ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Thursday 28 November 2013

Karrie Lannstrom art exhibition opens Sunday Broken Hill Art Exchange

'Summer City Meltdown' by Karrie Lannstrom
Pastel on archival paper,  50cm x 70cm
Art Scene
'Hanging out in Da Hill'
Well know local Broken Hill artist Karrie Lannstrom has been busy preparing for her second solo exhibition which will open at the Broken Hill Art Exchange this coming Sunday 1 December 2013. Cathy Farry, the manager of the BrokenHill Regional Art Gallery will open the exhibition at 10am.

I first met Karrie in 2012 at a Broken Hill Carer's art exhibition where she was one of the exhibitors, see link here to read that story. Karrie is a real dynamo, very effervescent, quite a character in fact and a very talented and passionate artist. Last month she was honoured to receive the 2013 NSW Carer's Award for her contribution to caring for her local community.

'Back in the Hood - Argent Lane' by Karrie Lannstrom
In Karrie's own words, this "exhibition contains 17 works on paper, 13 of which are new and unframed except for mat board and foam back with plastic all done by framers. All works including previously framed ones are $500 and under”. Karrie will also have printed cards for sale.

'Sunshine Sunflower Days'
by Karrie Lannstrom

The works are mainly pastels, and all are produced on archival quality paper and materials. This is Karrie's second solo exhibition, her first was in 2010. Earlier in her career, Karrie gained a Certificate III and IV in Fine Arts from the local Broken Hill TAFE.

Some of the things Karrie says she loves about the Broken Hill region are the arid harsh lands, the corrugated iron houses often held together with bell wire and cobwebs, the extreme weather that can change the place drastically and the ruins of post industrial mining, the wild beautiful flowers and the wilder characters who survive and thrive on the edge of civilisation here in Broken Hill. Karrie is a member of a couple of the local art groups namely the Broken Hill Art Exchange and the all women's art group Gaara Arts Inc. Karrie also teaches art voluntarily at the local Broken Hill hospital.

The lady herself - Karrie Lannstrom
The gallery at the Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE) is open 10am – 4pm daily.

Address - 145-157 Duff Street, Broken Hill South
Telephone - BHAE (08) 8088 3171

Contact Karrie - 0428 873 524
Email Karrie - kjlkosmic@bigpond.com

The exhibition runs from Sunday 1 December to Friday 20 December 2013.

I wish Karrie every success with her exhibition. I can't wait to see it and am planning a trip sometime soon so I won't miss out. I'm sure it's worth a look and you never know, you might come home with a new artwork. Some pieces have already sold pre-exhibition which is great news for Karrie and some sold on opening day.

Congratulations Karrie, cheers, Jane D

Saturday 23 November 2013

International Space Station visible above Broken Hill 24 Nov 8.46pm

Thanks Linda Nadge @nadgeee for alerting us via Twitter to the visibility of NASA's International Space Station (ISS) which will be orbitting over Broken Hill in the evenings from Wednesday 20 November to Thursday 5 December 2013. Her tweet shown below has a link to NASA's International Space Station - Spot the Space Station site for more details about exactly when the ISS will be visible.

Check it out. I hope the sky is clear for viewing this rare event.

Cheers, Jane D @ilovebrokenhill  and  @janedeany

PS This is my 200th post!

Monday 18 November 2013

Lego Colosseum in Broken Hill at the GeoCentre

Lego Colosseum at the GeoCentre Broken Hill
Another great reason to visit Broken Hill in the next little while is the Lego Colosseum visiting exhibition on display at the Albert Kersten Mining and Minerals Museum also known as the GeoCentre.

The exhibition is a Nicholson Museum University of Sydney travelling exhibition.

Address:     2 Bromide Street, Corner Silver City Highway (Crystal Street), Broken Hill. Telephone 08 8080 3500

The centre is open 1 - 5 pm Saturday and Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm Monday to Friday.

The exhibition runs from 6 September to 1 December 2013.

Lego Colosseum at the GeoCentre Broken Hill

If you're a Lego lover or a history lover or both, it's a great opportunity to see something a little bit different.

I think you'll enjoy it.

Check out this tweet by Michael Turner @michaelmuseums about the Lego Colosseum - 

Cheers, Jane D

Friday 8 November 2013

Coworking and Broken Hill in the news in Queensland

Jan Stewart, Culture Host Hub Melbourne
Hub Melbourne is a coworking space
Regional Coworking
On 8 October I wrote an article about how "Coworking could increase employment opportunities in Broken Hill". Naturally, these principals can be applied to any regional location.

I was pleased to have this article republished today on www.digitalworkhub.com.au 's website in their blog/news section.

The Digital Work Hub Project is about trying to get coworking happening in South East Queensland.

I've been coworking for a year at Hub Melbourne and it's fantastic.

Historic Broken Hill Trades Hall
Business was done differently in the past and
trade unions played a big part in how business
was conducted, especially in Broken Hill
I highly recommend trying coworking if you get the chance. It's a great way to meet other people, network, innovate and collaborate.

You never know when a serendipitous connection may be made, or an innovative idea pop up.

Coworking also helps stop or at least reduce isolation if you're working from home, especially by yourself.

Hopefully coworking in some form maybe on its way to Broken Hill.

See link to the article on the www.digitalworkhub.com.au 's website here "Can coworking work in regional towns?"

Cheers, Jane Deany