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SILVER Leaf Art Box at Merricks will present a solo exhibition of new works on paper and a project-box installation by Mornington Peninsula artist Rosie Weiss, 22 May-13 June. The exhibition will coincide with Rosie Weiss – Collected Works showing at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, highlighting a suite of recently acquired pieces that provide an overview of her work 1979-2018. Weiss completed a Police Point artist’s residency in 2015, and in 2019 exhibited a large-scale installation titled On the Edge 1979-2019. It was part of In the Valley, a group exhibition about climate change at MPRG. Weiss has exhibited widely…

ARTISTS along the Peninsula Studio Trail are opening their doors at the end of this month for an open studios weekend  (29, 30 May). Visitors are invited to visit the studios, speak with the artists about their creative process, see new artworks and satisfy curiosity about what goes on in the creative artist’s mind. The group has new branding with signs showing the way along the trail designed by portrait and graphic artist, Marta Gola. A website map makes it easy to plan a trip to the three art zones. There are 30 artists along the Peninsula Studio Trail, which…

AN exhibition of photos taken in Argentina is on display at the Frankston Arts Centre. Photographer Osvaldo Civetta was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He emigrated to Melbourne when he was 15. At the invitation of a friend he returned to his country of birth, where he shot photographs of Indigenous Argentinian people. He is now displaying his work at the Arts Centre as part of an exhibition titled Roots, Raices. “The exhibition was inspired through an invitation by friend and artist Jaime Torres, Argentine musician and world-renowned interpreter of charango, to visit his cultural centre in his native province…

THE Victorian Maritime Centre museum in Crib Point now includes an exhibition dedicated to those who served on HMAS Australia 11. The exhibition was opened on Saturday 27 March by Victoria’s Chief of Navy, Commodore Greg Yorke. The exhibition includes a background painting by maritime artist Randall Wilson and a documentary by Wayne Gibbs. Two veterans that served on the ship, Petty Officer Des Shinkfield and Signalman Bruce Crowlmong, were among the 60 people at the opening. Mr Crowlmong recited a poem written by fellow crewman Alan Fenton about his wartime experiences aboard the ship. Hiram Ristrom, a coxswain who…

Point of difference: Painters’ interpretations of what photographers captured through the lens at Gunnamatta, above, and a restaurant at Sorrento are among the works at Sorrento Studio over Easter. Pictures: Supplied . . . . ARTISTS gain ideas and inspiration from many sources, but for an exhibition being run over Easter at Sorrento, all the works are based on photographs. Photographers and artists from Studio Sorrento collaborated throughout the coronavirus lockdown, with the photography group posted about 80 photos online from which the artists could create artworks in their own style. The coming together of the two genres led to…

CITY racing comes to the Mornington Peninsula for Neds Mornington Cup Day this Saturday 20 March. It is one of the most stunning days trackside you’ll ever experience on the Peninsula. From the rolling front lawn, to the deck with Winning Post views or three-course dining, there is a space and an experience for everyone. For a relaxed day on the lawn, set yourself up trackside with the Squealing Pig Spritz Bar dedicated to keeping you hydrated across the day and an array of food trucks with a selection of snacks and meals to keep your hunger pangs at…

Arthurs Seat Eagle is taking love to new heights with its ‘Cupid Cabins’ for Valentine’s Day. Lovers, pal-entines and gal-entines will be able to indulge in a special twilight experience for two aboard a private gondola over the Mornington Peninsula. Waiting onboard, guests will discover two glasses of T’Gallant sparkling (or alternate beverage), a gourmet grazing platter, a sweet treat from Mornington Peninsula Chocolaterie and a single red rose by local florist, Artful Blooms. This is the first time guests can enjoy a glass of sparkling for Valentine’s day while gliding in one of the Eagle’s aerial gondolas, taking in…

ARTIST Vicki Sullivan chose the Moon as a light source to give her painting Moon Goddess an ethereal feeling. Little did she know that when first applying oil paint to a portrait of model Lena at her St Andrews Beach studio, that an image of the finished work would end up on the Moon. Sullivan’s work is included in a digital archive of works by visual, music and literary artists being carried in a time capsule aboard the Astrobiotics Peregrine Lunar Lander scheduled to be sent to the Moon in July. Sheww said the delivery would be the first art…

WESLEY Orbison, Roy Orbison’s eldest son is very proud to fully endorse and present this amazing live concert experience remembering his father as we relive the sound & all the magical hits of Music Legend Roy Orbison in an International production starring The sensational Voice From Down Under John Stephan. This is the only show of it’s kind in the world and is officially endorsed & presented by Roy Orbison’s eldest son Wesley Orbison. Featuring spoken word from Wesley with a very personal narrative of Roy’s intriguing yet tragic life. Superstar Roy Orbison was one of the world’s greatest…

COME and Celebrate the magical hits of The King Of Rock n Roll in a sensational 2 hour Concert Spectacular. All of Elvis” No 1 hits will be performed in the original style that made Elvis the greatest performer that ever lived. Internationally Acclaimed sensation Mark Anthony, one of the most dynamic Elvis tribute artists in the world today, brings this unique period to life – the songs, the costumes, the emotion, the energy, the raw power – all brought together in a two hour concert spectacular. With over 600 million record sales worldwide and 3 time Grammy Award…

