Nosing around – part 1Posted: 5 June 2012 Filed under: Out and About, Rona | Tags: art, Australia, Australian Galleries, Collingwood, Fitzroy, Fluff Hair, James Rouse, Melbourne, Neo Frames, prints, Rona Green, Smith Street, St Luke Artist Colourmen 10 Comments
‘Cities must be fun.’
– James Rouse (1914-1996)
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.
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 in Collingwood represent my work and I exhibit at the 50 Smith Street gallery space.
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.
In the print room you can view work by a plethora of awesome artists including Deborah Williams, Graeme Drendel, Alexi Keywan… and me!
Located a few doors along from Australian Galleries at 46 Smith Street, Collingwood is the fantastic 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.
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.
What a sweet shop is to a kid, St Luke Artist Colourmen is to artists!
Kez Hughes and Paul Williams of St Luke are fabulous fonts of information regarding anything and everything art related.
Round the way at 9 Campbell Street, Collingwood you will find the inimitable 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.
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!
In a fortnight i’ll scoot you all over Fitzroy in Nosing around – part 2.
Until next time!