Art Lovers Australia have hit the ground running at their new bricks and mortar gallery in Southport, with an eclectic array of workshops lined up for this month.
Gallery co-owner Nancy is excited to chat about the workshop hosts they’ve managed to score.
“A lot of our artists are not just great artists but are also great teachers,” she says.
“And they’re not just art either but lifestyle as well – like a Marie Kondo specialist will do a workshop here.”
As a big fan of the Marie Kondo lifestyle method, Nancy was sad when the Netflix series ended, and searched for something else with which to extend her skills. Needless to say, the discovery of the workshop with facilitator Michelle Anderson definitely sparked some joy.
“She will do some demos of things like folding in a special way to make things more visible, she’ll demonstrate the system and we’ll get to practice the folding techniques,” Nancy enthuses.
“I love the whole order of it. You open up your teatowel drawer, and you’re excited!”
Of course there will be some more traditional gallery fare on offer, with furry animal illustration and abstract lessons both available throughout March. There will even be Aboriginal basket weaver with Aunty Erica Eurell, one of the weaving artists who participated in the magnificent Sky Weave project at the 2020 Bleach* Festival.
“We will all do the basket weaving while her husband plays the didgeridoo,” explains Nancy. “And she’ll also tell some yarns about place – the gallery area was her playground as a child and she used to play in a quarry next to the Brickworks. So the session is really connected to country.”
Nancy is certain that students will thrive in the lessons, from introductory to slightly more advanced.
“You really can’t fail,” she declares. “The teachers are all very good at helping you get to the next level, wherever you’re at.”
Art Lovers Gallery is situation at Unit 14 in the Brickworks Annex on Warehouse Road in Southport. The full list of March workshops is below. Book at artloversaustralia.com.au/art-workshops/.
Intentional Living with the KonMari Method
Saturday 6 March
Introduction to watercolours
Sunday 7 March
Fantastically Furry animal illustration
Saturday 20 March
Indigenous Basket Weaving
Saturday 27 March