Winter Solstice celebrations and other arts

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AHHH Winter, says Artsound FM, the perfect time to curl up with a book or Cd from their Winter Solstice fair at Manuka Arts Centre this Sunday, June 22, 11am to 3pm.

Cafe D Roamer will be on hand from 1pm and authors Samantha Tidy and Alastair Stewart will be there too.

 Tim Campbell, photo Karon Photography
Tim Campbell, photo Karon Photography

SELF-styled “carrot-topped musical theatre crooner” Tim Campbell will be At the Canberra Southern Cross Club, Woden, with his “High School Disco” tour which, he calculates, “will have you and your girlfriends reliving those memories and the classic, iconic songs you used to belt out in front of your mirror with a hair brush.” 8.30pm this Saturday, June 21, $67 Dinner & Show; $30 Show only, bookings to 6283 7288.

American soprano, Kiera Duff
American soprano, Kiera Duff

THE Australian Chamber Orchestra’s fourth national tour for 2014 hits Llewellyn Hall this Saturday June 21 at 8pm with Mahler 4 & Sibelius 6. The uplifting finale of Mahler 4 features American soprano, Kiera Duffy. Bookings to or tickets at the door.

Photograph by Thea McGrath
Photograph by Thea McGrath

A final-year exhibition of CIT Bachelor of Photography students will officially open at 6pm today, Thursday June 19 at the Legislative Assembly, with the presentation of a number of awards to recipients selected by industry representatives. Graduating student Thea McGrath says, “We wanted the space to be high-profile and to make it a small VIP event to mark the occasion, and the whole class has pulled together to make it happen.” CIT Head of Department for Photography, Karyn Milne describes the exhibition as “fantastic final achievement.” The show runs until June 26. All welcome.

Sue Lovegrove - 'Nest no. 530'
Sue Lovegrove – ‘Nest no. 530’

SUE Lovegrove is a true veteran of the Canberra art scene. Inspired by her personal experiences with the landscape, her paintings on show at Beaver Galleries in Deakin portray both the strength and fragility of the natural world, especially the rugged landscape of southern Tasmania.

Fiona Hiscock - 'Banksia Serrata jar' and 'Wide jar with Honeyeater and Banksia Serrata'
Fiona Hiscock – ‘Banksia Serrata jar’ and ‘Wide jar with Honeyeater and Banksia Serrata’

ALSO at Beaver are ceramic vessels by Fiona Hiscock, loosely based on colonial domestic objects, decorated with botanical illustrations. Both shows run June 9-July 8.

NANCY Sever’s new gallery at 6 Kennedy Street, Kingston is open 11 AM to 6 PM Wednesday Wednesday to Sunday and currently features powerful paintings by Tim Johnson, who characteristically incorporates iconography of Aboriginal, Buddhist and Tibetan cultures.

“PARLIAMENT House at work” is a 25th anniversary exhibition exploring the work goes on behind the scenes at Parliament House. It’s a commissioned exhibition of new works by leading Australian photographer Anne Zahalka and is up until August, free entry. From 10.30am – 12 this Friday, June 20 Zahalka will joins photos experts Martin Jolly and Helen Ennis to discuss the photographic legacy behind this commission. Bookings to

A work by Hannah Bath
A work by Hannah Bath
A work by Tony Dalla Venezia
A work by Tony Dalla Venezia
A work by Emma Le Strange
A work by Emma Le Strange

M16 Gallery in Griffith has three shows opening today Thursday June 19 at 6pm: “Wanderlust,” where Kate Barker, Hannah Bath, Alexander Boynes, Chris Carmody, Amy Dunn, Shellaine Godbold, Annika Harding, Elena Papanikolakis, Jacklyn Peters, Fiona Veikkanen and Jonathan Webster explore the act of walking; Tony Dalla Venezia exhibits pen and ink line drawings; and “Never Without,” where Emma Le Strange displays a fresh approach to anatomical drawing. All shows open tonight Thursday, June 19 at 6pm. All welcome. 21 Blaxland Cres, Griffith Wednesday – Sunday, noon – 5pm.

Timo Nest: "Life in the desert"
Timo Nest: “Life in the desert”

“INTERCHANGE” is a cultural exchange of contemporary paintings, and networking of artists Zoya Tavakoli from Shiraz in Iran, Lokesh Soni from Udaipur in India and Timo Nest from Queanbeyan. Until June 28 at the Q Exhibition Space.

Daniel de Borah
Daniel de Borah

WESLEY Music Centre has that brilliant Canberra-raised (but now international) pianist Daniel de Borah. Winner of the Australian National Piano Award 2012 and 3rd prize winner of the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition, de Borah will perform a recital of works by Schubert and Chopin, culminating with Prokofiev’s darkly expressive and dazzling Piano Sonata No.7. Wesley Music Centre, National Circuit, Forrest, 7.30pm, Bookings to or tickets at the door.

Linda Davy_The nature of value, porcelain, glazes, gold lustre.
Linda Davy, ‘The nature of value’ porcelain, glazes, gold lustre.

“CLAYBODIES@STRATHNAIRN” is the first show by a new ceramic artists’ group and runs until June 29 at Strathnairn, Stockdill Drive Holt. The artists exhibiting are: Melinda Brower, Pam Crossley, Liz Crowe, Linda Davy, Erin Kocaj, Monika Leone, Anne Masters and Jo Victoria. The artists will be available at the gallery on Saturdays and Sundays to discuss the works in the exhibition and the processes involved.

ON Saturday, June 21, Latin Fiesta will be held at Saint Edmunds College’s hall, 110 Canberra Avenue, Griffith, to raise funds for the Chilean Red Cross Valparaiso, Chile, to help victims of the huge fires that killed 15 people, destroyed 2,900 homes and left 15,000 people affected. Entry ticket at the door $10. Children under 12 FREE. There will be a Latin band, , dance floor performers from our Latin dancing academies, Chilean food, Chilean wines, beers, tea and coffee.

Mike McClellan
Mike McClellan

SINGER-songwriter Mike McClellan returns to play a concert at The Abbey on Friday, June 20 at 8pm, with a brand new album of songs “Dancing In The Rain,” his second in three years. This year marks the 40th year since his “Song and Danceman” was a national hit and voted Song of the Year. Bookings to

THE ANU Bar is hopping. Sydney indie dance trio RÜFÜS are playing there tonight Thursday, June 19 at the ANU Bar tonight, then on Saturday, June 21 they’ll have Melbourne band Saskwatch will be touring with “Nose Dive.”

'Serpent Wrap' artists
‘Serpent Wrap’ artists

VISUAL art students from Canberra Institute of Technology’s Yurauna Indigenous Centre have installed a temporary art installation that celebrates NAIDOC week. “The Rainbow Serpent Wrap” will be in place from now until early August. It can be viewed 24 hours a day at the front of Belconnen Arts Centre, and is lit up at night. The students wove through and around the bright yellow ‘reeds’ of BAC’s notable public artwork “Dancers on a Lakefront” by Konstantin Dimopoulos. The Arts Centre will also present three exhibitions in July by Indigenous artists as part of NAIDOC.

THIS Sunday, June 22 at 3pm, The National Capital Orchestra, with chamber choir Igitur Nos, conducted by Matthew Stuckings, with organist Christopher Erskine, baritone Daniel Brinsmead and soprano Greta Claringbould, present a concert with a varied program including the “Organ symphony” by Camille Saint-Saens. St Paul’s Anglican Church Manuka 68 Canberra Avenue Griffith, tickets at the door or inquiries to 0448 411 791.

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