Nosing around – part 1


James Rouse on the cover of Time Magazine


‘Cities must be fun.’

James Rouse (1914-1996)


Marvellous Melbourne, Australia, c. 1995


Melbourne, Australia.

Judged the world’s most livable city in 2011.

Contentiously referred to as the cultural capital of the country.

The place I have called home since 1995.


Mercator Studios at the Abbotsford Convent


I’ve previously featured my studio at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne.

It is very close to the inner city suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy, which I frequent for various reasons.

I thought it might be fun to take you on a tour of a few of my haunts.

Firstly, here is Collingwood through my (somewhat blurry, black and white) eyes!


Australian Galleries Smith Street entry


Australian Galleries in Collingwood represent my work and I exhibit at the 50 Smith Street gallery space.


Nick and Kate at Australian Galleries Smith Street


The Smith Street gallery is managed by the most excellent Nicholas Thompson and Kattie Bugeja.

As well as the main gallery space that presents an exciting range of exhibitions, the Smith Street location also houses an intimate print room.


Australian Galleries Smith Street print room


In the print room you can view work by a plethora of awesome artists including Deborah Williams, Graeme Drendel, Alexi Keywan… and me!


Street view of Fluff Hair


Located a few doors along from Australian Galleries at 46 Smith Street, Collingwood is the fantastic Fluff Hair.


The phenomenal Mario of Fluff Hair


This funky salon is where I have my coiffure styled by scissor genius, Mario Italiano.

Relaxing follicle conditioning and hot beverages are ably provided by the enigmatic Brendon.


Brendon manning the desk at Fluff Hair


Amble on down the road a little further and you will come across the astounding St Luke Artist Colourmen, purveyors of quality art supplies, at 32 Smith Street, Collingwood.


St Luke Artist Colourmen shop front


What a sweet shop is to a kid, St Luke Artist Colourmen is to artists!


St Lukette Kez ready to assist you at the St Luke counter


Kez Hughes and Paul Williams of St Luke are fabulous fonts of information regarding anything and everything art related.


St Luke staffer Paul stocking the shelves with goodies


Round the way at 9 Campbell Street, Collingwood you will find the inimitable Neo Frames.


Entrance to Neo Frames


These guys are who I trust to frame all my art – drawings, prints and paintings.

The customer service and workmanship at Neo are beyond compare.


The wonderful Neo Frames workshop


Give Bob and the crew a visit if you have any framing needs.

If you’re lucky dashing shop dog Neko may be around to give you a friendly greeting!


The lovely Bob and Neko at Neo Frames


In a fortnight i’ll scoot you all over Fitzroy in Nosing around – part 2.

Until next time!


10 Comments on “Nosing around – part 1”

  1. Tracy Cornelius says:

    Great to see the lovely Mario feature in your post Rona, he cut my hair for the first 5 or 6 years that I lived in Melbourne! Please give him my best……

  2. Magda Skibinski says:

    What a wonderful way to be introduced to places we might not necessarily otherwise frequent! Great to have the framing recommendation for your works – many thanks. Look forward to the next post!

  3. Lovely insight – thank-you!

  4. Katy says:

    Thanks soooo much for the recommendation to a good framer! K

  5. A very cool post. I had no idea that that art shop existed there and will visit now.

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