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.

Sunday 30 November 2014

Broken Hill's art scene still active and vibrant - exhibitions aplenty

Back L-R me with local mosaic artist Julie Horsburgh,
front L-R Angela with local GAARA artist Maureen Clark,
with an artwork by BHRAG's Ian Howarth which is
being raffled. I hope I win.
Art Scene
BrokenHill Regional Art Gallery (BHRAG) hosted another series of openings on Friday night 28 November, and I was lucky enough to be there this time.

It was my first trip to Broken Hill this year and it was great to be back.

Four exhibitions were officially opened on the night with Broken Hill City Councillor Christine Adams the official guest to open the exhibitions, supported by BHRAG's Manager Cathy Farry.

Exhibition One
"Objects and Energies" featuring Australian-based Joyce Hinterding, US-based Linda Matalon and the highly influential American artist Agnes Martin.

Their extraordinary works display similarities but also exhibit quite divergent approaches. What they do share is an engagement in the repetition of certain forms, the process of marking time and delineating space and ideas on the infinite through recurring visual codes.

L-R Cr Christine Adams and Cathy Farry, with several Joyce Hinterding works in the background
This is a National Art School exhibition touring through the support of Museums and Galleries of NSW. This project was supported through an Artist or Curator in Residence grant. The Artist or Curator in Residence Grant Program is supported by the Copyright Agency Limited's Cultural Fund, and is managed by Museums and Galleries of NSW.

Exhibition Two
Also opening was the “Our Land Speaking” exhibition of sculptures and drawings from Aboriginal artists from Menindee and Broken Hill. The exhibition was funded by a grant from the Thankakali Aboriginal Corporation.

Exhibition Three
The annual HSC Exhibition also opened. This exhibition showcases the fabulous art and photographic work of the Broken Hill and the regions's year 12 students.

Exhibition Four
Finally, the finalists in the “Our Place” sister cities photography exhibition also featured in the line-up. Broken Hill's sister city is Bankstown. The competition's winners were also announced.

Details are below and on the gallery's webpage - www.bhartgallery.com.au

404-408 Argent Street, Broken Hill

Monday – Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday/Sunday and most public holidays 11am-4pm

Broken Hill's famous Line of Lode at sunset, taken as I rushed to the next gallery opening that night
Another opening!
As is often the case in Broken Hill, there was another art exhibition opening on the same night across town in South Broken Hill at the Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE).

Marilyn Lannstrom at the BHAE
by Darrin Manuel - Barrier Daily Truth (BDT)
This is the first exhibition for Marilyn Lannstrom, and is part of the Festival of Respect.

I know Marilyn's sister, talented local artist Karrie Lannstrom, whom I met in Broken Hill a couple of years ago.

Marilyn's exhibition is titled -

'A Tourist Destination'

and the subjects are of attractions in and around Broken Hill.

Obviously artistic talent runs in the Lannstrom family, if Marilyn's first exhibition is anything to go by. Although I missed the official opening, as most people had gone home (well I was late), I still managed to have a look at the artworks, and am seriously considering making a purchase myself! That's the danger of going to art exhibitions and openings.

There are 24 paintings (acrylic on canvas) for sale ranging in price from $100 - $350.

I caught up with a few people after the show, including BHAE manager Susan Thomas. Unfortunately Marilyn had left for the evening, but I hope to meet her in the coming week back at the gallery. Marilyn was pleased to have sold a couple of pieces on the night. I expect that number will increase. Her exhibition continues for two weeks.

Some of Marilyn Lannstrom's works at the Broken Hill Art Exchange

145-157 Duff Street Park Artist Centre, South Broken Hill

Open daily during exhibition 10am – 4pm

28 November until Sunday 14 December 2014

All exhibitions are worth checking.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Friday 28 November 2014

If you're not from Broken Hill, you're from 'away'!

A visitor from Away!

I was on a training course this week and I met a lovely lady called Tess who was in my 'class'. I happened to mention to her that I was about to visit Broken Hill and that I also had a website called www.ilovebrokenhill.com. Tess mentioned she had visited Broken Hill in June this year. More to the point, and not surprisingly, she said she'd had a really wonderful time.

The most photographed sculpture at sunset
Like me, she loved all the art and galleries. She mentioned that she really enjoyed visiting the famous Pro Hart Gallery amongst others. She also loved the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and the Sculptures at the fantastic sculpture symposium. She was impressed with the jewellery at Tanya Marie Reeves - Art Confessions gallery, which is a gallery in Argent Street, Broken Hill's main street.

