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LEARN HOW TO GET THAT PERFECT PHOTO

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 9, 2020

 

After a long Covid-19 induced break Fremantle J Shed photographer is starting his photo teaching again:

With tutor and freelance photographer Peter Zuvela (with an Adv Dip. in Photography). Very practical courses with fun excursions with your camera around beautiful Bathers Beach and the West End of Fremantle.
LEVEL 1A – 6 week course for a very cool $290.00.

The classes will running on SUNDAYS 2pm – 4.30pm starting the 12th OF JULY.

IDEAL FOR BEGINNERS AND SOME EXPERIENCE- learn more techniques with your camera to capture- great images- carefully structured classes- small groups- beautiful studio setting for classes run at Bathers Beach (J Shed), hands on photo excursions to learn all about how to use your camera
Peter Zuvela has been teaching digital photography for more than 10 years and experience has taught him that it’s best to learn photography in small groups within a 6 week period. Photography is a complicated beast and it takes a little extra time and care to get your mind around the fascinating world of photography with an experienced tutor.

Mobile:  041 793 9783

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COLOURFUL J SHED RE-OPENS

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Colourful J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach is open to the public again, sculptor Greg James told me this morning.

The upstairs gallery at Greg James is open, as is the gallery at Jenny Dawson and Peter Zuvela.

At the James gallery one can find the art of Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett, Greg James and others, so pop in for a browse and a chat. If you are lucky there might be a bronze pour going on.

Next door stone sculptor Jina Lee is also always busy, so go say G’day to her as well.

Roel Loopers

 

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CORAINY DAY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, covid-19, health, j shed, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on April 23, 2020

 

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At a table in front of the Fremantle J Shed at Fleet Street the raindrops on this coronavirus sign made for an interesting photo.

Roel Loopers

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BEAUTIFUL J SHED BIRD BATH

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on April 11, 2020

 

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A beautiful and different bird bath out front of J Shed sculptor Greg James’ studio and art gallery.

Roel Loopers

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DUCKS AT BATHERS BEACH

 

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Fremantle J Shed sculptor Greg James has created these lovely ducks and they are out and about on the grass at J Shed, so take the kids for a look, and also have a look inside at all the art displayed in the gallery.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE’S BRONZE FISHERMAN CAUGHT

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, fishing boat harbour, greg james, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2019

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Two rather different photos of J Shed sculptor Greg James‘ artwork in the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Workers who are repairing the jetty have caught one of the bronze fisherman, while the Bathers Beach House looks different when taken through the massive legs of the big sentinel.

The stolen Bella sculpture by Greg James still has not been found.

Roel Loopers

 

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VANDALS SET FIRE AT FREO’S J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, crime, fire, j shed, Uncategorized, vandalism by freoview on July 18, 2019

 

J Shed fire

 

There was again serious vandalism at Fremantle’s Arthur’s Head last night with idiots setting fire to the northern wall of the J Shed art studios.

No major damage was done but the power had to be cut off for safety reasons. It is just lucky that the fire brigade arrived early as otherwise the entire shed and some very important artworks could have been destroyed.

Although vandalism is frequent in the area there are still no CCTV cameras in the historic precinct.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE’S OLD SHEDS

 

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E Shed in B Shed

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The story of four old sheds in three photos. Late afternoon light created the J Shed art studios exterior, while the windows of the B Shed cafe offered great reflections of C Shed and the E Shed markets.

Yes indeed, This is Fremantle! 😎

Roel Loopers

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J SHED ARTISTS CREATE OWN SIGNS

 

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The Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach have had enough of Council constantly talking about activating the historic precinct while they ignore their own placemaking advise of low hanging fruit of supporting and promoting existing businesses, instead of just pipe dreaming about the big projects for Arthur’s Head.

So the arty J Shed mob have started to put their own way finding signs around to make visitors aware there is creative light at the end of the Whalers Tunnel, and by the way, also a gorgeous beach.

Roel Loopers

PRAGMATISM REQUIRED FOR FREMANTLE ABORIGINAL CENTRE

 

 

Fremantle Council minutes that deal with J Shed must be reaching biblical proportions when one considers how often the art shed at Bathers Beach comes before Council and Council committees.

It is on again this Wednesday at the FPOL Committee where officers recommend not to engage in new lease negotiations with the current artists there but continue the existing leases, with a 12 month termination-of-lease clause because of Council’s desire to built an Aboriginal cultural centre in that location.

Perth is well overdue for a WA Aboriginal centre and it should be in Fremantle, but it is highly premature to not extend the artists’ leases as it will be many years, if at all, when such a centre will be built at Bathers Beach.

A Western Australian Aboriginal centre is well beyond the scope of the City of Fremantle and should be a State facility; financed, curated and managed by the WA Government.

It will require extensive and very lengthy consultation with our indigenous people from Wyndham to Albany and Fremantle to Kalgoorlie and beyond, so that is going to take years.

Then there should be an architecture competition for a remarkable and outstanding building, plus detailed curatorial work that will require years of research with the support of the WA Museum, Bernd Museum, WA’s Aboriginal people, historians, art experts, etc.

Once the historical, cultural and art content has been agreed on the design of the displays will need to be dealt with, and that won’t be done overnight either.

It will be brilliant to have a stunning Aboriginal centre at Bathers Beach, as Manjaree/Arthur’s Head is where the first contact between the British colonists and local indigenous people took place. It is also the location of the Roundhouse, WAs oldest remaining public building, and the location from where many Aboriginal men and boys were transported from to the horrible Quod prison on Wadjemup/Rottnest Island.

And if this becomes a State project Fremantle’s feasibility study might be superfluous as the State will have to go through a process first of identifying preferred locations for the new centre and decide if it will actually be in Fremantle, or Elizabeth Quay, Burswood, or elsewhere. That is not going to happen  in just a few years, so why not give the J Shed artists at least a two-year lease that can be extended by 12 months from thereon. It’s the realistic and pragmatic course to take.

Roel Loopers

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