Welcome to YASSarts.
The Yass Valley region, just north of the Australian National Capital, Canberra, boasts a remarkable variety of talent in the field of arts, either in people who choose to live here or who have been raised in this region
YASSarts is a not for profit organization run by volunteers with the aim of celebrating arts & culture in our region. The YASSarts website’s broader purpose is to be that of an inventory – a kind of listing of all individuals or groups working within the arts, whether professional or amateur, within the Yass Valley.
Through the website and YASSarts’ associated activities, we also attempt to provide a platform and profile for those who do not make a living from their art but whose work is no less noteworthy.
Concurrently, we hope to assist and encourage local government and the community in harnessing the cultural tourism potential of our regional arts through events and, where possible, to be supportive of and provide assistance for, our local arts community.
Homepage banner: Anne Hind (artwork) Kim Nelson (concept design & photo)
‘Capital’ – that plush bi-monthly Canberra region magazine about culture, art, society and umm, well life in general – the current October/November 2014 issue features YASSarts and the arts & culture of the Yass Valley in general, as their cover story. Yipee!
The two month ‘YASSarts SPRING!’ promotion finished on Sunday 26th October and with it the incredibly popular ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ expo at the National Trust property ‘Cooma Cottage’ near Yass. Sculpture in the Paddock ran from 3-26 October and during that period an estimated 4000 visitors came to the property. Winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ award was ‘Tassie Tigers’ by Ross Fairly of Jugiong. As you can imagine, it took some time to tally all the votes!
The 25th & 26th of October is the official end of a two month list of activities. It has been brilliant and very successful. This is just some of what you can check out this weekend:
SCULPTURE IN THE PADDOCK events
@ ‘Cooma Cottage’ 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass. Open from 10.00am – 4.00pm
WORKSHOPS FOR THE KIDS! | Saturday the 25th and Sunday 26th October
Come along and join in some sensational sculptural fun!, Melanie Lyons (Saturday) and Nicolette Benjamin Black (Sunday) will be offering children a chance to use their imaginations to turn everyday materials into 3D Art.
Enjoy playing, discovering and expressing yourself with materials such as boxes, egg cartons, plastic containers and bits and bobs found in most homes.
Come along anytime between 10am – 2pm either dayand help create a large collaborative sculpture or create your own small sculpture to take home.
ARTIST TALKS | Saturday the 25th October – 11.00am
Artists Max Cullen and Margarita Georgiadis will host an ‘Artist Talk’ session at Sculpture in the Paddock.
They will give the artists a chance to discuss their workand answer questions from the public
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION @ Cooma Cottage (Saturday/Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm)
RUTH DODD EXHIBITION @ Cooma Cottage (Saturday/Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm)
TENNIS CLUB ART GROUP | OPEN STUDIO
Annual exhibition featuring the members of the Tennis Club Art Group
Fifield Lane Tennis Club, Fifield Lane, Yass. Open from 10.00am – 5.00pm. Saturday/Sunday
YASSarts ODDFELLOW’S ARTS CENTRE
New exhibition featuring James Shannon, Leonie Bell, Duncan Waugh & Shaun Young
ODDFELLOWS 67 Comur Street, Yass. Open from 10.00am – 5.00pm
ALSO AROUND THE YASS VALLEY REGION:
Anthony Rose Gallery 108 Comur Street Yass (Open Saturday only till 12 noon)
Mayfield Mews 4 Leake Street Bowning Contact: 6227 6572
Peter Crisp Art Glass
Also featuring Susanne de Berenger Exhibition
‘Gap Range’ Hume Highway, Bowning Contact: 6227 6073
Peter Minson Art Glass 21 Queen Street Binalong Contact: 6227 4312
The Old Bakery Textile Gallery 11 Wellington Street, Binalong Contact: 02 6386 7120
The Black Swan Gallery 25 Stephens Street Binalong Contact: 6227 4531
Jugiong Wine Cellars Riverside Drive, Jugiong
The Picture House Gallery 82 Yass Street Gunning Contact: 4845 1889
Old Saint Lukes Ceramic Studio Shingle Hill Way, Gundaroo
Meg Corson in Concerts
Yass Music Club | Saturday 7:45pm | $25.00
Yass Memorial Hall Comur Street, Yass Contact: (02) 6226 3514
Crisp Galleries | Sunday 2.00pm | $40.00
‘Gap Range’ Hume Highway Bowning
Dragon Dreaming Festival
Contemporary Music, Arts & Culture Festival | Wee Jasper | Weekend ticket $180
Yass Valley artisan Marie-Nicole Roberts has once again received recognition for her work, named as a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards in the category of ‘Business as Unusual’, which focuses on social and environmental responsibility. To find out more, click here: Yass Tribune
Sculptor Stephen Harrison is the winner of the YASSarts ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ 2014 with his artwork ‘The Three Horseman Conference’. Roger Buckmnan received a Highly Commended for his work ‘Roundabout Sheep’ and Dan Moor won the chance to stage an exhibition at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre in 2015.
The ‘People’s Award ‘ prize will be announced at the end of the show so get along to this brilliant exhibition and vote for your favourite. Support Art & Culture in the Region!