Cassandra French, Pop-Up Publicity
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January 2017 Pop-Up Arts News...
A new year of arts!  2016 finished off with a trip early December to Jindabyne with my hubby who was racing in L'etape. I spent my time with a solid hike to the top of Mt. Kosciuszko - the many snow drifts across the path and the strongest winds I've ever faced off,  made for quite a challenge; a fun mountain dirt bike ride on the tracks around the lake (glad not to fall off); and a magical bush walk along the Thredbo River from the Ski Tube park to Diggers camping ground - was so pretty with wild flowers and curving tracks, kangaroos, wombats and a deer!  We drove home to Sydney via back country Snowy Mountains National Park, passing through the highest town in Australia - Cabramurra at 1488m -  to stay overnight at the Country Club in the little town of Talbingo, (the birth town of Miles Franklin), so we could explore the Yarrangobilly Caves the next day.  Amazing and decorative ancient limestone chambers, with a good dirt road track in.  The Country Club, with a big mob of kangaroos on the lawn, was pretty cute too and even the Chinese Restaurant was good!
A week later I was off on a little driving break to Adelaide and Kangaroo Island, with two dear friends. We stayed a few nights in the log cabins at Hanson Bay and totally recommend.  The fab Southern Ocean Lodge was a few km away, but we still had the same coastal view on a far more reasonable budget.  On our way back to the city we explored the Fleurieu Peninsula driving back through McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills.  The last night we stayed in one of the newly renovated workers cottages at The Bridgewater Mill. Perfect and totally recommend this one! And finished with lunch at Jamface at the Adelaide Central Market.  Wow! for these markets. Only wish they were in Sydney.
Christmas was spent in Brisbane with my big family and a highlight was visiting the Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, on a day trip with two of my sisters, finishing off in Byron Bay for dinner and a long drive back to Bris.
And finally I would like to say a big thank you to all the editors, writers, producers and presenters last year who supported all of the artists, galleries and events I sent your way.  And thanks to all of you who take a few minutes to read through my monthly (if I make it) newsletters and enjoy some of the things I send your way.  So many good things going on in our little town of Sydney - sometimes being indoors is the only way to cool down!  Unless of course you are jumping into the divine blue sea, or some other big basin of water...
Best of wishes for the year ahead and see you next month. Cassie
Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre. Interpretations from the Air

Adam Williams, Luke Austin, Ignacio Palacios, Paul Hoelen, Ricardo Da Cunha
10-29 January 2017
   l  OPENING Thursday 12 January 6-8pm.
BOOK DETAILS  l   THE MIX James Valentine interviews Adam & Paul, Dec '16
WATCH their Behind-the-Scenes Video  l  And browse their website for a little daydreaming.
Tom Evangelidis at Black Eye saw their show last year at Danks Street, loved it and invited them for the gallery's Summer Show. All large scale prints and many new images. If you missed these first time around, don't miss them again. Aerial photos of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre - stunning, abstract, painterly, mystical, patterned and beautiful. A superb collection of photographs of a landscape few will ever see and even fewer will see from above.  And there is lots of water in the lake!
The group go under the name The Light Collective, and between them all the list of awards for their landscape and nature photography is more than impressive.  A feature in this fortnights Edition of Big Issue Magazine & a superb profile here on L'Oeil de la Photographie by Australian photography writer, Alison Stieven Taylor.
Black Eye Gallery, 138 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst (next door to the best DVD store in Sydney, FilmClub)   l  Adam Williams  l  Luke Austin  l  Ignacio Palacios  l  Paul Hoelen
Archival clipping from profile story on Oxford Street Boutiques. MODE Magazine, 1985 

Coo-ee Gallery 35 Year Anniversary.  Coo
-ee Gallery has taken up a 2 month residence back on Oxford Street - where it all began over 35 years ago.  WATCH 35 Years in 3.5 Minutes
Until 29 January 2017

