Harry Potter, the illustrated editions

You can now borrow the wonderful illustrated editions of the first three Harry Potter stories through the One Card Library network:  Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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These books are illustrated in full-colour and are accompanied by J.K. Rowling’s original text. We have grown used to picturing the novels’ characters as played by the actors in the Harry Potter films. British artist and illustrator Jim Kay presents the reader with a new, unique interpretation of the magical world we love.

 

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The Owl Post

 

Jim’s style appears fresh, spontaneous and sometimes whimsical. However when you examine his captivating pictures, you discover how Jim achieves an amazing amount of detail and texture through brushstroke. Jim’s images could even be used as the foundation for an animated version of the Harry Potter films.

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The Sorting Hat

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Buckbeak the Hippogriff

Peruse and enjoy some excellent features such as the Marauder’s Map, portraiture and detailed schematics of magical creatures, such as the Phoenix and the Grindylow.

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The illustrated editions offer readers a wonderful way to revisit the Harry Potter stories or introduce new young readers to the series. Read them as a family or to yourself, curled up in your favourite armchair, in the company of your magical familiar.

Reserve the Harry Potter illustrated editions through the Library’s online catalogue.

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On the Pottermore website you can  read a fascinating interview with Jim Kay, in which he discusses how he is inspired by real people to depict the characters in the Harry Potter books.

 

 

Way back when, Wednesdays

History in pictures

If you are driving along Montague Road at Modbury you might notice a very large, distinctive mural painted on the wall of the Karadinga Recreation Centre, which is situated opposite the City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre. Formerly a YMCA facility, Karadinga is now run by the Uniting Church of Australia. According to the Karadinga Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Karadinga-Sports-and-Recreation, its name is a corruption of the Kaurna name for the Modbury area ‘Kirra ung dinga’. This means “the place where the red gums grow by the creek”.

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So what is this artwork about and who is responsible for its creation?

The Karadinga mural is a visual record of our local history since European settlement. On page 28 of the edition dated 28 January 1987, the Leader Messenger reported on the mural, which had been completed in December 1986.  It was painted to commemorate the Centre’s tenth birthday and the 150 years since the State of South Australia was founded. The project was designed by artist Stefan Twaine-Wood and subsidised by the State Government and Watyl Paints. School children and members of the local community helped to paint the mural.

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Karadinga mural with children

The mural takes us across time in its depiction of local icons, which are based on historical photographs. The City of Tea Tree Gully area is painted as being expansive, verdant and fertile. In the foreground, Tea Tree Gully’s farming heritage is celebrated. The image on the left of the mural is taken from a 1910 photograph. Behind the hay paddocks are the Tea Tree Gully Hotel (circa 1886) and to the right, the Greenwith Methodist Church, built in 1863.

In the background, we can see a representation of the Hope Valley Reservoir, constructed between from 1869 to 1861. Behind the reservoir are the more modern edifices of Tea Tree Plaza (which opened in 1970) and the Modbury Hospital (which was opened in 1973) alongside the former nurse’s home (now operating as the Torrens Valley Institute student residence).

Behind all of these works of human history lies the timeless beauty of the bush and the hills of the Mt. Lofty Ranges. Overhead, the mural features a huge sprig of the native tea-tree, the popular name for Leptospermum lanigerum, after which the suburb and the City of Tea Tree Gully were named. It is said that when the first colonists arrived, after being so long at sea, they were delighted on seeing beautiful thick growth of the tea-tree growing over and covering the bed of the River Torrens, (Page 118, Settlement to City, third edition, Auhl, Ian, 1993). It is reputated that they used the plant to brew a tea, (Page 6, Tea Tree Gully Sketchbook, Auhl, Ian and Millstead, Rex, Adelaide, 1975).

If you would like to find out more about our local history why not reserve these books online or enquire next time you visit the Library?

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A Trail of Tales…photo album

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Have you seen our 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival event: A Trail of Tales?

It’s a colourful and whimsical display put together by local writers and artists – a mutually inspired installation of words and art at Pine Park, just behind Gallery 1855 in Tea Tree Gully.

Writers used Pine Park, Anstey’s Hill and Tea Tree Gully as locations to pen their stories, poems and fairy tales, while the artists used the stories to create the artworks.

All of the stories and artworks have been spread throughout Pine Park, adorning trees, turning the fragrant space into a colourful, magic storyland.

Local schools have also been enjoying the display. Several school groups have made excursions to Pine Park for a special fairy story time, held beneath the fragrant trees.

It has also been a popular spot for families to wander through during this year’s Fringe Festival.

Don’t miss it – head to Gallery 1855, at 2 Haines Road in Tea Tree Gully, and it’s just a short walk up to Pine Park, behind the art gallery.

