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Northern lights

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

THE FRANCES Mary Archer Gallery (FMAG) at Woolmers Estate is showcasing the vast talent of a variety of Northern Tasmanian artists in its newly curated Collection of Northern Artists Exhibition.

Phillip Austen, Carol Barnett, Paul Becker, Alison Cooper-White, Yvonne Correlje, Carlton Cox, Sharon Davidson, Luke Harvey, Gerry Jensen, Brad Quinn, Darren Meader and MaryAnn Orchard are twelve artists from different areas of northern Tasmania who have produced works in a range of media, including watercolour, oil, pastel, linocut prints and acrylic.

The exhibition is set to draw visitors both from around Tasmania and the mainland. As one of the most significant heritage properties in Australia, Woolmers Estate has for decades been of keen interest to artists and art historians. It is only fitting that the tradition of art appreciation be continued and enjoyed by all who visit the Estate.

UNESCO World Heritage Listed Convict Site, Woolmers Estate, is home to not one but two of the newest art galleries in Northern Tasmania, housed within the state of the art Nigel Peck Centre.

Business Administration Manager Sue-Ellen Groer, who has been working closely with the curators of the exhibition, said: ‘This outstanding presentation by northern Tasmanian artists showcases the unique and contemporary works within the new setting of the Nigel Peck Centre.

‘The centre has provided Woolmers Estate with a major storage upgrade for the extensive Woolmers Collection as well as providing two large gallery spaces to present a variety of events and exhibitions.

‘In drawing together artworks from a variety of artists across different genres, this new exhibition traces narratives of geography, country, landscape and the places we live and work. It also tells stories of journeys, encounters, beauty and nature. The return of a Collection of Northern Artists Exhibition is a deeply satisfying undertaking, as it draws on the expertise of artists in the north of the state forming a wonderful chapter in the story of Australian art.’

Open to the public from Sunday 21 July, the exhibition will run daily between 10am and 3pm until October. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Woolmers Estate is a not for profit organization and appreciates donations to assist with the ongoing costs of preserving the convict built outbuildings, vast collections and gardens within the site.

Woolmers Estate is open daily for self-guided tours of the grounds, gardens and convict built outbuildings and guided house tours are also conducted daily. Current hours are listed on the website:

Heart and soul in Hong’s unique crafts

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Hong Ma, at the Deloraine Community shed, with one of her newest creations, a small wooden box inset with translucent green resin.  Photo by Mike Moores

Hong Ma, at the Deloraine Community shed, with one of her newest creations, a small wooden box inset with translucent green resin.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Lorraine Clarke

THE 2019 Tasmanian Craft Fair will honour the craftsmanship of Deloraine Community Shed artisan Hong Ma this year.

After reviewing examples of the woodwork articles that she creates with great flair, skill and love for our local timbers, it was determined that her work is of such a high standard that it deserves to be shared with the many thousands of visitors who visit the Fair.

Hong is delighted to have been chosen as the 2019 Emerging Artist, and to be invited to present her work in a central venue from November 1 to 4 this year.

The Tasmanian Craft Fair website quotes Hong’s passionate feelings about her art:

‘I love the natural beauty of wood. I feel sad to waste even one piece of it. I often use what other people consider as firewood. Many times, projects of mine have started by saving a piece of wood. Sometimes I have to wait a while for the timber to talk to me.

‘In my mind, wood is not the only beautiful part of the tree. Seeds, leaves and flowers can also be very pretty. So, in my work I like to experiment to display them together.

‘The using of resin has become very important to me for combining all these elements together.

‘Often, I will use colour pencils, woodturning shavings, food ingredients, or whatever else I may find to enrich my work.

‘I don’t like repetitions, so I always think to do something different, something unique. Every year I try to use different techniques or elements to come up with something different to what I’ve made before.

‘I love woodwork. It allows me to express my spirit.’ artist

Local author looks north

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

SET IN the Northern Territory during the early 1960s, there is a good mix of the funny, everyday and tragic in Wendy Laing’s novel Memoirs of an Arresting Woman.

Arriving at police headquarters in Darwin, Constable Laurie McKenzie learns she is the only female officer in the Northern Territory Police Force.

Transferred to the outback town of Rabbit Creek, she has to deal with murderers, a paedophile, domestic violence and crocodile poachers as shestrives to earn the respect of the townspeople and her male colleagues.

Although there is a continuing thread throughout the novel, the scenes break down into enjoyable short stories. The town and its surroundings almost become another character, they are so well described.

This novel would appeal to readers of other fictionalised memoirs such as those by Gerald Durrell and James Herriot.

Sally Odgers, editor, manuscript assessor and author, describes Memoirs of an Arresting Woman as a thoroughly good reading experience.

Deloraine author Wendy Laing is Secretary of the Society of Women Writers Tasmania, writes for the Meander Valley Gazette and runs the Deloraine Writers Group.

Memoirs of an Arresting Woman is published by Indie-Mosh and is available through their website, or as an eBook on Amazon and Smashwords.

You can contact Wendy Laing on 0499 993 850 to purchase a signed copy.

Chocolate poetry

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

THE CHOCOLATE Poetry competition is free to enter and open to all permanent residents of Tasmania.

Entries open on Sunday 7 July and close at midnight on Sunday 4 August 2019. There is no age restriction.

The names of the ten short-listed poets will be announced at the Launceston heat of the Australian Poetry Slam on Tuesday, 6 August 2019.

The short-listed poets will be invited to read their poems and receive their certificates. at the Latrobe heat of the Poetry Slam on Sunday 11 August, from 1pm.

The winner will be chosen from the ten finalists and will be announced at Chocolate Winterfest during the Latrobe heat of the Australian Poetry Slam.

The winner will receive a certificate, a silver cup and a hamper of chocolate goodies.

Young poets must put their age on their entry to be eligible to win the ‘Young Poet’ awards as all the finalists will receive certificates and chocolate prizes.

For further information, including rules, contact Yvonne Gluyas on 0413 321 834, or email

OVERLOAD for under-diagnosis

Arts and Reviews, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Sheila Stevenson, curator of the OVERLOAD exhibition, on display at Deloraine Hospital Galley until 9 November.  Photo supplied

Sheila Stevenson, curator of the OVERLOAD exhibition, on display at Deloraine Hospital Galley until 9 November.

Photo supplied

WORLD HAEMOCHROMATOSIS Week was held this year from 3–9 June. Did you know? And did you know that haemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder in Australia?

Easy to test for and simple to treat, but tragic to ignore, haemochromatosis means that your body absorbs too much iron from food. Symptoms include tiredness and aching joints.

Undetected and untreated, excess iron overloads body tissues, damages organs and can cause premature death.

About one in 200 people are genetically disposed to this and one in seven are carriers. It is more prevalent in families of Celtic or Northern European origin.

Early detection allows the disorder to be managed through blood donations and is no barrier to a normal life.

World Haemochromatosis Week raises awareness of this under-diagnosed disorder, as early detection provides better health outcomes for individuals and huge savings for health care systems.

As part of this worldwide effort, local resident Sheila Stevenson is once again curating the OVERLOAD Exhibition at Deloraine Hospital Gallery from 31 May to 9 November.

OVERLOAD is an annual group art exhibition across northern Tasmania, with this year’s artists responding to this statement ‘Blood is Life’.

Sale commissions go to Haemochromatosis Australia.

If you have any concerns about haemochromatosis, please speak with your GP.

Too many people remain undiagnosed and their longterm health is at risk from this ‘silent destroyer’.

For further information, see the Haemochromatosis Australia website: or call 1300 019 028.

Please contact Sheila Stevenson on 0428 576 795 about OVERLOAD.

From physics to fiction

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Meander resident, writer Greg Burgess, has transitioned from scientific research to fiction.  Photo by Hayley Manning

Meander resident, writer Greg Burgess, has transitioned from scientific research to fiction.

Photo by Hayley Manning

By Hayley Manning

A FORMER Research Officer in Physics and Engineering has won … a prestigious short story competition for fictional writing.

Meander resident, Greg Burgess, won the 2019 Tasmanian Writer’s Prize for his short story Pilgrims, based on the topic of an island or island-resonant theme.

The story is set on the island of Shikoku in Japan, an area the research scientist had visited three times previously for work and leisure.

The central character’s crucial scenes take place in areas Greg visited on his travels.

For accurate factual detail, Greg carried out research and revisited his travel journal and holiday photos.

Greg said he had always enjoyed writing and even attempted to make his scientific notes more interesting but said it was around four years ago that he decided to turn his hand to fictional.

He won second prize in the 2016 Graber–McInnis Short Story Award in Canberra, has written book reviews for the Herald Sun and has had scientific papers published including ‘Net energy ratio of photobiological hydrogen production’, in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Greg was thrilled to be invited to Lyons, France, to personally present this paper at a conference.

On winning the Tasmanian Writer’s Prize, Greg said he was ‘pleased to get an award as it signaled a successful transition from scientific research to a fictional writing style.’

Since moving from the ACT to the tranquility of Meander, fictional short story writing has kept the former scientist busy. In addition, he experienced some success with a short play that was performed in Canberra, so he would like to pursue playwriting further.

The Tasmanian Writer’s Prize is for stories of up to 3000 words on an assigned theme and is open to residents of Australia and NZ.

The winner receives $500 and their story will be published in the annual anthology 40° South, along with other commended stories.

The author’s advice to any writers thinking of entering a competition?

Do courses and workshops, read previous winners, find out who the judge is and what style they prefer and get feedback and editing tips.

Blackstone Dukes, Tin Cup Country

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
The Blackstone Dukes at the Fresh Hop Beer Festival, Launceston.  Photo supplied

The Blackstone Dukes at the Fresh Hop Beer Festival, Launceston.

Photo supplied

By David Claridge

TIN CUP Country has secured two more of Australia’s premier Country singer-songwriters for an acoustic experience in July.

Golden Guitar Winner Andrew Swift and Country Music Stalwart Harmony James will visit Tasmania for two performances, Friday 5th July at the Bridport Hotel and 6th July at the Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston.

Blackstone Dukes band member and Tin Cup Country organiser, Nathan Talbot is pleased with how Tin Cup Country has developed since its inception in 2017.

‘This time we have two shows, we have learned that it’s an ideal number to make the most of it while the artists are down here,’ Nathan said.

‘We’ve got select artists on our hit list that we wish to bring to Tasmania, but now we are getting others approach us and ask if they can be involved.’

The Meander Valley’s own Blackstone Dukes will be a support band. The Dukes are currently recording their debut EP, due to be released this year. They have had a pretty busy summer with many gigs.

In a bio supplied by the Dukes they are ‘probably the greatest alt-country band to ever come out of Blackstone Heights, they combine the energy of classic electric southern rock with the sweet harmonies and acoustic sounds of America.’

Tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased at the venues or on

Loving the laneway

Arts and Reviews, EventsJoanne Eisemann
Sheridan Dagg on stage at the Little Laneway Festival.  Photo supplied

Sheridan Dagg on stage at the Little Laneway Festival.

Photo supplied

By Hayley Manning

WHAT’S NOT to love about neighbouring businesses who decide a vacant laneway between their buildings would be the perfect setting for a little laneway fringe festival?

Mark and Amanda from the Empire Hotel, and Alfred and Isabel from Seppenfelts collaborated four years ago to form the Little Laneway Fringe Festival to draw Craft Fair visitors into the Deloraine CBD at the end of the day’s events.

Festival committee member Lisa Yates, said the Laneway Festival is a great opportunity to showcase local performance art, and to give bands, artists and performers experience performing on a stage in front of an audience.

‘We supported the National Square Dancing Convention and Seppenfelts’ 10th birthday in April, and we will have a rich line-up of performers for the up-coming Craft Fair and String Fest,’ Lisa said.

‘The laneway is sheltered and wide enough to hold our first purpose-built stage, dancers, and audiences. A ‘magic hat’ is passed around during the free performances and everyone leaves happy and has a good time.’

Firing up for Winter

Arts and Reviews, EventsJoanne Eisemann

THE ANNUAL WinterFire Festival on Saturday 22nd June will be a night of celebration, entertainment and food.

Starting off at 4.00pm, there will be lots of great spots to grab with friends and family.

The Blazing Fire Drums will be fuelled throughout the night, making sure you’re all nice and toasty till the Mega Bon Fire at 7.30pm.

This year, Arts Deloraine has great music from the local Jazz Quartet and the Meander Men. The drumming workshop will be in full beat, and the fantastic belly dancers are bringing a not-to-be-missed fire routine. There will be storytelling, circle dancing and fire sculptures.

Children can join the drumming workshop or the ‘Best Dressed Competition’ – this year’s theme is ‘The Human Scarecrow’.

New food vendors are joining past favourites with delicious hot food from Haddo’s Hot Dogs, Taco’s and Wings, Char Char Char and Coffee Buzz.

Arts Deloraine will warm you up with Ye Olde Mulled Wine, evoking the magic of winter, freshly popped corn and marshmallows for those blazing fire drums!

New this year is the ‘WinterFire Photography Competition’, with $500 in cash prizes. Everyone has a camera, so flex your creative spirit and show how the night is seen through your eyes! Finalist entries will be exhibited in Deloraine later in the year.

Email for more information about the competition. Make sure you check out Winterfire on Facebook to keep you up-to-date with events and information.

Presale tickets are available from

All presale ticket holders go into the draw to win a family photo session with Kristy L Photography valued at $650, so make sure to get in early.

It is the annual event that should not be missed. See you there!


Once upon a time …

Arts and Reviews, BusinessJoanne Eisemann
Eve Robson surrounded by a lifetime of collectables.  Photo by Mike Moores

Eve Robson surrounded by a lifetime of collectables.

Photo by Mike Moores

By Wai Lin Coultas

ONCE UPON A Time Collectables opened last July at 49 William Street.

Eve and Ian Robson have collected while living in Sydney and on vacations around Australia. Along with all sorts of rustic items and furniture, their collectables include 1900s English china, Venetian and Victorian glassware, English and Australian pottery.

Be it old irons or even scales, Eve loves rustics as people can buy them to display or use.

When she and Ian collected too much china, pottery and glass to fit in their house, they started selling at Sydney markets as a hobby.

When the markets slowed down for china and glass, they switched to rustics – old luggage, mirrors, ladders.

They have been sourcing for quite a number of customers since opening their shop. ‘If we come across it, I will let them know,’ Eve added.

After six vacations every two years, Eve and Ian settled in Tasmania eighteen months ago. They always visited Westbury as it was ‘quiet and easy going compared to the city … the people are very helpful, friendly and nice.’

To go with their William Street shop, they bought tables and sideboards from Love Antiques. ‘We had the stock to start a shop up. What we did not have were the big pieces of furniture to put things on,’ Eve explained.

Tasmanians are becoming regular customers by word of mouth. Even people from Hobart drive over and tourists visiting by ferry happily load their cars up too.

Reminiscing often prompts purchases, Eve elaborated. ‘They see things they have had when they were younger. Or remember one of their parents having them …’

Half the Robson’s sales have been small traditional furniture: tables; occasional tables; little cabinets for kitchens or bathrooms. Men favour old rustic midget toys, cast iron pieces and tools.

The shop gives Ian the space to strip back, wax and replace parts to let the true worth of collected pieces shine – something he got interested in since Eve started collecting.

With their shop open only from Fridays to Sundays, it has enabled them to slow down, while still having a hobby.

‘Tassie is a hidden treasure with everything – the lovely oceans, mountain ranges, rivers, and a little city life in Lonnie and Hobart. We have no plans to go back to the mainland, except visit family.’

A little bit of puppetry

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

SPONSORED BY Arts Deloraine, A Little Bit of Blue is a ‘Detective Story, told with puppetry’, where help from the audience is needed to solve a mystery.

The 4th April performance at the Meander Valley Performing Arts Centre was a free gift to the children of the Meander Valley from Arts Deloraine, fulfilling the organisation’s values of introducing and fostering the love of live theatre at an early age.

The performance, secured from Victorian Regional Arts, was performed by Jenny Ellis of Little Wing Puppets.

The audience of children from the Valley were spellbound as the plot unfolded. They found themselves laughing uproariously, dancing, then helping the bumbling detective unravel a mystery.

Along the way, they learned about the unique habits of the Australian Satin Bowerbird and their fascination with the colour blue.

They also learned of Mrs Mavis Hooley’s upside down world of many small disappearances.

170 children attended from Deloraine Primary, Our Lady of Mercy and Mole Creek Primary schools.

Jenny Ellis of Little Wing Puppets performing A Little Bit of Blue.  Photo by Mike Moores

Jenny Ellis of Little Wing Puppets performing A Little Bit of Blue.
Photo by Mike Moores

Big sound for Little Theatre

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
A Sound House technician formatting the new sound system at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.  Photo supplied

A Sound House technician formatting the new sound system at the Little Theatre in Deloraine.

Photo supplied

AT THE Western Tiers Film Society April screening, the Little Theatre Cinema was filled with the surround sound of the new $40,000 sound system, recently installed to address difficulties that the Society has experienced since setting up in 2014.

With the previous system, audiences struggled to hear some of the more rapid dialogue. The partial solution of using sub-titles was helpful to those with hearing difficulties, but sometimes took away from delicate moments portrayed on screen.

Installing a more complex sound system was expensive, so WTFS Secretary Deb White looked to local funding bodies for support and was successful in obtaining major sponsorship from the Deloraine and Districts Community Bank.

WTFS also received generous contributions from the Rotary Pratt Foundation and the Meander Valley Council, who provided a Community Grant and in-kind support with electrical work. The Film Society and the Deloraine Dramatic Society also contributed funds to enable the project to go ahead.

The new system allows Little Theatre users to select a mode that suits either movies or performances. Both the DDS and the WTFS are confident that having such a sophisticated system will result in increasing use of the venue as movie goers (including U3A), bands and performance groups find that the system on offer caters so comprehensively to their needs.

On the ‘opening night’, President Lyn Prove expressed the Society’s gratitude to the sponsors, noting the benefit to the community of having such a well-equipped venue.

‘Being able to provide audiences with a top-notch experience goes a long way to ensuring the continued success of movies, plays and concerts at the Performing Arts Centre,’ she said, ‘and proves again that the Meander Valley is a great place to live!’

Past members are invited to attend the bonus movie I am not a Witch as WTFS guests on Saturday 29th June, to experience the new sound system.

For information about WTFS, email

Deloraine’s fountain – a sad trickle of miscommunication

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

By Sharon Webb

WITH ITS lop-sided spray and preponderance of concrete and rock, Deloraine’s Emu Bay Road fountain could be labelled the nation’s most disappointing.

Locals have called it an excuse for a fountain, others have said it’s boring and some have simply asked ‘Why?’

Deloraine resident Lisa Bartholomew attributes vandalism to its ugliness: ‘Nothing about that fountain encourages people to enjoy sitting by it or to take care of it.

‘Given all the beautiful sculpture around this town, this lets us down.

‘It’s a 1970s concrete fountain that reminds me of the old Cat and Fiddle fountain in Hobart – not in a good way!’

So cheers to Meander Valley Council for coming up with an idea to add a contemporary creative element.

Director of works, Matthew Millwood, shot off an email to Deloraine Rotary, who funded the fountain originally, to ask for a donation to the project. And he spoke to Golden Valley sculptor John Parish about the possibility of designing a fountain adornment.

Without a formal project being established, and to his financial detriment, John blazed ahead with his idea.

‘I’ve made a bronze family of native hens,’ he said – most appropriate considering the hens on the river banks.

But this great idea has stalled. After 8 months, Deloraine Rotary has not replied to the email from Mr Millwood.

On being contacted, Deloraine Rotary president Maree Matanle said she’d never heard of the project but would look into it. The miscommunication could be because the email went to Deloraine Rotary’s website. Meander Valley Council may still be able to find some funds to contribute – if the idea goes ahead, general manager Martin Gill said.

Meanwhile, a beautiful family of three native hens sits in John Parish’s studio, preserved in glowing bronze, waiting patiently

Unloved by some, does Deloraine fountain need a make-over?  Photo by Mike Moores

Unloved by some, does Deloraine fountain need a make-over?

Photo by Mike Moores

Spreading kindly words

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Rose Turtle Ertler in the doorway of The Complimentary Caravan   Photo | Emma Hodgkinson

Rose Turtle Ertler in the doorway of The Complimentary Caravan

Photo | Emma Hodgkinson

April 2019 | Emma Hodgkinson

ROSE TURTLE Ertler first started thinking about the power of compliments when she was praised for a performance done 20 years ago. Since then she has been thinking of ways to spread positivity. So, years later, she started a project that aimed to give people the open opportunity to spread kind words.

Starting at the Village Winter Festival in Central Victoria in 2016, as an experiment, Rose began collecting auditory compliments in a caravan. Since then, The Complimentary Caravan has collected over 13,000 written, and 400 audio compliments.

“The goal is to spread positivity and to remind people of the impact that words have on others.” Originally from Devonport, Rose has recently moved back to Tasmania where the Caravan has already made a positive impact. On the 1st & 2nd of March, Rose celebrated World Compliment Day outside Chudleigh Hall and at the Deloraine Market with her caravan full of compliments.

People are invited to sit inside the caravan and absorb the kind words inside, then she encourages them to write a compliment of their own. “When you sit in the caravan and can hear and read the compliments, you know that they’re not for you but still absorb the positivity from it.” “I’ve done variations of this project without the caravan, such as Complimentary Lane; which was a soundtrack that played in an arcade as a part of a project that was looking for sound installations.” Rose chose a caravan for the body of her project because of its ability to become a peaceful and welcoming space.

The Caravan is decorated inside and outside with yellow cards where people have written compliments. Inside, there is cushioned seating, where people can sit comfortably whilst absorbing the positive space around them. Rose hopes that everyone who has visited The Complimentary Caravan has been more able to share compliments in their day-to-day lives, to further spread positivity. She hopes that World Compliment Day will be celebrated more in the future.

Great art in the Western Tiers

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Mayor Wayne Johnson and Robyn Weare with her ‘Essence of the Valley’ award winner Coalescence.

Mayor Wayne Johnson and Robyn Weare with her ‘Essence of the Valley’ award winner Coalescence.

April 2019 | Wendy Laing

THE MEANDER Valley Council in conjunction with Launceston Art Society launched the Great Western Tiers Art Award 2019 at Deloraine Creative Studios on Friday, 1st March 2019. This is an annual award for local artists in any medium, with the focus being the Meander Valley.

The aim of GWTAA is to inspire skills, confidence and friendship through art – encouraging new and experienced exhibitors alike. It attracted thirty entries, and the theme for 2019 was ‘Out of the blue’. Presented by Mayor Wayne Johnson and sponsored by the Meander Valley Council, the highlight of the exhibition opening was the announcement of Keith Lane as the winner of the major prize of $1,000 for his beautifully constructed triptych Through the trees.

Mr Lane said the painting had been inspired by the view from his house looking out towards Quamby Bluff. The judges felt that his acrylic/oil on marine ply best reflected the theme of the exhibition. Mayor Wayne Johnson congratulated all the winners and officially opened the exhibition to the public.

Approximately 60 people attended the presentation and the judges were Lynn Hasenkam and Dawn Oakford, who thanked all the artists for taking their concepts through to a conclusion. The encouragement award was won by Lindy Bayley for Dali goes Ape.

This year, two artists received Highly Commended awards. These were presented to Brad Quinn for Winter Morning, Westbury, sponsored by the Deloraine and District Bank and Edna Broad for Out of the Blue on Dark Mountain, sponsored by the Great Western Tiers Tourism Association. The ‘Essence of the Valley’ award, sponsored by 6ty° was won by Robyn Weare for Coalescence.

A lifetime of blues

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Legendary Australian rhythm and blues band Chain, celebrate 51 years as a band, appearing at the 22nd Forth Blues Festival in March.   Photo | Hayley Manning

Legendary Australian rhythm and blues band Chain, celebrate 51 years as a band, appearing at the 22nd Forth Blues Festival in March.

Photo | Hayley Manning

April 2019 | Hayley Manning

FOR SOME up and coming artists, the 22nd Forth Valley Blues Festival in March was their first big gig, while legendary Australian rhythm and blues outfit Chain celebrated their 51st year as a band. Kylie Rogerson, newly appointed President of the Forth Valley Blues Committee, will be taking the long-running music festival into the next century with strategies to increase future attendance, including a new online ticketing system, fresh upcoming artists and prominent headline bands.

Outdoor music festivals are one of the few remaining platforms for young artists to perform live. Music venues, especially on the mainland, are under threat due to noise restrictions, pokie invasions and increased scrutiny on drugs. “Some festivals in NSW have been going for years and years and have never had any overdose trouble,” said Phil Manning, founding member of Chain.

“Music venues are a great outlet for people to get their tensions out, to get rid of stress from work or whatever, and if people don’t have that, it will eventually explode in society in a negative way. “Venues in Melbourne have been forced to close down by new residents who have moved into the area knowing a venue exists nearby. It is corrupt developers and the government…”

Phil credits Chain’s longevity to a love of playing music and practice. “If you have a band, you’ve got to practice,” he said. “The more work you do, the more chemistry you will have on stage. And that is one thing Chain has always been really proud of … the fact that we have always had quite a strong chemistry between the musicians.”

Postcard from Tasmania

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Channel Nine’s lifestyle and travel show Postcards and host Rebecca Judd will feature Deloraine in May. Photo supplied

Channel Nine’s lifestyle and travel show Postcards and host Rebecca Judd will feature Deloraine in May. Photo supplied

DELORAINE WILL showcase some of what it has to offer in front of the nation in May. A team from Channel Nine’s Postcards recently visited several locations in search of good food, wine and knick knacks. Postcards host, Rebecca Judd, has visited Tasmania several times before for work and weddings, but this time she got to experience the state in a different way.

“Our first stop was Brush Rabbit, a gorgeous homewares store with beautiful art and knick knacks, then La Villa wines (a stunning Tuscan style villa showcasing delicious vino), then we stopped in at the Tasmanian Food and Wine Conservatory for the most incredible grazing platter I’ve ever seen,” she said.

Her favourite place was “the Food and Wine Conservatory – the coffee and food was delicious and the interior decoration was to die for. The arch windows are heavenly.” Rebecca believes the reason people like Tasmania is for “its natural scenery, delicious food and wine, great road tripping, stunning accommodation and fresh air!”

According to the web site, Postcards is Victoria’s most popular travel and lifestyle show, airing every SunBy Sharon Webb day at 5:30pm on Nine and 9Now. The episode is due to air on 5th May

Making the cut for the Glover

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Piers Greville of Victoria with his painting, Pedder Prime Cuts, the winner of the 2019 Glover Prize.  Photo supplied

Piers Greville of Victoria with his painting, Pedder Prime Cuts, the winner of the 2019 Glover Prize.

Photo supplied

April 2019 | Antonia Howarth-Wass

THE MUCH anticipated Glover Prize 2019 did not disappoint. The criteria for landscape referencing Tasmania saw 42 paintings chosen from 482 entries, attracting nationwide attention. The diptych, Pedder Prime Cuts (Piers Greville, Vic) was the winner with a presentation in oils, acrylic and concrete representing mountains and hills on a flat grey board, Lake Pedder outlined in deep blue-black to reflect tannin coloured waters.

A dystopian view of a man-made lake impacting landscape, had it been more beautiful, more finished and less of a political statement! The People’s Choice award went to Monument of Memory (Jennifer Riddle, Vic), a realist painting of Celery Top Islands, a pristine environment where trees emerge from a promontory shining above dark waters. A more dramatic scene, The Day of the Mountain (Jason Cordero, SA) won the Young People’s Choice award – a surreal representation of a floating vermilion Cradle Mountain in an ethereal landscape.’

And finally (and importantly) the Hanger’s Prize, Surfers are the Worst (Seabastion Toast NSW) – a smashing of colour and paint, fanciful waves crashing against Shipstern’s Bluff. Well deserved, as were all the awards.

Firing your creativity with clay

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
A pottery hub has been developed at Deloraine Creative Studios thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, Denis Durham and the Meander Valley Council. Pictured is Trish Richers, the Pottery Hub Co-ordinator.   Photo | Mike Moores

A pottery hub has been developed at Deloraine Creative Studios thanks to a Tasmanian Community Fund grant, Denis Durham and the Meander Valley Council. Pictured is Trish Richers, the Pottery Hub Co-ordinator.

Photo | Mike Moores

March 2019

IT IS with great excitement that Deloraine Creative Studios (DCS) is announcing the completion and availability of our Pottery Hub. After 18 months of tireless work by the DCS executive committee President Sonja Grodski, Vice President Rod Russell-Stone and Treasurer Tracy Rolph, the vision of the Pottery Hub has come to fruition.

This would not have been possible without the support and backing of Mr Dennis Durham and the Tasmanian Community Fund. Mr Durham had the faith in the quality of our studios to finance the renovation and remodelling of the area into a beautiful space to house the Pottery Hub.

The executive committee applied successfully for a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund for the purchase of a large kiln and associated furbishing. The Tasmanian Community Fund is an independent organisation that supports and strengthens Tasmanian communities by distributing funds to these communities.

The Meander Valley Council also provided a grant to enable DCS to acquire the extensive industrial shelving, benches and cupboards required for the Pottery Hub. With the above support DCS will now forge ahead to facilitate and administer access to the valuable local Deloraine and North-west district resource.

The Pottery Hub, located at 59-61 Emu Bay Rd Deloraine is a dynamic resource for the local and wider northwest Tasmanian community. It is available to both groups and individuals and is a space in which to share knowledge, acquire new skills and nurture creativity while interacting with a variety of potters and ceramicists, skilled and beginner alike.

Trish Richers is the Pottery Hub co-ordinator. Information and bookings for space, firings and classes is available by contacting her on 0407 930 342 or Beginner pottery classes in hand building will commence on Saturday 9th February.

Presently the activities on offer are:

1. Beginners classes

2. Hiring of space by individuals or groups wishing to hold workshops

3. Clay supplies

4. Kiln firings and hire of shelf space

Members of the public are welcome to come and view the Pottery Hub area during DCS opening hours and to discuss how the Hub can help them fulfil their creative ambitions.

Fathers with a diff erence

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019 | Sharon Webb

EIGHT BAD Dads from Launceston will bring their brand of soul rock’n roll to Deloraine’s Little Theatre on the 16th February.

Presented by Arts Deloraine, the Bad Dads Orchestra’s guitar-driven sounds and soaring vocals are sure to have locals dancing the night away.

According to Bad Dads member Luke Young, the band’s rule of thumb is: We bring the party to town!

Together they’ve got hundreds of kids, hundreds of riffs and a big old bag of style and swagger.

Support acts will be guitarist Eddie Tuleja and fresh-out –of-college punk rock band FEELS, led by Monique How.

Luke said the Bad Dads Orchestra concept began more than three years ago as a social band, a sort of men’s shed for working musicians. And you had to be a dad.

But not many people know that the band’s roots are firmly embedded in Deloraine.

The co-founder with Luke was Liam Pennicott, who died a year ago; he grew up in Reedy Marsh where his parents Graham and Geraldine still live and the band continues his initiative after his death.

“We actually started performing as a one-off for the Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival but that was cancelled because of a bush-fire threat,” Luke said.

“So we did a gig to compensate the organisers for their financial loss and kept performing from there.”

The band first toured Australia’s east coast in 2018, including performing in Blues on Broad Beach on the Gold Coast and will tour there again in 2019.

So will future members of the Bad Dads Orchestra definitely need to be dads?

“Yeah we have a blanket rule but sometime we’ll need to open it up to others,” Luke said.

So shine up those dancing boots. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s dad.

PS, you don’t have to be a dad to see the Bad Dads Orchestra but dads are super-welcome!

When: 7.00 pm, 16th February Where: Little Theatre, Deloraine Tickets: Adults $25.00; Arts Deloraine members $20.00 – available at The Alpaca Shop Deloraine & online at https://

The ‘Bad Dads’ will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on 16th February.   Photo | Nathan Weldon

The ‘Bad Dads’ will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on 16th February.

Photo | Nathan Weldon