredible diversity that exists in the arts, and the wonderful imaginations of our artists! Challenging, nostalgic, beautiful and comic – this is not just a feast for the eyes, but for the heart and mind as well. We look forward to pulling it all together and meeting as many of our artists as possible at our opening evening.
The wonderful Fiona McQuie of Spice Culinary Addictions will once again be providing her spectacular array of nibbles for the occasion.
So for the diary: 6pm. 8 June 2013.
If you’ve been paying attention you might have noticed that we’ve had the same exhibition running since December, but there’s a reason for that. It’s been an exhibition that’s been slowly evolving – new works have been added, and others removed. It’s been a wonderful journey with Sam (artist) to chart this progress and to gauge reactions. Alice in Wonderland is such an evocative text, and the responses and interpretations are without limit. Many people already have a personal response to Alice, and are wary of being challenged by other interpretations, whilst many others again take great delight in noting new and diverse responses. Some people come in looking for artwork for a little girl’s room and go away muttering about the darkness of these works, disappointed that their children’s book Alice in Wonderland has been distorted into something other. People have been responding to this text across the generations. There’s Charles Blackman:
Then there’s photographer, Berit Hampel:
And the surrealist master himself, Salvador Dali:
It doesn’t take a lot of research to learn that there are countless Alice inspired works, and they all take the text in a different direction.
If you’ve visited Sam McCaw’s exhibition over the past few months, and would like to contribute to the exhibition, Sam would be thrilled to have your responses to her questionnaire, here. There will be a $50 gift voucher to one lucky respondent. This exhibition finally packs up at the end of May.
Aha! We have lined up one of our judges for this year, and that means we’re getting closer to the event! Artists, you have until end of April to get your work to a point where you can send us a photograph of it … and for those who haven’t yet entered, there’s still time! The end of April is a good six weeks away yet! We are still agog at the figures – Women, you rock! 80%+ of the entrants so far registered with us are women! Please remember, fellas, this isn’t just for the girls – it’s a competition for everyone! And do we need to remind you there’s $1500 up for grabs? Email us – email@example.com – to enter!
We love this guy! Because he’s a local(ish) boy, because he’s returned from his East Coast tour, and because he knows how to rock the crowd, we warmly welcome Josh and his music back to Blarney for the third time! If you’ve missed him before, now’s your chance! If you’ve seen him before, we’re hoping we’ll be seeing you again! This Friday night, 8 March, 7pm. $15 tix at the door! Wonderful music everywhere in Port Fairy this weekend – we are indeed spoiled for choice!
And this – ABC Open produced this short film about Josh and his band, The Moroccan Knights. Here.
The new exhibition by Sam McCaw is now hung & assembled! It’s a little bit Victorian, a little bit interactive, and an absolute delight to view!
A bit of background from the artist:
I started my journey about 5 years ago looking at the use of literary references by artists and by wondering about the relationship between the written and the visual.
Several threads of thought wove themselves into the fabric of my enquiry. The first of these being the many paths individuals take through life and their references in literature. A book that has been used in such a way and by many artists is ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. Written in the 19th century by Lewis Carroll it takes the main character Alice on a particularly uneasy quest. The characters that resonated with me were the white rabbit and the Duchess. The novel I thought could also reference the colonial past of our Australian culture. It was written at a time when new strange lands had been discovered and colonised. Personally questions arose too about the differing journey women take in our culture.
The other literature work that crept into the visual pieces was Jack Kerouac’s ‘Le Vagabond Solitaire’. This book not only challenged the conventional methods of writing in its time, but also challenged the prevailing cultural attitudes.
The materials I have used to create the art works are an attempt to draw out these thoughts and feelings. Found objects reference not only women’s work but make historical connections as well. Traditional methods of artistic practice are used as a way of focussing on the processes of the visual in culture.
All these disparate ideas have been brought together through the use of the visual, highlighting the potential for this unique way of knowing and understanding. In the process the many ways that the use of the visual is misunderstood and undervalued were uncovered.
This journey has been a challenging one, but one well worth taking.
— This exhibition also has an interactive element to it – visit Twitter hashtag #AliceinPort
PERFORMING LIVE AT BLARNEY BOOKS & ART
Friday, 11 January, 2013. 7.30 pm. $15.
Josh performed solo a couple of months back and blew the crowd away! He has a truly soulful sound, plays a wicked guitar (and has a very special cigar box guitar), knows how to rock a venue, and we just know he’s coming from a good place. This is a perfect gig to get to on a warm, summer evening. We very enthusiastically welcome him and his band – The Moroccan Knights – back to Blarney!
To introduce and discuss her newest book,
Country Gardens, Country Hospitality
HOLLY KERR FORSYTH
will be appearing at Blarney Books & Art
on Thursday, 15 November 2012, at 5.30 pm.
Let’s show Holly our country hospitality and welcome her warmly!
A little about the book & Holly:
Much loved gardening writer and photographer Holly Kerr Forsyth travelled the country, revealing the landscapes that she loves — the soaring mountains, the stunning coastline, the wide plains — and visiting gardens of note: in subtropical and temperate, alpine and arid regions, from newly established gardens to those that have evolved over generations.
At each stop, over a meal hosted by the owner, the stories behind the gardens are told, their distinctive histories and features revealed. Meals were shared, created from recipes handed down from mothers or grandmothers, or made with local produce: this is country cooking at its best.
Beautifully designed and featuring 27 inspirational properties, over 60 delicious recipes, and stunning photography, Country Gardens, Country Hospitality takes readers on a journey full of the warmth and conviviality that characterises our homeland.
Holly Kerr Forsyth is a writer, photographer and passionate gardener. She has written about gardens for more almost two decades, and has been The Weekend Australian’s garden columnist for over fifteen years. Holly is the author of eleven books on gardening, including the bestselling Remembered Gardens: Eight Women and Their Visions of an Australian Landscape, The Constant Gardener: A Botanical Bible, Gardens of Eden, The Gardener’s Book of Days and Seasons in My House and Garden.
Destiny Road is Melissa’s first book. Based loosely on her experience as a teenager of meeting and moving in with her father, Melissa has created a work of fiction that is a compelling page-turner!
Destiny Road is a story of decisions and consequences. It is a real life journey that changes the life of the main character, Jessica, in ways she couldn’t imagine.
Melissa Wray will be at Blarney Books & Art for a discussion about the road to publication, her experiences as a writer and to answer questions about her work. There will be copies of her book available for purchase and for signing! This will be a lovely, intimate way to meet and get to know an author as she starts out, and to show a writer your support!