EIGHTY year old Canberran, Dorothy Fletcher, a representative member of Canberra Lacemaking Association, will showcase her fine lacework at Australia’s most popular craft and quilting event, the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair.
“I’VE always loved handmade lace but it is outrageously expensive these days! It is also a craft for a patient crafter as lacemaking is literally one square inch per hour. You’ve got to be dedicated,” Fletcher says.
THE Fair will also showcase a host of inspiring craft ideas, make and take classes and workshops, including card making and scrapbooking, machine embroidery, Japanese fabric glasses cases, modern lampshades, crafting resin or beaded jewellery and learning how to design and create homemade Christmas decorations. Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair in Budawang Building, Exhibition Park, Thursday – Sunday, August 21 – 24, 10am – 4:30pm. Entry fees Adults $15/ Pensioners $13/Seniors $14/ Children (from 5 to 16 years) $9/ Children under 5 years Free/ Family (2A + 2C) $40. Tickets at the gate.
MONTEVERDI’S opera “L’Orfeo” (Orpheus) plays today and tomorrow August 21-22 at 7.30pm in Llewellyn Hall. The cutting-edge digital set is designed by Andrew Quinn, who has worked on “The Matrix.” British tenor Nicholas Mulroy plays the title role and Paul McMahon is Apollo. At Llewellyn Hall, 7.30pm, August 21 and 22, bookings to ticketek.com.au or 13 28 49.
THE State Theatre Company of South Australia’s brand new production of Oscar Wilde’s scintillating comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest”, more than 100 years old and still hilarious, is at the Playhouse until Saturday August 23. Nancye Hayes knocks ‘em dead as Lady Bracknell. Bookings to canberratheatrecentre.com.au or 6275 2700.
“ARGONAUTICA” is a solo exhibition by Canberra-based artist Graham Eadie, exploring mythology through the semiotics of painting. ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place Dickson, 12pm-5pm Wednesday to Sunday until September 7.
THE Griffyn Ensemble performs “The Three Futurists” Saturday August 23 at 7pm and Sun August 24 at 2pm at Belconnen Arts Centre (Chapter Two of their 2014 “Griffyn Fairy Tales”). The Griffyns have teamed up with choreographer Liz Lea and four dancers to create “a musical and visual journey evoking mechanical progress, ancient prophecy, and an Orwellian future”. Gosh. Bookings to griffynensemble.com or 0466 480 104.
JEFF Moorfoot is a self-described “burned out advertising photographer and educator with a bunch of letters after his name.” He is the founder of the ‘free radicals’, co-organiser of the ‘Homeless Gallery/Galeria Bezdomna, a former Vice President of the Victorian Division of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, founder and Creative Director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale and editor of the online journal BETA developments in photography. “Requiem for a Love Lost” is his exhibition opening at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest, at 4pm this Sunday August 24. The images are portraits of Cristina X superimposed on enlarged images of small mosaic tiles that adorned the walls of her tiny bathroom in her equally tiny 17th century apartment in Paris.
GLASS artist and Bilk Gallery co-director Lisa Cahill is opening her exhibition of new work, “On the Horizon,” her is first solo exhibition in Canberra, and will showcase wall panels and sculptures exploring the visual line that divides the earth and sky. Cahill says, “I am interested in light and space, time and memory. Creating dreamlike images allows the viewer to draw associations with their own remembered landscapes, resulting in a meditative and or emotional response.” Exhibition runs at Bilk Gallery in Palmerston Lane Manuka until September 20. Opening Friday 22nd August 6-8pm, all welcome.
“OUT There 2014” is Canberra Photographic Society’s annual exhibition of photographic images at Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall Street, Watson, from today, Thursday August 21 to Sunday August 24 and Thursday August 28 to Sunday August 31, 10am to 4pm. The “Out There” showcase exhibitions are now in their sixth year at the Watson Arts Centre and feature both contemporary and traditional themes and aesthetics, with many of the exhibited works demonstrating impressive use of current digital and other photographic techniques.THE Queanbeyan City Council Regional Art Awards exhibition continues until 3pm this Saturday August 23. It’s your last chance to vote for the $500 People’s Choice Award announced on Monday 25 August 25. At The Q Exhibition Space, Weekdays 10 – 4, Saturdays 10 – 3.
IN Search of Chopin, is the latest in the popular In Search of film series (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven and In Search of Haydn), and narrated by stage and screen actor Juliet Stevenson (Truly Madly Deeply) with David Dawson (Luther) bringing life to the letters of Chopin. Screenings are at 1pm on Saturday August 23 at Palace Electric and 1pm on Sunday August 24 at both at the Dendy and Palace Electric Cinema. Bookings to palacecinemas.com.au/movies/insearchofchopin/ and 6222 4900 or dendy.com.au/Promotion/Dendy-Arts-Mid-Season and 6221 8901.
