For the Inspired Reader

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SAT, SUN
11am – 4pm

Current Exhibition:
BIBLIO-ART
2015 –
on until
16 Aug.

Next Exhibition:
CHILDREN’S
PICTURE 

BOOK 
ILLUSTRATION
EXHIBITION
1 Sept – 4 Oct

 

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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).

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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.)

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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.

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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.

AUGUST NEWS

Nearly at the end of Winter! We are looking forward to longer days and some sunshine … Meanwhile, here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening at Blarney:

Biblio-Art 2015

We are coming to the end of this year’s Biblio-Art exhibition! It’s been such a wonderful and successful show – we’ve had over 500 people through to view the exhibition, and a good number of the works have sold! Congratulations to all the artists involved!

So the last official weekend of the Biblio is the 14-16 August. If you haven’t yet voted for your pick of the exhibition, now’s the time to do so because at the end of Sunday, we’ll be tallying up the votes and announcing our last prize!

Which means that artworks can be collected from 3pm this Sunday, and over the following weekend, 22 and 23 August. If you are unable to collect, please email us and we’ll send them out to you, or you can collect at a later date.

Next Up

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

Following on from the Biblio-Art exhibition will be the annual Australian Children’s Picture Book Illustration Exhibition, which we all look forward to! This is curated and managed by Helen & Des Bunyon of the wonderful Customs House Gallery (Hawkesdale) and promises to be as delightful as every other year, and easily stacks up to the NGV’s picture book illustration exhibition that is currently on show at Federation Square! (A sure sign that this artform is finally being given the due and proper recognition it deserves – something that Helen and Des have working tirelessly at for the past 25 years!)

Life Drawing

We have given our Life Drawing classes a break over winter – feeling sorry for our models – but will resume in October. If you’re interested in being notified of the next date, please send us an email.

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

Robert Gott

Earlier this year, we held a Port Fairy launch of Robert Gott’s ‘The Port Fairy Murders’. The Standard, Warrnambool’s local paper, interviewed Robert Gott last week.

Link here: Port Fairy Murders.

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LIFE DRAWING!


8 October 2015
7pm.
$20 incl Model &
Refreshments!
All welcome!


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