Tess was amazed to find the city was a lot bigger than she had imagined. She thought that there would just be 'dust and boulders'. She was impressed with the range of restaurants, and during her four days visiting Broken Hill she dined in various places including my current favourite, The Palace Hotel. She actually thought there would only be takeaway places.

I wasn't surprised to hear Tess say that everyone she came across was very friendly and helpful, and that given her accent, people knew she wasn't a local and they went out of their way to make her feel welcome.

I told her that she would be described as someone who was from 'away', which is the term Broken Hill'ites use for non locals ... like me!

If you've visited Broken Hill, it would be great to hear what you liked about the city. Feel free to comment below.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Tuesday 18 November 2014

Women Out West Conference, Expo and Awards 28-29 November 2014

Community Event
Women Out West is a networking group which provides women from Orana, Central West and Far West regions of NSW (including Broken Hill), the opportunity to increase their personal and business networks.

I came across the Women Out West (WOW) group courtesy of an interesting story I read on the blog www.bushbelles.blogspot.com.auabout an upcoming event WOW is holding in Dubbo, NSW, on 28-29 November 2014.

BushBelles is a fantastic, female focused blog which publishes content from a variety of bloggers. I've written about BusBelles before

The blog describes itself in the 'About Me' section, as a blog
  • 'for rural women who want to be informed, inspired and instyle'.
www.ilovebrokenhill.com has been proud to become one of the bloggers who's content gets published via the blog.

Enough of all this, onto the list of finalists which naturally include a few Broken Hill locals.

There are a number of award categories - 15 in all.

I've listed each category below and included the names of the #BrokenHill finalists -

Women Out West Awards 2014 Finalists

Outstanding Carer (caring with love and compassion)

Outstanding Aboriginal Leadership (inspiring generosity of spirit)

Taunoa Bugmy image courtesy

Taunoa Bugmy      (Broken Hill)

Diane McNaboe      (Brocklehurst)

Trixie Watts      (Dubbo)

Donna Kennedy      (Broken Hill)

Grace Toomey      (Dubbo)

Christine Corby     (Walgett)

Donna Kennedy image courtesy
Barrier Daily Truth
Outstanding Inspirational Leadership (bringing out the best in others)

Outstanding Integrated Family and Business (enriching family and business life)

Outstanding Family Leadership (loving dedication)

Outstanding Achievement (self-empowering)

Outstanding Community Leadership (inspirational heart)

Ellie Brown     (Orange)
Melissa Clow     (Dubbo)
Sue Egan         (Dubbo)
Barbara Carter     (Dubbo)
Ellen Day         (Broken Hill)** (apologies, can't find an image of Ellen Day)
Barbara O'Brien     (Dubbo)
Joan Treweeke     (Lightning Ridge)
Katrina Virgoe     (Cobar)
Janelle Whitehead     (Dubbo)

Outstanding Organisation (extraordinary support for regional women)

Outstanding Young Entrepreneur (innovative spirit)

Outstanding Woman Employee (uplifting the spirit)

Outstanding Optimism (lighting up the world)

Outstanding Achievement in Sport (commitment and enthusiasm)

Outstanding Arts and Creativity (creativity and passion)

Outstanding Lifetime Achievement (inspiring others)

Here's a link to the WOW website - www.wownetwork.org.au

Here's a link to all the finalists - www.wownetwork.org.au/finalists

Good luck to all the finalists, especially the Broken Hill entrants.

Cheers, Jane Deany

Saturday 8 November 2014

NFSA visits Broken Hill 7-9 November 2014 for Big Screen Film Festival

Community Event

The National Film and Sound Archive’s Big Screen Film Festival is in Broken Hill for its final tour, so there will be films aplenty this weekend to celebrate 100 years of film in Broken Hill.

All in all, the festival will premiere five new Australian films plus a selection of ABC Open films, including contributor Ray Denton's first ever production!
The opening night on Friday, saw festival goers enjoy a glass of wine at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery in Argent Street before heading around the corner to the Silver City Cinema for the 6.30pm screening of the local premiere of 'When the Queen Came to Town' plus the NFSA’s footage of the Queen’s 1954 Broken Hill tour.
Ray Denton's film 'Outback Planetary Science' screened on Saturday at 7pm before sci-fi thriller 'Predestination'.
The Sunday Morning screening of the new 'Maya the Bee' movie should suit all the family.

At the Sunday matinee screening of 100 Years of Film in Broken Hill, will provide the opportunity to spot your grandparents on the big screen and win prizes!

Venue and ticketing information
Silver City Cinema
41-45 Oxide Street
Broken Hill NSW 2880
Ph: 08 8087 4569
With films all weekend, it sounds like there'll be a lot to keep visitors and locals alike busy in Broken Hill.

Cheers Jane Deany