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Whats on in Portland

19th April 2013


Fur, Feathers and Fruit an exhibition by Brett Jarrett
Following the outstanding response to Brett Jarrett’s 2012 exhibition ‘The Art and the
Animal’ which attracted the largest visitor numbers to a solo art exhibition in Portland
ever, Brett will again be showcasing a variety of new and some of the best of the old.
Exhibition on display at Julia Street Creative Space, titled ‘Fur, Feathers and Fruit’ will
focus the artist’s diversity with still life subjects done in the classical old world style as well
as some work produced as a lead up to this year’s Casterton Kelpie Muster where he is
guest artist and judge. As the title for this exhibition suggests, Brett’s visual observations of
his subject matter and tonal technique produce stunning realism, with some of the still life
paintings completed with students while taking part in his traditional realism classes at
the Julia Street Creative Space. Due to popular demand from many people in the
community who unfortunately missed his previous exhibition, this show will feature 35
smaller works at affordable pricing. The exhibition will run until the end of April. Julia
Street Creative Space is open Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm and Saturday from
10am – 1pm. Extended hours may be in place on some weekends but we suggest you
call 5523 6566 to enquire.
Nikki Pevitt – Sacred to the Memory of ……….
Exploring ancestral links to the local environment and beyond, this exhibition will include
installation and individual artworks made in response to the universal theme of identity.
The importance of inherited stories and objects and an attempt to understand one
family line in many, has provided the inspiration for many of the pieces. We all place
value in different objects and items and it is human nature to collect or hoard a wide
array of ‘things’, which become part of our identity, our memorabilia. Are they to
become relics one day of our own past? Visitors to the space will also be invited to add
their own trace in an interactive artwork and space. Exhibition on display until 26 April at
the Portland Arts Centre, open weekdays from 9am-5pm. Admission free. For further
information ph: 5522 2263.

“Souvenir” Exhibition
Everyone loves to receive a postcard in the mail, and most would have some odd trinket
tucked away at the back of the cupboard purchased while on holidays. Postcards and
souvenirs from Portland dating from the late 19th century to the 1970s come together in
this exhibition from the Shire’s Cultural Collection. The postcards show the changing face
of Portland in the 20th century through a series of postcards of the foreshore, harbour,
streetscapes, hotels and churches. The souvenirs include crockery, glass view-ware, felt
pennants, cloth patches, and tea towels and range from the functional to purely
decorative and from tasteful to wonderfully kitsch. Exhibition on display until 15 October
2013 at the Portland Maritime Discover Centre, Lee Breakwater Road, Portland. Open
daily 9am – 5pm (except Christmas Day). Free admission to the exhibition.

‘All about the Man’ – Exhibition at History House
With a focus on masculinity, this display brings together a selection of recent acquisitions
from the Shire’s Cultural Collection. Many photographs and objects in the display are on
public view for the first time, together with several items donated by Miss Betty Vivian of
Portland including hats, canes, collars, saddler tools and Portland Rifle Club
paraphernalia. Other items include a cut-throat razor made in Hamburg, Germany as a
special order for Mr. L. Nowacki of Casterton, a fragment of glass from the Portland jail,
and a headlight cover used during the World War Two blackouts. An admission fee
applies. Exhibition on display until 31 May 2013 at History House, Cliff Street, Portland.
Open daily 10 am – 12noon, 1– 4 pm (except Good Friday & Christmas Day).

Casterton Town Hall Celebrates 75 Years – Exhibition
This exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of opening of Casterton’s Town Hall. Built at
a cost of £12,000 with elaborate furnishings costing £2,600, the Art Deco style hall was
officially opened by State Governor Lord Huntingfield in December 1937. Material for the
exhibition has been drawn from Casterton and District Historical Society, Casterton
Community Arts and Craft Association, Glenelg Shire Cultural Collection, National Library
of Australia, Hamilton Art Gallery and private collections within Glenelg Shire. Exhibition
on display until 30 June 2013 at the Casterton Town Hall (Foyer), 67 Henty Street,
Casterton. Open weekdays 9 am – 5 pm. Free admission to the exhibition.

Child’s Play
Discover child’s play of days gone by in this exhibition of card games, games of skill,
dolls, tea sets, money boxes, and novelties. This display includes many items recently
donated to the Glenelg Shire Council Cultural Collection by Miss Betty Vivian of Portland.
Highlights include a fully functioning toy mangle, a beautifully illustrated “Happy Families”
card game, a baby’s bonnet worn by Marianna Trangmar in the 1820s, and a wooden
cat given to Betty Vivian in the 1930s. Exhibition on display at History House until Saturday,
3 August 2013 between 10am – 4pm. For further information contact Trevor Smith, ph:
5522 2319 or email:

Community Art Program – Sunflowers Exhibition
Community Art Program artworks inspired by Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” exhibition on
display until Tuesday, 30 April 2013 at the Portland Library. For further information ph:
5522 2265 or email:


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