Arts Open Program: March 8-10th 2014, Castlemaine, Australia

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Arts Open is a Visual Arts extravaganza featuring over 70 artists, across 40 studios and galleries. The program will not just feature the opportunity to meet the artists in their own studios but also incorporate Public Talks, Book Signings, and a Gala Ball. Labour Day Weekend 2014 in Castlemaine, regional Victoria, Australia.

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  • Arts Open Welcome arTS oPEn is an event designed to promote regional visual arts in historic Castlemaine and the surrounding district. offering a rare opportunity to visit studios and galleries within the shire and experience a behind the scenes, personal look at artists in their natural habitat, discuss their artwork and techniques, and purchase directly from the artist. beginning as a boom town after gold was discovered in 1851, Castlemaine and the Mount alexander Shire now boasts a vibrant community with an eclectic mix of people and a broad range of historical, culinary, artistic and social opportunities for visitors. With the generous support of the Mount alexander Shire Council, laTrobe university and Cantwell Property this event showcases over 70 local artists, galleries, walks, talks and workshops in what has become a very successful biennial event. Welcome and enjoy! Getting Here, Getting Around Open Studios FRIDAY 7 - MONDAY 10 MARCH labour day WEEkEnd 2014 Castlemaine & District Studios Galleries Exhibitions Workshops Accommodation Booking Service Castlemaine, Maldon and surrounds offer a wide range of accommodation options. your enquiry will be handled by trained and knowledgeable staff who can offer the right advice whether you are travelling alone, as a couple, family or group. Freecall 1800 171 888 www.maldoncastlemaine.com.au Also checkout: www.newnorthern.com.au Contact Information If you need to check something about an artist or gallery - please contact them directly. email: info@artsopen.com.au web: www.artsopen.com.au Acknowledgements Special thanks to Mount alexander Shire Council, Michelle day, ben laycock, rob Jennings, Scott Sanders, Michael Wolfe, Helen bodycomb, Mark anstey, Melissa Scott, Tegan lang and our many unsung volunteers, businesses and artists. www.artsopen.com.au 1 arts open 2014 TRAIN: Castlemaine is an easy 90 minute journey from Melbournes Southern Cross station along the bendigo line departing every hour from 6am to 10.30pm. Castlemaine railway Station is centrally located making walking around town a great option. For timetables and fares www.vline.com.au ph: 1800 800 007 DRIVING: Castlemaine is approx 120km north west of Melbourne driving via the Tullamarine Freeway following the signs to bendigo and the Calder Freeway. The turnoff to the old Calder Highway at Malmsbury will take you via Taradale, Elphinstone and Harcourt. BUSES: www.castlemainebuslines.com.au TAXI: 131 008 WALKING: Walking maps and heaps of local information are available from the Visitor Information Centre in the Castlemaine Market building, Mostyn Street, Castlemaine OTHER TOWNS in the Shire include Maldon, Chewton, Harcourt, Guildford and newstead. While you can easily walk around Castlemaine and visit a large number of studios and venues, the outlying areas really require a car or a strong pair of cycling legs!
  • Celebrating Arts Open - Special Events Arts Open Opening Night Castlemaine State Festival supports Arts Open Lot 19 Arts Open Opening Spectacular McShannags Lane, Castlemaine. Friday March 7th 6-9pm lot19 hosts the opening festivities with a spectacle of live theatre, music and art. There will be surprises, wise words, all the info and previews of the wonderful weekend ahead, and lots to celebrate. Mamas kitchen and Papas bar open, no pets no byo. check lot19art.com for further details... Arts Open Gala Ball Theatre Royal, 30 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine Saturday March 8th 7.30pm Tickets $70 available from Theatre Royal 5472 1196 www.artopen.com.au Featuring a Parisian demi Monde bohemian theme, the Gala arts ball is an evening of ne wining and dining, dancing and fun in australias oldest theatre, Castlemaines Theatre royal. a cross cultural cavalcade of performance, art, music and theatre hosted by the deliciously burlesque Madame leila leontine. Featuring a live dance band and a preview launch of the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival with director Martin Paten and special guest bruce Esplin head of regional arts Victoria. Two course dinner, drinks at bar prices. Updates and further info: www.artopen.com.au Arts Open is Proudly Supported by property castlemaine michael wolfe 1975-2015 FESTIVAL DATES - 13 - 22 March 2015 www.castlemainefestival.com.au PHoTo: JulIE MIlloWICk oF Tara GIlbEES VISual arTS 2013 bIEnnIal ExHIbITIon aT TuTES CoTTaGE art + design broCHurE, MaP & loGo dESIGn: MICHaEl WolFE arT & dESIGn. m: 0419 365 308 WEbSITE dESIGn: rob JEnnInGS, WE PuSH buTTonS. wepushbuttons.com.au Printed by Trade Colour Cards ph: 9545 1022 23 Venue 8 3 arts open 2014 We hope you will return to our region in March 2015 to join us for more fabulous open studios and exhibitions as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations for the Castlemaine State Festival! Gala Ball Venue
  • Philip Cordingley arTIST Prime-Art Youth Arts Hub www.artsopen.com.au/artists/phillip-cordingley/ My work makes reference to language and the graphic nature of symbolism and the making of marks. Most recently I have returned to incorporating geometric forms, bright colours with textural contrast. Benchmark Collective, 14 Templeton Street, Castlemaine open: 10am - 5pm t: 5472 1346 w: www.benchmarkcollective.com.au e: shop@benchmarkcollective.com.au Venue 1 PrInTMakInG, MoSaIC, SCulPTurE, FIlM www.artsopen.com.au/artists/prime-art/ The Prime-art exhibition is made up of body of work that was produced by young people ages 12-16 during the 2013 Spring and 2014 Summer Prime-art holiday programs. Working with local artists Helen bodycomb, Melinda rodnight, rhyll Plant and Eliza-Jane Gilchrist, these young artists created works in mosaic, link-cut, screenprinting and sculpture. Prime-Art Cafe, 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine open: Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm t: 5472 3299 w: www.cced.com.au e: primeartcastlemaine@gmail.com Venue 3 5 4 castlemaine castlemaine Heather Barrett PaInTEr Sarah Fowler & Carol De Graauw www.artsopen.com.au/artists/heather-barrett/ a deep concern for the environment, given the realities of climate change, informs my work. Circles are an ever-present theme. For me circles evoke feelings of old worlds, new worlds, looking through and looking beyond. Circles within our minds. The circular thinking as we live our lives knowing the impact we are having on the planet. Falkner Gallery, 35 Templeton Street, Castlemaine open: 11am - 5pm t: 5470 5858 w: falknergallery.com.au e: falknergallery@tpg.com.au Venue 2 JEWEllErS www.artsopen.com.au/artists/sarah-fowler/ Talented Gold and Silversmiths Sarah and Carol produce beautiful and original hand made jewellery from their shared studio in Castlemaine. using traditional silversmithing techniques (repousse, raising and fusing) to create jewellery that is boldly contemporary, yet embedded in fundamental techniques and timeless inuences. Studio, 12 Doveton Street, Castlemaine open: 10am - 4pm t: 0437 275 399 w: www.sarahfowlerjewellery.com e: sarahfowler73@yahoo.com.au Venue 42
  • Phil Elson CEraMICS CASPA www.artsopen.com.au/artists/phil-elson/ arT SPaCE, STudIoS and GallEry Phils practice over the last 28 years has been powerfully informed by the ceramic culture of South East asia, Japan, China and korea. He has been strongly focused on the development of form and in particular, the form of the bowl. Studio, 89 Templeton Street, Castlemaine open: 10am - 4pm Friday - Sunday t: 0429 129 798 w: www.philelsonpottery.com e: elson.phil@gmail.com Venue 4 www.artsopen.com.au/artists/caspa-art-space/ artists exhibiting include aleshia ng, Jacinta Walsh, kathy dal Forno, allis Maun, ben laycock, lillyan Shirvington, John a Smith, orryelle and Jim Coad. We have a rabbit warren of studios inhabited by a colourful mix of artists representing a broad cross section of genres. We even have our own gallery to show off the results of our prodigious work ethic. CASPA, Level 1, 101 Mostyn St (enter via Hargraves St), Castlemaine open: 10am - 5pm t: 0427 223 358 w: www.castlemainefringe.org.au/caspa/ e: mscotthoughton@gmail.com Venue 6 7 6 castlemaine castlemaine Michelle Day PaInTEr Johno A Smith www.artsopen.com.au/artists/michelle-day/ My work is mainly based around the land. Shapes, rocks and forms in the landscape, the sky, mist and the light on the horizon line are some of my main inuences. My interest lies in the hidden beliefs and meanings that many cultures have regarding rocks, mountains and mounds. Herons Gallery, 68 Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine open: 11am - 4pm t: 5472 1030 Michelle: 0417 825 261 w: www.heronsgallery.com www.michelleday.com.au Venue 5 arTIST www.artsopen.com.au/artists/john-smith/ My works are plein air abstract improvisations constructed with remnant and collected earth material. My intention is to project the psychological experience of a place. CASPA, Level 1, 101 Mostyn St (enter via Hargraves St), Castlemaine open: 10am - 5pm t: 0418 318 620 e: johnoasmith@gmail.com Venue 6
  • Jim Coad VIdEo arCHITECTurE Lillyan Shirvington www.artsopen.com.au/artists/jim-coad/ JEWEllEr Video architecture is re-imagining the built environment using a combination of state of the art technology and traditional visual arts practices. CASPA, Level 1, 101 Mostyn St (enter via Hargraves St), Castlemaine open: 10am - 5pm t: 5472 2225 w: www.videoarchitecture.com.au e: jim@videoarchitecture.com.au Venue 6 www.artsopen.com.au/artists/lillyan-shirvington/ Gold, sterling silver, ne silver, local rock, precious gems. My works aim to capture an echo in the passage of time. Inspired by Earths living history, and past civilizations, I aim to incorporate ancient silver smithing techniques with