"I'm just going to write because I can't help it."- Charlotte Brontë

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Walking the Local Arty Walk

So I didn't get to Sydney for various reasons and it turned out to be for the best, maybe (it looks like they had fun though), but since the Castlemaine State Festival in full swing, there were plenty of other things to investigate in the region this weekend. Yesterday, after seeing the pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects, in an entirely appropriate homage to Steven Soderbergh's intent to give up movie making to concentrate on his painting and other interests, we stopped off at Maldon to spend a few hours shopping and doing the Maldon Art Walk. We looked at paintings, sketches and sculptures in shop windows, popped in and out of open studios, and even, in an amazing piece of good timing, caught up with a friend who is displaying her work in the cutest alleyway converted stable ever, as you do if you possibly can (Maldon Mews Studio and Gallery).

Today, there was my invite to a poetry and photograph opening to fulfill, free, fun theatre (picture, left) and lots of food in the park, and wandering around, there were so many open studios it would seem that every fifth residence in town is inhabited by talented artsy folk of all types.

There's a lot going on, and I must try and get to a few of the shows over the next week ten days.  Being a huge fan of Italo Calvino's Baron in the Trees, I'm especially intrigued by the arboreal twilight theatre performance The Republic of Trees. How will they pull it off, I wonder. Well, there's only one way to find out.

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