Wonderful news that Castlemaine Art museum is to stay open. It had been scheduled to close on 11 August but a significant financial donation has been made by anonymous benefactors to support the Museum’s operating costs and allow free admission.
We still have two weeks to go before our eighth season at Australian Pottery at Bemboka comes to an end at close of business on Monday 3 July. However, we will still be open by appointment over the winter months, and we will have a new exhibition ready to open on Friday 29 September.
The gallery will be open as usual this Friday and Saturday 10 & 11 February but will be closed on the Sunday and Monday. We will return to our usual hours the following week..
This year we will be closed on Friday 23 December for family reasons but will resume our normal Friday to Monday hours for the rest of the holiday season. We are also happy to open the gallery outside these hours by appointment.
Mystery potter #9: Tricuspid turns out to be Robert Mair.
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Mystery potter #26: FRM turns out to be Frits Jan Massée.
In response to the recent devastating earthquake in Nepal, Vipoo Srivalasa has organised a fundraising project called Clay For NEPAL to raise funds for the Nepalese people affected. All proceeds will be donated to OXFAM Australia: Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal. The project has two parts that open on Friday 15 May at 6am. The first is an online auction and the second a buy it now store. More information can be found on the project website www.clayfornepal.com.
Mystery Potter #54 turns out to be Estelle Boak, a member of the Perth Studio Potters group.
The Sturt Gallery at Mittagong, NSW, is having an exhibition entitled “Of National Significance: Ceramics then and now by artists in the Sturt Permanent Collection. The exhibition opens on Sunday 22 February and continues to 12 April 2015. The exhibition opening will be held at 11 am with special guest Greg Daly. More details here.