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The Festive Season

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We have reached the end of our 3rd year at The Platform and what a ride it has been.
A big thank you to each and every member and our fabulous visitors, your contribution whether large or small has made this arts' hub the unique place it is.
As we move into 2019 we can only continue to improve and grow and to help this along we have a range of workshops planned and no doubt others will sneak in along the way.
You can see the offerings as they become available at Eventbrite. It may pay to "follow" the gallery page so that you are notified of new events.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/curdnatta-art-group-17317936878




The Christmas Lunch was fantastic, thank you very much for attending. We also celebrated Pam Morphett becoming a Life Member after what seems a life time and Melva's 95th Birthday. Congratulations to both of you!!
Sales have been brisk leading up to Christmas and we have had some happy customers, many of whom are return visitors to the gallery.


We will close the …

Ready for Christmas 2018

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Our participation in the visual merchandising workshop has really paid off.. a big thank  you and standing ovation for the styling team, Prue, Morgan, Trudy and Georgie for bringing the gallery to life for Christmas.

Georgie was privileged to be able to attend the Flinders Ranges and Outback tourism forum this week (in the guise of official photographer) and picked up even more tips to assist with maintaining our image.

Some key points that we can consider for the gallery.
*Tourists have high expectations
*They need to trust that the online image matches what they find. Perceptions = reality
*Don't be beige be quirky
* Do what you do well. Use your talents.
*Develop a point of difference . How do we want people to feel?
*Create memories for people to take with them
* Be resourceful and creative, be an entrepreneur and take action
* Promote your brand - online is the future













Visual Merchandising Workshop

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Morgan , Trudy and Georgie attended a workshop about visual marketing that was provided by Business Port Augusta and TAFE.
There were lots of tips and tricks for creating a vibrant sales outlet and hands on opportunities to explore some of the concepts.
It was interesting to see representatives from AALBG, Wadlata, Blue Mangrove, My Friend Billy, Mumma Lou's, Life Line  and others attending as well. It shows we really do need to be aware of the impression we leave with others.





Waterless Lithography Workshop.

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A big thank you to Jenny for organising the Waterless Lithography workshop… everyone has mentioned how they thoroughly enjoyed it and were very impressed with Simone’s instructions. Some lovely outcomes as well.



Here is a snapshot of the Google calendar for November, we are still needing a few volunteers for duty so let us know if you can help out… always like to have a couple of people there at any one time.

We are currently reviewing opening hours and would like some feedback regarding changing to 10 to 1 Wednesday and Saturday and 10 to 3 Thursday and Friday.
Quite a range of different artworks sold this month.



POW!

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Painted On Wednesdays !!!

Our Wednesday evening artists' group has done a mighty job of setting up their first exhibition.
It was opened by Pam Morphett an original member of the Pichi Richi Painters from which this group is derived.

There is a diverse range of art and craft works which indicates that more than just painting is the focus of the evening get togethers.

Congratulations to everyone, we know it is not always easy to put yourself out there.
















The recent Solar Dyeing workshop was a success and people made many pieces that can be added to their collection of original fabric pieces.


The next workshop is Waterless Lithography with Simone Tippett followed by Embroidery with Allison Lewis.

A COUPLE OF GREAT STORIES

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September has been full of surprise and delight.
We regularly get customers visiting the gallery who have been given the recommendation by staff at The Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden however Cheryl and Andy actually stayed an extra night in port Augusta so they could visit The Platform. They were our first happy customers for A Brush With Art.

Keeping the post code details has been interesting. So far this month we have had visitors from Melbourne, Queensland, Melrose, Arizona, Spain and France along with our fabulous local patrons.
The writers group in collaboration with The local library hosted an afternoon with  poet  Manal Younus. Everyone was inspired with the way Manal presented her work.



Big Congratulations to Gayle Naughton who sold her first Painting.. Yay!!! onward and upwards from here Gayle. We also appreciate your involvement on door duty along with our other wonderful volunteers.



Our very own Natalie Castree presented at the National Primary Art education conference. De…

September 2018 - A Brush With Art

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Once again we have connected with the Flinders Ranges "A Brush With Art". This gives all our artists the opportunity to exhibit new works and provides a great venue for tourists who visit The Flinders Ranges during Spring for this annual event.

The gallery has been transformed once again thanks to those members who have the eye for styling pieces and creating some order to what is generally a very eclectic collection of Art and Craft.

Congratulations to all involved.

A Brush With Art runs from September 8th To October 9th.
Details of the discovery trail can be found at   https://abrushwithart.com.au

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