AN online wine directory was launched last week to help consumers “find their perfect local wine based on their taste preferences”. Behind the Vines links lets wine buyers take a virtual tour of wineries throughout the state and then order straight from their chosen producer. The state is said to have more 21 wine regions, but for these online sales the Mornington Peninsula is classified as being part of Pinot Coast, one of “Victoria’s Five Wine Pillars”. Orders and information about wineries can be “filtered” by choosing type of wine (red, white, rose, sparkling, sweet or “any”); taste (delicate through…

PENINSULA Film Festival will open with the feature Don’t Tell at the Peninsula Cinemas, Rosebud, Friday 5 March. The three-day festival was founded in 2011 by actor and Rosebud resident Steve Bastoni to give filmmakers the opportunity to have their work featured and to network with some of Australia’s leading directors, actors, and producers. The opener Don’t Tell will include a Q&A session hosted by Australian actor Lachy Hulme and provide an opportunity for guests to mingle with festival judges. Up to 20 shortlisted Australian filmmakers will present their films before the judges and film luminaries at Dromana Drive-in on…

THE blue-banded bee has buzzed its way to top spot in a poll to find a mascot to represent the Mornington Peninsula’s Gardens for Wildlife program. The brightly coloured bee, pictured, gets its name from the striking turquoise bands running across its fluffy gold and white body. This little creature is a big help in the veggie garden, performing a particular type of pollination known as buzz pollination, or sonication, in which it holds onto the flower and shakes its body rapidly. Certain plants, including tomatoes, will only release their pollen when buzzed in this way. The blue-banded bee…

WENDI Seymour lives by the sea and finds it as a great inspiration for her art. Appropriately, her exhibition which opened on Sunday (16 January) is titled At Sea and features her sometimes whimsical view of life in the waters that cover most of the planet. Before coming under the spell of the sea, Seymour was influenced by such artists as E H Shepard, Aubrey Beardsley and Ronald Searle. “After that, every artist I meet inspires me,” she said. “While looking out to sea, I love to scan the horizon, always hopeful of spotting a whale or a least…

SILVERS Circus will start its next tour at Mornington with the Sesame Street Circus Spectacular, from Wednesday 6 January. This 90-minute show features Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie, Super Grover and Big Bird as they find their place in the circus – from clowns to daredevils. The show was developed for the tour and includes the original Sesame Street voices recorded in New York. Tickets at ticketmaster.com.au/artist/837678 First published in the Mornington News – 22 December 2020

MORNINGTON Peninsula musicians are emerging from an COVID-enforced break from performing before live audiences. They were not always quiet during this year’s lockdowns, but most agree that streaming live over the internet is not the same as receiving feedback from an audience. One of the live music venues set to go with a series of concerts is the Pig and Whistle Tavern at main Ridge. Music was again being played late last month when the tavern hosted a private entertainment industry networking event ahead of a series of live shows leading into Christmas and for the following 12 months. The…

FRANKSTON Arts Centre welcomed back its first live audience in 258 days on Saturday 28 November for a musical performance of Spirit Lines: A Musical Reconciliation. Frankston City Manager Arts and Culture Andrew Moon said it was fantastic to welcome an audience of close to 100 invited guests as Centre staff trialled new COVID-safe practices. “The guests were socially distanced throughout the 800 seat theatre. Other safety measures included all audience members wearing masks, regular cleaning of touch points and new layout of the foyer space to improve traffic flow and encourage physical distancing,” he said. Originally programmed as part…

THE “Spoonville travels to Bethlehem” scene in the garden of the Mornington and Mt Martha Anglican Church allows children to be part of the original story of Christmas: the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus, in a fun, crafty way. Liz Rankin, the deacon of the Queen Street church, said the scene aimed to bring “joy and Christmas spirit to families and the town as a whole”. And she is keen on getting everyone involved. “We’d like to have people place their own crafted spoon decorated with Christmas characters in the lead up to Christmas,” she said. “During…

SOMERS has a new attraction – the Totem Trail – and an illustrated “map” to help users find their way along it. Although organisers had to cancel Somers Primary School’s arts fair this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, they have embraced a new way to celebrate the character of Somers and raise funds for the school. Artist Lizzie Dennis has created a map featuring 24 totem poles dotted around the area. It has been printed on tea towels. Visitors are invited to use the map to take a stroll through Somers and spot the totem artworks. Totem Trail tea towels…

THE title of the book says it all: 2020 a year like no other. While nothing could have prepared Victorians for tragic surprises and uncertainties of this year, the writers’ group of U3a Dromana, has completed a book of short lockdown observations to illustrate how individual members fared during the pandemic. “Despite all the upheaval this year we kept on meeting virtually and decided to write a series of poetry and micro stories in the form of a journal,” organiser Sue Brown said. Nine others recorded their thoughts and observations on a weekly basis. “The writers’ group members have led…

