Monday, September 24, 2012

Farm Gate Art

Farm Gate Art Trail

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council Farm Gate Art Trail project was officially launched on Sunday 23rd September at the Dunnart Studio Gallery by RRAC President Jenny Chambers and Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Futures Fund Representative, Shire President Ian Goldfinch. The trail, which is an ongoing project for RRAC, currently has 11 locations with 22 sculptures in total themed around local wildflowers. Maps with descriptions and showing location will be available through the Ravensthorpe Visitors Centre and various tourism information outlets.

The generous First Prize donation of $500 by the Ravensthorpe Progress Association was awarded to Sue Leighton and Colin Hughes with their Entry Queen Beatrice. Second and Third prizes donated by F.E. Daw and Sons were presented to Shirl Sutherland and Paul and Ainsley Foulds. Special Commendations were made to Di and Greg Belli, Enid Tink and Heath Kuiper, the competition was Judged by ABC Gardening presenter Angus Stewart.
We hope you will follow the trail and be inspired by the project to create your own wildflower sculpture if you have any queries please contact Di Belli 98 3838.
Picture of Queen Beatrice - Courtesy Sue Leighton

We would like to acknowledge our funding partners Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Future Fund, Country Arts WA and Department of Culture and Arts.

Cooking with Carina Hoang in Ravy!

The cook and dine night in Ravensthorpe Town hall, hosted by visiting author in residence Carina Hoang was a sellout event, attracting 14 attendees and their guests. Participants learnt to make crispy spring rolls, fresh spring rolls and a beef soup.
As the wine and conversation flowed, Fay O'Brien from Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council sought suggestions of words and phrases that reflected the experience of the food in the hopes of creating a poetic outcome in the future with the help of the Southern Scribes.

Another Excellent Art Exhibition

Jumping Through Hoops by Cat Tink
Spotlight! by Mel Daw


The Ravensthorpe District Art Group’s 2012 exhibition opened with a well attended wine and cheese evening on Friday 7th September.  This year the “Year of the Farmer” theme was relatively low in entries but high in enthusiasm and quality.

The evening was opened by Art Group President Lynnell Belli who thanked the sponsors of this year’s show; Phillips River Grazing, Ravensthorpe Qualup Cafe, Ravensthorpe IGA- FE Daw and Sons, Ravensthorpe Mechanical Services, Ravensthorpe Building Supplies, Landmark, Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, Shire of Ravensthorpe, Country Arts WA and the Department of Culture and the Arts. 

Lynnell then introduced guest judge Carolyn Gilles-Gray to present the awards.  Carolyn, an experienced artist and art educator with a passion for encouraging community participation in the arts, began by informing the crowd of her judging criteria.  This not only included skill in the chosen media, techniques and composition but also attention to the exhibition theme.   Carolyn was overall very impressed with the standard and variety of work on display.

The children’s awards were presented first, with prizes going to the youngest participant Isla Perryman for her painting Ribbon the Rabbit, Sethan Francis for his painting Yabbying at the Farm Dam, Samantha Francis for her painting Seeds Growing in the Mud and Jai Daw for his bright painting Farm Mow Mow.   Harmony Daw was awarded a prize for her delicate sculpture Farm Kangaroo, which Carolyn thought was a lovely use of mixed media.   The Year 2-4 Section was won overall by Amberley Daw with her work titled Rustic Farming.  Carolyn spoke most highly of Amberley’s innovative combination of metal and organic materials...a growing, changing piece.  Well done Amberley!  (I bet your Art teacher is super proud of you!)

Carolyn then moved on to the adult categories, beginning with the drawing.  Since there were only two works in this section it was decided to award a Highly Commended to Cat Tink for her superb pencil rendition of Tess-Kelpie Cross Pup.  In the painting category Carolyn was undecided between two entries and asked if she could split the prize, only to find out that her winning selections were painted by the same artist; so awards went to Mel Daw for Spotlight, for “use of colour, design and concept” and The Farmer Needs a Wife, “an emotive, powerful and truthful work”.  A Highly Commended went to Amber Perryman’s large painting, First Fruits for “skilful us of media, colour and scale”.

Cat Tink won the photography section with Lamps and Shears which, as Carolyn mentioned, summed up a farmer and his shed beautifully.  Cat was called upon once again to receive an award for her sculpture Jumping Through Hoops and a Highly Commended went to Shirl Sutherland for her “quirky” sculpture Snake Vine.  Amber Perry won the Other category with her printmaking piece titled One Horse Power and Robyn Brayshaw received a Highly Commended in this section for Fish Hanger.