“ACTION Stations” is an exhibition of new works by Peter Maloney and Louise Paramor, born out of a long friendship and an enduring admiration for each other’s ever-evolving practices. The pastiche quality present in both artists’ work is a key connection, however it is their mutual interest in mortality, excess and desire that really align their practices of painting, collage and assemblage.
ALSO at CCAS Gorman House, “On Men” is a display of 21st century masculinity. Working across a range of surprising media, Dale Harding, Paul Sloan, James Tylor and Will French question what it takes to be a contemporary Australian man. Both shows open at 6pm Friday August 22 at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman House. All welcome. Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm until September 27.
ROWAN Harvey Martin will conduct The National Capital Orchestra at Gunning Shire Hall at 2pm this Sunday August 24. “War & Peace” marks the centenary of the start of the Great War. The soloist in Elgar’s “Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra” will be cellist David Pereira. Tickets at the door.
JANET DeBoos is currently Emeritus Fellow, following her position as Head of the Ceramics Workshop at the Canberra School of Art from 1998 to 2013. “Articulate Objects” is a rare solo exhibition of her work, curated by Karen O’Clery of Narek Galleries. At the ANU School of Art Gallery, Building 105 Childers Street, Thursday August 21 to September 13.
LONDON Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster, violinist Gordan Nikolic, is joined by Bell Shakespeare actors Marshall Napier and Ella Scott Lynch and the Australian Chamber Orchestra in program comprising a Mozart Divertimento and two works inspired by passionate and traumatic life experiences—MOZART Divertimento in F, K.138 SMETANA String Quartet No.1 ‘From My Life’ (arr. Richard Tognetti) JANÁČEK String Quartet No.2’ Intimate Letters’ (arr. Timo-Veikko Valve). For the latter, the actors read letters revealing Janáček obsessive love for Kamila Stösslová, a married woman 38 years his junior. At Llewellyn Hall, 8pm, Saturday, August 23. Bookings to aco.com.au
AT the next general meeting of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc. to hear Ruth Waller, Head of the Painting Workshop, ANU School of Art, with ANU PhD candidates and graduates Sally Blake, Anne-Marie Jean, Steven Holland and Nicola Dickson speak about their creative partnership with the Australian National Botanic Gardens. At the Australian National Botanic Gardens Theatrette, behind the Visitors’ Centre, 1-3pm, this Saturday August 23. Afternoon tea will be available.
COMEDIAN and Triple J Breakfast co- host Matt Okine is touring “Matt Okine – Live” and will be at University of Canberra – Zierholz tomorrow Friday August 22. 8.00pm doors for an 8.30pm start. The once described by Rolling Stone as the most controversial woman in the history of rock, Courtney Love will be bringing her very first ever solo tour of Australia, “You Know My Name,” tour to Zierholz at 8pm on Saturday, August 23. Bookings for both to oztix.com.au
THE popular musical tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, “Oh What a Night!” features a group of performers who look, act and sound like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. You can re-live hit tunes like “Walk Like A Man”, “Oh What A Night!”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You”, “My Eyes Adored You”, “Let’s Hang On”, “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Grease”, “Working My Way Back To You”, “Who Loves You” and many others hits from the dynamic songbook from those boys from Jersey, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Tonight August 21 at The Q, bookings t 6285 6290.
KATE Miller-Heidke has the critics raving with her fourth studio album, and first independent release, “O Vertigo!” Her trio is now tour with songs from the album along with old favourites. UK singer-songwriter Ryan Keen will join her. Canberra theatre, Saturday august 23, bookings to 6275 2700 or canberratheatrecentre.com.au
“AUSTRALIAN Idle” is a new exhibition from Canberra artist exploring the nation’s coastal heart through a collection of intimate moments in Australian life revealing a broader social commentary on its cultural identity. “It’s the story of good ol’ ‘Straya: where billionaire bust-ups play off sapphire waters, riots take root on bleached sands and cultural icons are born and broken,” Pola says. Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, until August 31. The exhibition will be opened by ANU School of Art’s John Pratt from 6pm tonight, Thursday 21 August 21, all welcome.
DAS ZENTRUM Australian-German Institute Inc. is a bi-lingual cultural community organisation providing a library and information service and more for the Canberra community. It’s holding and open day this Saturday, August 23, 12.30 PM to 3.30 PM, First Floor, the Griffin Centre 20 Genge Street, Canberra City.
DIANNE Fogwell’s practice is centred on printmaking, painting and artist’s books. Using a repertoire of familiar images, she uses pared-back tones to illuminate parts of the landscape that usually go unnoticed in our daily lives. Fogwell’s paintings and works on paper
NICK Wirdnam is a highly regarded Australian glass artist whose work covers more traditional forms of glass as well as conceptual glass sculpture. Incorporating a language of recurring symbols and motifs, he sets up a dream-like and ambiguous narrative that allows room for open ended interpretation. Both Fogwell’s and Wirdnam’s work can be seen at Beaver Galleries, Denison St Deakin, from today, August 21 to September 9.