Chevrons…

Megan Bottari, Don't fence me in; Yardbird #2 (from the Chevron series)

Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, old police fence paling.

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Megan Bottari, Don’t fence me in: Yardbirds #2 (from the Chevron series), fused glass, old police fence paling.

 

We quite like it lurking in the vicinity of Strap-on Neddy – puts us in mind of his arch nemesis Fitzpatrick (the sleazebag police constable who hit on Kate Kelly, precipitating the whole sorry Kelly Gang saga.)

 

Gallery biz…

In between cracking on in the workshop, we’ve been having a lovely time quietly progressing the gallery/showroom. Still a work-in-progress obviously(!), but the endgame is to have it ready for our inaugural studio open day – an annual event which this year will fall on the 13th November; being the closest Sunday to our Neddy’s hangin’ day.

[So pencil it into your dance cards, lovies, on the off chance you’re around & footloose on the day. n(Ed)]

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

Prisoners of the Crown gallery

 

Megsie’s hopping into more oyster shell production as we speak…

Please note that we are not opening a commercial gallery as such. To all intents and purposes the gallery space (set up in the courtroom) is an in-house showroom; displaying finished pieces from our own studio workshop. That said, we do anticipate holding pop-up exhibitions from time to time (when the force moves us), featuring the work of selected artists of an empathetic bent. [Megsie’s quite keen to keep her curatorial wheels oiled…in a very low-key, casual kinda way. Such events will be short and sweet; rather in the nature of the cactus flower. n(Ed)]

An Exotica-ca Tour: the Heart of Australia expedition…

Sir Galahad recently rounded up the Gang and led the charge on Uluru for (British artist) Bruce Munro’s acclaimed Field of Light installation. It was hard to resist, eh – the quintessential Great Australian Road Trip Field of Light (aka mandatory art fix) = a seriously marvellous time. And so it was; all 12 days/5,629.4kms of it – a truly fabulous experiential journey…

 

Exotica-ca Tour

 

…touching base with our inner ‘Down-Under-psyche’ on what can only be described as The Great Aus-culture Pilgrimage.

From the High Country…

The Kiama Greys, Snowy Mountains High Plains

 

…to Broken Hill…

The Palace Hotel

 

…to Coober Pedy…

vents

 

…to Uluru (our three objectives; the Rock/Field of Light/catching up with Paulie and Mirko)

…the walk…

Uluru

…the Field of Light…

pre-nightfall

Field of Light

field of light

Field of Light

Field of Light

…the Olgas…

Kata Tjuta

…Kings Canyon…

Kings Canyon

 

shy Sturt Desert Pea at Kings Canyon

 

…and then to the Alice, where we dropped a U-ie for the long haul home…

Alice

Dreadnought

emus

the great social divide (reversed)

on the road

spook biz

on the road

north of Coober Pedy

infamous Coober Pedy drive-in

glorious

Burra

Worlds End

Mildura

 

All that and so much more, minus the friggin’ P-mates which had arrived after we’d left (oh the tribulations of priority post…)

seaman like precautions

 

But that notwithstanding we had such a joyful time – best summed up by our gorgeous memento of the trip, Manupa Butler’s basket from the Tjanpi Desert Weavers Gallery, Alice Springs…

 

Manupa Butler

 

Yummy – says it all.

We’ve returned to the Hideout entirely reinvigorated. Sir Galahad’s already working on his next cultural foray (looks like it’s gunna be Banksy in Melbs!) The Muzzbotts have taken off for Scotland. The rest of us have work to do. [Oh, yes indeedy. n(Ed)]