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New Ceramics Exhibition Opening 11th September

A stunning new ceramics exhibition will officially open in the Shepparton Art Gallery on Saturday 11th September, featuring pieces by a remarkable artist, Pamela Irving.

Shepparton Art Gallery Director, Ms Leanne Willis, said the exhibition, ‘Treading the Boards’ is a solo show organised by Shepparton Art Gallery paying tribute to nineteenth century theatre performers.

“Each piece has been made into a mosaic, an effect that has been described as ‘architectural, with the individual pieces mirroring the flow of modelled forms’”,
Ms Willis said.

“Former Shepparton Art Gallery director, Joseph Pascoe, describes the process used by Pamela in creating these exquisite pieces in a catalogue essay, saying ‘the artist sourced nineteenth-century doll parts over the internet from a Dresden factory, and then affixed them in a way that references Memoryware, an American Folk Craft tradition’.”

“It is this interesting and unique styling, and commitment to diversity in artwork, that has fuelled Pamela’s popularity in art circles for more than 15 years.”

The Deputy Chief Magistrate of Victoria, Ms Jelena Popvic, will officially launch the exhibition at 1.30 pm on Saturday 11th September.

“Mr Andrew Fairley will also be at the opening to launch a new sculpture created by Pamela, titled ‘Larry’.  The sculpture will take up residence on the front lawn of the gallery and has been donated by the artist with partial funding from The Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation through Perpetual Trustees.”

Pamela Irving’s ‘Treading the Boards’ will run in the Community Gallery until Sunday 10th October before travelling to the Geelong Art Gallery.

For more information, please contact the Shepparton Art Gallery Director,
Leanne Willis, on 5832 9861 or 0419 385 126.

Admission to Shepparton Art Gallery is free and it is open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gallery is located in the Eastbank Centre,
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, phone 5832 9861.

Stars of the Future Come to Riverlinks

Australia’s musical theatre ‘stars of the future’ will warm up for their time in the limelight when they present two shows of musical entertainment at Eastbank next week.

‘Romancing the Song’, performed on Monday 30th August, and ‘Tribe’, playing on Tuesday 31st August, will be presented by students from the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA).

The Council’s Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said the two shows, while very different, were both tributes to a variety of musical styles.

“‘Romancing the Song’ is a rich mix of songs from yesterday and today.  It takes the audience on a journey through the years of love songs,” Mr Robson said.

“The VCA’s vibrant young students present favourites from a number of
well-known productions, including Oliver! and Les MisTrables.  It will be an evening of delightful reminiscing for the audience.”

In stark contrast, ‘Tribe’ is a musical entertainment compilation with a strong modern rock score.

“‘Tribe’ was created at the VCA this year by award winning playwright and composer, Anthony Crowley.  It will appeal to a broad range of people as it features musical styles that anyone can relate to, from sixties rock’n’roll and theatre-style ballads, to rap, and back again.”

“The show explores some important ‘youth issues’ and combines a spectacular rock concert lighting show with multi-media elements and street dancing!”

‘Romancing the Song’ is playing at 7.30 pm at the Eastbank Centre on Monday 30th August.  ‘Tribe’ will be performed at 10.00 am, 1.00 pm (schools performance) and 7.30 pm on Tuesday 31st August.  Bookings can be made at the Riverlinks Box Office, Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, or by phoning 5832 9511

Record Attendance at the Shepparton Art Gallery

The Shepparton Art Gallery has attracted a record number of visitors, with more than 7,000 through its doors in June alone.

Shepparton Art Gallery Director, Ms Leanne Willis, said the public had reacted with enthusiasm to the gallery’s most recent exhibitions, particularly the popular ‘Hickory Dickory Dock – The Changing Face of Play School’.

“Just over 10,000 people visited the Play School exhibition at the gallery, which ran from 3rd June to 11th July.  This was a phenomenal response, more than the number who visited the exhibition when it was originally shown at the National Museum in Canberra,” Ms Willis said.

The gallery’s public programs and workshops have also proved to be very popular, with staff working with 2,144 children and adults in May and June.

“The most successful programs have been our Friends of the Gallery morning teas, after school drawing classes and life drawing classes.  Also, 16 schools from across Victoria toured the gallery in May and June. ”

“June saw some special events at the gallery, including the Family Fun Days at Eastbank and music with the GV Concert Orchestra,” Ms Willis added.

“We are very proud of our extensive public program and we try to cater for a wide range of people, including young children, school aged people and adults.”

For information about any of the exhibitions currently on display or public programs at the Shepparton Art Gallery, contact the gallery on 5832 9861.

Admission to Shepparton Art Gallery is free and it is open seven days a week from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. The gallery is located in the Eastbank Centre,
70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, phone 5832 9861.

The Shepparton Art Gallery is supported by the Victorian Government through Arts Victoria and the Community Support Fund, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

Treat Dad with a Night Out at Riverlinks

Give Dad the night off on Thursday 19th August for the smash hit comedy `It’s a Dad Thing’ at the Eastbank Centre, Shepparton.

From the director who brought us `Mum’s the Word’, comes another hilarious look at parental experiences, focusing on the trials and tribulations of being a dad.

The Council’s Manager of Performing Arts and Conventions, Mr Rob Robson, said the show was a rollercoaster ride of laughter, tears and song (but mainly laughter!).

“A very talented group of actors will bring us a show that is chaotic, fun, shocking and truthful,” Mr Robson said.

 “`It’s a Dad Thing’ covers all aspects of parenthood, including pre-natal classes, where even the men practice pelvic floor exercises, six hours of Enya tapes during the actual births, and hilarious attempts to cross squeaky floors without waking the kids.”

“A `Zombie Dad’ loses the kids in Toys’R’Us and another teaches the young ones all about sharp knives, alcohol and pizza, all before saying farewell to the last symbol of their youth – a 1963 XL Falcon.”

The show stars Australian comics Michael Veitch (of Fast Forward fame), and Geoff Paine, with Steve Kearney, Matt Quartermaine and Ross Daniels, and is directed by Kaarin Fairfax (Seachange, Comedy Company).

“While the show contains some coarse language and very brief (not full frontal) male nudity, the producers assure us that it is all in context, the performers are very professional and know how to deliver their material!” Mr Robson added.

“This is a wonderful show for mums and dads alike, each having the opportunity to laugh at the other’s expense!”

`It’s a Dad Thing’ is playing at 8.00 pm at the Eastbank Centre on Thursday 19th August.  Bookings can be made at the Riverlinks Box Office, Eastbank Centre, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton, or by phoning 5832 9511.