Thursday, September 30, 2010

Living Treasure

Liz Williamson presenting her floor talk

Dr Kevin Murray opens the exhibition.

Last night we celebrated the official opening of Liz Williamson:Textiles, which is an Object Gallery Touring Exhibition as part of its Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Liz was raised at Carisbrook, near Maryborough, and her regional Victorian connections remain strong to this day. It was great to welcome many of Liz's family and friends to the opening. We were thrilled that Liz could attend and present a floor talk prior to the opening. Dr Kevin Murray, Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and well-known craft writer and curator officially opened the exhibition to a large and appreciative crowd. Ararat Regional Art Gallery is the exclusive Victorian presenter of the exhibition which continues until 31 October 2010.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Upcoming Events

Simon Tedeschi Piano Recital
Acclaimed US-based Australian pianist Simon Tedeschi will perform the music of Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Gershwin and Fats Waller at the Ararat Performing Art Centre on Wednesday 29 September 2010 at 8pm. Advertised ticket prices are $22 full price, $19 Concession and $15 Students, but Ararat Regional Art Gallery members will receive a 25% discount on the purchase price of tickets for the recital. This offer is only available when visiting the Ararat Performing Arts Centre box office or booking by phoning 5352 2181. Please mention this offer when booking your tickets and present your current gallery membership card when collecting your tickets.

Liz Williamson: Textiles – Floor Talk and Exhibition Opening

We are thrilled to confirm that the esteemed textile artist Liz Williamson will be present at the Ararat Regional Art Gallery exhibition opening of her touring exhibition, 'Liz Williamson: Textiles' on Thursday 30 September 2010. This exhibition is an initiative of the Sydney-based organisation, Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design, as part of its Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. Liz will present at floor talk on at 5pm which will be followed by the official opening of her exhibition at 6pm by Dr Kevin Murray. Dr Murray is Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and a well-known craft curator and advocate. It will be a great night and we hope to see you there!

Antiques Evaluation Day
Antiques and collectibles valuer, Lester DeVere will help you piece together the origins of your trinkets and treasures and advise you on their worth. Bring along your favourite antique or collectable or just come for the fun. There will be two sessions presented on Friday 8 October 2010: a morning session from 10.30am to 12pm, and an afternoon session from 1.30pm to 3pm. Bookings are essential. The cost is $5 per person, which entitles you to bring along one object for valuation. The session is designed to be informative and interactive. It is important to note that Lester will value all pieces in an open forum. These are not formal written valuations, but provided in a fun and educational environment of learning. The Antiques Evaluation Day will be held in the Art & Craft workshop, next door to Ararat Regional Art Gallery. Tea and coffee will be provided. For information or to confirm attendance, please contact Marcella Crowley on 5352 2836 or email: