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BIBLIO-ART 2014 – People’s Choice

The votes are in!  The public have selected Megan Cheyne’s 3D work, “The Story of Baba” as their favourite in this year’s Biblio-Art competition! Congratulations, Megan! Megan won the Grand Prize in the 2012 Biblio-Art, and her entries in the Biblio-Art competition every year attract a lot of interest! Megan’s sense of humour always carries through in her work.

Baba the Sheep by  Megan Cheyne  (Biblio-Art 2014).
Baba the Sheep by
Megan Cheyne
(Biblio-Art 2014).

She says this of Baba:

“If you go down in the woods today … Baba the sheep runs away from Buttercup farm. He catches up with some friends and they hang out all day long having fun, until night-time. Baba decides to go back home through the woods in the dark where there happens to be a murderous fox sneaking about like Ivan Milat. The fox bludgeons him into unconsciousness, and ties him to a tree, then goes home to heat up the pot to cook him in. The other animals rescue their sheep friend. Baba runs home faster than Usain Bolt, concussed but unaffected.

Small children might have had this book read to them before bed back in the ’50s. I pictured them lying in their beds afterwards, bug-eyed, traumatised and far, far from sleep.

There are pieces of the book in the details on the animals and box, and incorporated in the papier mache process.”

This is the final prize awarded in our annual Biblio-Art competition! Congratulations to all of our winners, and to each artist who entered the competition & exhibition! Another great year, with oodles of surprising, engaging and inspiring entries. We’ll be dismantling the exhibition over August, so if you’re able to come and collect your works, please do so. If you can’t make a weekend visit when we’re open, then please ring and we’ll arrange another time. If your works need posting back to you, that will happen around mid-August.

The next exhibition at Blarney Books & Art will be brought to you by CUSTOMS HOUSE GALLERY (Hawkesdale) with their annual CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK ILLUSTRATION EXHIBITION! Every year, this is a fabulous exhibition and you really don’t want to miss it!


And the winners are:

GRAND PRIZE:  Avril Makula “What Katy Did” (selected by Deborah Klein and Essie Warmuth)

"What Katy Did"  by Avril Makula
“What Katy Did”
by Avril Makula

3D Sculpture Prize:  Anne Marie Hunter ““The Saga of Eyjafjallajӧkull & The Men of Laxdale” (selected by Bluestone Magazine)

'The Saga of Eyjafjallajӧkull & The Men of Laxdale' by Anne-Maree Hunter
‘The Saga of Eyjafjallajӧkull & The Men of Laxdale’ by Anne-Maree Hunter

Storyteller’s Prize:  Helen Fitzhardinge “Out of Sight but in my mind” (selected by Blarney Books & Art)

"Out of sight, but in our minds" by Helen Fitzhardinge
“Out of sight, but in our minds” by Helen Fitzhardinge

Youth Prize:  Pollyanna Guthrie “The Young Homemaker” (selected by Blarney Books & Art)

You can see this one Here.

Junior Encouragement Awards:  Tom & Darcy Lynch for “NUGGETS!”

"Nuggets!" by Tom & Darcy Lynch
“Nuggets!” by Tom & Darcy Lynch

CONGRATULATIONS to all our winners, and to all the artists who have entered and contributed such outstanding works to this competition / exhibition!  It’s so much fun, and of course none of it happens without you!

The People’s Choice will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

This exhibition runs through to August, so plenty of time to get in and see it!

BIG Winter Weekend ahead!

Here’s a link to Port Fairy’s June Winter Weekend Program for this fantastic weekend in Port Fairy!

First up, on Friday night we hope you’ll all go and have a look at our friends at Whale Bone Gallery as they launch their new exhibition, Winter Impressions! The six Whale Bone artists each represent winter in their own style, paying homage to this snug season! 6pm, 6 June.


Then, of course, on Saturday night – this is our big one – come along to the Biblio-Art 2014 exhibition opening and awards night! 6pm, 7 June. Prizes are announced, refreshments are supplied, and it’s a great opportunity to mingle and meet with the artists not only of the region but we also have a lot of guest artists travelling to be here for this event!


On Sunday, we are proud to host an artist talk by one of Australia’s most published print-makers, the wonderful Deborah Klein! This will be held at 3pm, 8 June, and Deborah will take you through some of her works and talk about what inspires her and where she plans to take her work in the future. Don’t miss this opportunity!


There is so much on over the weekend, but do also take a moment out and look over the water. You might just spot one of these big fellas …

Southern Right Whales at Port Fairy, photographed by Air Warrnambool.



MEET THE ARTIST:  Jenny Laidlaw
DATE:  Sunday, 25 May at 3pm.
VENUE:  Blarney Books & Art, 37 James St, Port Fairy.
Free Entry.

I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed Jenny’s book art exhibition, “Pages, Pen & Paint”! The works on the wall are enough to bring a smile to our faces, let alone the lovely responses of all the people we’ve had through! With each sculptural book art piece, Jenny has taken the lead from the title of the book she’s chosen to work with.  Her love of life-drawing reveals itself in the relaxed poses of the clay figurines and her love of reading and the outdoors is revealed in the playful and heartfelt scenes she has created.

Jenny’s exhibition finishes up this weekend and on Sunday at 3.00 pm she is hosting an artist talk – and everyone is invited to come along and hear her talk about her life and work.  We can guarantee you’ll be completely inspired!


Announcing the BIBLIOART 2014 Guest Judges

We are thrilled to be able to advise that the two guest judges for this year’s Biblio-Art competition are Deborah Klein and Essie Warmuth. Deborah Klein’s work has appealed to us at Blarney for many years now, and to have her graciously accept this role has been another highlight in the career of Blarney Books & Art! You can see her work at her website.

Rope Trick, 2011, zine, photocopy with cardboard cover and embossing, 10.5 x 10.5 cm (closed) ed. 80
Rope Trick, 2011, zine, photocopy with cardboard cover and embossing, 10.5 x 10.5 cm (closed) ed. 80

We like to select an artist from further afield and team them up with a local artist, so this year’s local identity is Essie Warmuth! A significant number of works by Essie are on display at L’Edera, a favourite Italian restaurant in Port Fairy.  These artists have quite a job ahead of them in selecting the Grand Prize winner – the entries we’re receiving are looking AMAZING!