Face to face…

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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

Open Studio Day: salute to Ned…

Last Sunday we marked the anniversary of Ned’s hanging (11th November 1880) with our annual Prisoners of the Crown Open Studio Day (once a year, on the closest Sunday.)

We’ve kept things pretty low key this year, but that notwithstanding the date stands as the signal opportunity to celebrate both our workshops and our joie de Neddie. 

 Maurice de Ute

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It was a glorious day; all the critters were on duty…

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Fred and Amber

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…and security was tight…

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A very, very special thanks to Charlie who volunteered for a long weekend of preparatory toil…

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…and to Glenn who took the mugshots (managing to avoid having his own taken we notice!)…

 

We had a lovely line-up of visitors, including some dangerous recidivists and a few who pulled ‘a La Groppa’ and baulked the parade (clearly on the lam from the law!)

So, another year down. And for those of you who have sent messages of regret and apology, never fear – it’ll happen all over again in a mere twelve months time!

Mark your dance cards: Sunday 11th November 2018.

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Open Studio Day…

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Prisoner of the Crown’s annual Studio Open Day is just around the corner, for those of you curious enough to poke around the workshops and gallery…

 

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Open from 10am – 4pm, 12 November (only 15 sleeps!)

Just follow Google Maps and keep an eye out for Maurice de Ute…

 

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