Paintings from thought

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them” — Pablo Picasso

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As a contemporary expressionist painter, Graham Jones lives by the words of Picasso when portraying his artworks. Often landscaped-based, as displayed in his new solo exhibition River Deep – Mountain High, opening at Nissarana Galleries, 211 Main St, Mornington, Jones’ paintings walk a somewhat precarious line between realism and abstraction. 

Gleaned from years of skiing and travelling on all seven continents, Graham’s art is influenced by the harsh and serene beauty of such environments, yet it reflects his ‘mind’s eye’ in the distribution of ideas on to his canvas.

As a building designer who forged an enviable career through his multi-award-winning practice Graham Jones Design, Graham is a self-taught artist who only began painting four years ago. Since then he has produced an astounding body of work usually equated to a portfolio of a lifetime. 

As the viewer ponders the realities and non-realities of these timeless works of applausable talent, it is easy to come to the understanding they convey a deeper message not only about the inaccessible and awe-inspiring landscape from which they are derived but also about the artist’s ability to capture emotion in the movement of the paint itself.

The exhibition opens on August 23 with the opening event on August 24 at 2pm. Until then, come and see the Zoe Ellenberg exhibition, which is open until August 11.

NISSARANA GALLERIES 

Open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, Monday-Tuesday 10am-4pm or after hours by appointment

A: Ground Floor, 211 Main St, Mornington  

T: 5976 8877

M: 0474 496 222 

E: [email protected]

W: www.nissaranagalleries.com.au

The Lion King Showing at HOYTS, Wells St, Frankston

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We’re sure that this 2019 remake of Disney’s 1994 classic The Lion King requires no plot summary. So instead let’s dive into what’s new.

It’s captivating how real all of the animals and scenery look. It’s a true masterpiece. It just looks so real that if there weren’t animals speaking it might just be mistaken for one of David Attenborough’s wildlife documentaries. The close attention paid to the movement of the lions’ manes in the wind and their chests rising with each breath is a huge progression from the cartoon we came to love. Fight scenes were more realistic, as were the predator and subsequent eating sequences. Scar and his team of hyenas were eerily evil and presented perfectly. The musical numbers were catchy yet realistic in that they weren’t in the characters’ minds like a surreal dream. 

James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa, which was music to our ears. His distinctive voice joins Beyoncé Knowles, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alfre Woodward, Keegan-Michael Key, John Oliver and Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino. The cast was flawless, as was the quality of their singing voices. Beyoncé, also known as Queen B, was a loveable Nala, while Donald Glover was a cheeky, strong-willed Simba. Billy Eichner played Timon, joining Seth Rogen as his best friend, Pumbaa. They were just as witty and full of banter as the original duo we met back in 1994. Their rendition of Hakuna Matata was upbeat, as was the very popular I Just Can’t Wait to be King, by Simba and Nala. 

But don’t worry, you adults out there — our cinema was 90 per cent made up of those who would have grown up with The Lion King. It’s not just for kids!

KATE SEARS 8/10


One degree of separation

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From the team that brought you Shirley Valentine and Always . . . Patsy Cline comes a show that’s been a hit in 28 countries around the world. My Brilliant Divorce sees star Mandi Lodge and award-winning director Denny Lawrence once again combining their talents. This time it’s to present a funny, heartfelt story about Angela, who is trying to ‘take charge’ after a divorce from her lying, cheating husband — a divorce that shocked her, but which everybody else around her knew she was hurtling towards. It’s a funny, contemporary story with heart.

With one in three Australian marriages ending in divorce, this is a highly relevant topic that is skillfully tackled by leading playwright Geraldine Aron. Mandi says she’s enjoying the demands of taking on a challenging issue using wit and honesty. “As with any upheaval, people can find funny things happen amongst the drama, and it is those lighter moments that help us get through and find perspective. Our show works as either a funny, heartful time in the theatre or it can give people a chance to recognise the ups and downs of divorce and hopefully feel a bit better about those moments and laugh at some of the sillier stuff that goes on.” 

My Brilliant Divorce will be performed on Saturday, September 14, at 7.30pm. Tickets are $27-$59 and can be booked online on thefac.com.au, over the phone on 9784 1060 or in person at Frankston Arts Centre.

FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE
A: 27-37 Davey St, Frankston
T: 9784 1060
W: www.thefac.com.au

FB: FrankstonArtsCentre

INSTA: the_fac

Contemporary imagery goes pop

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The last time Mornington Peninsula Magazine spoke with Andrew Owen, it was all about raising money for charity, hosting the Tech Games Fest at Chisholm Institute in Frankston, and sessional teaching. This time we discuss his love of oil painting, pastels and pencils, and digital art.

He explains: “I came back to drawing and painting about five years ago after doing other things like teaching and community work. My mum and her auntie were artists and it was quite weird when I looked at their work. It was as if I was looking at my own. My grand-aunt used to make postcards and greeting cards, and the work is so similar to mine it’s uncanny. I love exploring the theme of popular culture, whether it’s through painting, drawing or digital art as a medium. I do a lot of one-off commissions for private collections. The life-size 3D helicopter I made was used for the Hollywood blockbuster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne Johnson. I also recreated the original movie poster for Barry Bostwick, the original Brad in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He puts them up at conventions across the USA.” 

But back to painting — Andrew’s work sits somewhere between fandom, traditional art and digital illustration. Focused on drawing and painting famous people, superheroes and characters from such shows as Doctor Who and Harry Potter, he spends hours and hours detailing faces to hone in on every expression and personality-forged line. He’ll have around 10 works on the go at any time and prefers to paint on thick paper and board rather than canvas. He’s messy too! He continues: “I’ve got paint and paper everywhere. I’m always amazed when you see those artists with clean studios and everything is organised. I’m usually covered in oil paint and so is everything else.” 

Working from his studio at home in Somerville surrounded by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Christopher Reeves, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Hugh Jackman and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andrew is keen to take his figurative work further by entering the Archibald Prize in 2020. He explains: “I’ve already got a prominent Australian locked in and will be starting work on the piece soon. It’s exciting. The whole process will be very new to me. I expect to take a lot of photos and have multiple sittings. It will be great to see what I come up with.”

As an admirer of urban landscape painter Jeffrey Smart and Heidelberg School member Tom Roberts, this Coffs Harbour native who went to school in Sydney has lived on the Peninsula for the past 20 years. He’s most content when painting but loves making costumes for his two boys, Sebastian and Lachie, too. He also enjoys giving old toys a more lifelike appearance. “I’m happy as long as I’m producing something. My kids are like that too.”

Check out his remarkably lifelike imagery on Facebook @theAndrewOwen or on Instagram @andrewoonline to marvel in some creative contemporary pop! 

LIZ ROGERS


Bronwyn isn’t kidding around

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From Melbourne to London and back again, Frankston South’s Bronwyn Kidd has created awe-inspiring photographs and developed her skills from analogue to digital, rising from a photographer’s assistant to an award-winning photographer over her 20-year career. After first showing an interest in photography during her HSC at high school in Ivanhoe, where she spent her time chasing a rock band, taking actions shots and developing the film, Bronwyn’s style evolved when she studied photography at RMIT before heading to London in 1992 with a one-way ticket. 

Her fashion and portrait photography is characterised by a steadfast commitment to precision, timelessness and elegance. Having created award-winning campaigns for Covergirl, advertising for L’Oréal and Olay, and acquiring agents in the UK and Asia, you could say she’s found her aperture. With her portraiture held in permanent collections in the National Portrait Gallery London, her ‘hit the ground running’ attitude certainly paid off. After arriving in London, Bronwyn hit the pavement with her portfolio, which resulted in her landing assisting roles with celebrated British photographer Clive Arrowsmith and fellow Australian, artist Polly Borland.

“The right people came into my life,” Bronwyn said. “Clive Arrowsmith left a message on my home phone. The message said: ‘Hi Bronwyn, you have a Welsh name too, so I called. I don’t normally call people back.’ I was in shock.”

At 23, she was lucky to be under the wing of the Queen’s couturier, the late Sir Hardy Amies, working exclusively for his Savile Row seasonal collections and advertising using famed British model Paula Hamilton. Since then, her natural talent for fashion reflected in a distinctly modern photographic style has seen her work featured in global campaigns for Gossard, Renault, Adidas, Levi’s and Mikimoto, and editorial for Tatler, Harpers & Queen, Cosmopolitan and Vogue

“If you worked for someone great then it opened a door for your career — but it didn’t cross my mind; I was naïve. I wasn’t strategic; I didn’t come from that.”  

Twelve years in London saw Bronwyn working for the big stores on Oxford St, creating packaging, window displays and point of sales material for such brands as DKNY. She loved the retail space. The advertising industry was a whole other world. Likewise, her hard work also resulted in her photographing in Paris and New York. London was new and exciting, and during her time there she embraced every morsel of it.

