What’s on this weekend: shared passion for art

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YOU still have time to catch the exhibition by the newly-formed ceramic art network, “Claybodies” at Form Studio and Gallery in Queanbeyan.

The exhibition showcases 12 of the members’ (Agnieszka Berger, Melinda Brouwer, Pam Crossley, Judy Greenfield, Jenny Harris, Erin Kocaj, Anne Langridge, Anne Masters, Fran Romano, Tania Tuominen, Jo Victoria and, Zhou Xuan) love of their shared passion for the ceramic material. 1/30 Aurora Avenue, Queanbeyan until March 3, Monday – Friday 9.30am – 2.30pm and Saturday – Sunday 10.00am 4.00pm.

Botanic gardens by night
Botanic gardens by night
AS part of the “Enlighten” festival the Australian National Botanic Gardens will invite guests to wander through the cool misty rainforests of Queensland before stepping into Australia’s Red Centre to enjoy a silver-service dessert under the stars. Quests will be greeted with a pre-tour aperitif before embarking on a night time guided journey through the lit Rainforest Gully and the Red Centre Garden where they will be immersed in the special lighting, and enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. 7.30 pm and 8pm, Friday 28 February, Saturday, March 1, Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9. A pre-tour dinner is also available on Saturday, February 1 for an additional $40 per person. Bookings to anbg.gov.au/gardens.

THE Pop Up choir has a habit of, well, popping up in tunnels, churches, foyers, museums, street corners, restaurants, domes and amphitheatres, rotundas and parks; anywhere where there is a space that can be warmed by the human voice. This Sunday, March 2, at 1pm they’ll pop up in the foyer of the High Court of Australia, with a concert featuring Russian hymns, New Zealand love ballads and original songs penned by choir director, Rachel Hore. Free Sunday concerts at the High Court of Australia are scheduled for the first and third Sunday of each month at 1pm, bookings not required.

A work by Lee Cruse
A work by Lee Cruse
FAR South Coast artists four times finalist in Waterhouse Natural History Exhibition, Bernard O’Grady, ceramicist Barry Jackson and Lee Cruse, who grew up in Eden listening to the stories of the coast, his country, are exhibiting at Ivy Hill Gallery from February 28 to March 31. There’ll be rinks with the artists from 6pm on Saturday, March 1. All welcome. Ivy Hill, on the coast road between Bermagui and Tathra, is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am – 5pm. View catalogues at www.ivyhill.com.au

THERE’LL be a ‘Fun Family Day’ in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia on Sunday, March 2 from 10.30 am – 1.30 pm. There’ll be free paper flower making, painting, drawing, basket weaving and sand drawing and the opportunity to contribute to installations throughout the Garden and meet local artists, gallery educators and ‘Forrest Gump’ the Alpaca. The workshops are suitable for children of all ages. All materials are supplied and many recycled.

THE Song Company’s 30th anniversary year series, “A Burning Desire” is a showcase for an ensemble that has become increasingly important in Canberra. Roland Peelman will become the director of the Canberra International Music Festival for 2015, and the company has participated in many community performances here in recent years. The first concert for 2014 is “Fire of Love”, ranging in scope from the courtly romance of the troubadours (included in the program is Raimbaud de Vaquiras Calenda Maya) to the sensuous madrigal musings of Marenzio (Baci Soavi e Cari is part of the set) and the songs of Jacques Brel and Cole Porter.  6pm, March 1,  Canberra Centre for Christianity, Barton, | bookings to songcompany.com.au

Jo Creswell and Rita Woolhouse
Jo Creswell and Rita Woolhouse
MUSICAL duo Jo Cresswell and Rita Woolhouse will make a rare appearance at at the Artists Shed Queanbeyan this weekned, supported by Craig and Simone Dawson. They promse to soothe listeners with their contemporary and traditional Scottish and Celtic music, the odd foray into Scandinavia and original compositions. 14 Foster St Queanbeyan, Saturday, March 1, 7:30pm, tickets at the door.

CANBERRA Writing School’s Book Lovers & Storytellers Festival will run at the Arc Cinema, National Film and Sound Archive, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm tomorrow, February 28, with presentations by authors young people, Libby Gleeson, Susanne Gervay and Jack Heath, performers Kulturebreak, storyteller Brian Hungerford, crime writer Tracey Hawkins and slam poet Omar Musa. It is mainly aimed at teachers and young would-be writers. Bookings to eventbrite.com.au/e/canberra-book-lovers-storytellers-festival-tickets-4095916998

 Philip Wolfhagen, Night Beacon VI, 2005, oil and beeswax on linen. National Gallery of Victoria Collection
Philip Wolfhagen, Night Beacon VI, 2005, oil and beeswax on linen. National Gallery of Victoria Collection
THE Drill Hall Gallery’s opening show for 2014 is a survey exhibition of the eminent Tasmanian painter Philip Wolfhagen (b. 1963). Widely exhibited in Australia and abroad, winner of awards (including the 2007 Wynne Prize), featured in all national and state collections, he is known for landscapes which establish a midpoint between Romantic vistas and abstractions. “Illumination: The art of Philip Wolfhagen,” until April 6, Drill Hall Gallery, Kingsley Street (off Barry Drive), Wednesday-Sunday, noon -5pm.




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