Lustre – Pearling and Australia @ Australian National Maritime Museum

13 Feb = 13 Aug 2017

A great exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum recently has been one dealing with the pearling industry. It is an appropriate venue for this sort of historical reflection. The gallery is full of great text and fabulous artifacts that cover the range and the history of this industry. I loved the abundance of artifacts made with different levels of artistry from mother of pearl. The object I was most impressed with was the pearly king coat decoratively festooned with buttons of mother of pearl. The Steve Winwood song of the pearly queen rang through my head.

This is a temporary exhibition but is a classy example of the great historical work being done at the ANMM to record and educate us about our maritime and coastal history.

Pics and  web page link below

Escape from Pompei @ Australian National Maritime Museum

Historical blockbusters are things I stand in awe of. I love the curation. I love the presence of ancient objects. I love the maps, the quotes, the carvings and the historical backgrounds of materials I have a vague familiarity with.

The big Pompei exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum was a rich education for me. I have taught this topic to year 7 but this exhibition created a deep new understanding from the brief eight minute recreation of the 24 hours that destroyed Pompei. The curators have woven a story of the historical context, the aftermath and the significance. The details, the objects and layout tell a fascinating story and I was enriched by the visit.

See some of the pics below.

Bro.och @ Bilk Gallery Manuka

Closed  July 15 2017

I pop into Bilk every now and then and it is always exciting. The visit in July encountered Bro.och – a set of exquisitely crafted examples of pin on jewellery. Nothing that goes up at Bilk at Manuka is rough. There is always a focus on precision and thought through detail.

There was a great review in the Canberra Times of this and I have included that link and some poor quality pics. A visit to Bilk is always a treat.

Spiral Gallery CoOp Exhibition @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

28 February – 18 March 2017

Back in March there was a delightful exhibition at the Queanbeyan Arts Centre Gallery that celebrated 30 years of creativity at the Spiral Gallery. The exhibition displayed a wide range of creative arts and styles that are represented by the pics below. I included the gallery list and the ephemera as well.

Julie Blyfield – Panorama @ Bilk Gallery Manuka

24 March – 29 April 2017

Bilk is a centre of excellence for the sale and display of metal jewellery and craft skills. Their exhibitions never include the amateur. Every object is a celebration of high skill and expertise in the crafting of metal into decorative beauty.

Julie Blyfield has on display this month a set of exquisite small objects and jewellery that draw from the natural world. In the hands of Blyfield they weave their often soft origins into the hard metal surfaces in a way that makes them look soft and flexible. See the website below and the great Canberra Times article below for pics and detail

Bilk Web page for this exhibition

Canberra Times review–bilk-gallery-is-beautiful-and-impressive-20170403-gvcbel.html

Out of the Box @ Belconnen Arts Centre

One of the great features of Belconnen Art Centre over the last year or so has been the Out of the Box displays. Near the coffee counter there are a set of glass cases and the centre staff display works by artists for sale in these cases. The displays some times have a strong focus such as creations out of felt or wood but more often they are a mixed display of artists and artistry.

The display at present has some great jewellery, remarkable glass works, woven plant material and knitted cacti. I have included some pics below but my pics of the price list and artists was blurry

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Bulgari – Italian Jewellery @ National Gallery of Victoria

Some areas of creativity evoke awe in me. High end jewellery is one such area. Bulgari have been a standard setter in the field for around 100 years. Their styles have led the market in decade after decade, Their products have decorated celebrities at all the right events and they still have a reputation for creativity and excellence.

At the NGV right now there is a glitzily mounted exhibition of items from the company’s heritage collection and it demonstrates all the features of their craft. Mounted in glass cases with notes “Do not touch the items” are a collection of sumptuously laid out integration of jewellery,high quality metals and gemstones. There are notes that explain their connection to significant people and events. My phone battery had gone dead so I have put below the gorgeous website of the Bulgari Heritage Collection so you can get the sense of these extraordinary creations.

Bulgari Heritage Page Gorgeous pictures and text

NGV Web page