The highlight of the evening was when a much surprised Bec Davies was announced as receiving a Highly Commended in the Shire Acquisition Prize for her painting First Farmer.  Carolyn commended Bec for her “statement, concept and originality”.  (Congratulations Bec; all those Friday Night Art Nights were well spent!)  The final award of the evening was to the winner of the Shire of Ravensthorpe Acquisition Prize, going to our own Lynnell Belli for her watercolour, Nutbush. 

Carolyn concluded the awards by congratulating all the winners and indeed all the contributing artists for having the courage and conviction to bring their ideas to fruition and help make the exhibition successful.  It was then Carolyn’s turn to be on the receiving end of a gift from the very appreciative Ravensthorpe District Art Group for lending her time and expertise to not only judge the show but also to attend the evening, give out awards and make herself available for those with any queries of her judging process.  We look forward to working with Carolyn in the future.

Once the formal part of the evening was over it was time to relax and mingle whilst partaking in a nice drop of red, (or white).  The Dunnart Gallery; what a wonderful place to mix with friends and ponder life, art and the wonders of the universe!  Apparently much pondering went on quite late that night!

Van Gogh scarecrow welcomes visitors in the front door
When the gallery opened the following morning, visitors were welcomed down the laneway with a colourful display of flags and some awesome scarecrows made by school children from Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun.  The intention was to have a winning scarecrow announced at the end of the exhibition...but unfortunately all of them were so fantastic that nobody was brave enough to choose a favourite!  The scarecrows were all well made (even surviving the 120knot winds we had in the last week) and very creative; based on modern artists and the local area.  Congratulations to all the students involved, your scarecrows transformed the gallery garden!

Picasso scarecrow waves guests into the rear entry
The exhibition closed on Sunday 23rd September with an official opening of the Farm Gate Art Trail launched by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council President Jennifer Chambers.  Hairball once again graced us with their presence, providing some interesting insights into the future with their unique tea reading abilities.  We will look forward to “Shirtloads” of money for our future community arts projects!

The winner of our raffle, the gorgeous farm quilt donated by Mrs Judy Harp, was won by Susan Sensen from Tumbi Umbi , NSW.  We rang Ms Sensen who was ecstatic at the news, claiming it to be the first thing she had ever won.  We are pleased that Judy’s quilt will go to a loving home.

Finally, the winner of our Popular Vote competition was our very own Cathy Tink with her beautiful drawing of Tess- Kelpie Pup.  Congratulations Cathy, we know Jungle will be stoked!


Dunnart Studio Gallery's new Friday Night Program

for more information click through to the Dunnart Studio Gallery's site using the tabs at the top

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Making handmade books to tell our stories

Today was the second session where participants in Ravensthorpe met with Carina Hoang, visiting author in residence at the Ravy community resource centre.
Having already shared some of their personal stories on Monday, today's session was facilitated by volunteer artist Amber Perryman from the Dunnart Studio Gallery who showed them a simple technique to create a handmade 'snake' book from folding only one piece of paper. A handmade artists book is a unique way that participants can choose to communicate their story, through either text and image. Participants explored a variety of techniques from cutting and pasting to hand painting and lettering. . For those who couldn't make it today there will be another session at the Dunnart gallery ( date tbc) to assist people to create their books to exhibit in a community exhibition in November at the Dunnart Gallery.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Author in Residence Aug 25 to Sept 1

click on the tab at the top for access to a full program and updates on all the events which form part of this amazing project

Friday, July 13, 2012

Found Art travels

Check out the Ravy Found Art blog - there's some brilliant stories from people all around Australia who are discovering these fabulous wire sculptures and then taking them on their travels with them!

Farm visit with art group

To prepare for the Up coming 'year of the farmer' exhibition, the Ravensthorpe District Art group is hosting a day trip to a local farm on 28 July from 9.30am til 4pm - this will provide an opportunity for photography and sketching on site and will hopefully inspire you and give you lots of ideas for creating your artwork.

Family members are welcome to come along - cost $10 see flyers below and/ or collect one from the Dunnart Gallery, Ravensthorpe

Participants are then also invited to return to the farm on 29th July to continue working on ideas

RSVP to Lynell Belli on 98381128 by 26th July

Light painting in Ravy

A few of the Friday night regulars braved the extreme cold and came along for some light painting fun on the main street in Ravy on 29 Jun. Serena Shaddick from ABC Open travelled down from Esperance to show us the ropes and tell us all about new and very cool ways to use our digital cameras! You might think that setting fire to steel wool and twirling it wildly in the centre of town outside the pub and the police station might prompt a bit of an audience but no! Not one person came to ask what we were doing! Fortunately the only thing we burned was Bec's hair! Here's one of the images that Mel took on her digital camera

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Come to the Cabaret!

