Monday, August 23, 2010

The Blandowski Expedition: Wangaratta, Wodonga, Morwell

This post will take us from the end of week two into the beginning of week three of 'The Art of Scientific Observation' road tour, celebrating weeks scientifical and years biodiverserific. Above, Thursday moning. Puggle the Museum Victoria Discovery Program van has its nose pointed towards Jaycee Island (36°33'18"south, 145°59'14"east if you're that way inclined) on Lake Benalla.

David and I drive to Wangaratta and set up in the Gallery there. In the morning we see lovely locals and visitors, and in the afternoon Valerie Crosse brings in a class of Visual Communication seondary students from Cathedral College across the road. They are great...

...but clearly, Wilhelm is in one of his moods.

That afternoon, David and I stroll the promenades of Wangaratta, and the banks of the Ovens River, which is full to the brim and over. As is usual when with David, we see some great birds, and when it rains, briskly, there is as intense a rainbow as I have ever seen, brilliant against the grey and massy clouds. We do not, however, see the above bird, the Regent Honeyeater, but we do sight Sarah Kelly, from the Department of Sustainability and the Environment, who speaks that evening about the release of Regent Honeyeaters bred in captivity at Toronga Zoo in Sydney and released in Chiltern in Victoria. Below, Sarah demonstates the technology used to track the birds.

That night David I and motor up the Hume past Chiltern (we will drop in to sample their baked goods on the morrow) to stay at the Blazing Stump Motel, and in the morning to set up at the Art Space Wodonga, which is a really lovely room, open to the Wodonga Libray. In the morning we do the show for a group of mums and pre-school kids (the show 'Wilhelm von Blandowski: a curious man' becomes the show 'Thanks, Bill!'), in the afternoon for a class from a local secondary school. Both groups really enjoy the drawing too. The curator of the Art Space, Helen Carter, and gallery helper Cary are great folks and make us very welcome even though they have an exhibition opening that night.

Below: the last pack-up of the week. A man, a van, a space.

Today, Monday 23 August (how about that election hey?), Rebecca Featherstone and I head out east into the Latrobe Valley and the Latrobe Regional Gallery, which is quite a place. The morning show was performed for the ladies of the Morwell Art Group and a class of grade 3/4 students and it went down a treat. Everybody drew, too!

It was great to meet Julie, the education officer at the gallery, who gives us a tour and then takes our picture!

The set


Leaving Morwell to come to Traralgon for tonight, we stop for fuel and at the service station I see one of those yellow plastic warning signs adorned with this:

Caution: men melting.

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