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1 Sept – 4 Oct

Next Exhibition:
artist, Lorena
‘The Buried
8 Oct – 15 Nov



Blarney Books Newsletters

26th Annual Australian Children’s Picture Book Illustration exhibition

This year has brought another exceptional exhibition to our art space. Helen and Des Bunyon, of the wonderful customs house gallery really know their stuff when it comes to children’s picture book illustration! Works included in this year’s exhibition are:

Kerry Argent, from Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini, The Fabulous Finola Fox, and India the Showstopper. There is also a show of Kerry’s work at their Hawkesdale gallery running simultaneously.

'Sitting on Bear's Lap' - an illustration by Freya Blackwood from 'Maudie and Bear', written by Jan Omerod.
‘Sitting on Bear’s Lap’ – an illustration by Freya Blackwood from ‘Maudie and Bear’, written by Jan Omerod.


Freya Blackwood, from Maudie and Bear.

Graham Byrne, from Big Red Kangaroo and Emu.

Kim Gamble, from Bunyips Don’t, There once was a boy called Tashi, Let’s Escape, Minton Goes Sailing, and Tashi and the Golem.

From 'Herman and Rosie' by Gus Gordon.
From ‘Herman and Rosie’ by Gus Gordon.


Gus Gordon, from Herman and Rosie.

Rolf Heimann, from For Eagle Eyes Again.

Alison Lester, from Are We There Yet?, Magic Beach, Kissed by the Moon, My Farm, and Running with the Horses.

Eric Lobbecke, from Purple Snow.

Anna Pignataro, from Princess and Fairy Friends Forever.

Craig Smith, from My Grandpa and Me, and Billy the Punk.

Tai Snaith, from The Family Hour in Australia, and Sticks & Stones Animal Homes.

Shaun Tan, from The Rules of Summer, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Red Tree and The Rabbits.

Julie Vivas, from Puffling.

‘The Selfish Giant’ - Oscar Wilde - artwork by Ritva Voutila (Oil on canvas)
‘The Selfish Giant’ – Oscar Wilde – artwork by Ritva Voutila (Oil on canvas)


Ritva Voutila, from The Selfish Giant and The Stone Lion.

Anna Walker, from I Love My Baby Brother, I Love My ABC, I Love to Sing, and Mr Huff.

This exhibition runs until the 5 October 2015.

Gregory Day – Archipelago of Souls – book launch

This weekend on Saturday, at 6pm, come and listen to Jock Serong talk to Gregory Day about his newest book, Archipelago of Souls. This book makes many references to the south-west Victoria region, while the main parts of the book are set on King Island, or Crete. In typical Gregory Day fashion, this is a poetic novel with a survivor’s undertow. These books are available for purchase (and for signing) at Blarney Books & Art.


And the Winner is …

The final prize to be awarded in the Biblio-Art 2015 is the People’s Choice. Last night we tallied the votes, and are pleased to announce a very appropriate winner, given that it’s whale season in these parts at the moment!

People’s Choice Winner 2015
Emily Bissland

Longest and Largest (detail pictured).


This is a work composed of collage and ink, and makes a strong and beautiful image. Emily’s choice of book from the barrow was a 1973 Guiness Book of Records. She says, “I rifled through the Guiness Book and was amused by its odd records, pulling out the interesting and funny ones as I went. I liked the longest beard, the longest speech, the tallest giantess and heaviest pumpkin. I would have liked to include all of those strange characters. Instead I focussed on the most beautiful record, one that still stands, and will stand until there are none left swimming; The Blue Whale – the longest and largest mammal on sea or land. Look closely at the whale’s throat pleats for more details on that species…”

Congratulations, Emily!

BIBLIO-ART 2015 response

Some of the comments from our Visitor’s Book over the course of the
Biblio-Art 2015 Exhibition:

(If you’d like to add more comments, you are welcome to do so below.)


Well done all. Fantastic works!

An interesting array of works – found many intriguing.

Fascinating interpretations, once again.

Congratulations to all the artists. What imagination.
What excellence in creation. Thank you for the pleasure of viewing such works.

Diverse and engaging pieces – thank you for your effort and inspiration!

Thanks for sharing your perspectives.

Beautiful ideas from beautiful minds. Thank you!

Always great to see the local talent. Fantastic! Thanks.

As always – brilliant!

Loved your work!

Thanks, Jo & Dean – another challenging and fun Biblio! (Helen T)

What a beautiful show! I love the intersection between books & art.
It was wonderful to see the great craftsmanship, artistry and ideas
that went into the creation of the works.
It was an honour to be able to show my work in this exhibition. (Jodi Wiley)

So beautiful, inspiring and nourishing! Well done everyone.

Always stunning. Thank you, Blarney Books!

So many creative minds!

This is the best exhibition I have ever seen –
not just in Port Fairy but in Melbourne as well. (Jodie S.)

Wonderful to see how texts have been interpreted.
So glad I didn’t miss it. (Chris Jackson)

Very exciting work, skill and idea. Great display. (Ed Chatwin)

Great mix of different styles. (Geordie)

Yet another great exhibition. Such diversity. A treat to see! (Rhonda)

Fabulous work! So many ideas, so little time. (Jenny)

Great space, great ideas, and friendly vibe.

Amazing how differently we see the world, esp through books.

Excellent – loved the caravan!

What a wonderful exhibition of fantastic art – thank you.

Loved it!  Amazing work.  (Emily)

Launching . . .

Port Fairy’s Festival of Words, 11-13 September.

The whole festival Program is online.


Jo Grant will be launching her book, All Prize Winners Paraded
at 5pm on
Saturday, 12 September.
This will be followed with a Q&A session with Jo and Alison Eggelton,
Curator Horsham Regional Art Gallery.
Free event.

For Your Diary

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On Saturday, 19 September at 6pm,
we are hosting a book launch for Gregory Day’s latest work,
Archipelago of Souls.
Greg will be in conversation with
Port Fairy’s own accomplished author,
Jock Serong.
More details closer to the date.




8 October 2015
$20 incl Model &
All welcome!

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