Sunday, November 7, 2010

"MIST" a celebration of what makes Robertson unique - you could even say our MIST-ique . . .

We will also be celebrating 
the 1 year anniversary 
of the opening 

27th November 2010 - 14th January 2011

you are invited to our opening
Saturday 27th 11am

works by:

the good people of Robertson
Denis Wilson
Steve Fearnley
Judy Benjamin
Liz Boothby
Pi Wei Lim

Welcome to the celebration of our first year of operation here at the Robertson Doctor. 
This exhibition has two themes, that of the MIST and of MAPS.  One obscures and the other signifies a path through the obscurity.  A map by no means represents the opposite of obscurity and doesn’t somehow illuminate the landscape, but it does show us a way, a way to get through it - and in this task it is a good companion to have in the mist.
Over the past 6 months I have invited all patients who attend this clinic to draw maps on the left over paper from scripts written here.  This exhibition represents all the journeys made to the Robertson Doctor, in our first year.  Each journey being like a little thread that links us to the place where it originated.....a line, a path, from you to me . . . A relationship.
The local artists representing the forces of obscurity are: Liz Boothby’s “Sanctuary” at reception.  Steve Fearnley with his oils on cupboard door panels as well as quite a few of the sound tracks you will hear now playing in the waiting room gallery.  Judy Benjamin using a very old encaustic method of paint application, Denis Wilson’s, “faces in the bush” capturing what the map doesn’t as you take a walk in our local bush.
I invite you all today to linger a little longer on these two themes and what they could mean in the context of Medicine and healing.  In medicine we are criss-crossed with a multitude of therapeutic guidelines, clinical pathways, care pathways, best practice guidelines, critical pathways, to name but a few.  
Now consider the MISTery that is the human body.  Despite all that science can see and explain about the human body, its chemistry, anatomy, physiology, cells, organs, fluids, tissues, bacteria, pathogens . . . . are but pointers to the greater sum of these parts.  Perhaps just a map?
No matter how detailed, a map is not the landscape, and it is not the journey, but it can be useful as we venture into unknown territory.  What use is a map if you have not the will or courage to put one foot in front of the other and venture forth?  What use is a map if you don’t have your wits about you and neglect to avoid a fallen tree across the road or miss a shining rainbow? A good map doesn’t even guarantee your safe arrival!  But would we refuse a map if we were given the choice to have one on our journey? 
If medical science offers a kind of map, perhaps the healing is the journey, YOUR journey, the act of putting one foot in front of the other, moment to moment, day to day and simply showing up to the MISTery.
I’d like to thank you all for welcoming us to this community and coming to celebrate this day with us and now invite you to all partake in our MISTery birthday cake!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mental Health Month & Triple Care Farm art therapy exhibition - more than just an art class

This year the theme is RESILIENCE.  How do we build our resilience in the good times to keep us bouyant in the tough times?  Are we aware of the mechanisms and simply daily choices that support our happiness?  If we or someone is spiralling down the road to self harm or suicide would we know how to help them?

During Mental Health Month Gallery Chiron and the Robertson Doctor are running a free speaking program with an exhibition of art therapy work from Triple Care Farm.  We invite the local community to invest in your own wellbeing.  Take a moment when the going's good to strengthen the ties to what nourishes us as individuals and a community.

Everyone Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FREE speaker series
Wednesday 6th October 6pm
Dee Neveling (resident Psychologist at the Robertson Doctor): Don’t worry be Happy

Wednesday 13th October 6pm
Sandra Bolack: Towards a Suicide safe community.

Wednesday 20th October 6pm + Triple Care Farm art exhibition opening afterwards
Marie Rose: Art Therapy more than just an art class

Sunday 31st October 11am
Anastasia Yatras: Yoga practice and life practice. Wear comfortable clothes to try out some easy yoga poses to support your daily life.

Some photos of the Triple Care Farm exhibition with Marie Rose and the young artists.

Monday, August 2, 2010

the MAGIC of CLAY / 15th August - 15th October

 Join us for the OPENING on Sunday 15th August at 11am for fairy bread and popcorn.
Warning: your hands may get dirty.
"Six year old Zoe shapes ammonite "feet" upon a shallow vessel"  
In 2010 local ceramicist Celeste Coucke started opening her Cloud Farm Studio once a month to the general public as well as running clay making workshops during the week for both adults and children.  This exhibition shows off the most recent creations form her magic of clay workshops.  As a regular attendee of the clay workshops I find I learn so much from the children’s works because they have such a directness and immediacy as the form scrambles, scuttles, and scoots to be born in space.
To re-quote Picasso “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Janice Heberling - SUBMERSION - 11th June - 23rd July 2010

Come to our opening on FRIDAY 11th June and meet this emerging young artist.

Artist Statement

I grew up around the Illawarra on the South Coast of NSW, an area known for its beaches and surfer activity.
The beaches along the NSW South Coast and my interest in surfing has provided the inspiration for my underwater paintings and drawings.

My underwater series draws upon my experiences as a surfer and my observation of the ocean. Before I started surfing I was someone who enjoyed looking at the ocean to watch the waves crash on a stormy day and never had thought I would ride the waves. That feeling when cutting through under the surf with the short board or when you duck dive is a great experience and adrenaline rush, which leaves you feeling free and invisible.

Later on through surfing, I became fascinated by the way the body moves underwater and the way the atmosphere of the ocean changes rapidly from clear to obscure and cloudy. I started to observe and become focused on these certain things about the ocean which became the beginning of my Submersion project. I attempt to capture through my painting and drawing series these fascinations of being submerged in the ocean. I play around with the movements of the body when it gets dragged and pushed through the water. I also look at translating the different colours that form light to make the atmosphere of the underwater world, which are documented by sources of imagery that record for me the underwater environment in all its states of atmosphere, from clear to murky.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Brooke Maurice & the lovely Castagnas

Brooke Maurice - Sculptures and Paintings
4th April - 4th June 2010

Opening night
Fri 9th April 2010 5pm

Come to where the fabulous people of Robertson hang, roasting chestnuts over an open fire surrounded by beautiful sculpture and paintings by Brooke................

Friday, February 26, 2010

Susan Buret & Faye Sampson - in her high heels

12th Feb - 1st April 2010
Opening 26th Feb 2010 6:30pm