Look and learn: Making painting tools from brushes

Inventive: Lorna Crane's hand-made brushes coming to Timeless Textiles.

Inventive: Lorna Crane's hand-made brushes coming to Timeless Textiles.


Anne Kempton’s Timeless Textiles gallery in the East End continues to excel in bringing outstanding craftspeople to the city.

The next show at the gallery, opening on Wednesday, March 14, features South Coast artist Lorna Crane’s foray into creating hand-made brushes. The Lexiconical exhibition will include a variety of Crane’s hand-made brushes and objects, as well as works on cloth and paper. She is also offering a workshop on Brushmaking and mark making March 17, 18 and 19 at the gallery.


There’s a new yoga program with a twist  being offered in the city. The first session of Electro Flow is April 8 at 48 Watt St in the East End. Electro Flow is described as a unique yoga class set to original electronic music, soundscapes and vocals, followed by a deep and restorative sound meditation. Local yoga teachers and meditation guides Renee Wilkinson and Emily Sorensen will lead the session.


Among the multitude of great events at the upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival (April 6-8) is the launch of Joanna Atherfold Finn’s debut book, Watermark. Promotional material from publisher Simon &Schuster defines it thusly: Rising and recoiling like the ocean, Watermark cracks open the coastal idyll of a quintessentially Australian seaside landscape to reveal shifting sands, fractured relationships, and innocence lost against a backdrop that is constantly changing. The (free) launch is 4.30pm in the Mulubinba Room at Newcastle City Hall, featuring Robert Drewe.


Lydia Miller will discuss her first solo exhibition, now showing, at Gallery 139 on Beaumont Street in Hamilton, on Saturday, March 10, at 11.30am. (bookings: info@gallery139.com.au)

An exhibition showcasing the artworks by a group of Newcastle women artists called the Athenians opens this weekend at Back to Back Galleries, Bull Street, Cooks Hill. Artists include Lu Carson, Faye Collier, Pat Davidson, Bronwyn Greive, Varelle Hardy, Jeanne Harrison, Margaret McBride and Sue Stewart.