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FREO’S J SHED ARTISTS MAKE THEIR MARK

Posted in art, bathers beach, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on October 10, 2017

 

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Sometime local artists are undervalued because we take them a bit for granted, and that seems to be the case with the Fremantle J Shed artists at Bathers Beach.

Artist Greg James has just finished another bronze sculpture for Busselton. It will be his fourth artwork for the main street there and two more are commissioned, so that will make the main stretch of Busselton into the Greg James art boulevard.

Artist Lesley Barrett, who works out of J Shed has won the Pemberton art prize and artist Yuko Takahashi, who also creates at J Shed won the Claremont art prize.

And in the meantime J Shed artist Jina Lee has been creating stone sculptures in Italy for a few weeks.

Greg James’ Diego sculpture is about the Spanish settlers to Busselton who introduced olives and wine grapes in the region. It took over 12 months to create the work that weights 310 kilo.

Artist David Johansen, he on the right, was the model for the face of Diego.

Greg James’ next artwork is already on the go and will be a sculpture of Edmund Rice for the Christian Brothers School in Fremantle.

 

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JANET NIXON WINS ROCKINGHAM SCULPTURE AWARD

Posted in art, fremantle, j shed by freoview on October 23, 2016

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Janet Nixon receives the City of Rockingham Castaway award for her recycled sculpture from Mayor Barry Sammels

Janet Nixon receives the City of Rockingham Castaway award for her recycled sculpture from Mayor Barry Sammels

 

Fremantle J Shed artist Janet Nixon has won the Rockingham Castaway Sculpture Award with her beautiful dog artwork Checkers, made of recycled materials.

Janet really deserves this recognition as she has flown under the radar a bit in the shadow of her partner Greg James, so I am truly delighted for her as she is a wonderful person and her series of dog sculptures are amazing.

There are more doggies on display at the Bathers Beach studio in the big southern one with the large glass wall facing the beach, so go and check out all the great work that is going on at J Shed.

Congratulations Janet!!!

FREO J SHED ARTISTS BIG IN WEST AUSTRALIAN

Posted in art, bathers beach art precinct, fremantle, j shed by freoview on October 22, 2016

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Fantastic to see Fremantle J Shed artists getting serious recognition in the West Australian today with an entire article by Annelies Gartner on the arts pages about their involvement with the CASTAWAY Sculpture Awards in Rockingham.

Greg James, Janet Nixon, Lesley Barrett and David Johansen all work out of Greg James’ J Shed studio at Bathers Beach and are all represented at the Rocky beach show that starts today, so go down south and have a look!

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WALL ART AT FREMANTLE’S J SHED

Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, fremantle, j shed, western australia by freoview on September 10, 2016

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I drove past J Shed at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach at 6.30 this morning, when I came back from the South Mole and discovered the creative artists there have beautified the old shed even more with large pencils and pot plants on the wall between the Greg James and Jennie Dawson studios.

Looks great guys. Well done!

 

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FREMANTLE COAST GUARD WELCOMES VISITORS

Posted in art, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on July 18, 2016

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After so much rain we need some colour in our life, so here the bright and quirky Coast Guard sculpture by J Shed artist Greg James at the Fishing Boat Harbour.

I wished our Australian border control would be more humane like Greg’s artwork.

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A BEAUTIFUL SUNNY FREMANTLE DAY

Posted in elections, fremantle, tourism, western australia by freoview on May 30, 2016

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The sun is out so a nice start of the week. Enjoy it and appreciate how special it is to live in Fremantle.

I need a bit of sunshine after the dull and uninspiring leaders debate between Turnbull and Shorten. Decided to switch the TV off after 40 minutes of repetitiveness and realising none of them has a real vision for Australia.

These kids were enjoying the great Greg James sculptures in the Fishing Boat Harbour yesterday.

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NEW FREMANTLE WEST END ART GALLERY

Posted in art, fremantle, western australia by freoview on April 13, 2016

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Fremantle has a new small art gallery which will only sell the work of local artists. Galleria d’arte West &nd is at 38A Marine Terrace, close to the Esplanade Hotel and will officially open on April 21 at 6 pm.

Works by artist such as Greg James, Janet Nixon, Jina Lee, Jenny Dawson, Lesley Barrett, Roberto Balsamo and others will be for sale, so check it out and support our local artists and small businesses.

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IT’S SUNSET FOR HERITAGE RESPECT AT ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, concerts, heritage by freoview on March 11, 2016

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So this is what the City of Fremantle understands as activation of Arthur Head, our State’s most significant heritage area, and this is what Sunset Events director David Chitty believes is respectful to the area.

It is an absolute disgrace that we now have a junk yard at J Shed with stinking portaloos and sea-containers that make the area look like an industrial site and discourage tourists from visiting the J Shed art studios.

This has become a serious joke where nothing Sunset Events promised has been implemented. Where is the art theme of the venue? Where are the international food trucks for the Sunday BBQ? Instead they stick a small bbq closest to Greg James’ sculpture studio so the sea breeze blows his work space and gallery full with smoke and food fumes.

Who at the City of Fremantle actually takes responsibility to see that tenants comply with what they promise to do when they sign a lease or license? Who gave Sunset Events the permission to occupy public space 24/7 with ugly seafood containers and a junk yard?

This is a shambles Mayor Brad Petttitt, and it is now time to actually be true to your promises of heritage protection and clean this mess up as it is unacceptable!

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P.S. Nice to hear that my suggestion to put the word heritage in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct is now being debated and might be implemented.

NEW SCULPTURES AT FREO’S MOORES BUILDING

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on January 6, 2016

 

The New Sculptures exhibition by David Johansen at the Fremantle Moores Building Contemporary Art Gallery in Henry Street is an eclectic mix of small bronze sculptures and large insulation panels. The big bull will no doubt impress the kids who will want to climb it, so hold on to them.

It opens this Friday January 8 at 6.30 so come along and have a look! The exhibition will be opened by renowned Freo sculptor Greg James.

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IDIOTS VANDALISE ARTHUR HEAD

Posted in city of fremantle, LAW&ORDER by freoview on December 21, 2015

 

Drunken idiots left a trail of damage and empty beer and liquor bottles at Fremantle’s historic Arthur Head on the weekend that had local artists shaking their head and asking how much longer this will continue until the City of Fremantle installs CCTV and additional lighting in the area.

Most of the solar lights along the Bathers Beach dune path were vandalised, a car had its back, site and windscreen windows smashed and several windows of the J Shed art studios were damaged by rocks. Jenny Dawson who is working on a huge public artwork for Elizabeth Quay in Perth was clearly worried that the work she and Sandra Black have been working on for many months might get vandalised before it is being installed early next year.

One door of the brand new cute change rooms next to Kidogo Arthouse was also damaged by the mindless morons who get a kick out of vandalism.

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