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This week
26 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.
“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).
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:
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:
Les Miserables
See this Academy award winning film on the BIG screen at the Portland Arts Centre on:
• Friday, 17 May 2013 from 7:30pm – 10pm. Drinks and nibbles at 6.30pm
followed by the movie at 7.30pm.
• Saturday, 18 May 2013 from 1:30pm – 4pm. Film commences at 1.30pm
followed by a delicious afternoon tea.
Tickets available from All Saints Outreach (opposite Target), All Saints School, The Little
Bookshop, 80 Percy St or after mass at All Saints Church. Proceeds to the restoration of
the All Saints Church Spire. For further information contact Cecile, ph: 0408 513 416.
Friday 26 April 2013
360 Allstars A performance like no other, 360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus.
Replace acrobats with breakdancers, substitute a basketball freestyler in place of a
juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist and you
get an exhilarating circus performance, like nothing you have seen before! Performing
at the Portland Civic Hall on Friday 26 April at 7.30pm. For further information or booking
details ph: 5522 2263.
Tuesday 30 April 2013
The Revenge of the Bat (Die Fledermaus) Co-Opera’s new touring production, The
Revenge of the Bat, traditionally known as Die Fledermaus, is world famous for its
gorgeous music and ability to cast its spell over audiences of all nationalities and ages.
Performing at the Casterton Town Hall on Tuesday 30 April at 7.30 pm. For further
Saturday 4 May 2013
Portland Baptist Church – 3rd Annual Trash and Treasure Market Day
As part of their Mission Support Group fundraising, Portland Baptist Church is running their
3rd Annual Trash & Treasure Market Day at the Church Hall and yard – entry via IGA
carpark. There will be a BBQ & Drinks, Cakes & Produce, White Elephants and lots of
various stalls, plus Devonshire Teas. We hope to see you there. Bring your friends and
neighbours! All donations gratefully accepted, thank you. For more information call
Wilma ph: 5523 3595 or Debbie ph: 5521 7164.
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Mahjong is going really well with six tables of experienced and newer players last week.
Come and join us at 1pm every Monday at the Netball clubrooms in Wade Street.
CEMA Bellydance Group
The CEMA Bellydance Group holds classes at Portland Arts Centre on Monday nights.
Learner fun Bollywood dance. Women of all ages & abilities welcome to join for fun,
fitness and friendship. Contact Monica, ph: 0423 945 300 for further information.
Fawthrop Wednesday Walking Group
Need to walk more? Like to meet others? The Wednesday Fawthrop Walking Group
meets in Hood Street Car Park at 8.55am for 9am walk around the lagoon. Free coffee
or tea after walking. New members always welcome. For more information contact
Rosemary, ph. 5522 1175.
Dance Class – Zumbellesque
Zumbellesque combining styles of Zumba moves, bellydance fusion and burlesque beats
all to modern music. It’s a get fit and have fun class held at St Stephens Church Hall in
Percy Street every Tuesday night at 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Small cost for adults and students.
Contact Gypsy Mischelle Star ph: 0418 717 555. All money raised goes to the Port Fairy
Community House.
South Portland Dance
Dance to be held on the third Saturday of every month from 8pm to midnight at the
South Portland Hall, Wellington Road, Portland. All welcome. A plate of supper would be
appreciated. Tarragal Band playing. For further information Marie, ph: 5523 4338.
Learn to Dance
Learn to Dance session to be held every Tuesday at the South Portland Hall, Wellington
Road, Portland. Beginners 7-8pm. Dancing 8-10pm. The Waltz, Modern Waltz, Rhumba,
Tango, Cha Cha, Swing, Fox Trot, Mambo. Cuppa and biscuits to finish. Entry fee – small
cost. Great exercise for body and brain. Learn here – dance anywhere. For further
information contact Jim, ph: 5521 1680 or Ellie, ph: 0438 233 424.
Seniors Activities
Mixed Pantry Bingo – held every Friday ‘eyes down’ at 1.30pm.
Cards (500) – held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm.
Indoor Bowls – takes place each Monday and Wednesday at 1.30pm and Saturday at
12.30pm. All activities are held at the Fawthrop Community Centre, Hood Street,
Portland. For further information contact Mavis, ph: 5523 1556.

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