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Fringe Visual Arts

The Castlemaine Fringe Festival 2013 presents over 40 artists in & around Castlemaine…

Exhibition program:

Paul Allen, “The Hollow Face Illusion”, Guildford Hotel garden
Paul Allen, “A Peek into the future”, shopfronts Castlemaine.
Today’s children hold the key to the future.  Take a peak at what that future may look like as imagined by students from Malmsbury Primary school.

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Melody Ayres-Griffiths, “Quarterman’s Gold and Games: A Spectacle of Bytes and Bullion”

Venue: 130 Duke Street, Castlemaine, 16-17 March 10-4 pm, 23-24 March 10-4 pm

Marg Barry from Taradale wine & Produce Store presents “Human Canvas” on 17 March 1-2.30 pm – children and family paint session, 4-6.30pm for those with more gusto and wanton dishevel, Adults play with poetry and personal masterpieces.

Jessie Boylan, “Flight”, Upstairs at the Comma Hotel, 11-5 pm each day

Many inner city dwellers move to the country or do a tree change, but what lives are lived once that changes take place? These photographs intimately look at the ways in which new communities are laying down their roots in the Goldfields.


Konii C Burns, “Painting Yoga, The Secret of emotional Content”, Upstairs, Post office, daily 10-4 pm

I feel a need to paint; I love painting. It is something natural – I am an abstract emotion based artist where composition is put aside.   I choose colour and surface depending on the way I feel; randomly, in other words, I make a passionate commitment to express emotions through a visual forum, without words, without a plan.  Various emotions are captured in each painting through building layers of frustrations, of sadness, of happiness, through struggle.   My paintings are based on an inner guided reality, more emotional and visceral. Breathing through the moment, Painting Yoga.

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Liz Caffin, Ross Donlon, “Bold Prints”, Bold Cafe, 146 Duke St, Castlemaine, 11-5 pm

Nudes, houses, poetry and echnidna people feature in the print exhibition by Liz Caffin and Ross Donlon at Castlemaine’s iconic cafe, Bold garden.

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CASPA Collective, “Herding Cates – a round up of the manifold artistic pursuits of the CASPA Collective, 10-5 pm daily, opening Friday 15 March 5 pm

CASPA Collective is: Ben Laycock, Aleisha Ng, Jim Code, John Smith, Lillian Shirvington

Both Allis Maun and Charlotte Sims are also exhibiting at CASPA.

Emmily Caspi, “Entwined”, Upstairs, the Comma Hotel, 11-5 pm daily

Experimenting with form, pattern and texture enTwined plays on the materiality and transformation of organic materials. Together, they rest in silence.


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Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, “Current Thirteen”, Guildford Hotel Hall, 22-24 March 12-4 pm, performance 22 March 7.30 pm, charge for performance $8 or $5 concession

13 was made ‘unlucky’ because of its lunar feminine qualities. A multimedia celebration of arachnean Luna-cy for the 2013 EquiLUXONiuqE in the year of the witch, in the unique ambience of the Guildford Hall.

Paintings, drawings & sculptures by Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, artist-author of the Tela Quadrivium book-web series published by Fulgur Limited (UK).


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Wyrd Performancy by Orryelle (violin, voice, dance, ritual theatre) with long-time collaborator Amordios Gobblynsmyth (percussion, electronica).    More music by Kestral (voice, guitar); Plus a special OrrKestral semi-improvisational culminative collaboration between the various performers of the evening, with Araignee on bass.

Sue Dimozantos, “Rusty Relics”, 11 Rowe Street, Castlemaine, daily 10-4 pm

Recycled garden art, unique, functional whimsical pieces for your garden.

Mary Fairburn, “A Journey to middle earth by leaf and stream”, Upstairs at the Post office, daily 10-4 pm

A retrospective show of  Mary’s mural designs, paintings, drawings and illustration.

Debra Goldsmith, “The World in Trees”, Upstairs at the Post Office, daily 10-4 pm
Works on paper, charcoal, dry pastel and acrylic paints.

Without trees our world doesn’t exist. There is a human tendency to take for granted that which surrounds us and is common.  Despite how essential trees are to our very existence, their undisputed beauty and environmental importance, our understanding of trees is still limited. Science has just recently discovered that trees can communicate with each other. Despite all of  this humans still trash and clearfell our old growth forest for a few dollars. Trees have inspired me as painting and drawing subject matter as a result of what I feel is the importance of increasing and recognising our connection to the earth. Our largely urbanised and technology driven lives has fractured the human relationship to wilderness and earth, to the detriment of the planet and it’s occupants.

I  spend time in wilderness areas as much as I can, in particular feeling a strong connection to Tasmania which has impacted me spiritually, psychologically and creatively.  I love the eccentricity and variety of eucalyptus trees which I find very expressive. There are multiple layers of symbolism/narrative which develop subconsciously and a sense of combining stillness with feeling/intensity which has been a constant theme in my work.

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”   Dr. Seuss, The Lorax


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Kim Gordon, “Earth Light Water – Breath”, Upstairs the Post office, daily 10-4 pm

This exhibition of both textile collages and photographic works, form a collection of textile artist Kim Gordon’s most recent work. Earth, Light,Water, Breath, expresses  Kim’s sense of place, through landscapes of Gabo Island, and the Castlemaine area . These compositions are developed from her impression of each unique place and convey her love of landscapes and nature.



Allison Hanley, Music performances made from piano pieces, 8 Harris Street, Castlemaine,  16, 20 and 22 March from 7.30 pm

Alison Hanley is a visual artist and is inviting people to come to the venue each day between 1 and 4pm to help take apart her old piano.  Day by day during the festival the piano will be deconstructed and reconfigured into sculptures.  There are three performances, one at the start of the process, one midway through  and one at the end… when there may not be much piano left to play.  Come and see what each guest musician can do with what is left of the instrument.  Different performers every night.  Tea and coffee available and cushions recommended!

Jane Ineson, “Essentially Human”, Upstairs Balm Alley, 58 Mostyn St, daily 10.30 – 5.30 pm

Jane Ineson is exhibiting portrait paintings and life drawings revealing essential human spirit. She believes that all facets of her subject’s identity are worthy of being acknowledged, and to be an authentic artist she needs to be sensitive to the person she portrays, in the moment from life. Jane has developed her skills from life drawing, and more recently has begun to paint and exhibit. Jane is also a sculptor and printmaker.

Jacky Kelly, “Transition & Glory box – Keys of Life”, Upstairs the Comma Hotel, daily 11-5 pm

The Secular 21st ceremony is a coming of age ceremony celebrating the transition from childhood to adulthood or at puberty.  Many culture’s female ceremonies include dancing, feasting, gift giving, while many male ceremonies include seclusion and mutilation.  Art work images have been expressed with childlike colour and form.  Paintings– Acrylic, beading and other objects

A Glory box was presented to females with material items they would need for when they left to create their own home.  Is it more important to pass on the keys to life?    Paper, keys, leather, wood, other objects

Rosie Lazlo, “Pavement Paintings”, 16 March 10.00 am, outside Thompsons Funeral Home, Mostyn Street

For Rosie, the street becomes a studio where she makes portraits, the pavement turns into a giant canvas and the world changes because Creativity, Love and Freedom are activated.

Helen Martin, “Here and There”, Papa’s Fish & Chip shop window, 99 Mostyn St

Here and There brings together the work of four artists, Helen Martin, Susie Elliott, Donald Martin and Caroline Kennedy McCracken as they explore the ‘in-between.’ This is the uncharted space that exists between the known and unknown, a position familiar the migrant who has left ‘home’ and yet remains an observer in their adopted land. Whilst this year’s fringe festival explores the Key, a symbol of openings, of movement, ‘Here and There’ highlights the murky space between thresholds.

Allis Maun, “Through the Looking Glass”, Caspa, above stoneman’s bookshop, cnr Mostyn  St,  daily 10-4 pm

Allis is a local artist, writer and musician.  This exhibition will feature original ink and watercolour works on paper.  Allis uses her art to express her world of imagination and inspiration and as a study of human sensibilities.

Bernadette McKenna, “Surface Matters”, Upstairs, Comma Hotel, daily 11-5 pm

This work seeks to explore the relationship we have with the surface of the planet we live on. It explores the fragility of ground surfaces, particularly the arid environments of Arabunna and Kokotha countries, in particular, the land around Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and Roxby Downs. It examines the dynamics between the fragility and the harshness of the desert landscape. The work consists of three pieces. Each piece is made of digital prints overlaid with prints of found natural objects: marine grasses, juxtaposed against prints of local grasses on mulberry paper. Each piece measures 2m x .7m



Jinari Mountain – Open Studio, Lot 19, Langslow St Castlemaine, 10-4 daily, Fridays 11-3 pm

Design your own Australian Flag – workshop and competition.

Run daily from Studio 4 at Lot 19.  Flags and materials provided.  Drop in, design your flag, have it displayed on studio wall for rest of festival.

Best design will be selected by prominent locals, and then made by Jinari Mountain for public display around town”.


Listed – Upstairs, the Comma Hotel, daily 11-5 pm

Listed, listless, unlisted?  “Listed” explores the way we attempt to organise and are organised via the humble (or not so) list.  Beginning at the rambling and organic shopping list, we detour via official listdom of government files and commercial listings, and find our way to deeply personal wishes etched onto paper in hope that some universal force might respond.  Whether you decline a line in the yellow pages, are waiting on some hospital list, are number one on a hit list, or a noted “A” listee; you cannot get past the fact that somewhere somehow, you are listed! “Listed” invites you to peruse, contemplate and reflect on the private, mundane, public and official listed world of another.

Laura Myles, “Light Travels”, Trades Hall, 123 Mostyn St, Castlemaine, 16-17 March 10-4 pm

While experimenting with my camera in Strasbourg Notre Dame in 2010, my movement or “dance” brought these beautiful stained glass windows and candles to life. The technique that I discovered has been the focus of my work ever since.  Although I personally don’t subscribe to any one religion, the spirituality that I felt while shooting in these spaces was undeniable.

My travels to beautiful places in the world, including my own town Castlemaine, led to the travel of light; through my camera lens and through stained glass windows.


Tracey Naughton “Walala Wasala – the cloth than bought down a government…., The Newnorthern Hotel,  359 Barker st, Castlemaine, 11.30 – 5.30 pm, floor talk, Monday 18 March 5.30 pm

The Walala Wasala exhibition is a collection of African everyday cloths, some of which are embellished by Tracey and a number of African women. The collection sheds a light on the African continents’ tradition of fabrics in telling African stories. It talks too, of innovation and development efforts.

It is hard to find anywhere, a more colourful recording of history. This distinctively African method of communication provides an on going record of what is considered significant in the context of a particular time and place. The everyday cloth also offers insights into some of the changes occurring in modern Africa.

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Marte Newcombe, “Digital Welding: Virtual Sculptures”, Trades Hall, 123 Mostyn St, Castlemaine, 23-24 March 10-4 pm

My practice over the past 3 decades is based on welding, printmaking and computer art. The work in this exhibition is a synthesis of these media

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Thea O’Brien, Benedict Leckie, “Equilibrium, Forest Creek Chapel,  185 Main Road, Chewton, daily 10-3 pm, gold coin donation

From classic ironwork to abstract sculpture, artists Thea O’Brien and Benedict Leckie present recent works.

Jan Palethorpe, “Silent Strings”, Caspa rooftop

Three soundless  instruments, a stratocaster (electric guitar), violin and mandolin  assembled on the roof of Stoneman’s.  The guitar was made in India 16 years ago, in memory of Stevie Connolly, the violin and mandolin made more recently in Castlemaine.  I think the shapes of musical instruments are divine, and these three honour musicians in my life who now sing and play with Apollo.

Silent Strings pays homage to Rachel Carson, and also Sister Camille Poidevin a nursing nun (Balgo 1960–) musician and teacher from the Kimberley.

Joe Pratt, Stonemason, 11 Rowe Street, Castlemaine 10-4 pm daily

Joe Pratt is a Stonemason/ artist from the Central Goldfields region of Victoria. He is a talented mason with 10 years experience in the field, but has also spent his entire life around the business as he is a second generation stonemason. He is also a talented artist in just about every medium, and makes truly beautiful and spectacular rockart pieces.

Bill Sampson, “You’re dropping out”,  synthetic polymer pait on paper 152×600 cm , Comma Bar, daily 11-5 pm

In all my work I seek means to reflect the world that we cannot restrain or affect – so to better understand the relative unimportance of the world perceived only via our constructs and prejudices – yet one in which I still seem to quite contentedly reside!

Jennifer Sharpe, “Random acts of weaving”, look out around town!

We will pop up at various locations with our looms, everyone is welcome to learn and participate and we will pull the pieces together into a community tapestry after the festival.

Nadia Shtereva, “Bulgaria Unlocked”, Guildford Hotel, weekdays from 3 pm, weekends from 12.00

Explores the landscape of Bulgaria, the life of Gypsy and Muslim ethnical groups, rock monasteries, Medieval Architecture, natures scenes and more.

Drew Taylor, “Galvanised into action”, 16b Stephen St, Campbells Creek, 15 March 6-10 pm, 16-17 March 10-5 pm, 23-24 March 19-5 pm

An eclectic collection of enamel painted creations in both 2D&3D. They will appear in the  transitory Very Dark Pencil Gallery.

Carolyn Teo, “Closed or Open?”, Upstairs Comma Hotel, daily 11-5 pm

Keys have come to signify more than just their function as an object that locks and unlocks. Through representation and association we have constructed metaphors around keys. In superstition they can be the both the bearers of good luck and bad luck; keys have come to represent knowledge, mystery, initiation, curiosity, power, status, ownership and authority. However, the illusion of metaphor does not bring a semblance of truth to the object, we ignore the objects basic function as a key and come to view it on a metaphysical level.

We perceive phenomena differently on the left and right side of the brain. The left being analytical, logical and objective, in contrast to the right; thoughtful, intuitive and subjective. In this installation the left speaker plays sounds of locks being closed, while the right speaker plays sounds of locks being opened, which symbolises the left and right side of the brain respectively.

Mark Walker, “Trees as people, biographical series”, Art Supplies Castlemaine, 209 Barker St, Castlemaine Tuesday – Thursday 9-5 pm, Fridays 9 – 5.30 pm, Sat 9- 1pm

Trees have character and soul just as people do.  The landscape of human emotional experience can be mapped out in trees.  If only we weren’t so afraid of the forest.

I am interested in trees as figurative beings; everything is on show in the forest if you care to look.

Rex Watts, “Rexcavation”, Upstairs the Post Office, 10-4 pm daily

From the darkest recesses of the shed emerges an imagination, twisted beyond the ordinary.  Objects – scavenged, scrounged and secreted away by the light of a full moon and transformed into elements of a frivolous mind.

Meg Woodhouse, “Strange Birdhouse”, Tea rooms Botanical Gardens 17-18 March 12-7 pm, performance 17 March 6 pm

Strange Birdhouse is a collective of Esoteric Creators from Australia. Showcased in the Strange Birdhouse Collective Launch are the musickal performances of Kestral ZNOX, Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, Meg NightJar Woodsworth; sculpture by Araignee; and the paintings and drawings of Djonn Cosgriff, Stacey Holmes, Orryelle and Woodsworth.


A late addition to our program, Kristian Shaw is exhibiting at the Wesley Hill Bakehouse, 97 Duke Street, Castlemaine. Open daily Mon-Friday 7 am – 4 pm or Sat 8.30 – 3 pm.

The exhibition is entitled “Nocturne”.


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Oil on Masonite, “Funeral Pyre”