Arts in the city: A ‘gorgeous’ look at trees

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“I THINK that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree,” the song goes, but can a tree have its portrait painted? Artist Eve Sawa is about to prove that it can, with her exhibition “Arboretum Magnificentury”, described as “a gorgeous exhibition of tree portraits”. At ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, noon-5pm, Wednesday to Sunday, March 6-24.

Artist Eve Sawa’s “Baby Sequoia”.
Artist Eve Sawa’s “Baby Sequoia”.
FORMER Canberran Rhys Holden is to become general manager for Brisbane’s famous La Boite Theatre Company. He’ll move in March from his role as artistic administrator of the Sydney Theatre Company. A first-class honours drama graduate from the ANU and a former “Gold CAT” winner, he’s been praised for having “just the right balance of business and art that is perfect in a top theatre manager”.

ALSO, Holden’s old friend, the Olivier Award-winning director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, has announced an award in London in honour of the late Canberra theatre personality, Stella Wilkie. The award, for an emerging playwright, will be called “The King’s Head Theatre & East 15 Stella Wilkie Debut Award,” the “Stella” for short.

CANBERRAN Sarah Klouth, who moved to Sydney to study film-making, has started a new comedy web series called “Waiters”, filming at a popular restaurant in Coogee and surrounding areas. Klouth’s long-term plan is to get it on to TV, but meantime she hopes Canberrans will watch it at

TUGGERANONG Arts Centre at Lanyon, located in the old Nolan Gallery, is a great way of revitalising an almost-forgotten art space. Next up is “Dreaming” by Tracey Deep, who works with used, industrial, organic, discarded, and discontinued materials to create original sculptures. March 2-31 (open Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend).

SMITHS Alternative Bookshop and wine-bar will host a night with Dutch avant-garde composer and performance artist Japp Blonk and celebrated violinist Jon Rose at 8pm on March 9. Tickets at the door.

“A WHEEL Turns: A Reflection on its Journey” is an exhibition about the stories of Canberrans as they travel around in cars. At Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court, 9am-4.30pm, Monday-Friday, until March 9.

“ONE River” is a Centenary project in which arts projects are conducted throughout the Murray-Darling Basin. To kick off the Canberra component, John Shortis is running a series of four open song-writing workshops to create songs to be sung on Artsound FM and at Aspen Island. Bookings to 6249 7377 or

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