WITH spring so near and yet so far, Diana Watson’s lush paintings of still lifes and flowers, “Cornucopia”, looks like a breath of fresh air.
Watson’s show is at Paintbox Fine Art, 32 Lonsdale Street, Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm, and July 19-August 3.
ACTOR and current artist in residence at Gorman House, Max Cullen, will be ‘In Conversation’ with Genevieve Jacobs this evening, at 6pm Thursday July 17 at Gorman House Arts Centre at 6pm. Registrations to 6249 7377.
HAWAII artist Professor Charlie Cohan will be giving an artist talk at Megalo Print Studio, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, this evening Thursday July 17, and 5.30 for 6pm. He’s in Canberra to do a Professional Workshop called “Glass Matrix” with glass and print artists.
THE multi-pronged exhibition, “Japanese Encounter,” continues at M16 Artspace until July 27. It includes: “Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art;” “Hbiki”— textiles, painting, print, photography and sculpture inspired by Japan from Emily Casey, Maija Fredrika, Melinda Heal, Jed Henry, Alan J Jones, Amy Kerr-Menz, Patrick O’Keeffe and Stephon Russell; and Anime movie screenings in Japanese with English subtitles —July 19, 12.30pm, “Wolf Children” (PG, 117 mins) and July 20, 12.30pm, “Spirited Away” (PG, 125 mins)
IT’LL be a case of ‘Finns to the fore’, the Australian Chamber Orchestra is saying as pianist Paavali Jumppanen joins the orchestra’s Principal Cello, Timo-Veilkko Valve and Principal Violin, Satu Vänskä, to become the third Finn performing in their current tour, coming to Llewellyn Hall this Saturday 19 July at 8pm. The highlight will be Jumppanen performing Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet. Bookings to aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/jumppanen or tickets at the door.
GEOFFREY Dunn & Marina Talevski have a collaborative show of fresh art and words, to be opened tonight Thursday July 17 by poet PS Cottier at The Front Gallery in Wattle Street, Lyneham. They’ve mixed poetry, photography, sculpture and installation into works exploring the written word and visualisations of poetic elements. “2 Tens & A Tomato” runs until July 28 and will feature a poetry slam on July 25 at 8pm.
ALSO at The Front Bar and Gallery on Saturday July 19 from 8pm are Cracked Actor and Naked Bodies, featuring Quang Dinh and ‘Ride On’, the first single from their forthcoming debut LP.
NEW works by Emily Valentine are now showing at Jas Hugonnet’s innovative online gallery, hugonnet.com.au, inquiries to 0417 235 916. As the picture suggests, Valentine has imagined some very new creatures.
THE popular “Improvention” festival is winding up this weekend with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Strets1, 2 and 3. Probably the highlight will be an improvised Zombie musical coming up on Friday night July 18, Bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au
WATSON Arts Centre is throwing a special Afternoon Tea/Meet the Makers event at 2pm this Sunday July 20 for its 2014 EASS exhibition of work by four recent graduates from the ANU School of Art Ceramics Workshop, Julie Barnett, David Leake, Tanya Roberts and Fran Romano. At 1 Aspinall Street, Watson. All welcome.
ITALIAN guitarist Marco Mina’ will be playing both a 20th Century and a copy of a 179 Benedid guitar as he performs sonatas by Paganini and Giuliani this evening, Thursday July 17 at 7.30pm at Wesley Music Centre. Tickets at the door or at www.trybooking.com/FFAC
TONIGHT, Thursday July 17 at 7pm in the Drill Hall Gallery, the Australian Haydn Ensemble, 2014 ANU School of Music Ensemble in Residencewill perform a program headed up byMozart’s humorous work “The Musical Joke” and Beethoven’s Sextet for 2 horns and strings. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au/e/mozarts-musical-joke-australian-haydn-ensemble-tickets-9932870483
MULTI ARIA award winner, Jeff Lang, will be at The Street Theatre this Saturday, July 19, showcasing numbers from his 15th album, “I Live in My Head A Lot These Days.” Melbourne-based Lang is celebrated as a songwriter, a collaborator, a guitar virtuoso and lyricist who tells stories through his music with an ability to leave his song interpretations open to the individual. Bookings to 6247 1223 or thestreet.org.au
PLAYSCHOOL’S Big Ted and his friends are here performing in “Prince of Bears” at Albert hall, Friday to Sunday July 18-20, bookings online.
PLAYING Field Studio is showcasing what its residency artists have achieved during their time in the studio in a FREE showing of their work from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm this Sunday July 20 at their headquarters, 2 Kingsley Street, Acton. John Lombard (scriptwriter) will be discussing the development of his play & Jane Ingall (dancer/performer) will discuss how the “Somebody’s Aunt” project benefited from the residency.
ALL the while, both “Legally Blonde the Musical” (ANU Arts Centre, bookings to canberraticketing.com.au) and “Cabaret” (Erindale Theatre, bookings to philo.org.au/ticketing) continue apace.