Open Studio 2019…

Our Annual Open Studio Day 2019 was preceded by a week or so of peculiar and destructive weather and wind events, so we ended up spending more time on garden reparation than on workshop prep…but hey. Big love to Bevie who came up from Toora to give us a hand.

The day itself turned into a gently paced affair with genuine interest from a mix of both first and repeat offenders. As always, there was an element of conscientious avoidance in the perp/mugshot parade – but because this meant disqualification from the draw of the Mugshot Prize, nobody else was complaining! The prize this year being a pair of Ginger’s Crownie earrings, interest was accordingly keen…

 

…and the lucky winner of the draw was…

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Macca (package coming your way!!)

In the evening the Gang, joined by some of our fave miscreants, did Neddie proud with a Wake that lasted well into the wee hours. So here’s to our glorious obsession, Ned; another anniversary observed and we’re already looking forward to the next one! For those who couldn’t make it, never mind – it all happens again on 8th November 2020.

Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of Open Studio 2019…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Face to face…

Pink bits Neddie

 

The anniversary of Neddy’s hanging day is nigh (11th November), ergo preparation is underway for our annual open studio day. This year we’re joining the Festival of the Face program, celebrating artists and communities in towns and villages across the shire.

Those of you who have already attended previous open days will know that there’s a facet of the visit that fits in particularly well with the Festival of the Face thematic; our Mugshot Files, which feature art loving perps from across the shire and beyond.

Here’s a glimpse of past parades (by way of example!)…

 

 

 

 

This year, to up the ante, we’re introducing the Mugshot Prize (our version of a lucky door prize); kicking off with one of Megsie’s lost wax cast Australian lead crystal oyster shells…

 

Megan Bottari, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal oyster shells

 

What could be more appropriately representative of our gloriously pristine champion oyster farming environment!

And there’s a further nod to our beautiful region on show this year; Megsie’s newest body of work, the Surf and Turf series. We think of these cast glass pieces as a metaphoric face of the Shire – ostensibly Surf and Turf is an ode to the Far South Coast of NSW, a visual aggregate of our agrarian coastal culture (not least being the local bloke’s fave meal of choice!)

 

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf #2 (Westernport)

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf rear

Megan Bottari, It's blue

Megan Bottari Surf and Turf Fleet Review

Megan Bottari, from the Surf and Turf series, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal.

At Prisoners of the Crown we’ve long had an enduring interest in portraiture (particularly those of our fave bushrangers)…

 

Ginger Bottari, Ned Kelly cameo from the Prisoners of the Crown series, saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Dan Kelly cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series), saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Captain Moonlight cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series),  saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Ben Hall cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series), saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Bushranger Cameos (Ned, Dan, Captain Midnight, Ben), saw pierced brushed titanium

…with Ned, of course, being our magnificent (and principle) obsession.

Our Annual Open Studio day (Sunday 11th November 2018) includes a viewing of the studio workshops (in the old stables) and our gallery (in the old Courtroom) and runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We are at the Old Police Station and Courthouse in the Village of Wyndham – just keep an eye out for Maurice de Ute…

 

Maurice de Ute

Hope to see you then.

 

                  Ginger                     Megsie

Ned biz…

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This week has marked the anniversary of the Kelly Gang’s infamous shootout with the traps at Stringybark Creek (in the Wombat Ranges) – setting them on a fatalistic course culminating in Glenrowen, Ned’s capture and his consequent execution.

Megan Bottari, 'Stringybark Creek: vignette #1', gunshot glass(fused), vintage police fence paling

Megan Bottari, Stringybark Creek: vignette #1, gun shot glass (fused & sandblasted), vintage police fence paling

Megan Bottari, Stringybark Creek: vignette #1, gun shot glass (fused), vintage police fence paling


Megan Bottari, 'Stringybark Creek: vignette #1', gun shot glass(fused), vintage police fence paling

Foreign correspondence: postcards from Barcelona…

The Muzzbotts are continuing their glorious Euro-centric ‘sabbatical’ – sending back postcards from points of specific PoC interest. And by way of assuaging Sir Galahad’s disappointment at being left behind (shame job), they’ve sent him a snap of Joan Miró’s scatological chair…

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[Not sure it’s working guys, he’s still a little glum. n(Ed)]

And some yummy additions for the Chandelier Files…

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And then the excitement of the day: visions of Neddie in Gaudi’s Sagrada Família…

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Be still our beating hearts! But hey, it turned out to be Jesus…well, same-same(ish), eh.

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Thanks honeys, made our day.

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, vintage 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.)

Old Melbourne Gaol…

Gang member Y (who wishes to remain nameless!) took herself off to the Old Melbourne Gaol this morning to pay homage to Neddie, arriving shortly after a group of Ned’s descendants had visited with floral tributes on this, the 136th anniversary of his hanging…

 

flowers

(click images to enlarge)

the art of hanging

stand and deliver

Hmmm, we may well adopt that hand signal as an alternative to flippin’ the bird/giving the finger.

[This – the opportunity to pay respects to our beloved Ned – may well be the one upside to being stuck in Melbs waiting for a bleedin’ plane to Bali. n(Ed)]