What Makes Me Happy Exhibition

What Makes Me Happy Exhibition

What Makes Me Happy is an exhibition conclusion to a four week program with local stage three students in the Greater Lithgow area.

The title What Makes Me Happy was drawn from the simple view point that once you understand the elements of happiness the world becomes clearer.

This exhibition will open on the 25th of March featuring Lithgow Public and Portland Central stage three students.

What Makes Me Happy will launch the festival of Subliminal, festival that will bring awareness as well as raise funds for Mental Health in the Greater Lithgow area.

When: Opening 25th of March and running until Sunday the 9th of April

 

The Leake-Sutton Quilt back on display at Eskbank House

The Leake-Sutton Quilt back on display at Eskbank House

Eskbank House volunteers have been busy over the summer. While a new kitchen garden is under construction, staff have given the furniture in the Bracey collection a thorough clean (and by ‘cleaning’ we mean ‘dismantling’, ‘fumigating’ and ‘repairing’). This work has enabled us to get the Children’s Room to a high standard and exhibit our treasured Leake-Sutton Crazy Quilt. Mrs Larraine Spice donated the quilt, which was made in Virginia US for her mother Jean, but after more than a decade on display the quilt needed conservation. It has been stored and rested for more than a year and now looks more beautiful than ever. It will be on display until Easter 2017, when it returns to safe storage.

For more information call Eskbank House on 6351 3557 or 63549999.

Close ups of the Leake-Sutton Quilt during significance assessment by esteemed textiles expert Kylie Winkworth at Eskbank House in 2011

Close ups of the Leake-Sutton Quilt during significance assessment by esteemed textiles expert Kylie Winkworth at Eskbank House in 2011

Eskbank House 50th Birthday

Eskbank House 50th Birthday

In November 1966, Eric Bracey unveiled Eskbank House, his gift to the community of Lithgow, as a museum. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Eskbank House is holding an afternoon tea of talks and music. David Bracey, Eric’s grandson, and Mayor Stephen Lesslie will attend, while Toner Stevenson of Sydney Living Museums and Naomi Parry, historian and Council’s acting cultural development officer, will discuss the history of the house and its part in the community of Lithgow. Guitarist and singer Pete Armstrong, from the Mitchell Conservatorium, will evoke some of the sounds of the house, from the 1920s to the 1960s. Join us at the house from 2pm until 5pm on Sunday 20 November for this free event.

For more information call Eskbank House on 6351 3557 or 63549999.

School Holiday Workshops @ Eskbank House

School Holiday Workshops @ Eskbank House

School Holiday Art Workshops @ Eskbank House
-with Ana Carter from Artist Community Galleries

17, 28, 29 September 2016
4, 5, 6 October 2016
3 classes per day

Bookings essential on 6351 3557.

During the spring holidays Ana Carter from Artist Community Galleries is presenting a fabulous array of art and creative classes in the Courtyard Gallery at Eskbank House.

Catering for ages 5-15 and with mediums as varied as print making, collage, drawing, dying, string art and recycled art there will be many experiences children and teens will love.

Come for one class, a whole day, or even the whole week. Bring along your lunch to enjoy with others in the gorgeous gardens of Eskbank House

Download poster for more information School Holiday Workshops @ Eskbank House

Lithgow Winners in Regional Waste2Art

Local and Regional winning art works from the Netwaste Waste to Art 2016 Competition are on display in Lithgow Library until 30 September 2016.

Every year Lithgow residents join others across the region to compete in the Netwaste Waste to Art exhibition. This is a community art exhibition and competition which aims to challenge peoples’ perceptions about ‘rubbish’ and to celebrate the reuse and recycling of waste through arts and crafts.
Lithgow City Council hosted a local competition at Eskbank House and Museum during May 2016 with the winning artworks then progressing to the Regional Exhibition in the Lachlan Shire.
The winners for the Lithgow area were:
• Primary 2D – Dia MacNamara – Giraffe
• Primary 3D – Delaney – Reinhardt-Brown – Gordon the Gourd Bird
• Open 2D – Gordon McCloud – Ground Zero X
• Open 3D – Michael Green – Tyre Baby
• Community 3D – Karen and Barb Reinhardt – Insy Winsy Spider
• Open Functional – Lyle Fullerton – The Quangle Wangle Tree
• Community 2D – Clare McAdam – (Re)cycled Beauty
• Community Functional – Celia Ravesi – “Koogle” Knowledge on Wheels
• Tyre Theme – Michael Green – Tyre Baby

Two of the Lithgow entries won their category at the Regional Competition:
Karen and Barb Reinhardt won the Community 3D section with their adorable Insy Winsy Spider. Karen explains, “I saw the inspiration for Insy on pintrest while admiring the talent and skills of fellow recyclers and Barb provided the tip finds to enable the construction of our spider. We enjoy creating together and the things we make last for years out in the garden unlike cheap imports that tend to fall apart after 2 or so years.”

Clare McAdam won the Community 2D Section with her spectacular (Re)cycled Beauty. Clare explains, “On a trip to the USA I visited many “thrift stores” where I found old Barbie dolls at a dime a dozen. Naturally, I thought “I could do something with those” and returned with my suitcase stuffed with Barbies from five decades. I am not making a political or social comment. I enjoy colour, patterns and humour. Matching the keys spelling “Plastic” and “Beauty” and the array of Barbie heads aims to be decorative and fun, not macabre.”
The Lithgow and Regional Winners will be on display in the Lithgow Library until Friday 30 September 2016. Drop in and have a look and start thinking about what art work you will create for Waste to Art 2017.
Providing a range of programs celebrating the cultural diversity and rich heritage of our local government area is part of Council’s Caring for our Community strategies in the Community Strategic Plan 2026.

Re)cycled Beauty by Clare McAdam 1

Contact:
Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259