Thursday, February 28, 2013

International Women's Day Exhibition

I am pleased to have been invited to participate in the 3rd annual women photographers exhibition to celebrate International Women's Day.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


My photographic exhibition at Burrinja Café Gallery was officially opened by critic Peter Craven on 19 February 2013.

Peter Craven delivers his speech
Burrinja Café Gallery
Photo courtesy Helena Griffiths

My friends and guests were many and varied. They included Aboriginal activist and painter Shirley Angus; President, Monash Gallery of Art Friends, Godfrey Clay; and singer Judi Connelli AM.

I was honoured to have Laura Smyth MP, Federal member for LaTrobe, attend.

Many thanks to Peter Craven for opening my show, David Martin for his didgeridoo performance, Helena Griffiths for her offer to take photos on the night and my son Colin Oehring for acting as MC.

I thank all my dear friends for attending. You helped make it a very special night.

STOP TIME: FERNTREE GULLY will run until 17 March 2013.

Burrinja Cultural Centre
Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive
Upwey VIC 3158

Melway Reference: Map 75 B12

Tue - Sun 10.30am - 4pm

Phone: 9754 8723


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Poetic Tribute to Barry Jones

I was fortunate to be among the guests at A Night of Poetry for Barry Jones.

The Poetic Tribute was a belated 80th birthday treat for this remarkable and much loved man.

The booked out event was held at fortyfivedownstairs, Flinders Lane, Melbourne on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

The Chair of fortyfivedownstairs, Julian Burnside Q.C., curated a night of some of Barry's favourite poetry and music.

Barry Jones studies his poems before the start of the event.

Barry Jones
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Julian Burnside
Mary Lou Jelbart, Kate Durham, Christina Fitzgerald, Colin Oehring, Jill Singer

John Stanton opened the poetry reading with Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach" and ended the night with Cavafy "Waiting for the Barbarians" and "The Windhover" by Gerard Manley Hopkins as an encore. 

The other readers were Race Matthews, Julian Burnside, Joan Grant, Marieke Hardy, Shane Maloney, Gareth Evans, Max Gillies, Peter Craven and Jill Singer.

Barry Jones read Yeats and Wordsworth on the night and his partner Rachel Faggetter also contributed.

The programme included performances by the Flinders String Quartet.

Flinders String Quartet
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Shane Maloney and Jill Singer
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Gareth Evans, Marieke Hardy and partner
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Biography as per programme notes:
Barry Jones is one of the more remarkable politicians to have sat in the House of Representatives in Canberra, a much loved and respected figure on both sides of politics. Born 11 October 1932, Barry is an Australian polymath: writer, lawyer, social activist and quiz champion. He is the author of Sleepers, Wake! (1982) which ran into 26 impressions and was the Ministr for Science from 1983 to 1990. Barry was the Australian Representative at UNESCO 1991-95 and the World Heritage Committee 1995-96 and is also the only person elected to all four of Australia's learned Academies.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Belgrave Survival Day 26 January 2013

The sixth annual Belgrave Survival Day was held among the trees in Belgrave's Borthwick Park in the Dandenongs.

I very much enjoyed the experience of attending the previous year's festival and decided not to miss it in 2013.

The atmosphere was again warm and inviting.

We were formally welcomed with a traditional Smoking Ceremony.

Jindi Worobak Dance Troupe member with gum leaves
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie with didgeridoo
© Barbara Oehring 2013

© Barbara Oehring 2013

Uncle Bill Nicholson, Wurundjeri elder
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Maria gets her drums ready to accompany David's contemporary didgeridoo performance.

Maria Moles
© Barbara Oehring 2013

David Martin, Jazz Didgeridoo performer
© Barbara Oehring 2013

'Black Elvis'
Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie
© Barbara Oehring 2013

Nadhe dances to the music.

© Barbara Oehring 2013

My post on the 2012 Belgrave Survival Day Festival: