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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

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

Big gig in Meander’s small hall

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019 | Elizabeth Douglass

A BEAUTIFUL summer evening in Meander was the perfect place to enjoy the lively music of band Fru Skagerrak and soloist Liam Gerner.

One of the many wonderful Small Halls concerts, featuring one Australian and one international artist, the Meander Memorial Hall was packed out with an audience of all ages.

Sitting, hand-clapping, foot-stamping or dancing with children, the audience were all moved and delight ed by the traditional and not-so- music.

Adelaide boy Liam, now Melbourne-based and travelling the world, displayed his original songwriting and strong performing talents with just enough of a country twang to counterbalance the intricate and quirky music of Fru Skagerrak.

The latter, Anna Lindblad (Sweden), Elise Wessel Hildrum (Norway) and Maja Kjær Jacobsen (Denmark), play fiddles (violins), recorder and sing their way through lullabies, drinking songs and lively dances, a journey through the traditional music of Scandinavia with music and laughter a common language.

With food and drink catered for by the Meander Hall Committee and Arts Deloraine, the concert embodied the Festival of Small Halls spirit - ‘bringing big music to small places’, celebrating wonderful music and the hospitality of small communities.

Liam Gerner entertained the crowd with original songwriting.   Photo | Elizabeth Douglass

Liam Gerner entertained the crowd with original songwriting.

Photo | Elizabeth Douglass

On the right wavelength

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

2019 IS promising to be a great year for Meander Valley community radio station MVFM 96.9.

With a new transmitter purchased and commissioned in 2018 and the aerial retuned to improve the signal, coverage now reaches more areas of the Valley and beyond.

Thanks to grants from Bendigo Bank, Meander Valley Council and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, building renovations and equipment purchases have made the station more efficient. Listeners, memberships and sponsorships have all increased.

Renovations for the second production studio space are complete. Equipment is being installed for live broadcasting to begin in 2019.

MVFM is run and maintained by volunteers, producing music and lifestyle programs, broadcasting a community calendar of local and council news, maintaining a Facebook page and website, servicing equipment and performing all the back-room tasks required to stay on air.

The September AGM elected Mira Kuperstein (President), John Kenzey (Vice President), Tim Biggs (Treasurer) and Marijke McGough (Secretary), with committee members Nick Weare, John Phelps, Linda Irwin, Carol McLean Carr and Noelene Hanson.

This year, for their work with the station, John Kenzey and Mira received Meander Valley Council Volunteer Awards.

If you enjoy listening to MVFM, consider becoming a member or a sponsor. Membership is open to all Meander Valley residents for an annual cost of $30.00 ($20.00 concession).

Membership and sponsorship allows MVFM to continue to broadcast, providing opportunities for people to make programs, meaningful training and work for benefit recipients and volunteers.

In March, MVFM will begin a fortnightly ‘Member’s Draw’ where three members will receive a special prize from sponsors.

Volunteers are always needed to make programs, to utilise their special skills in social media, website-building, technical and computer work, or to just help out around the station.

Drop in to the studios located at 59-61 Emu Bay Road, between 10.00 and 2.00pm weekdays, to pick up a membership form, speak to one of the volunteers and have a look over the facilities.


Our feathered friends

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

February 2019

TWO OPPORTUNITIES to view the photographic work of well-known local naturalist Sarah Lloyd are available in Meander Valley during the month of February.

Pixels Gallery will show a selection of Sarah’s ornithological pictures in an exhibition titled ‘Our feathered friends’ for the month of February. The digital gallery at 21 West Parade Deloraine (behind the Library) is open 10.00am to 4.00pm weekdays and 1.00 to 3.00pm Saturdays. ‘The Birds and the Bees’ is the title of a showing of selected bird and insect photos Sarah will have on show at Meander Valley Council offices from 12th February to 31st March.

Sarah is eager to see greater care taken of birds and their habitats in Tasmania saying, “In the past two hundred years the Tasmanian landscape has changed irrevocably and there is no doubt that this has been disastrous for birds. Cities and towns are encroaching on bushland; agricultural activities, once restricted to the most fertile soils, are expanding and intensifying and native forests are being decimated to feed our voracious appetite for timber products.”

Where Song Began

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Young Australian classical musicians Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre.

Young Australian classical musicians Anthony Albrecht and Simone Slattery will perform at Deloraine’s Little Theatre.

January 2019 | Sharon Webb

TWO OF AUSTRALIA’S most adventurous young classical musicians perform a musical celebration of Australia’s birds and how they shaped the world at Deloraine’s Little Theatre on Saturday 19th January. In Where Song Began, Violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht tell the story of the evolution of song, featuring music spanning 300 years, stunning visual projections and an immersive soundscape. The show is based on ornithologist Tim Low’s best - selling book, Where Song Began: Australia’s Birds And How They Changed the World.

Audiences have described the 50-minute show as “like being sung to by the country.” Where Song Began is being performed in many venues around Tasmania with $1.00 from every ticket sold donated to Birdlife Tasmania or a related cause. Anthony Albrecht said the show includes music by J.S. Bach, Vaughan Williams Sarah Hopkins and even a traditional indigenous hymn, Ngarra Burra Ferra. “We perform the music to a projected film of beautiful birds and Australian landscapes,” he said. “All age groups enjoy it and children find it really engaging so I always encourage parents to bring their children along.”

Tim Low’s eye-opening book tells the dynamic but little-known story of how Australia provided the world with songbirds and parrots, among other bird groups, why Australian birds wield surprising ecological pow - er, how Australia became a major evolutionary centre and why scientific biases have hindered recognition of these discoveries.

The renowned biologist with a rare storytelling gift says Australia’s birds, from violent, swooping magpies to tool-making cockatoos, are strikingly different from birds of other lands often more intelligent and aggressive, often larger and longer-lived. Simone Slattery was recently awarded a PhD in Music Performance from the University of Adelaide and performs regularly with Australia’s finest ensembles. Anthony Albrecht is an Australian graduate of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program and is now based in London.

Cindy quilts a forest

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

January 2019 | Emma Hodgkinson

AWARD WINNING textile artist Cindy Watkins has always had an appreciation for the natural world, and after reading a book titled The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllenben, she felt inspired to combine her passion of artistic quilting with her love for trees.

Residing by an ancient forest in Golden Valley, Cindy would go on nature walks, collecting gum leaves, tree bark, and other natural debris that she would use to dye silk that would later become a part of an awe-inspiring project that Cindy would later call ‘The 5000 Trees Project’.

“The 5000 Trees Project gives me the opportunity to develop a style that is uniquely mine whilst helping our environment,” said Cindy.

Cindy began by designing trees on paper, soon after she began to quilt her trees in a similar design. She used the naturally hand-dyed silk in most of her trees, experimenting with different colours and designs to create her unique and inspiring quilts.

As well as the silk, there are several other distinct features on Cindy’s quilts that represent her inspiration. Such as the detailed stitching that represent elements of nature, and root systems connect all of her trees together. Cindy says “The Hidden Life of Trees talks about how trees communicate through their root systems, supported by scientific evidence.”

Cindy’s goal is to stitch the grand total of 5000 trees, donating $2.00 to Landcare Tasmania for every tree that she sells. Ultimately aiming to raise $10,000 to help protect and improve the natural environment.

“Without trees, nothing would survive. They provide fresh air, water, shelter, food, and warmth.”

Cindy currently has her art displayed in the Wilderness Gallery at Cradle Mountain Hotel until the 28th February 2019. Her artwork can also be viewed at Brush Rabbit in Deloraine, and The Textile Artist in Launceston. So far, she has stitched 1000 trees.

Photo | Emma Hodgkinson

Golden Valley textile artist Cindy Watkins pictured with some of the works that make up her ‘5000 trees project’. Cindy will donate $2 from each tree sold.

Golden Valley textile artist Cindy Watkins pictured with some of the works that make up her ‘5000 trees project’. Cindy will donate $2 from each tree sold.

Have a barrel of fun square dancing

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

WEEKLY SQUARE Dancing classes will begin at the Deloraine Bowls Club on 18th January 2019. Square Dancing is a great way to exercise both mind and body to music and make new friends all while having a barrel load of fun. It will be a modern take on square dancing says experienced caller Gary Peterson. To find out more about the Square Dancing classes, please call 0499 088 680 for more information.

Calendar Girl does it again

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

MEANDER VALLEY resident Leanne Osmond ‘freezes’ out the competition - again!

The Bureau of Meteorology has produced Australia’s best-selling weather calendar the ‘Australian Weather Calendar’, for over 30 years. It contains thirteen carefully selected photographs from all corners of Australia, each capturing an authentic and breathtaking weather experience, and it hangs on the walls of around 70,000 homes and offiœces across Australia and around the world.

The Bureau of Meteorology received over 900 entries for their 2019 ‘Australian Weather Calendar’, and Meander Valley resident Leanne Osmond of Leeo Photography was chosen as one of the ‘lucky’ thirteen finalists. Her photograph Icicles at Liffey is the featured image for the month of December.

This is not the first time she has made it into the calendar. Her image Frozen Spiderweb in St Marys was chosen for the 2017 calendar.

Leanne moved to the Meander Valley in 2015 from South Australia and has been photographing the beautiful scenery of Tasmania ever since. She is an active member of the Mole Creek Photographic & Visual Arts Group, and was the inaugural artist to be exhibited at the Deloraine Online Centre’s Pixels Digital Gallery.

Leanne’s latest exhibition at Pixels is entitled Tasmanian Treasures. Leanne’s image in the 2019 Australian Weather Calendar was taken in June 2016 on the Highland Lakes Road.

View a selection of Leanne’s photos including Icicles at Liffey at Pixel’s in Deloraine during the month of December. All prints on show are available for purchase. Or for a larger selection head to

‘Icicles at Liffey’ by Leanne Osmond.

‘Icicles at Liffey’ by Leanne Osmond.

Cambodian carving

Arts and Reviews, FeatureJoanne Eisemann

By Sharon Webb

COOL TEMPERATURES during the Tasmanian Craft Fair were a new experience for four visiting Cambodian artists and sculptors demonstrating their skills at the Deloraine event this year.

Accustomed to the 30C-plus temperatures of their homes in Siem Reap in Cambodia’s north, the artists rugged up with scarves and jackets to combat cold November winds.

Their manager, installation artist Svay Sareth, said the four were having an outstanding trip to Tasmania; stone sculptors Rath Phun and Chab Khchao had never been out of Cambodia before he said.

“We are staying in a stone cottage in Dunorlan and loving it,” he said.

“It was arranged for us by the Deloraine Rotarians; we have never stayed in such a place before.

“We are interested to see the support for young artists in Australia; in our country to be an artist is to take a risk.”

Svay, whose large installation art was not being exhibited at the fair but can be seen in Hong Kong, South Korea, Berlin and New York, spoke for the two stone sculptors who have workshops at Artisans D’Angkor in Siem Reap.

There, tourists can see Rath and Chab and other craftspeople at work, using their ancient skills to make replica sculptures to rejuvenate the 9th – 15th century Angkor temple complex on a 162 hectare just outside Siem Reap – temples only uncovered from the jungles in recent decades and which are now Cambodia’s biggest tourist attraction.

The fourth Cambodian, Nguon Savann Melea, is communications director at Artisans D’Angkor and showed fair-goers stunning silk scarves and handbags made from fabrics created at Cambodian silkworm farms and their attached weaving mills.

Svay described bringing large slabs of stone to Tasmania, used by Rath and Chab to sculpt an elephant and an ancient Khmer king during the craft fair.

But he also spoke to Rotarians in particular about the precarious political situation in Cambodia and the impact of China on the world economy.

These subjects are embedded in Svay’s contemporary art, some of which has been collected by the National Gallery in Melbourne. Having grown up in a refugee camp in Cambodia during the 1970s and 1980s, a time of the notorious communist government of Pol Pot, the themes of war and resistance are always present in his work.

Announced Contemporary Asian Artist of the Year in 2016, Svay’s message is ultimately positive: “Artists have the possibility of power to change things for the new generation,” he said

Visiting Cambodian artists displayed their unique talents at the Deloraine Craft Fair this year. Photo by Mike Moores

Visiting Cambodian artists displayed their unique talents at the Deloraine Craft Fair this year. Photo by Mike Moores

Deloraine’s three literary divas

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
L-R Isabel Shapcott, Pearl Maya and Heather Ewings all had their work published as part of Tasmania’s ‘People’s Library’ project

L-R Isabel Shapcott, Pearl Maya and Heather Ewings all had their work published as part of Tasmania’s ‘People’s Library’ project

DELORAINE WAS well represented in the People’s Library project. Three local writers were chosen out of the hundred statewide to have their work published as part of the project. A range of genres was represented from fiction to reference to poetry, all written, and donated, by Tasmanian writers.

Isabel Shapcott revisited folk fiction. Heather Ewings’ book is speculative fiction and Pearl Maya wrote a collection of short stories. “It is a great chance for a wide variety of Tasmanian voices to be heard,” commented Ms Ewings. “Some books were written by people who are avid writers, others by people who were writing their first.”

The launch was held in Hobart, and the Library project remained on display for a month that included public readings and discussions as well as being a space for the public to come and browse. “Being commercially published in Australia can be really challenging,” added Ms Shapcott, “and this was a great opportunity for people to contribute a book that didn’t have to fit into a commercial stereotype.

Everyone has a story to tell and this was the chance to do just that.” There were over 180 projects offered to the People’s Library and the list was whittled down to 115, 15 more than the project organisers originally planned. Not available for sale, the entire collection of books will be available for loan through the Launceston and Hobart libraries.

Photo | Mike Moores

The world of macro

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Fairy Helmets by Jade Hallam.

Fairy Helmets by Jade Hallam.

FOR THOSE who have been enjoying the short walk photos in the Gazette each month by Jade Hallam, you may be interested to pop into Pixels Gallery during November to check out her equally inspiring series of macro images. Jade loves to photograph flowers, but fungi are her favourite. From May to August she is always on the lookout for an interesting specimen. World of Macro, Kooparoona Niara, is on show daily for the month of November at Pixels Gallery in the Deloraine Online Access Centre.

Photo | Jade Hallam

Twelve Times He Spoke

Events, Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann
Actor Guy Hooper performs.

Actor Guy Hooper performs.

A THOROUGHLY Tasmanian play written, performed and directed by three Tasmanian men, will come to Deloraine’s Little Theatre on the 15th November. Twelve Times He Spoke is a one-man play written by award-winning Irishman Finegan Kruckemeyer, who moved to Hobart in 2004 and has had 86 commissioned plays performed on five continents and translated into six languages. His work has enjoyed seasons in 200 international festivals, including at the Sydney Opera House.

The play’s only performer, Guy Hooper, moved to Hobart with his family in 2007 and has appeared in many productions there including plays for the Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre. Director Ben Winspear is the only one of the three born in Tasmania. Married to actor Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish), the two have become a power couple of Australian theatre, performing together in TV’s A Place To Call Home and on stage in Scenes From A Marriage.

Twelve Times He Spoke premiered at the Theatre Royal in June this year, telling a man’s story through 12 speeches. It begins simply enough, mapping the twists and turns of one man’s unremarkable life. But the course he has charted is not the one that unfolds and he ends up in places – some quite dark – that were never part of his plan.

The play, commissioned by Guy Hooper, Blue Cow Theatre and Tasmania Performs, has been lauded. Hobart theatre director Robert Jarman said: “In just 75 minutes he conjures an entire life, encompassing some 50+ years of a man’s journey from boyhood to maturity.

It is a marvel of storytelling imagination, technical/structural proficiency and heartfelt compassion. “And beyond all that, it has something profound to say about the way we live our lives; about the direction our lives take, the choices we make, and how we cope when things go off the rails. It is actually a helpful play.”

Twelve Times He Spoke is presented by Arts Deloraine and is suitable only for ages 16+. 15th November, 7.30pm The Little Theatre, Deloraine, Cost: $25.00 adults, $20.00 Arts Deloraine members. Tickets: The Alpaca Shop, Deloraine; www.trybooking. com/yrxs

Photo | Tony McKendrick

Happy snappers

Arts and ReviewsJoanne Eisemann

November 2018 | Haley Manning

THE MOLE Creek Photographic and Visual Arts Group have donated the $200 proceeds from their 2018 calendar to the Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary. Member of three years, Keith Cole, said the notfor-profit Group enjoy their hobby while raising funds for a worthwhile cause in the community.

“We hope to make the donation to Trowunna a regular thing, as every little bit helps with animal conservation, “Keith said. The Photographic Group share a passion for learning and sharing, with a little bit of good-natured competiveness thrown in. They have regular outings in and around Mole Creek and ‘attend an ‘informal’ meeting once a month. New members are most welcome. Please visit them on Facebook for further information.