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THE 50th Anniversary Mornington Art Show will again feature two popular quality artists among the 700 or more paintings on display. Yesim Gozukara finds joy and excitement in creating bold, dynamic, expressive contemporary paintings in watercolour. Her subjects are inspired from her extensive travels within Australia and overseas. She uses the quality of watercolour pigments to create different textural effects. Yesim has been pursuing her ambition and painting with passion in her home studio based in Melbourne, while concurrently working as a senior experimental scientist for the last 30 years. Her award winning paintings have been featured in six solo…

PRESENTED as part of MPRG’s Festival of Drawing 2021, the exhibition Wall Drawings brings together eleven leading contemporary artists from across Australia, exploring the expansive nature of wall drawings and paintings, through newly commissioned wall-based works, showing 12 November – 13 March. Curated by Danny Lacy and Ellinor Pelz, featured artists create diverse spaces of intimate, vast and imagined landscapes throughout the gallery’s foyer, walls, alcoves and façade. The exhibition features work from artists: Penny Evans, Emily Floyd, Tony Garifalakis, Julia Gorman, Yuria Okamura, Jason Phu, Kerrie Poliness, Cameron Robbins, Gemma Smith,…

THE Peninsula Music festival is a music and food festival located within the natural amphitheatre and surrounds of the Briars on the Mornington Peninsula. A family-friendly event with a line-up that would rival even the most renowned music festivals, featuring some of the most celebrated names in the Australian music scene. Music legends, good vibes, food trucks, and affordable drinks. If this sounds like a great time, then the Peninsula Music Festival is definitely worth adding to your calendar this year. The December 2021 festival is a whose who of the 80 and 90’s The lineup includes: Mark Seymour, Boom…

AFTER the hard months of lockdown Rye Community House is celebrating its reopening with an art and craft show. The community house has been offering activities to meet local needs and bring the community together since 1984. It aims to create community connections and address social isolation by offering sessions in painting, drawing, craft, cooking for men and health and fitness activities. The grand opening, from 5.30-8pm, Friday 26 November, will feature the Rye Primary school choir, ukulele players, food and drinks. Call 5985 4462 to register. The show will then be held 10am-3pm over the weekend 27-28 November with…

MORNINGTON Peninsula artist Brodie Alserda had a successful inaugural art exhibition at Lotus Chiropractic, Mount Eliza. Not only did she sell 70 works but was also given a $5000 art grant from Frankston Council. Now in the planning stages, Alserda’s exhibition will be at Cube 37, Frankston Art Gallery, “sometime in 2022”. The grant will cover the cost of the hire of the space, preparing digital files, printing and framing. Alserda, 27, is unique in that no one else in the world has presented with the same genetic sequence. (“Unique view on art and life” The News 26/7/21). She was…

ARTIST Vicki Sullivan did not have to search too long to find inspiration for the portrait that won her a top award from the Melbourne Society of Women Painters and Sculptors. The model for Wild One is a “cousin’s cousin” who had previously sat “many times” for Sullivan at her Rye studio. “One of the paintings I have painted of her was bought by a collector in the United States recently,” she said. “Originally from Ethiopia, she has an amazing strength and beauty which I find inspiring. For the painting which won the Annie Davison Oliver Award I chose to…

DEVILBEND Fun Run and Walk will be held at Devilbend Natural Features Reserve, Sunday 7 November, after being cancelled in 2020 and postponed in August. COVID-safety protocols will be followed and participants, volunteers and spectators must be double vaccinated. There is a cap of 500 runners. The 44th fun run will be over seven kilometre or 12 kilometre courses, or a 21.1km half marathon. A magic mile event is for younger competitors. Money raised will go towards buying equipment for the Mornington Athletic Track at Civic Reserve. Director Craig Mahony said it was a “relief and a pleasure” to be…

KATE Briscoe’s art exhibition Geologica – Rockfaces opens at & Gallery in Sorrento, 5-22 November. “We have kept the exhibition by Kate [over lockdown] so visitors can see all the gorgeous textures of this magnificent body of work,” director Julie Collins said. Ms Collins described lockdown as having been a “long hard slog but was “super happy” to be reopening”. “We have been busy doing some minor renovations and giving the gallery a fresh look. We have also been having fun curating our windows to the street with changing mini exhibitions for those lucky enough to live in the area,”…

