Arts in the city: A little research goes into art

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IN a new exhibition Portrait Artists Australia celebrates people who engage in research – inventors, explorers, creative thinkers, “harbingers of change, social reform, cultural shifts”. Local artist Julie Ballis has gone straight to the top with her portrait of our own Nobel laureate, astrophysicist Brian Schmidt. “Celebrating Innovators”, first floor, Parliament House, until December 13. 

Julie Ballis
MEANTIME, at M16 Artspace in Blaxland Crescent, Griffith, 15 keen portrait artists, who meet weekly as part of the Canberra Art Workshop activities, are showcasing their portraits under the title “What a Lovely Crowd,” noon to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday until November 11.

CANBERRA writer and editor Irma Gold should feel flattered. Her short fiction collection, “Two Steps Forward”,  which I’ve read and enjoyed, has just been shortlisted for SPUNC’s (Small Press Network’s) inaugural “Most Underrated Book Award”. The winner will be announced on November 8. To go in the draw to win a copy, you just need to “Like” her Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/IrmaGoldAuthor before November 5.

SCULPTOR Al Phemister and painter-curator Kim Nelson are calling themselves “the Odd Couple”. Together they’re organising the now-famous Yass Arts Trail, of which space permits only a tiny insight. On Sunday, November 4, at 2pm in the Patrick Hartigan Centre at Mount Carmel Convent, Yass, there’ll be an afternoon of storytelling told in song and contemporary verse. Later, at 6.30pm in Yass’s Oddfellows’ Hall, you can catch former “CityNews” Artist of the Year, David Pereira, playing his cello while artists Judi Power Thomson and Kerry McInnis paint. For dozens of other events, visit www.classicyass.com/yassarts.html and open the PDFs in the left hand margin.

CANBERRA soprano Lorina Gore was recently announced as the Australian Opera Auditions Committee’s $20,000 Dame Joan Sutherland scholarship winner by conductor Richard Bonynge.

KINETIC Energy is a notable Australian dance group which has moved to  broader theatre style. The company will be at The Drama Lab, ANU Arts Centre, with a show described as “75 minutes of wit, pathos, live music and visual imagery exposing a Machiavellian world in free fall.” As well, there will be readings by Canberra writers. “Empire,” 7.30pm, November 8-10, music in the foyer from 7pm, tickets at the door or bookings to kineticenergy@iprimus.com.au or 0415 391 533.

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