THE only rule of the Tough Guy Book Club is that you do not talk about it. Described as a “fight club for your mind” the club is a “modern meeting place for guys of all walks of life to get together once a month to discuss not just the works of literary greats, but any and all of the issues that men tackle daily”. The inaugural meeting of the Mornington Tough Guy Book Club is 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday 4 November) at The Royal, 770 Esplanade, Mornington. Under discussion is Fahrenheit 451, a book by Ray Bradbury: the dystopian novel…

FREE online workshops and events are providing lessons on how to become conscious consumers. Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Fix It Festival focuses on implementing sustainable habits, including repairing broken items, earning money from unused items, growing veggies, composting and recycling. Consumers will be asked to consider the resources used to make the things they own and the environmental impact of throwing them away. Before buying something new, check to see if you have something similar you can reuse or repair. If the answer is no, ask can you borrow, swap, rent or purchase the item second-hand? Buying an items second-hand eliminates…

THE gardens at Heronswood were open to the public last Saturday (31 October) to be followed on 4 November by its cafe. Heronswood is also home to the Diggers Club and gardens that change and reflect the seasons throughout the year. The Diggers Garden Shop (10am-5pm daily) specialises in heirloom seeds, cottage flowers and edible plants along with flowering shrubs and cool climate trees. Heronswood is in Latrobe Parade, Dromana, call 5984 7321. First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 3 November 2020

RYE-based Maddy Herbert, pictured above right, sings and writes for the neo-soul, alternative-pop and jazz-rock “project” Velvet Bloom. While Bloom members have performed together for three years Herbert, 24, also sings solo or with different variations of her band The Vito Collective’s repertoire with the project. Her debut EP in 2019, Bitter Sweet, as well as singles Isobel’s Song – Live at Box Hill, Teach Ya and DM ME received praise and airplay from Triple J and on Triple J Unearthed. Velvet Bloom also won Listen-Up Music Org’s 2019 national Songs That Heal competition. Earlier this year the band released…

THE multi-award winning documentary “Can Art Stop a Bullet: William Kelly’s Big Picture” is having its final online screening on Thursday 29 October. Described as a peace documentary, the film follows Cheltenham-based artist William Kelly through various countries, recording his views on peace along with those of actor Martin Sheen, photographer Nick Ut (whose photo of a child fleeing napalm bombing is credited with adding impetus to ending the Vietnam War) and philosopher A C Grayling. The image of that young girl is also incorporated in Kelly’s 13-metre long “Peace and War/The Big Picture” banner, which hangs in the La…

DROMANA Drive-In has scored two quick goals in getting permission from the AFL and Channel 7 to live telecast the AFL Grand Final. But the result won’t be known until owner-operators Paul and Shelley Whitaker get the nod from the state government to screen the event before an anticipated crowd of hundreds on Saturday 24 October. Following on from the successful Saints versus Bulldogs match at the drive-in last June, they said that to host the big game on Victorian soil “would be so important for many fans and even those watching for the first time”. “It’s been a team…

THIS year’s Seven Sisters October women’s only “empowerment festival” is going online due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Originally held at Mount Martha in 2012 with 350 attending, the festival this year moved to Shepparton in March, ending one day before the imposition of an Australia-wide ban on events. Mornington Peninsula-based Lauren Woodman, one of the founders of Seven Sisters, said Victorians “are feeling the toll on their mental health”. “Lack of social connection, less time outside and anxiety around health and wealth are all massive contributing factors to worsening mental health,” she said. She hopes taking the next festival online…

THE 40-year-old Art Red Hill will go virtual from 18-30 October despite being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Participating artists include the Mornington Peninsula’s Janet and Mike Green, Neil Williams, Michael Leeworthy, Sophie Perez and Elizabeth Clancy, along with Melbourne artists Skye Jeffreys and Ingrid Brooker. Their works will be among hundreds by artists from the peninsula and around Australia available to view and buy. Their work will include paintings, photography and works on paper, jewellery, glass and ceramics, and sculpture in all sizes. “There is art to suit every budget and quality remains high with organisers only offering…

ARTIST members of Studio Sorrento are using images provided by their fellow member photographers for inspiration. Paintings and drawings of the images are being added to the online Isolation 2020 exhibition. The photographs are posted online for the artists to choose. Topics include animals (domestic and wild), scenes, waves, trees, flowers, cloud formations, people, sunsets and sunrises. The artists are encouraged to interpret and paint or draw the image of their choice. More than 30 works have been completed and added to the evolving online exhibition and artists are being invited to become involved. A physical showing of the works…

HERE’S a way to keep the children occupied and creative during the school holidays – Saturday 19 September to Sunday 4 October – with a series of activities they can enjoy from home. The young ones can get artistic by crafting collages, creating indigenous animals and learning about their habitats, as well as creating watercolour and food dye artworks. Those keen to get crafty now can take part in the activities already online, so there’s no need to wait until the holidays. Artist/educator Jill Anderson has created a series of creative activities inspired by works from the Mornington Peninsula Regional…