Arts


Margaret Olley: A Generous Life

Margaret Olley  is a much loved Australian artist  with a significant reputation for still life and her ability to capture the richness and intimacy of interior ” landscapes.” Born in the New South Wales town of Lismore, in Queensland in 1923 she had 90 solo exhibitions of her work and…

8 August 2019 | Arts

Advanced Love – What a Beautiful Book!

I love collecting books. Not kindle type reads for me but the joy of holding the book, feeling its weight, touching the smooth paper and the rhythmic turning of pages. Hard covers are a delight  and immediately give the book a presence. As my hands stiffen with age and cold…

5 August 2019 | Arts

Three women artists

My visit to the convent gallery last week was a joyful one. This local gallery is unique in architecture, story and design. It’s importance as a showcase for a range of artistic talent should not be overlooked and this week we glimpse the work of three women artists-Jennifer Feller, Stella…

29 July 2019 | Arts

Rudolf Nureyev – A White Crow?

Ralph Fiennes directs and acts in this film about Rudolf Nureyev’s  defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite KGB efforts to stop him. Liam Neeson is one of the Executive Producers of this film. A good pedigree so far. It’s a strange film. Slow and deliberate,…

25 July 2019 | Arts

Every Picture Tells a Story

Think about photographs that have stayed in your mind. Describe them. What do they have in common? I think about the photojournalist shots of the Vietnam war or the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mapplethorpe’s gripping photos of human bodies. The stunning landscapes of Ansel Adams. Annie Leibowitz and her celebrity…

24 July 2019 | Arts

Armistead Maupin & Untold Tales

Have you read any of Armistead Maupin’s books such as Mary Ann in Autumn (2010) or  The Days of Anna Madrigal (2014)? ? Have you watched the Tales of the City miniseries on Netflix? It’s the story of a young and naive Mary Ann arriving in San Francisco and taking up…

18 July 2019 | Arts

Michael Hutchence – a Heartfelt Documentary

Richard Lowenstein took ten years to make this documentary about the life of Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the Australian band INXS. Hutchence died at the age of 37 in 1997. He committed suicide. A charismatic, gifted musician, Hutchence is remembered by friends, family and industry greats such as Bono…

16 July 2019 | Arts

Avedon Women

What does beauty look like? What makes a good photograph? How do you respond to the idea of a classical beauty, a model quality? With a focus on women (and men) and beauty this week,  how do we bring together ageing and concepts of beauty? Attractiveness?- is this  beauty- who…

9 July 2019 | Arts

Yesterday- A Film by Danny Boyle

Let me tell you a story. I’m a novice Instagrammer and I’m getting very frustrated trying to crack the big time on Instagram..(or even the medium to low range time.) I post my shots of art and architecture and flowers and scenery and I have about 16 people who think…

2 July 2019 | Arts