“I only knew Melbourne. It was a very different experience for a girl from Melbourne, but you just had to absorb it. I couldn’t get enough. It was so different. My mind was opening up — it was just incredible.”

This modern portraitist has worked with jockey and The Funky Farm owner Chris Symons and professional polo player and model Sam Stott. Bronwyn appreciates the Peninsula art community, and has supported school fetes and art shows, including the Mount Eliza North Primary Art Show in late 2018. 

“Every direction you go on the Mornington Peninsula there’s something beautiful to look at. However, when I look at a landscape I just want to put a model with a huge frock in the scenery.”

KATE SEARS


Give hope to our homeless

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On any given night, 116,427 Australians will be experiencing homelessness and 42 per cent of them will be under the age of 25. However, you can help ease their plight by supporting Fusion Australia’s Sleep In Your Car event on Saturday, August 3, in Mornington Park.

Held during Homelessness Week, Sleep In Your Car is part of a nationwide campaign to help our homeless and to raise community awareness of the problem. This will be the fifth year it has been held in Mornington and organisers are hoping to raise $35,000.

You can drop by for a community dinner from 5.30pm or stay the whole night. You’ll learn from Peninsula service providers about the issues facing our homeless and what you can do to help; there will be a pop-up gallery, musicians, workshops, children's story readings and collaborative art; and you can experience The Walk Without Home, a learning program developed by the Fusion Mornington Peninsula team.

Register at www.sleepinyourcar.com.au to sleep in your car or sleep rough in one of the designated areas and help raise the money needed to support homeless young people on the Peninsula and provide them with somewhere safe to live.

 

Mornington in winter is worth singing about By Kate Sears

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The Mornington Winter Music Festival dances into town for the Queen’s Birthday weekend, from Friday, June 7, until Monday, June 10. Proudly supported by the Mornington Chamber of Commerce, Mornington Peninsula Shire and Main Street Mornington, the three-day festival program includes free street entertainment, and venues offering ticketed and free performances. Check out the festival program in our special music festival feature to discover the participating venues, bands, times and prices to plan your long weekend.

In preparation for the colder months ahead, make sure to stop by Kiwi House to pick up some Possum Merino Clothing and accessories — there’s nothing warmer than this 40 per cent possum, 50 per cent merino and 10 per cent nylon blend. Complete the look at Amicus Hair & Beauty, where Donna and Maria’s team will have you stepping out with a new contemporary look. Or you could brighten up your winter wardrobe with stylish new frames from Main Street Eye Care. Continue your wander through Main St to visit Organica Eco Salon, where you’ll find the highest performing certified organic hair colouring system. 

Why not add new items to your home to evoke a warm atmosphere with one-of-a-kind homeware pieces by local and Australian artisans from Ideas by the Bay. Or pop into Page8, which offers perfect gifts from its curated range. Browse the extensive collection at Rivette & Blare in Barkly St to find a new winter fashion staple item. 

AMT Legal in Mornington has a team who can expertly serve the needs of their clients in most areas of law, including family law, international family law, relationship law, wills, and powers of attorney. Speaking of experts, the Victorian Oral & Facial Surgeons treat conditions of the mouth, face and jaw. Prestige Home Care in Mornington are a caring team who provide the care that your loved ones need at home. Or why not leave your home for a little holiday in the sun planned by Mornington Travel? 

Dine after the festival or on any occasion at Swordfish Wine Bar & Tapas. Swordfish is Mornington’s newest wine bar that offers local wine and craft beer. Meanwhile, Publican’s all-new winter menu will have you delighted and feeling warm from head to toe. 

Whatever you’re after, from music to services, and fashion to food, it can be found here in Mornington’s bustling Main St. 


Man of metal

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Russ Brebner is like a bowerbird. He just loves to collect, convert and create. Finding some old metal in his shed in 2005 and then purchasing a welder, this Mornington Peninsula artist has been making “all kinds of metal creatures, including animals, birds, robots, ray guns and everything in between” ever since. 

Russ continues: “Every piece contains many ‘found’ recycled metals. I work across four main areas, including recycled metal art, letterboxes and numbers, gates and screens, and garden sculptures. Collecting the metal is half the fun and I design and manufacture each one-of-a-kind piece from start to finish. My first sculpture created from that first piece of metal was a robot called Bert. He gave me the inspiration to create more characters with other scrap metal I had lying around. I ended up selling lots at a local market. That’s when I bought a bigger welder, made a bigger workshop and began making bigger sculptures.”

