Archive for March, 2015

Mar 31 2015


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IlluminARTeYass Valley artists will be represented during the IlluminARTe Festival in Picton, NSW, on the 11th April 2015 with images of their work projected onto the sides of some of Picton’s significant civic buildings.  Artists from the Wollondilly, Southern Tablelands and Macarthur regions were invited to submit images to the IlluminARTe  by Wollondilly Shire Council and the initiative is a collateral effort involving Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program, Picton Chamber of Commerce, Wollondilly Shire Council and STARTS in celebration of the International Year of Light

Mar 13 2015


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Joanne-Barby_Portrait2Yass Valley born & bred artist Joanne Barby has had a dream come true, having been invited to teach pastel workshops in the USA.  Now living in Nelligen on the NSW South Coast Mrs Barby was spotted by Donna Downey, a renowned American artist with over 45,000 followers.  The trip and social media attention has had flow-on benefits. Mrs Barby has since been invited to lead a workshop in Melbourne. “This might be my year!” Mrs Barby said.  Her parents John & Jan Powell who still live in the Yass Valley are understandably very proud.  Check out the Joanne Barby page on YASSarts  <<here>>

Mar 12 2015


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Southern Tablelands Arts (STARTS) are very excited to announce the commencement of a new choir for older residents in the Yass Valley. They are calling on local residents over the age of 60 to brush off your vocal chords and join the choir.
Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band is being kick started with funding from the NSW Government’s Family and Community Services Creative Ageing Fund. The project is one of only three projects funded across regional NSW by the Department in a pilot program.  Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band is for the over 60’s in Yass Valley to create a choir and percussion band with domestic objects sourced from kitchens and toolsheds. If you remember making a kazoo with a comb and cigarette papers or someone creating a fiddle with a saw then you get the idea.

Southern Tablelands Arts will employ Yass Valley local Jane Edwards, a local choir leader, and Lionel Barber from Taralga an experienced folk musician to lead the choir and band.  After two terms a community performance will be held in the Yass Memorial Hall. The funding program’s intention is to demonstrate that participation in creative activities such as a choir can improve the social and physical wellbeing of older citizens.  The choir activities will include physical and vocal warm ups, learning songs and learning to sing as a group.  Morning teatime will provide opportunities for choir participants for social engagement with others.  If you have a friend who you know loves to sing or plays the spoons tell them about the choir and encourage them to come along.

The project builds on the successful model created by Musica Viva and the Arts Health Institute to engage with the aged community through music adding a new twist of including rhythm utilising handmade instruments created from household objects.

Maisie’s Choir and the Kitchen Band – A free choir and band for the senior’s community in Yass Valley. No experience needed. Come along and join the fun!

When: Tuesdays 9.30am – 11.30am
Where: Yass Valley Senior Citizens Club, Rossi St, Yass
Cost: Free  (Morning tea provided)
Contact: 4821 7028  (Giselle at Southern Tablelands Arts) for more information