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Recital Rustica Romania

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

AUGUST 2018 | Sharon Webb

A FEAST of classical and European folk music performed by local musicians will be presented by Arts Deloraine at Gallery 9 on Sunday 26th August.

The star attraction will be Deloraine composer Bruce McNicol playing the premiere of his recently completed Left Hand Piano Sonata along with two more of his compositions, Two Nocturnes and a Waltz Macabre and Ten Conversations with my Mother (Elegy).

Mr McNicol said his compositions for piano will be the first of three of the concert performances featuring very different types of music.

“Concert goers will also be treated to a duet: Westbury’s Joanne Mitchelson on harp and Hamish Pike on violin,” he said.

“They will play several pieces from their extensive repertoire, including an original work by each, Plaisir d’amour by G. Martini, Heartstrings by Rolf Lovland and Butterfly, a traditional Irish tune.”

Finally, as a trio, the musicians will present the first performance of their new world music group Rustica Romania, with Bruce on piano accordion, Joanne on Romanian Pan flute and Hamish on violin.

“As the Romanians themselves do, this will be a mixture of folk music and such pieces as The Lonely Shepherd, written by James Last in 1978 for pan flute and Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms,” Mr NcNicol said.

The concert begins at 2.00pm; tickets are $20.00, $15.00 concession and Arts Deloraine members, and $10.00 for youth up to 16 years, available at the door or from the Alpaca Shoppe.

Photo | Wayne Enright

Bopping a la Bollywood

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

AUGUST 2018 | Wendy Laing

HAVE YOU ever thought about learning to dance Bollywood style?

The Deloraine Neighbourhood House now hosts Bollywood dance classes on Saturday mornings.

They are run by Pooja Thakkar Noshi, a professional Bollywood dancer who has been teaching this style of dancing for eight years.

Based around the popular Indian film genre, this type of dancing fuses classical Indian dance steps with folk, hiphop and free form.

“Bollywood dancing is suitable for all ages,” Ms Noshi said, “It is upbeat and energetic, and most of all fun to do.”

At present classes are held from 10.00 am to 11.00 am once every fortnight. You do not need special clothes; just track pants and a t-shirt.

The next classes will be held on Saturday, 11th August and Saturday 25th August 2018.

To learn more about this style of dancing, or if you wish to attend a class, please phone Pooja on 0475 608 062 for further information.

Photo | Mike Moores

Nashville comes to Lonnie

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

JULY 2018 | David Claridge

EXCITING THINGS are happening for local fans of country music with Blackstone Heights business Tin Cup Country (TCC) hard at work again.

Off the back of successful visits from Australian country music artists, TCC have Kirsty Lee Akers coming back for an album preview party as she promotes her upcoming album Under My Skin.

Nathan and Meg Talbot, the people behind TCC are excited that Kristy asked to come back.

“Kirsty has already been this year, which was a sell-out event,” Nathan said.

“She is having a launch back in her hometown, from there the Broadbeach country music festival, for her third she wanted to come back here. We were pleasantly surprised.”

Kirsty will be performing at Saint John Craft Beer on July 22nd at 2.00pm.

Tickets are $18.00 per person or $40.00 with a signed album and can be purchased on Oztix, through Tin Cup Country on Facebook, Saint John Craft Beer or the F.A.B Espresso Bar at Prospect Vale Market Place.

August is going to be big as well, with a Singer Songwriter Show coming to town on the 19th.

Special Guests Imogen Clark, Brad Butcher and Hannah Lawes will be making an appearance, with a di‚fferent format.

Meg Talbot explains how the audience will be surprised with the set up they have organised.

“After Kirsty, we are excited to have a singer songwriter show. We believe it’s the first of its kind for country music in Tasmania,” she said.

“It’s called a ‘round’ in Nashville. All the artists sit on the stage at the one time, they roll through their songs and talk about why they wrote each song and then it goes to the next person. They take turns listening to each other’s music.

Tickets for the August event will be $25.00 per person.

Photo | Jeremy Dylan

Heather’s stories are for the heart and health

Feature, Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

MARCH 2018 | Elizabeth Douglass

OVER HER long career as a nurse, Heather Donaldson has nurtured her memories of a Tasmanian childhood.

Heather’s stories of an era when kids ran wild between school and mealtimes are now gathered together in her new book, There be Dragons.