6.30 pm TO 12.30 am
And the
This is a free community event sponsored by the Shire of Ravensthorpe to celebrate the refurbishment of the Ravensthorpe Town Hall
Bar Facilities, Italian Themed Meal available 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm
Bus from Hopetoun
Meal  & Bus Bookings Essential
Ph Hopetoun CRC 98383962 Ravensthorpe CRC 98381340  

Monday, June 18, 2012

Found Art Project

Sculpted animals are popping up all over the place as students from RDHS participate in a 'found art' project coordinated by Mel Daw of the Ravy Arts Council. Stories from the sculptures' travels are being shared by the people who discover them in obscure places and are inspired or touched by their encounter with the whimsical wire creatures. To read some of these stories click on the found art tab at the top of the page - or from the blog list to your right. In the meantime keep your eyes peeled, you never know where the next one is hiding!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Drawing figures and making a mark at fri night art!

Braving the cold and drizzle, a stalwart few made it to this weeks Friday art gathering and put pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel and bleach, (yes bleach) to paper!
Taking it in turns to hold 30 sec to 2 min poses the aim was to play with the materials and draw expressive and gestural lines.
Part two continues next Friday, hope to see you at the Dunnart gallery, Ravensthorpe 7pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Find us on Facebook!

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council can now be found on Facebook!
see to find us, like us and stay uptodate with all the news and upcoming arts and cultural events in our region

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Successful Funding Application!!

Exciting news: we have been successful in our grant application to CANWA's Sharing Stories fund (Community Arts Network WA) for the upcoming exciting project with Carina Hoang, the author of 'Boat People'. This was a very competitive and over subscribed pool and is a partnership funding program between CANWA and Healthway.

You can read more about CANWA through a link to their website (see right) or by looking through their recent publication, which is on the coffee table at the Ravensthorpe Community Resource Centre's lounge area!

Read more about this project

Farm Gate Art Workshops

Come and learn how to weld scrap metals and old farm implements together to make a sculpture for your front gate  alongside Artists Jodie Ditchburn & Tania Spencer.
 Learn techniques and skills that teach you:
  • how to identify and prepare metals to weld,
  • basic stick welding & grinding welds clean,
  • plasma cutting
  • spot welding
  • working with wire
  • designing in metal

Workshop No 1: Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July 2012,
Workshop No 2: Saturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July 2012
TIME:  9am till 3pm each day
COST: $50 for the 2 DAY workshop
Sculptures will be placed around the shire for locals and visitors to enjoy in a “Self Drive Art Trail”.
We are also interested in hearing from farmers who are willing to part with their junk and areas on farms or gateways/entrances for sculptures to be installed. 
Enquiries please contact: Keren Stokes 0488 340555 or

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Art group now on EVERY friday!

Arts council represented in Perth

Delegates from arts organisations in regional WA
Image Credit: Kelly Jennings, Marketing & Public Relations Manager CAWA

On the 17th and 18th May, three representatives of Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council had the opportunity to attend a two day professional development workshop hosted and coordinated by Country Arts WA. 
Fay O’Brien, Melissa Daw and Amber Perryman enjoyed the diverse program of speakers offering practical and fresh information and are looking forward to implementing some of their ideas over the coming year.
Presenters from DADAA WA, Artsupport, Country Arts WA, Community Arts Network, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Department of Culture and the Arts and Artrage (coordinators of FringeWorld) shared insights from their organisations and covered topics such as social media, communications, community and cultural development, grant seeking from government and philanthropic sectors and the ‘2020nine manifesto for regional arts in WA’ – a public document that has recently been distributed to local shires and politicians which was created in a consultative process at the 2011 state regional arts conference in Geraldton.
Attendees also heard from an award winning youth filmmaker and learnt some hands on photography skills. 
Aside from the programmed schedule there were plenty of opportunities to network with representatives from the other key organisations attending, all of whom currently receive annual funding from Country Arts WA. Current and past projects in Albany, the Kimberley and Esperance were shared giving all attendees a better understanding of arts in regional WA. Many ideas and opportunities for future collaborative projects were formulated at breakfast and sewn up by ‘wine time’!
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council received additional funding from Country Arts WA to cover transport and accommodation.