Queen of the cast-off
Regina Dudek collects the stuff discarded by less imaginative people and creates something wonderful. Report by Liane Arno
The shape of things to come
John Mutsaers looks to another former mining area to see how art might transform Wonthaggi’s future.
Research shows that after 55 our emotional intelligence begins to decline. Liane Arno can believe it after a recent stint in hospital.
Welcome to our world
A moving NAIDOC Week opening in Inverloch left Liane Arno feeling a welcome guest in this place.
A world of wonder
After turning her back on her scientific studies, author Robyn Arianrhod was lured back by some great men and women of science.
In every Graeme Myrteza work, you will find the initials of his son Brett because it was Brett who drew him back to the world of painting.
Bron Dahlstrom has no doubt climate change was a factor in the 2009 bushfire that nearly killed her. ClimArt is part of her mission to spread understanding.
Out of the darkness
The world of commercial photography has long been digital but Trevor Foon still enjoys the alchemy of film.
Looks like trouble
A temporary disfigurement gives Liane Arno an inkling of what some people have to endure their whole lives.
The well of creativity
An isolated childhood forged Filippa Buttita's pre-occupation with art.
Out of the box
Meg Viney’s creative journey starts with cast-offs.
A move from Calgary to Wonthaggi prompted a new creative burst for Heidi Rolfe.
Out of the chaos
Printmaker Mary Ham wants to combine chaos and order, she tells Liane Arno.
Circumstances prevented Maureen Loughran from pursuing her love of art. When she finally got the chance, she made up for lost time, reports Liane Arno.
A man of many parts
Landscape designer John French has found a new creative outlet in his intriguing mosaics.
The inside story
Family stories are no good if they aren’t told, and journalist Sandy Guy can show you how to do it.
The man with kaleidoscope eyes
Where most of see chaos, Werner Theinert sees patterns.
A hewer of wood
Liane Arno meets Keith Hulsman, a master wood carver known for his intricate designs.
Through the looking glass
Deb Watson's life changed when she fell in love with glass.
Life’s rich tapestry
Inspired by tribal art, Heather Towns creates “pattern on pattern on pattern”.
Making her mark
A challenging career in social work helped Karen V Sandon find her own path in art.
A touch of magic
By Liane Arno
THE only way I can describe Leigh Rowles is that she is pixie like. Her eyes sparkle, her hands dance and she almost glides across the floor. She tells me her first attempt at choreography was when she was eight years old. She arranged a slow tap dance around Deep Purple. I smiled knowingly – but at the time (and please tell me I am not the only one) thought slow tap and a heavy metal band sound was a little incongruous. I had to google when I got home to find what she was really talking about.
Slowly does it
By Liane Arno
A THIN naked man, with blue painted finger nails and a skin so white that it was almost luminescent sat before 16-year-old Mandy Gunn. He called everyone “Darling”. Mandy’s first life drawing class at the Bromley Art School was not what she had expected. She was to learn that the model was none other than Quentin Crisp who famously said that being a model in life drawing classes “was like being a civil servant except that you’re naked”.
Artist of the people
By Liane Arno
PRIOR to meeting Bob Hickman I had met some amazing artists. In each instance I had tried to do a bit of research beforehand. I checked out Bob’s Facebook page and came across this, by Jasmine Kay Uy. I loved it because it was a representation of the sense of all the artists I had interviewed to this point. But in speaking with Bob, I exclaimed, “You’re the first artist I’ve met who can support themselves through their art”.
Archies Creek has lost a legend with the death of ‘Old Joe’'.