The rest, as they say, is history. Russ began to have great success selling his art at markets across the Peninsula and started entering his work in local art shows. He won the Best Sculpture Award at the 2012 Derinya Art & Craft Exhibition and was selected as a contributing artist for the Mali in the City program at the Royal Melbourne Zoo in 2012, where he created his piece Rusty Mali. He then collaborated with Frankston City Council to design and construct decorative sculptures for the festive Christmas program in 2015 and recently won the Highly Commended Sculpture Award for his piece entitled Tic Toc at Art Red Hill 2019. 

Check out his terrific metal masterpieces at Blue Mini Café in Rosebud West or go online at www.rustysculptures.com.au to take a peek. His showroom in Carrum Downs is open 10am-2pm Monday-Saturday and other times by appointment.

Lip Bombs bring it on By Liz Rogers

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When you first listen to the Belair Lip Bombs banging out their brand of surf/punk, you might be forgiven for thinking you were held up in some 1980s downtown dive where the lights are low and the music makes you high. This is the stuff that takes you back to Blondie, The Cramps, Iggy Pop and The Slits, then kicks you up the posterior into the future for a glimpse of 20-something rock that shocks with a whack of pure guitar grunt. Mornington Peninsula Magazine got the ‘goss’ from Lip Bombs guitarist Mike Bradvica about what they’ve been up to.

How long have you guys been together?

A bit over a year now. Mike, who plays guitar, and Liam, who plays the drums, are Frankston boys, while Jimbo on bass comes from Seaford. Maisie on vox used to live in Frankston but has just moved to Ascot Vale. We’ve pretty much played all the major venues in Melbourne now but there’s a few more to go. The MCG would be sick — ha ha!

Why Belair Lip Bombs?

Vintage Belair Lip Bomb wheels came from California back when the whole skate craze was popping. We thought the name sounded cool and we all kinda skate so we thought yeah, why not?

How would you describe your sound?

We all love heavy punk and grunge but we also love melodic and slow music too. We always show each other what we are listening to, which I think is pretty cool. We’ve been described as punk/surf/grunge rock but we’re not influenced by anyone really except ourselves.

Have you always been into making music?

We’ve all been making music since we were young. I personally don’t know what else I’d be doing with my life if music didn’t exist.

What does a Belair Lip Bombs crowd look like?

When we first started our audience was pretty much just our own mates and whoever happened to be there. Now we’ve started to get a bit of a following, which is sweet. Mostly teens and young adults. We’ve had some pretty sick gigs so far. Our 2am Yah Yah’s headline in Fitzroy went pretty wild. Recently we were asked to sign someone’s shirt for the first time, which was a kinda strange feeling.

Who writes the tunes?

Maisie writes most of them but she throws out her ideas when we rehearse and the rest of us add our stuff and flesh it out. 

Tell us about your EP, Songs To Do Your Laundry To, which was launched May 25.

We recorded it with our ‘sick’ mixer mate Max over two days in Frankston in January this year. We thought “Nah” to releasing a single because there were only three songs and it was better to release them all in one bang.

So what’s next?

We are playing a bunch of gigs in town throughout June and are thinking of starting to record a full-length EP or LP. Overseas gigs would be great too — but baby steps.

Follow them on Facebook @lipbombz to find out where they’ll be playing next. 


Award-winning agency opens Peninsula studio

In the lead-up to its 10-year anniversary, award-winning Melbourne-based agency Five Creative has expanded its Victorian presence and launched a second creative space on the Mornington Peninsula. The new studio, fondly titled the Country Table, will provide the same dedicated creative services offered at Five Creative’s South Yarra workplace: branding, packaging, website and design.

Charlie Ryan, Evie Baker and her dad James Baker in Red Hill.

Charlie Ryan, Evie Baker and her dad James Baker in Red Hill.

Already aligned with some of the businesses on the Peninsula, Five Creative was behind the successful re-brand of EVOO producer Cape Schanck Olive Estate, with its work recently receiving a silver medal for packaging at the 2019 Los Angeles International EVOO competition.

And in collaboration with both Cape Schanck Olive Estate and Olieve & Olie, the team recently provided their skills and time to help produce a batch of handmade soap, donating 100 per cent of sales directly to the farmers affected by the recent Bunyip bushfires.

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Five Creative was founded in 2009 by Charlie Ryan and James Baker, who both have longstanding family ties with the Peninsula and Australian agriculture. The expansion has coincided with Charlie’s own move to Red Hill.