The stories of Danny Crawford’s dragons and the chook on a string will be enjoyed by nostalgic adults. But these are also stories for children - a depiction of childhood imagination, where dragons could be heard but not seen. It’s a world ‘full of scares and dares’.

Heather’s long career means that this is not her first foray into writing.

In the 1990s, a number of teenage suicides in the Meander Valley had a huge impact on the local community.

As a health professional and concerned parent, Heather was struck by how little advice was directly aimed at young people in words they could relate to, and this led her to create a little book called Stop Suicide Words to Hang On To.

Full of simple sayings, gathered from families, friends and affected teens, the book uses the words people wish they had said or would have wanted to hear.

Launched by the then Premier Jim Bacon, distributed across Tasmania and the mainland, this little book is still in great demand.

Heather has produced other similar books of humour and compassionate advice for dealing with drug and gambling addictions, diagnoses of cancer and (more lighthearted) for Growing Old Disgracefully.

As a health group coordinator across the northwest, Heather also introduced laughter groups into Tasmania — bringing together people suffering from chronic pain and related health issues to share and discuss management of the health problems. Using real, unfeigned laughter to alleviate pain and stress, the price of admission was a joke or cartoon.

Heather’s research into the healing effects of hope and laughter were first triggered by the writings of Norman Cousins. Head First: The Biology of Hope and the Healing Power of the Human Spirit is just one of his many well-known texts..

Now living in Westbury again, Heather was instrumental in setting up Westbury Community Health Centre and was a founding creator of the Irish Festival.

With more books waiting to be written, it looks as though her contribution to the health and culture of the valley has only just begun!

Photo | Mike Moores

My wild Tas

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

MARCH 2018

FOR THE month of March, Pixels Digital Gallery will be featuring the work of Robyn Adams. A selection of 30 of her photographs, depicting delightful sights from around Tasmania, will revolve around the room on the six large screens installed by Alistair Carr.

Now living in Meander Valley, Robyn Adams hails from the Sunshine Coast Hinterland of South-East Queensland.

The photographic style of Robyn is characterised by the lack of human elements and its capacity to evoke mythical and sublime associations with the natural environment. She does not use photo editing software such as Photoshop, so her work is strictly ‘old school’.

Pixels is located in the Deloraine Online Centre underneath the library. Open 10.00am - 4.00pm weekdays and 10.00am - 1.00pm weekends. All are welcome.

Photo | Robyn Adams

Photo gems of beauty by Jade

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

JANUARY 2018 | Lorraine Clarke

ANYONE WHO has marvelled at a glorious sunset and raced inside to get the camera before it fades, then been disappointed at the nondescript results, can only be enchanted by the quality of Jade Hallam’s work. She captures the ephemeral quality and colours of the fleeting light and preserves them in compositions of haunting beauty.

Jade grew up in Reedy Marsh and attended Deloraine High School before going on to Launceston College where her love of photography began. She made pinhole cameras, learned to use SLR film cameras and developed photographs in the darkroom. Jade studied education at university in Launceston, and now lives in Deloraine. She continued taking nature photographs and Forest Festival shots as a hobby.

A couple of years ago, she began developing her hobby into a business as a nature, landscape and family documentary photographer. This enables her to encapsulate memories of her other great love, bushwalking the Meander Valley region’s pristine wild areas, and to share these beautiful images with others who may not have the same opportunity to see them first hand. Her photographs showcase features of our valley that so many never even dream exists.

Jade is available for “A Day in the Life Of” family photography, events, weddings and portraits. She took portraits at last year’s Steam Punk Ball.

She prefers to take unposed photographs of families who wish to document significant milestones in their lives. Jade assembles these impromptu images into a hard-cover book that will be a souvenir of treasured memories.

“I really like to capture candid natural moments between people, to show relationships and personality, to tell a story about the reality of everyday life. I do this at home with my own family, creating an album with pictures, and we all find that it’s a great memento to look back on,” she said.

“I guess the reason why I love to photograph nature is not only because I want to share these places with other people but also because being out in these wild places, only an hour’s walk away in some cases, is so good for my well-being. It helps to recharge my body and clear my head to appreciate the simple beauty of a fern unfurling or the mist rolling in above a cascade on the Meander River. It’s a great time to just be away from the rush and busyness that is life with two small children. If I can help others to do the same, I think that’s pretty cool.”

Recently, Jade’s images have embellished the pages of Meander Valley Gazette, accompanying Tara Ulbrich’s local walking trail articles.

Jade is the featured artist for January at Pixels, the new digital art gallery in the Deloraine Online Access Centre, where her incandescent nature photographs are displayed on large screens around the walls all day long.

Pixels is open for viewing at the Online Centre from 10.00am to 4.00pm weekdays, and also on weekends.


Photo | Meghann Maguire

Classical gas

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment


KIMBERLEY MURAL artist, Julian Bale, has created a mural depicting notable Sheffield inventor Alfie Rowe.

Alfie was well-known for several of his inventions, including the first self-serve petrol pump, the third ring on a piston, the first public address system for north-west Tasmania, and a trailer-mounted steam powered oven.

The mural features Alfie at work in his garage and incorporates a 3D metal replica of his self-serve pump.

Mr. Bale undertook the project after making a promise to Alfie some years ago to paint a mural of him in the town and said he took great joy in the process. The mural is located on Alfie’s old garage.

Rock Along to Retro Night

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

January 2018 | Sharon Webb

DELORAINE’S LITTLE Theatre is set to become funkytown central when the Big Band performs Retro Rock on 17th February.

Spokesperson Janet Morley said Deloraine Big Band will perform a mix of rock charts from all eras with just a bit of jazz.

“We want everyone to get their retro rock gear on and come along for a dance and a good time,” she said.

“The band will include three trumpets, five sax players, two clarinetists and four in the rhythm section.

“It’s both a band fundraiser and an Arts Deloraine membership drive.

“We’ll be doing all the old favourites from Black Magic Woman to Love Shack and many more!”

Deloraine Big Band is made up of around 20 locals led by band leader Ben Harker, reconfiguring into a concert band for the town’s Anzac Day march.

It also supports a strings group, junior band and primary school program feeding new young players into the concert band and the big band.

Money raised from Retro Rock will go into band coffers to fund band practice room hire, public liability insurance, new charts and new instruments.

Ms Morley said anyone with basic instrument skills is welcome to join the band.

Contact: Ben Harker at Field Rabbit in Emu Bay Rd, Deloraine.


When: Friday 17th February, 7.30 for 8.00pm.

Where: Deloraine Little Theatre

Cost: $35.00; Arts Deloraine members $30.00.

Includes: Supper; bar available.

Opening for young artists

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2017 | Wendy Laing

THE OFFICIAL opening of the Tasmanian Young Artist Awards 2017 was held at the Deloraine Creative Studios on Thursday, 2nd November.

It was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Deloraine in conjunction with the Deloraine Craft Fair.

Night Sky Girl by Aroma Imran and Biro Oscillation by Mitchell McKenzie were the joint winners of the Years 7 to 10 section. Inevitable Death by Flynne Bessell received a commendation.

In the Years 11 to 12 section the winner was Conflicting Space by Callum Holmberg, with Sparks Will Fly by Heidi Smith and Muse by Brooke Thornbury receiving commendations.

Judge, Carol McLean congratulated the artists of their high standard of work.

“Art isn’t just putting pictures on the wall. It includes pencil drawings, computer animations and photography,” she said.

“The spark of a professional artist is in the skill, talent and choice of subject.”

The Director of the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Mr Tim Biggs said that he hoped the Tasmanian Young Artist Awards would continue to be held as be part of the craft fair in the future.

Update on 'Mountain Man'

NewsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2017

A NEW location for the 'Mountain Man' sculpture on the Meander riverbank in Deloraine has not been found, Meander Valley Mayor Craig Perkins said.

The sculpture’s owners, the Tasmanian Government, has told Meander Valley Council to provide evidence of community engagement if it wants the sculpture moved.

“Some councillors are looking for another location but until we satisfy the State Govt requirements it will stay where it is,” Cllr Perkins said.

A motion to relocate or demolish 'Mountain Man' was put forward in early 2017.

Local Film Society Celebrates Diversity In Cinema

Arts and ReviewsJoanne EisemannComment

December 2017

A HIGHLIGHT of the Western Tiers Film Society AGM was the launch of the new program for 2018.

The program features cinematic gems from France and the USA, a war-time comedy from the UK, and the fascinating historical adventure story from the Amazon, Embrace of the Serpent.

“We aim to schedule the movies to fit the time of year – cheerful ones in winter, and more challenging ones in the warmer months”, said WTFS Secretary Deb White.

2018 memberships are now available: westerntiersfilmsociety@ or call 0418 389 868.