Keedah Throssell – Art Prize winner

Monday night saw a gathering of arts patrons at the SoART Gallery in Narooma for the official opening of the Eurobodalla River of Art 2016 Art Prize exhibition and the announcement of the winner.

Congratulations to Keedah Throssell for winning the Art Prize with her beeswax encaustic work titled ‘Invasion Day’.

Commendations went to Ursula Straub for her clay and paper mache works ‘Bowl with Green and White Pebbles and Flying Kites’; Highly Commended to Cheryl Davison for ‘Corella Corella’, an acrylic on tagboard; and Highly Commended to Julie Mia Holmes for her linocut, ‘Midden Constellation’.

Keedah Throssell Art Prize 2016

Art at Visitor Info Centre open day

Narooma Visitor Information Centre is holding an Open Day during River of Art to mark its official hand over to the Montague Arts and Crafts Society (MACS). Head to the Information Centre between 11am-2pm on Saturday 21 May for a raft of fun family activities and an exhibition of works by MACS members.

Centre staff and volunteers will be there to greet locals and visitors and answer queries about the art on display and regional attractions. Following the Welcome to Country and dance performance by Djiringanj Dancers, you’ll be entertained by the local community choir with face painting, drawing and colouring activities for the kids, kite flying on the green and food courtesy of the Narooma Men’s Shed.

The Narooma Visitor Info Centre is not hard to miss – just look out for the lighthouse on the ‘flat’, Princes Highway, Narooma.

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Why not workshop with an artisan

Here’s your opportunity to get creative during River of Art. Book yourself into one of the workshops on offer during the festival. There’s still vacancies in a range of artistic endeavours, such as Learning to Crochet with Marg Hansen; Beginners Wet Felting with Irene Berry; and Plant Fibre Making with Jen Hawkins.

Secure your places by going to the Ticketing page. Why not invite one of your friends to come along with you – it’ll be a great day out.

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Open Studios: artists at work

This year sees a record number of Open Studios for River of Art spanning the length of the Eurobodalla shire. The Open Studio program enables visitors to see working artists in situ and have an opportunity to engage directly with the creator of the work as well as purchase that special piece.

Take a look at the range and depth of creativity on display throughout the festival in the Open Studios category in the Calendar – and visit a few between 20-29 May.

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Kids create Masked exhibition

A number of workshops involving Moruya’s school children are being held in the lead up to this visually spectacular and fun exhibition presented by South East Arts for Eurobodalla River of Art.

The MASKED exhibition represents a culmination of creativity between local school kids and artists Toby Whitelaw and Anna Kearey. Visit the exhibition between 1-5pm on Saturday, 28 May at the Moruya Showground Pavilion. Here you’ll see masks, musical performances, audio visual displays and have the opportunity to create your own mask.

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Local artists gear up for Eurobodalla River of Art

The annual Eurobodalla River of Art Festival, opening soon on 20 May, will showcase the creative talents that thrive on the stunning South Coast region of NSW.

From Batemans Bay to Bermagui, local artists are excitedly putting their finishing touches on new exhibitions and getting ready to open their studios to the public.

Festival Chair Sue Barford says ‘Take this opportunity to meet our region’s contemporary visual artists and see how they capture unique views of our coastal environment through their landscapes, seascapes and other works.

‘Explore diverse media including etchings, drawings, prints, photographs, watercolours, paintings, sculptures, pottery, textiles, wordworks, mosaics and jewellery.’

Once again, the annual Digressionists exhibition at Surf Beach will feature innovative works by Grace Paleg’s students. Further south, the Priory Gallery at Bingie Point has a kids’ exhibition called Chrysalis that showcases the region’s next generation of artists.

Discover artists like Cheryl Davidson, who draws inspiration from ancient Aboriginal creation stories told by her Grandfather and Elders.

As well as open studios and galleries, Art on Parade will feature 40 exhibitions in regional shops, cafes and businesses. Choose from handcrafted baskets to botanical arts, quirky ceramic sculptures to artworks constructed from old vinyl records, and sonic fascinators made from recycled hubcaps and electric guitars.

New to the program this year, the Art on the Waterways project has invited locals and visitors alike to create and photograph ephemeral sculptures made from the weathered remains of timber, seaweed and flotsam washed up on beaches or riverbanks.

Textiles always loom large during the River of Art Festival. You can sign-up for hands-on workshops in crochet and felting, or browse gorgeous scarves, beautiful wall hangings, bespoke hats and other handmade creations.

The Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group will once again present one of the festival highlights – the annual Wearable Art Fashion Parade, better known as The Beastly’s. Themed Queen of the Desert, the 2016 show promises to wow audiences with provocative artworks and distinctive designer garments. Tickets for this event are selling fast.

Bird lovers will delight in specialist exhibitions in South Durras and Bodalla. And of course, the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Prize will be display at the SoART Gallery in Narooma.

But as Festival Chair and textile artist Sue Barford says, ‘Our 10-day festival offers arts lovers much more than a visual extravaganza. The line-up includes film screenings, live music and theatre, poetry performances, story-telling and community events.

With mellow days to go exploring and cool nights to enjoy intimate performances, the NSW South Coast is the perfect place to visit at this time of the year.

Check out the program now and map out your festival trail by visiting www.riverofart.com.au.

Art on the waterways

How many times have you walked along the beach or riverbank and seen weathered, twisted and gnarled remains of timber, seaweed, flotsam or other natural items that have washed up. Have you considered moulding these pieces into a work of art right where you’ve found them?

For this year’s River of Art festival, we are encouraging you to create your own artwork with what you find on the Eurobodalla waterways as part of Art on the Waterways.

These sculptures or artistic creations can be made using the natural pieces of material that you find either on the beach or along the river fronts. The idea is that they stand for as long as nature allows and that they are left to deteriorate in the elements or be washed back out to sea.

Most importantly, we ask you to photograph your art and tag the Eurobodalla River of Art on Instagram or share your photo on our Facebook page, so that all our followers can admire the Art on the Waterways.

Check out our Facebook page for recent Art on the Waterways sculptures as shared by our followers.

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South Coast arts set to shine in May

The annual Eurobodalla River of Art Festival will soon unleash a cascade of music, visual arts, theatre, film, literature and workshops.

Opening with a vibrant launch in Moruya on 20 May, the 10-day program showcases the creative talents that thrive on the stunning South Coast region of NSW.

With 100 events, exhibitions and artists’ studio openings all along the South Coast from Batemans Bay to Bermagui, there are treats that will appeal to all tastes and interests.

But be quick! This award-winning festival has plenty of fans and some ticketed events are already booking fast.

The fabulous Wearable Art Fashion Parade – better known as The Beastly’s – is a show stopping favourite. Presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group, this year’s parade on 26 May promises to dish up a cornucopia of wildly creative and provocative outfits.

Buckle up and bring your kids along to a space-hopping, pop-rocking Battlebird concert in Narroma on Sunday 22 May.

There’s much more on the music front – with Simon Tedeschi playing “Gershwin and Me” at Batehaven, Four Hands, One Piano in Narooma, and Alain Carmichael with his ambient, folk rock in Bateman’s Bay.

In Moruya, experience the complex, lilting harmonies of the Pop Up Arcade Trio, who will transport audiences to the acoustic sublime.

Or Get the Blues at one of the songwriting workshops or performances presented by award-winning singer songwriter Sarah Cowan. Meanwhile, at the River of Art finale in Narooma on 29 May, The Somedays will entertain the crowd with their fusion of folk, pop and ballads.

For something enlightening, explore Aboriginal art and culture by booking a guided walk along the Bingi Bingi Budjarn track or visiting the exhibition at the Wallaga Lake Community.

Poetry Slam promises to challenge your perceptions on poetry. Enjoy a fun-filled night on 21 May with the battle of the Joshua’s, along with other poets and music by The Allee Cats.

As usual, the festival serves up an extravaganza of visual arts thanks to the region’s renowned talents. Along with 22 open studios where you watch local artists at work, another 40 exhibitions are on show in shops, cafes and businesses all along the Eurobodalla coast.

For festival lovers who want a more hands-on experience, book now for workshops where you can learn more about textiles, printmaking, photography, millinery and more.

Check out the program now and map out your festival trail by visiting www.riverofart.com.au.

Wearable Art Fashion Parade

One of the showcase events at the annual Eurobodalla River of Art festival is the Wearable Art Fashion Parade presented by the Eurobodalla Fibre and Textiles Group (EFTAG).

The event is an extravaganza of creative and innovative outfits, some of which can be worn as distinctive designer garments. Tickets for this year’s Wearable Art Fashion Parade on Sunday 21 May are now available by clicking on the Ticketing page above.

Want more of an idea of what to expect? Here’s a taste of 2015’s show-stopping outfits:

Celebrate the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art

With an exciting line-up of live music, theatre, film, visual arts, literature, workshops and cultural experiences across 10 days, the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Festival will delight everyone who dives in this year.

Running from 20-29 May, the festival will feature a wealth of events along the spectacular NSW far south coast, from Durras just north of Bateman’s Bay to Wallaga Lake in the south.

Festival chair Sue Barford says “The Eurobodalla River of Art showcases the creative talent that thrives in this beautiful and inspiring region.

“Reflecting the sparkling rivers that rise in our mountain forests and gather energy as they flow to the sea, we have put together a program to enliven arts lovers, locals and visitors.”

This year’s festival is an invitation to indulge in film, live music, performances and theatre.

Explore textiles, crafts, jewellery, bespoke hats and visual arts. Listen to poets, authors, singer songwriters and storytelling.

Discover more about the region’s rich Aboriginal culture and history. Immerse yourself in community celebrations, exhibitions and workshops.

Meet innovative local artists – choose from an eclectic trail of 22 studios and galleries open along the Eurobodalla coast. Plenty of art will also be on parade in local cafes and shops.

As Sue Barford explains, “Whatever your interests, you can handcraft your own festival itinerary from 99 programmed events and activities.

“Come for a day, a weekend or the whole ten days. You’ll be spoilt for choice.”

Visitors are also invited to sample spectacular south coast attractions, from coastal and wilderness adventures to authentic country markets and delicious local produce.

While the Eurobodalla River of Art Festival is driven by the region’s vibrant and diverse artistic community, it also attracts plenty of visiting artists who are lured to take part in this award-winning annual event.

Kicking off on Friday 20 May in Moruya, the opening night will provide a taste of what’s on offer, with performances by local musicians and tantalising delights from Evolve.

One of the highlights will be the 2016 Eurobodalla River of Art Prize, with works on display at the SoART Gallery in Narooma.