Freo's View

AN ART SHOW THAT HAS BALLS

Posted in art, cottesloe, fremantle by freoview on March 5, 2015

Balls are the new black in three-dimensional art it seems if the Sculptures on the Beach show in Cottesloe is anything to go by. There are little man sitting on balls, balls on legs, fitness balls dug into sand, a ball on a chain and round and rotund forms and round holes.

They were setting up the show that opens on Friday, so there is many more to come and it’s well worth a visit.

Of course our own Fremantle SCULPTURE@BATHERS show will open next week showcasing over 70 Western Australian artists and about one third of them from Freo. It will be all around our gorgeous inner city Bathers Beach and it will be a lot of fun with the Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse opening on the weekends. It finishes on March 29 with the Seafood Festival, so don’t miss S@B in Freo! It’s all run by volunteers so support the local initiative.

Roel Loopers

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BEACH FURNITURE AT BATHERS BEACH

Posted in fremantle by freoview on November 17, 2014

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I have no idea who put it there, but the furniture at Bathers Beach looks pretty good and it would be nice if it was a permanent feature of our Fremantle inner city beach.

The Bathers Beach Sunset Food Markets starts this Saturday from 5-9 pm and the Arthur Head cliff face lights will be officially switched on at 7 on Saturday November 22, so come along!

Roel Loopers

GOOD BATHERS BEACH PROGRESS

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on June 7, 2014

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It is very positive to see the progress at Fremantle Bathers Beach, with the development of the former Fishermen’s Co-op building going well ahead and taking shape. It is estimated the new tavern there will open in late August , but there is still a lot of work to be done before it can become a real beach front destination for tourists and locals.

There is also improvement around Kidogo Arthouse. Big blocks of limestone pavers are being put around the building to help with the dust problems, and it will be looking very good once finished in two weeks. The dust suppression spray has not been a success becauseĀ the constant coming and going of people and vehicles in the area creates dust that the easterly winds blow into the gallery spaces. A better solution for that problem should be found, because the new tavern will attract many more people to the area regularly, and more disturbance of the surface, and dust and art don’t go well together.

The boardwalk has been a real success. It’s a delight to see that thereĀ are now so many people there watching the sunset from there. In an ideal world the boardwalk should have gone all the way to J Shed, to create a promenade for Fremantle and real connectivity between Victoria Quay and the Fishing Boat Harbour. Who knows what the future brings in a world full of desires, hey.

Roel Loopers

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FROM SURFERS TO FREO AND BACK IN FOUR DAYS

Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on June 5, 2014

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It can be described as a pretty epic journey to want to drive from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to Fremantle in Western Australia and back in just four days and in a vintage 1930 Ford Model A, but that is just what 71 year-old Rod Wade and his co-driver Austen Ritchie(37) are just doing.

The Ocean to Ocean Australia Challenge left ‘Surfers’ on June 3 and arrived at midday today at Freo’s Bathers Beach, where they emptied a bottle of South Pacific Ocean water and Surfers sand and refilled it with Indian Ocean water and Bathers Beach sand. They are already on their way back now and hope to arrive at Surfers Paradise on June 7 after a 9,000 km round trip.

The team had enough time to bring a beaut chocolate cake to congratulate Fremantle’s Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson to his 42nd birthday. Happy Birthday, Josh!!

Roel Loopers

FREO POPULAR FOR WEDDINGS

Posted in fremantle by freoview on April 14, 2014

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I am not a wedding photographer, but an incurable romantic who has never been married, so when I noticed this lovely wedding with all the parasols at Fremantle Bathers Beach this morning, I decided to take some photos and surprise the happy couple by putting them on the blog.

Bathers Beach and the Round House are very popular for weddings, so I wonder if the City of Fremantle, BID, or Chamber of Commerce are offering special packages for it. If not, it’s worth considering what our City can offer wedding parties.

Roel Loopers

FREO SAND SCULPTURE AND CHRISTMAS BELLS

Posted in art, fremantle by freoview on December 24, 2013

That amazing Fremantle sand sculpture artist Tim Darby has done it again! Check out his latest work of Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon on the verge at 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield. Tim can be booked for assignments, so if your council, business or event wants something special give Tim a call.

People around Beaconsfield make sure to listen to the sounds of many bells at 8 am on Christmas morning when Tim, his partner Shani Graham, and friends will ring the bells from the roof terrace of the famous Jan ter Horst house on top of the hill. Many of the bells are over 100 years old!

Roel Loopers

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DRUM FUN WITH FREO’S WASAMBA

Posted in fremantle by freoview on January 14, 2013

The very Freo WASAMBA drummers were out in full force at Bathers Beach around sunset today. I did not see any of the old familiar faces like the D’Anger mob, so maybe these were new trainees getting inducted in how to have a lot of fun while hitting the daylight out of something that does not hit back. Only kidding. We are all peace-loving pacifists here in Fremantle so no one needs anger management. I reckon it’s a great way to get rid of the frustrations of daily life and work sometimes and probably good for weight loss as well. Go join Wasamba!

Roel Loopers

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LIFE IS GOOD AND SPECIAL!

Posted in australia, fremantle, photography by freoview on December 19, 2012

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COTTESLOE BEACH ART PHOTOS

Posted in perth by freoview on March 4, 2012

It was amazing to see how many people already were on Cottesloe Beach just after 8 a.m. this morning, when I went to have a second look at the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition there.

One would hope Planning Minister John Day and Premier Colin Barnett will go to the beach one morning soon and see for themselves how shadows impact on it. The beach would have been much darker and far less appealing had highrise buildings along Marine Parade cast their shadows over it. This will happen if the Western Australian state government implements the new Coastal Planning Policy, which will get rid of limited heights between 5-8 storeys along the coast.

Here some impressions of a gorgeous morning at Cottesloe.

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SCULPTURES BY THE SEA

Posted in fremantle, perth by freoview on February 29, 2012

Although the SCULPTURES BY THE SEA in Cottesloe officially only opens tomorrow, I wanted to do a sneak preview this afternoon, as I’ll be volunteering at the Round House tomorrow. Not all sculptures had been installed so I’ll go back again in a few days to do it more justice.

What was up today did not inspire me much, but for a few pieces, and I believe last year’s artworks were of a higher creative standard.

Judge for yourself by visiting the event over the Labour Day long weekend.

Roel Loopers

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