Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre by Peter Elfes

In a Victoria exclusive the aerial photography exhibition KATI THANDA by Peter Elfes can be seen at Burrinja Gallery in Upwey from 18 May - 11 August 2013.

This is the first exhibition of the artist's complete works KATI THANDA. It chronicles his five year journey to the heart of the desert: Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and surrounding deserts.

Peter's low level aerial images capture the beauty and remoteness of this environmentally and culturally significant part of Australia.

On 22 May 2012 the Arabunna people were awarded native title to 62,000 square kilometres of South Australia including Kati Thanda which up until December 2012 had been known as Lake Eyre, named after Edward John Eyre, who was the first European to discover this inland sea in 1840.

The exhibition was opened on Friday 17 May 2013.

Burrinja's executive officer Ross Farnell introduces the artist with curator JD Mittmann looking on.

© Barbara Oehring 2013

Some of the guests including the artist's wife Kelly Levy far right.

© Barbara Oehring 2013

© Barbara Oehring 2013

I revisited the exhibition the next day and enjoyed a guided tour by Peter Elfes.

Peter Elfes
© Barbara Oehring 2013

The artist with two very appreciative members of the Knox Photographic Society.

© Barbara Oehring 2013

Burrinja Cultural Centre
Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Drive, Upwey, VIC 3158
Tuesday–Sunday 10:30am – 4:00pm
Telephone 9754 8723.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Report on 'A Year in Ferntree Gully'

On 15 May 2013 I attended the Mountain District Learning Centre's AGM.

I was pleased to see the report by Anne Boyd, Project Co-ordinator of A YEAR IN FERNTREE GULLY in the MDLC 39th Annual Report 2012.

I would like to thank Anne Boyd in particular, the Mountain District Learning Centre, Knox City Council and everyone involved in this wonderful project.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Dandenong Ranges Open Studio Visit

I visited Joni Cornell's Open Studio on Sunday 28 April 2013.

At the opening of "Tension", the Open Studios Exhibition at Burrinja earlier in the month, Joni's Nuno felt wrap caught my attention.

Ten Fabrics Gathering Wrap
© Barbara Oehring 2013

I looked forward to visiting the artist's studio. Joni works in felt. She says Nuno felt is ideal for the temperate Australian climate. Colours that reflect the Australian landscape inspire her. Joni sources natural dyes from her own backyard.

The studio in Ferny Creek

© Barbara Oehring 2013

The artist

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© Barbara Oehring 2013

Joni demonstrates the art of felt-making

© Barbara Oehring 2013

© Barbara Oehring 2013

© Barbara Oehring 2013

© Barbara Oehring 2013

The visitors to the open studio showed much interest

© Barbara Oehring 2013

The Lane, Ferny Creek
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Joni's details:

My blog post on Tension, the Dandenong Ranges Open Studios 2013 Exhibition: