What matters most
Feb09

What matters most

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS Powerhouse performer Tracy Bartram has a diverse professional repertoire, but she’s probably best known as a stand up comedian and radio personality. Passionate about social change, she also puts a lot of energy into working for what she calls the ‘greater good.’ She’s particularly interested in shining a light on addiction, mental health and gender equity. Bartram will bring her passion and energy to Frankston...

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Life’s a beach at MPRG
Feb09

Life’s a beach at MPRG

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS Once a year, The Friends of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery host their Life’s a Beach student art award recognizing the talents and artistic innovations of Peninsula youth, from Prep to Year Twelve. To be exhibited in such a prestigious venue really is something to brag about. Students from 21 different schools competed, but only a dozen won a first, second or third prize, though the highly commended...

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The Social Knitwork
Jan20

The Social Knitwork

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS BENNIE Plymin is not a one-trick pony. He studied screenwriting at RMIT then started writing for Channel 7’s preschool program, Toybox. He’s currently costume coordinator for a major children’s live entertainment company, but Plymin’s real passion is knitting. When he was about eight, he picked up some wool, found a book at the library and taught himself to knit. He’s been knitting ever since and he’s now...

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Painters of the Peninsula
Jan20

Painters of the Peninsula

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS Creating work inspired by the Mornington Peninsula and beyond, a group of eight artists meet regularly to paint and socialise, making beautiful, evocative work together. They all started out as students of award winning Peninsula painter, John Bredl. Over time, close friendships formed and their art evolved elevating the standard of their work and the strength of their common bonds. Bredl, once tutor and...

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VCE kids trump Mornington Art Show
Jan20

VCE kids trump Mornington Art Show

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS With over 800 works on display, The Mornington Art Show is the Peninsula’s largest visual arts exhibition with landscapes, portraits, abstracts, seascapes and still life across a range of media. Impressive emerging art from talented VCE students is one of the highlights of this show. 2016 adds a silent auction and unique barrel art to the mix. Presiding over the judging this year is painter, Lyn Mellady....

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Seen to be heard
Dec17

Seen to be heard

By ANDREA LOUISE THOMAS Sydney photomedia artist, Anne Zahalka has created iconic images of the ever-changing face of Australian culture over the past two and a half decades. Her work explores issues of national identity, gender, multiculturalism and cultural stereotypes with critical insight, good humour and spectacular technique. She’s represented in all of Australia’s national galleries and in international collections. Her...

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