Phil Elson – Bringing form to life

As the finale of this year’s Rocket Science program, master ceramicist Phil Elson was invited to give a demonstration of his skills. It was a perfect opportunity to use the workshop room at the Arts Hub.

Phil is a renowned ceramic artist, with works on display in the collections of major institutions, including Bendigo Gallery. He began with a presentation of his work and influences, and then sat down at the wheel…

Seated at the wheel, ready to throw
Seated, ready to throw, Phil discusses centering oneself in readiness
After centering the clay, the form is begun
After centering the clay, the form is begun
Amazement as the bowl takes shape
Fascination as the bowl takes shape before our eyes
Phil works more or less exclusively in porcelain, a particularly difficult material to throw in. He makes it look so easy!
Refining the form
Meticulously shaping the basic form
Phil then produced a bowl he had thrown earlier and allowed to dry 'leather' hard. This was put 'on the hump' and turned to shave the footring and refine the final form
Phil then removed the bowl he’d just thrown, and produced one made earlier and allowed to dry ‘leather’ hard. This was put ‘on the chuck’ and turned to shave the footring and refine the final form
Phil spoke of the elegance of shape and the philosophy of the potter’s art
Ros and Prue in wonderment at the conclusion of the session

A call for artworks – Castlemaine Market Art Summer Exhibition


The organisers invite registrations for the summer exhibition, embracing a wide range of mediums and styles that showcase the rich and divers arts community of the Goldfields region.

This exhibition follows on from the successful Market Art winter exhibition which displayed works of more than 70 Artists and had a total sales of over $11.000, The Market Art exhibitions are a great opportunity for artists who participate to gain excellent exposure and opportunities to promote and sell artworks.

If you would like to be a part of the Market Art exhibition, please complete a registration form and return it to Castlemaine Market Building, 44 Mostyn Street Castlemaine 3450 by Monday 8 November 2015.

DATE                    Nov 27-Jan 10/2016

VENUE                 Castlemaine Market Building

DETAILS               Showcasing artists from the goldfields region

CONTACTS          Jenny Diver (p) 03 5471 1794 (e)

Opening of Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup exhibition

The inspiring exhibition of photographic works by local naturalist Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup has just concluded.

The exhibition opened a few weeks ago, on a fine Saturday afternoon. The platform was jam-packed – locals turned out, bolstered by what seemed to be a gathering of members of the Hartup family from as far afield as NSW and Melbourne.

Speakers described Curly’s passion and skill with his cameras in solving the challenges of nature photography in an era prior to digital technology.

What a special way of honoring the man and his dedication to wildlife photography.

Geoff Park the opening
Geoff Park the opening
Standing room only on the platform
Wonderful to see such a crowded platform
Reminiscences and stories told of a respected local and skilled photographer.

Can you help?

We are seeking some assistance with the next event at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub. The exhibition, showcasing the wonderful natural history photography of the late Alan ‘Curly’ Hartup, will be opened next Saturday the 10th October at 3pm.

If you would like to help out there are a number of ways to assist:

  • Helping with the ‘set-up’ for the opening – any time from 1pm on the 10th.
  • Volunteering for the roster during the exhibition open period – Sunday 11th October and the following two weekends (17/18th and 24th/25th October). The Hub will be open from 10am – 4pm those days with two-hour roster slots to be filled.

Please call Geoff Park on 0418 138 632 or email if you would like to assist – it’s a great way to meet new people and find out about future plans for the Arts Hub.

Zen Brush Painting (Sumie) workshop with Gerard Menzel

Gerard Menzel will be holding his Zen brush painting workshop at the Railway Arts Hub on Sun 25th Oct 2015, 11am – 4.30pm.
Earlybird $65 (before 18/10), full fee $75 or $65 concession
Numbers are limited to 8 people

Sumie (black ink on rice paper) is a beautiful way to paint nature and the world in all its beauty and grace as we see the world in a different Zen light, where the subjects essence or “kami” spirit is depicted. Zen painting is an art form, a way of living and breathing through the world.

The class will cover Zen insights, Sumie as meditation and art practice, the Zen way of painting and observation, and Zen as philosophy.

Tibet Plateau, by Gerard Menzel
Tibet Plateau, by Gerard Menzel

The origin of Sumie date back to the Southern School of Chinese Zen painting and it was transplanted to Japan by Esai and Dogen. Used to train the mind, it is one of the “Zen arts” including ikebana and shodo. The practice of painting is akin to Zen training of the mind body and senses.

Gerard Menzel studied with Andre Sollier and taught and exhibited in Australia and overseas. He has lived Japan where he also studied aikido.

A quiet corner: sculptural work by Chris Johnston, with Richard Sullivan's art books and hanging works by (L-R) Maritsa Gronda & Gerard Menzel
Gerard’s works from the inaugural exhibition hanging (center and right)

For more information and to book in call Gerard 0407 734 479

Materials $7 or BYO materials. To order a sumie kit before class phone Gerard.

Sumie Kit
Sumie kit