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Mid-winter Newsletter

Southern Ocean Blue - an exhibition at Charlie's on East

"The Passage" by Sian Burman, is just one of the paintings that have been hung in SWMakers first exhibition at Charlie's on East. "Southern Ocean Blue" celebrates the beauty of our oceans, the energy of the waves and our windswept, rocky shores. These panoramic paintings focus on highlighting the colours, the luminosity and reflections of water and sky, and the ever-shifting moods of this relationship as shaped by the seasons and weather patterns. They also prompt consideration of the fragility and transience of our marine environment and the need to protect and nurture it for future generations.

The exhibition is available for viewing during business hours, with the official opening on Saturday 5th August at Charlie's at 2.30pm. Come along and enjoy a drink and nibbles, support a local artist and connect with SW Makers. The show runs for six weeks, from Tuesday 18th July until Monday 28th August.

Meet Sian Burman

Siࣙân originates from the UK, having emigrated some years ago. She grew up on the wild and beautiful coast of West Wales, so a love of the ocean and its rugged environs has never left her. Much of her current art practice focuses on the use of colour and light within landscape painting and is influenced greatly by the unique coast of south-west Victoria, where she lives.

It is this fascination and love of vast Australian sky, sea and landscapes, with their intense shimmering light and reflections that inspires her to paint what she sees, and to share these emotions and images with her audience.

Siân’s paintings focus on radiance, colour and movement and she generally works in oils for her landscape paintings. In addition to landscape, Siân has an interest in figurative work and enjoys working in other mediums such as gouache, acrylic and mixed media. Siân’s studio is in Port Fairy and she has works in private collections in Australia, the UK and the USA. Connect with Siân here:

Instagram: @sianburmanartist/

Facebook: siân burman - artist

Would you like to exhibit your artwork at Charlie's or elsewhere?

A sub-commitee of SW Maker members are working on an application form for artists wishing to exhibit their artwork and have it available for sale from Charlie's, who will take commission for any sales. If you are interested and need further information, please contact Siân Burman, Jill Edwards or Marion Matthews. We may also have opportunities to exhibit at galleries in Melbourne next year. For example, the Brunswick Street Gallery in Fitzroy offers three weeks of gallery space for $2000. We would work towards a theme and arrange transport for selected artworks.

SW Makers Online Exhibition

If you would like to send up to five (5) good quality digital images to, we will be able to have a feature artist each month, with your images displayed in an online exhibition on this site.

Cottagecore Exhibition closes soon!

The Cottagecore Exhibition has been a great success, with sales ticking along nicely and lots of positive feedback from visitors to Blarney Books and Art. Thanks to all our artist exhibitors and to Jo and Dean for facilitating the exhibition. The exhibition finishes at the end of this month. Remember that BiblioArt 2023/24 is open for entry! Go to to pay the $25 entry fee and be allocated a book title to inspire your artwork.

Port Fairy Sketch Club

The Sketch club meets regularly on Saturdays at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Blarney Books & Art for plein air sketching, or indoors in inclement weather. Recent meetings have occurred at The Wharf, with plenty of coffee and cake! Check the Facebook page for weekly updates. The possibility of life drawing in Port Fairy is also under discussion, with participants required to pay for the model and venue fee.

Winter Exhibition by Jill Edwards

Running from 3rd June to end of August.

Garden Studio 70, 70 Model Lane, Port Fairy

Open mid morning to 5pm most days

(when flag is out)

0407 839 976

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