If Bondi is too far, then just head to Paddington - find the gallery just near Blooms Chemist, near the pedestrian lights and you will be a very happy person. A celebration of over 35 Years in any business is a true milestone. But in the arts and a gallery, now that's a celebration with loud bell ringing! Huge canvases to small artefacts, baskets and prints - now I must get back to buy the little painting I saw just before Christmas...
Oxford Street Gallery:  Located in Wadsworth Gallery, 326 Oxford Street, Paddington
Permanent Gallery: Coo-ee Art Gallery, 31 Lamrock Avenue (cnr Chambers Street), Bondi  l  
LINK Broadsheet Sydney  l  FEATURE STORY Wentworth Courier 30 Nov 2016
Flickerfest 2017 26th International Short Film Festival
Until 15 January - screenings daily and Closing Party this Sunday night.
Touring Nationally January-May 2017

Check out the program, hang out on the balcony, do some beach gazing, catch some movies, spot a few celebrities, chat to some filmmakers and see some of the best international and national short films you'll see this year. Opening Night was great and this week I saw the best of Australian Shorts - loved them all - and this Friday Best of Comedy.  How can you beat that beachfront balcony?  And then a perfect starry sky ceiling in the outdoor cinema. And if it rains, there is the cute little indoor cinema too. But if you're not in Sydney, don't worry, because Flickerfest probably screens in your city!  Check out the Touring Program.

Flickerfest, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach  l   WATCH THE TRAILER
Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, France b.1961 / from here to ear (v.13) (detail) 2010 / Five octagonal structures (each made in maple and plywood), harpsichord strings piano tuning pins, audio system (contact microphones, amplifiers, guitar processors and speakers), coat hangers, feeding trays and bowls, seeds, water, nests, sand & grass.

GOMA Turns 10.  Sugar Spin: You, Me, Art & Everything
Until 17 April 2017

Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything is a major, free exhibition headlining the tenth anniversary celebrations for the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) this year. ’Sugar Spin’ showcases contemporary works from the gallery collection - every delight that ‘Sugar Spin’ offers has an edge and the complex connections between humanity and the natural world are celebrated and reconceived. (text from website).  I visited GOMA in December and my absolute favourite installation was Celeste Boursier-Mougenot's live finch room. I love this gallery and the whole complex with the Library and Qld Art Gallery a stones throw from each other. Whenever I visit family in Brisbane, I always visit this gallery. The Library bookstore is another favourite haunt.

GOMA, Cultural Precinct at Southbank, Brisbane
Cover Art for The Lumen Seed. Photographs, poems, drawings and text by Judith Crispin.

THE LUMEN SEED. Records of a Search in the Australian Desert
Photographs, poems, drawings and text by Judith Crispin.  Foreword by Juno Gemes

This is a very special book release - a rare gem in a small package.  I think this is one of the most beautiful books I have seen for a long time. A compelling story told with photographs, drawings, poetry, text and prose - it will leave the reader and viewer inspired and moved.  Read more through the links below.  
Publisher: Daylight Books (January 31, 2017)
BOOK INFO Available online through:

Daylight Books (US $45.00)   l    Amazon Books (US $45.00)   l   New South Books (AUD $76.99, NZD $89.99)
Paper over Board, 6 X 9 In. / 80 Pages / 30 Colour.   Language: English

PREEN by Emily Valentine.  
Until 29 January
Transforming exotic feathers into the unexpected.
Photo credit: Sandy Edwards

Road kill never looked so pretty and so damn wearable!  Artist and jeweller, Emily Valentine, has a quirky, stunning, incredible show on now in Paddington. More about her and where she sources those feathers on her website. 
Janet Clayton Gallery, Oxford Street, Paddington   
Lion.  Based on a true story.
How does a 5 year old survive living alone on the streets of Kolkata after travelling thousands of miles from home, by himself, on the trains of India? Adopted by an Australian couple and growing up in Tasmania, 25 years later the power of Google Earth helps him find home again and his Indian mother.  Whilst I'm not a big Nicole Kidman fan, this story is incredible. Prepare for a few tissues with this one I would think.
Paterson. A film by Jim Jarmusch
A bus driver named Paterson driving a bus in Paterson. Snippets of daily conversation drift around him, he writes poetry in his notebook. He loves his wife Laura and she loves him. Life is slow and simple and captured with the tender poetic eye of filmmaker Jim Jarmusch.
I'm really looking forward to this one.  Jarmusch had me hooked from Down by Law way back in 1986. 

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