Artist responds to lure of the Yukon MCCRAE artist and jeweller Katrina Newman is the first Australian to be selected to participate on the Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency in the Yukon Territory this July and August. Newman was chosen from 42 applicants for the trip in which she and nine other artists will paddle 735 kilometres on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City, in subarctic Canada, arriving in time for the Riverside Arts Festival. Newman will exhibit her work and provide a short training course for young people at the Riverside Arts Festival in Dawson City. “I’ve always understood that to create great work or to achieve greatness you will never do it by playing safe, so what better way to work outside my comfort zone than in the wilds of northern Canada,” Newman said. “It’s going to be a wonderful opportunity for me on this adventure, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Away from the safety of my studio, I’ll be compelled to explore my new environment, the different landscapes, to draw on the new colours and light, the new materials and textures.” Geography has a huge impact on Newman’s jewellery. “My work has always been heavily influenced by the changing landscapes of my life; each ring or pendant is a glimpse into the Australian desert, the sea and its shores, and from travels that include West African countries Ghana and Mali,” she said. “The remoteness and exploration associated with this residency, the
Art on show THE 50th annual Flinders Art Show is being held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, 10-12 June. The opening is at 7pm, Friday 9 June and tickets are available at the door for $30 which includes wine, beer and canapes. Weekend opening hours are 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday and 10am-2pm Monday. The art show was started in 1967 to help reinvigorate the women’s committee of St John’ s Church of England and to raise funds for parish work. Over the past eight years the committee has distributed more than $220,000 to peninsula charities and community groups.
Exhibition for MND
Into the wild: McCrae artist Katrina Newman has been selected for a Yukon residency. Picture: Yanni
time to connect with the people and places, will give me the opportunity to keep expanding and challenging my practice.” Newman is running a fundraising campaign with the support of the
Australian Cultural Fund to help pay for the residency. The cost is $3200, plus equipment costs, for which Ms Newman has received a 60 per cent adventure sponsorship discount from an Austral-
ian outdoor specialist supplier. All donations are tax deductible. Her studio, at 69 Cinerama Cr, McCrae, will open 10am-5pm on the Queen’s Birthday weekend, 10 and 11 June.
A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition at the Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington, until Wednesday 28 June, will help raise money for research into motor neurone disease. Photographer Jan Dance, pictured, is pledging to donate five per cent of the sales from her Whyte-Vision exhibition to MND Victoria in memory of her sister who died from the disease in October 2011. “I could easily sit back and take the attitude that it is too late to help my sister and do nothing, but I have decided that I need to not be selfish and think of others who are going through this awful disease now and in the future,” she said. “I am not looking for thanks or a pat on the back, all I am looking for is to get exposure to help raise awareness and much-needed funds to, hopefully, find a cure.” Oak Hill Gallery, 100 MorningtonTyabb Rd, Mornington, opens 11am4pm daily. Call 5973 4299.
Southern Peninsula News
6 June 2017