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FROM REALISM TO ABSTRACT

Date: August 04 2012


Ron Cerabona

After many years of painting realistic watercolour flowers, award-winning Batemans Bay artist Sheryl Miller is moving towards a semi-abstract style using vibrant coloured inks combined with watercolours and acrylics. The exhibition Nature's Edge showcases her new style and is on at Bungendore Fine Art, 42 Ellendon Street, Bungendore, for the month of August, 10am to 4.30pm daily. Meet the artist today from 2 to 4pm.

IMAGES OF THE CREATION

Patricia Van Den Nieuwenhuijzen's Heavens Above, Earth Below 2 opens on Thursday. As the title suggests, it's a follow-on from her 2010 exhibition at the gallery, Heavens Above and the Earth Below. The new exhibition focuses on and expresses the beauty and intensity of the first four days of creation, inspired by images from the Hubble Telescope. Landscapes form the second part of the exhibition, as the title suggests. It's open until September 2 at Watson Arts Centre, Aspinall Street, Watson, Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm.

WINDOWS TO THE WORLD

WINDOWS showcases the latest paintings by the Women @ Work painting group, a group of 15 local artists whose work explores and experiments with the painting process. In this exhibition, they say, ''We have explored windows as blocking, opening, revealing, partitioning and framing … We have painted not just a hole in a wall, but a host of possibilities''. It's on at ANCA Gallery, 1 Rosevear Place, Dickson until August 12, opening hours Wednesday to Sunday, noon to 5pm.

HAWKEY'S CHORAL FINALE

After 60 years of choral conducting, Bill Hawkey is finally hanging up his baton. Hawkey has held a variety of positions over the years - he was founding conductor of what is now the Llewellyn Choir and retired in 1999 from the position of director and professor of music at the Australian National University. For the past 11 years he has been music director and conductor of the Montague Choristers, a non-auditioning community choir of 40-plus voices, which is based in Narooma and draws members from north of Bateman's Bay and south of Bermagui. His last big classical performance with the choristers will be Mendelssohn's Elijah tomorrow at St Paul's Anglican Church, Tilba Street, Narooma, at 2.30pm (tickets $22 adults, $20 pensioners, children free) but he will be conducting some ''light and bright'' nostalgia concerts in November.

MUSICAL LUNCHTIME

On Wednesday, ANU School of Music students and graduates - Hayley Bullock, violin; Hannah Donohoe, viola; Jack Hobbs, cello; Tom Azoury, clarinet, and James Huntingford, piano - are getting together to perform a concert at the Wesley Music Centre Lunchtime Live series from 12.40pm to 1.20pm. They will perform selections from Max Bruch's Eight Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano and Frank Bridge's Phantasie for Piano Quartet. 1:20pm. No bookings required. It's on at 20 National Circuit, Forrest. Cost: $2 or paper note entry. Refreshments - gold coin.

SUPPORT FOR MUSIC SCHOOL

After their well-received production of Chicago a while ago, Burton and Garran Hall are presenting another musical theatre classic, Cole Porter's Anything Goes, with songs including You're the Top. It's on at Papermoon Theatre, ANU Arts Centre, from August 8 to 11 at 7.30pm with a 1pm matinee on August 11. Tickets $20/$15 on 6194 000. Director Toby Moffatt says, ''I believe it was important for students from all areas and disciplines of the university to stand alongside the School of Music students and show our support. With all said and done, a lot of the School of Music students are still unclear about their future at the ANU. This is our way of showing them that although they may not have the support of the Vice-Chancellor, they will always have the support of their fellow students and the people of Canberra.'' The 75 students involved have invited the Vice-Chancellor of ANU, Professor Ian Young, to attend the production, in the hope of convincing him not to give up on the School of Music. We'll have to wait and see what happens.

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