Thanks go to our writers and artists who collaborated together on this massive project. They include: The Tea Tree Gully Writers’ Group, Gallery 1855, Off the Couch, Tea Tree Studio, Tea Tree Gully Green Army, Paddock’s Creative Writing Group, SpecFic Chic, Carole Simmonds, Michael Sneyd and Tea Tree Gully Youth.

To see what people have been saying about A Trail of Tales, read this review by Helen Meyers

 

Everyone ought to live like a Parisian. Apparently.

A suite of lifestyle guides based on the lives of Parisians have been published over the years. On bookshop and library shelves you may have seen titles such as French Women Don’t Get Fat, French Women Don’t Get Facelifts, French Women for All Seasons,  French Children Don’t Throw Food and the recently published, How To Be Parisian Wherever You are.

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The book that started the ‘French women do it better’ genre….Mireille Guiliano’s French Women Don’t Get Fat

All the books aim to sell a certain idea of the Frenchwoman to we the less sophisticated foreigners. From start to finish, pages are filled with illustrations, photographs, lists, recipes, how-to’s and plenty of no-nonsense advice for improving your life by adopting Parisian ways and customs.

The latest offering, How to be Parisian Wherever You Are, is written by four accomplished French women, who have set out to explain “the art of beauty —the Parisian way.”

Their advice includes:

‘Smoke like a chimney on the way to the countryside to get some fresh air.’

‘Don’t feel guilty about infidelity.’

‘Cheat on your lover with your boyfriend.’

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Take some notes when you read How to be Parisian Wherever You Are…or don’t.

Still, you have to wonder – how many actual Parisians resemble these stereotypes in real life? UK Guardian journalist Hadley Freeman once lived in Paris and believes there is no such thing.

She recently wrote on this very topic: ‘…the funny thing is, in all my life of being related to Parisians, visiting Parisians and eating baguettes with Parisians on their scooters, I have never once come across a single woman who fits the stereotype peddled by these books. These idiotic guides present an image that is about as representative of Parisians as Four Weddings and a Funeral is of the average Brit.’

Whether or not real Parisian women truly fit the stereotypes by always looking chic, having lovers, eating baguettes and staying thin, the books are beautifully laid out, compact (most will fit in your handbag) and present stunning images of French life. They will certainly provide inspiration and give you a chuckle or two.

You can borrow any of the above mentioned books from our library catalogue. ‘How to be Parisian Wherever You Are’ was released in late 2014 and is available to borrow here

A book for artists, bird watchers, or anyone who just likes birds

Reviewed by Tea Tree Gully staff member Adrienne

I remember standing on grass surrounded by pelicans preening their feathers, while I tried to draw their beaks and feet for a biology assignment at university. My task would have been easier, had I been in possession of this excellent book. Capturing the Essence, Techniques for Bird Artists is worth reading if you are an artist, an art student or anybody who likes birds.

Capturing the Essence, Techniques for Bird Artists by William T. Cooper

Capturing the Essence, Techniques for Bird Artists by William T. Cooper

Experienced bird artist William T. Cooper provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the physiology of birds. Do not be overawed if you are a beginner – he starts with the basics, then shows you how to fill in the finer details to create a realistic image and background. The author examines the different materials and tools you can use, considers artistic perspective and provides direction on how to sketch tame or wild birds, at the zoo or in the field.

Cooper’s book is filled with many beautiful colour and black and white illustrations of his work, which in some ways reminded me of the anatomical drawings and watercolours of Beatrix Potter. You can reserve Capturing the Essence, Techniques for Bird Artists online through the library’s online catalogue here

New Gallery 1855 exhibition

Contested Landscapes: natural and built environments undergoing change  is a new painting exhibition featuring the works of Robert Habel, which opens 2pm Sunday 21 September, at Gallery 1855.

Robert Habel, Palmer Landscape 3, 2011, oil on canvas, 140 x 127cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Robert Habel, Palmer Landscape 3, 2011, oil on canvas, 140 x 127cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Visual artist Robert Habel has been painting landscapes for over thirty years but not in the traditional sense.

His practice doesn’t acquiesce to the traditions, rules and nostalgic affirmations of the past.

Instead, his landscapes deal with issues of ecological and cultural sustainability.

To Robert, the depiction of land undergoing change or suffering abuse is as relevant in art today as idealistic landscape painting was in the past.

For more information about Robert’s creative practice please visit his website

Come along to Robert’s floor talk on Saturday 25 October from 2pm.

Want to know more about what we are doing in the Gallery and Studio? Visit our website

The inaugural exhibition at the Old Council Chambers Gallery

Have a piece of your art exhibited in the inaugural exhibition in our new and exciting Art Space!

The inaugural exhibition is open to anyone who works, lives or plays within the City of Tea Tree Gully. Artists are invited to submit an application to exhibit one piece of art work being either 2D and 3D. For more details please read the Information and Application Pack. If you are interested in applying or have any queries please email Michael Treasure or call 8397 7426

Don’t forget you can have your say and vote for the new gallery name on our website: voting closes 1 October 2012