Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The List

A  Night at the Hopetoun Community Centre

Where’s my shopping List? I know it’s in my handbag somewhere, or maybe I left it at home on the fridge? Sound familiar? We all write Lists. Be it at work or home.

On the 30th of September at the Hopetoun Community Centre, Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council presented “The List”, a one woman play hosted by Fragmented Artists and directed by Suzanne Ingelbrecht.

Audience members were graced with an intriguing performance by Gemma Cavoli, who’s character, a woman in her thirties, interweaved the telling of how her friend died with the details of ongoing ‘lists’ of things she must do for her home and family. The performance had audience members delving into their own pasts, relating to this mother-character, laughing, sympathising, and holding back tears. A deep and almost thrilling ride of the character’s emotional journey, that most could very much relate to. It was a good thing the bar was open after the show.

Immediately after the performance was a Question and Answers session. This compelling drama exploring obsession, guilt and the power of friendship left the audience keen to ask questions of the Actor and Director. A wonderful compliment to the show, and a great opportunity for interaction between our community and the visiting artists.

Some comments from audience members included; “Quite a deep performance, it really made me think outside the box”, “The Q&A was an excellent addition to the show, it really made the night”, “I really enjoyed it, it was not something you get to see every day”, “I think we could all relate to the character”, “I didn’t really understand all of it, but I enjoyed it anyway” and "It was a great that RRAC presented a show that was a little different from your mainstream TV shows".
Those who joined in with food and festivities before and after the show wrote their own lists anonymously which were displayed on the night. Some of the lists were funny, some were serious, and some were downright saucy! The evening overall was relaxed and enjoyable. Thanks to Kristin’s Kitchen for the super tasty pre-show food, and to the RRAC Committee for supplying sweets. Most of all we thank the community for continuing to support the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council in its endeavours to bring our community together through Culture and the Arts.

Photography by Dene Bingham.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is supported by the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Rags to Riches

Virtual Exhibition

Welcome to a Virtual Exhibition, brought to you by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council Inc.

Held at the Ravensthorpe Hall throughout the September 2016 Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, the Rags to Riches exhibition showcased entries that were judged in 2 categories; Rag Fashion and Rag Passion. Over $1700 in prized were up for grabs. To qualify for the judging, the entries must have contained at least one piece of rag supplied in Rag Bundles by the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council.

Rags to Riches Exhibition, Ravensthorpe Hall September 2016.

All Welcome, no charge, but a coin donation was appreciated and will go towards bringing a dynamic artistic calendar of events to the Ravensthorpe Shire.

First of all, lets view the winners of the "Rag Fashion" category.

First Prize - Tamara Kuipers "Rosette"
Second Prize - Wilma's Sewing Group's
"Josephs Coat of Many Colours"

Third Prize - Nathalie Grant's "Bright as a Button"

Secondly, the winning entries of the "Rag Passion" category.

First Prize - Beryl Semple's "The Passion"

Close up of one of Beryl's Magpies

Second Prize - Sophie & Amberley Daw's "Seat Full of Memories"

Third Prize - Louise Lodge's "My Grand Design"
Now for the one we had all been waiting for - the People's Choice Award...

Val & Paul Metz's - Henry the Rooster

Rags to Riches received 26 entries overall from across the Ravensthorpe Shire.

Teddies & Teapots by Wanadoo Creations

Rag Mat by Margaret Pike

Superior Firelighters by Margaret Pike

Woven Scarf by Judy Harp

A Fun Sports Scarf by Sandra Kohen

Pot Trivets by Wanadoo Creations

Baby Scraps Tummy Rug by Helen King

The Odd One Out by Shirl Sutherland

Raggedy Anne by The Wednesday Quilters
Macramé Hanging Pots by Tracie-Elise Chambers

Criss Cross Cushion by Harrison Agnew

Sexy Apron, Trendy Vest, Head Piece & Hand Bag
by Jennifer C. Biddulph

Back Pack by Jennifer C. Biddulph

Rags to Riches of the Digestive System
by Jennifer C. Biddulph

Socks by Chenda Goldfinch

The Essential is Invisible by Chenda Goldfinch

Rag Dolls by Ravensthorpe DHS Years 2 & 3

Rag Mats by Ravensthorpe DHS Kindy to Year 1 Classes

This project was proudly supported by;

The Community of the Shire of Ravensthorpe

Kyle Forsyth at Ravensthorpe Landmark (08) 9838 1081

Darrell Panizza of Wesfarmers Federation Insurance Ltd.
Tel: 0427 429 496  

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives funding from and is supported by the
Shire of Ravensthorpe

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Monday, October 10, 2016

A Walk on the Wild Side with Sabrina Hahn

Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk Trail

The sun was out. Yes siree, after days of wind & rain, and after digging out our wellie boots the weather miraculously turned a wonderful shade of sunshine for our proposed bush adventure.

The Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk Trail is rich in natural beauty, plant diversity, geology and history. 20 walkers were as keen as mustard to get on the trail, and to enjoy the great company of Sabrina Hahn, patron of the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and a wealth of practical information, horticultural knowledge and in general a lot of fun.

Walkers gathered at Kundip town site, then travelled north to Mine Road to meet up with the track where the wild walk began. This part of the Heritage trail runs parallel to the Steere River, towards Hopetoun, Later Site and Cottage Ruins. Old ruins were sighted, as was a biodiversity of plant life which required reference to booklets featuring local botanicals. Did you know that the Fitzgerald Biosphere is host to over 60 plant species, which are unique to the area, and more than 40 that are rarely found elsewhere?  The Hopetoun Ravensthorpe Railway Heritage Walk Trail is alongside the Fitzgerald River National Park which is the one and only Biodiversity Hotspot in Australia and is internationally recognised.

Apparently the adventurers also came across the Separation Plant. With Sabrina announcing “I found a Separation Plant“, she had everyone scurrying to see this rare species. However, the Separation Plant had even the professionals stumped. This find remains controversial because minorities of us are not so good with directions in the bush. Luckily Sue Leighton (local Horticulturist, Designer and Advisor) & Ainsley Foulds were qualified to be on the case. And anyway, what happens on the trail stays on the trail, isn’t that right?

A much deserved yummy morning tea was provided by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council along the trail, which really topped off the morning and added value to the experience. An entertaining morning of flora, fauna, discovery and friendship.

After the official walk participants were offered to follow Sue down along Horner Road to view the wildflower wonderland, then on towards Dunns Swamp where the variety of species was awe inspiring. Every colour of the rainbow!

Sabrina Hahn was a pleasure as always, and participants soaked up knowledge and inspiration delivered in her down to earth approach. We thank everyone one who joined us for a great morning of culture and outdoor adventure. Let’s do it again sometime.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Rags to Riches Exhibition

Featuring the Tepees of Hope

Ravensthorpe Hall was the perfect venue to host Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils contribution to the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show. From the 12th to the 22nd of September, Rags to Riches attracted almost 700 people! The 26 Rag Art entries covered a very broad artistic interpretation. Entries included Rag Dolls by Ravensthorpe's Year 2 and 3 students, cushions, wearable items, edible items, hanging items, growing items, mats, artist's interpretations and artistic creations, all with great stories behind them.

Entrants paired their creations with photos and stories, descriptions and meanings. Some were funny, and some were very heartfelt including life stories. Most know that many hours and care goes into an artistic creation. Whether it is a cake you baked or a garden you grew from seed, it takes persistence, determination, time, reason and passion to bring an idea to life. Rags to Riches was a showcase of this. By taking a 'horrible old shed rag' (someone else's words, not mine) and turning it into a usable or showable piece, you have overcome the stigma of a throwaway society, you have accomplished a goal, you feel a sense of belonging, you have turned Rags into Riches.

With so many fanciful and quality entries, the dread of judgement loomed. There was good prize money up for grabs, a prize pool of over $1700.00 and the competition was stiff. Two team members of Country Arts WA, Doone and Tegan happened to be visiting our Shire for the delivery of an Arts Funding Forum and they were happy to take on the role of impartial judge. We congratulate the winners and thank all entrants for supporting the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. What a fabulous supportive community we live in.

Thank you equally to the kind sponsors of Rags to Riches, Darrell Panizza of WFI (Wesfarmers General Insurance Ltd), and Kyle Forsyth of South Coastal Agencies - Landmark Ravensthorpe.

Featured in the exhibition was the large scale mystery community art project, the Tepees of Hope. This project asked community members to donate a once-loved piece of fabric that would be sewn into a large scale mystery masterpiece. Over 200 volunteer hours went into the construction of this project. After the initial concept, the wood frame was sourced, measured and cut, followed by the measuring and sewing of the calico liner, the fabric mosaic construction and sewing of the 18 tepee panels, constriction of each tepee, then the final touches.

A Tepee Sew-A-Thon was held at the Hopetoun Community Centre where volunteers encouraged and helped each other, gave each other sewing tips, and laughed amongst each other when someone sewed something back-to-front by mistake. The project came to life and it was a very enjoyable weekend. The Hopetoun Community Centre was filled with great feelings of community spirit and belonging, not to mention cotton and fabric scraps.

Life is not over for the Tepees of Hope, this is only the beginning. Thoughts and feelings have been scribed on the inside liner of the Tepees, as per poetic instruction, and for a little while they will be featured at the Hopetoun Community Centre. So watch this space because you never know where they might turn up next!

For more photos, and to see who won places in the Rags to Riches project & exhibition check out our Facebook pages;
Rags to Riches;
Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council;

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 Photo credits; Sue Leighton and Kirsty Duffy.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is supported by the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.