A REIMAGINED 2021 Seniors Festival will be staged next month. Mornington Peninsula Shire, community, businesses and organisations have put together a COVIDSafe calendar of events complementing a host of online and radio programs through the Victorian Seniors Festival website. Events and offers include a free plant giveaway at The Briars, the workshop Compost Like a Champion at the Eco Living Display Centre, Tai Chi at shire libraries, community choir workshop, and downsizing your home online information sessions. The festival will be launched on the inaugural Australian Ageism Awareness Day: Friday 1 October, coinciding with the UN’s International Day of Older…

DURING this dynamic two hour production show Scot Robin who played the lead role in the smash hit musical “Buddy”, (Original cast) together with his Crickets will perform over thirty of Buddy Holly’s hit songs such as – That’ll Be The Day, Heartbeat, Think It Over, Peggy Sue, Raining In My Heart, Rave On, Maybe Baby, True Love Ways and of course Oh Boy! & much much more. This Internationally Acclaimed production show has and will continue to mesmerise and excite audiences both visually and musically with it’s high energy performance, brilliant costumes and fantastic musicianship. Scot Robin has been receiving rave reviews…

TWO of Queensland’s best-loved actors, Barbara Lowing & Roxanne McDonald, are set to bring their original Australian contemporary theatre production of Rovers to Frankston Arts Centre in July. Rovers is a delightful and modern comedy-drama that has had audiences around Australia laughing, crying and celebrating the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this is a fast-paced & poetic night at the theatre. If you have ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, had to keep a family secret or said yes to a crazy dare in a bar, then this funny, heart-warming and…

MORNINGTON Peninsula Regional Gallery exhibition ‘Surreal Landscapes’ explores the natural world through historic and political narrative. Curated by Danny Lacy and Rosie Weiss, the show includes newly commissioned work alongside select loans from Hayley Millar Baker, Nadine Christensen, Peta Clancy, Emily Ferretti, Tara Gilbee, Philip Hunter, Raafat Ishak, James Newitt, Emma Phillips, Christian Thompson AO. The works explore personal or historical narratives and embeds political and social commentary, for example, Indigenous photographer Peta Clancy’s powerful photographic-based works taken on a submerged indigenous massacre site in north west Victoria. The poignant and powerful works are showing now at MPRG until 22…

HAILED as the international ‘Queen of 70’s Pop’ Helen Reddy was Australia’s very first truly international superstar. In 1973, her iconic song I Am Woman became the unforgettable anthem of the women’s liberation movement and made her the very first Australian to ever win a Grammy Award. During her remarkable career she placed three #1 hits on the US Billboard charts and six more in the US top 10. She sold over 25 million albums and played to sellout concert houses right around the world. She even hosted her very own prime time series on U.S.Television. Then, all…

ICONIC mainstay festival Sunset Sounds is thrilled to get Victoria in on the action, set to delight music lovers at Hastings Foreshore Reserve on November 28. This epic Sunday session will kick off at 1pm (gates at 12pm) and will wrap by 8pm and will feature an impressive lineup of some of the country’s most prized singer songwriters; Xavier Rudd, Pete Murray, Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, Ben Lee, The Church, Kyle Lionhart and D’arcy Spiller. Tickets go on sale at 10am AEST on Friday July 2. Excited to be headlining Sunset Sounds at Hastings Foreshore Reserve, Xavier Rudd says, “It’s…

MARGARET Fulton – ‘the first lady of Australian food’ was born in Scotland in 1924, moving to Glen Innes, NSW with her family when she was just three years old. After her schooling years Margaret moved to Sydney to pursue her dream of becoming a cabaret performer, however she ended up living next door to a “lady” of the night and working in a nuts-and-bolts factory, a job she couldn’t get away from quick enough and finally landing as a position as a cooking teacher at The Australian Gas Light Company. Her career as a food writer was soon to…

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