Charlie says: “We are thrilled to be expanding our creative studios into the Mornington Peninsula, and it is a privilege to live and work amongst the local families and businesses that make this region world-renowned in agriculture and hospitality.”

To find out more, visit fivecreative.com.au/mp or phone 9826 2174.

FIVE CREATIVE
A: Red Hill
T: 9826 2174
W: fivecreative.com.au/mp
FB: fivecreative
INSTA: fivecreative

Prime example of political satire

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Yes, Minister and the equally successful sequel Yes, Prime Minister captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation. First broadcast 30 years ago, the original writers of these classic series have reunited to create a bang-up-to-date Yes, Prime Minister for the stage.

Spin, BlackBerrys, sexed-up dossiers, sleaze, global warming and a country on the brink of financial meltdown form the backdrop to mayhem at Chequers.  The Foreign Minister of the oil-rich Kumranistan, with an offer of a pipeline deal that could entitle the financially embattled government to a multi-trillion-pound loan, makes a shocking request of Jim's Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley, and reconciling the two antithetical positions of moral consideration and the nation’s economic future put Jim Hacker, Bernard, Sir Humphrey and Special Adviser Claire Sutton into a panic.  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue. 

From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, directed for the Frankston Theatre Group by David McCall (pictured). Charles Spencer wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Left me crying with laughter . . . the piece achieves one of those blissful peaks of great farce when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing . . . a smash hit if ever I saw one.”

We salute Greater Frankston’s award-winning businesses By Lisa Walton

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Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula are home to a host of innovative and highly successful businesses both large and small, and while they might be incredibly diverse in nature, all have one thing in common: a desire to provide their customers with the best products and services possible.

On Thursday, February 21, many were honoured at the inaugural Greater Frankston Business Awards at Functions by the Bay.  The awards gave businesses the opportunity to come together, toast their successes and share ideas.  

In this special feature we honour all finalists and winners — in particular our wonderful clients, Lisa’s Lacies, The Sports Injury Clinic, Anny’s Manufacturing, Garden Babies Fairy Art, Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant, Sk8House, Eeny Meeny Cafe, Fratelli Frankston, One Pear Tree and Town Planning & Co. 

As sponsors of both the Mornington Peninsula Business Awards and the Greater Frankston Business Awards, it is our hope at Mornington Peninsula Magazine that they will continue and we wish to congratulate all winners and finalists.


Greater Frankston Business Awards

MAJOR AWARDS

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

YOUNGTREPRENEUR
Pawsome Paws
Rosebud
P: 0433 719 445

WORKPLACE CULTURE
The Sports Injury Clinic
365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9783 9990

COMPANY WIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Fusion Network Solutions
6/13B Elite Way, Carrum Downs
P: 0448 039 577

EMERGING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Local Shed Solutions
P: 9775 1706

RISING STAR BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
EFM Health Clubs Frankston
John Paul College, 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston
P: 0409 942 368

CATEGORY AWARD WINNERS AND FINALISTS

ENTERTAINMENT WINNER
Dainton Brewery
560 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 0334

ENTERTAINMENT FINALISTS
Excape Frankston
3A Wells St, Frankston
P: 0490 523 558

KidsTown
11 Heversham Drive, Seaford
P: 8759 1431

Sk8House
Unit 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs
P: 9773 6799

HEALTH PRACTITIONER/BODY WINNER
The Sports Injury Clinic
365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9783 9990

HEALTH PRACTITIONER/BODY FINALISTS
Seaford Osteopathy
Rosslyn Ave, Seaford
P: 0417 512 536

Van Velsen Exercise Physiology
Shop 4/115 Hall Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 0433 232 050

BUSINESS SOLUTION PROVIDERS WINNER
Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

BUSINESS SOLUTION PROVIDERS FINALISTS
BSDA
Frankston
P: 1300 995 117

Platformers
Suite 5, 38 Ross Smith Avenue East, Frankston
P: 1300 99 67 67

PET SERVICES WINNER
Pawsome Paws
Rosebud
P: 0433 719 445

HAIRDRESSING WINNER
Hair Etiquette by Kirra
Shop 17, 21 Thompson Rd, Patterson Lakes
P: 9773 3755

HAIRDRESSING FINALIST
Capelli E Bellezza
53c Beach St, Frankston
P: 9781 4448

BUILDING AND TRADES WINNER
The Beauchamp Group
54 New St, Frankston
P: 1800 005 351

BUILDING AND TRADES FINALISTS
Everlift Garage Doors
19 Captain Cook Close, Skye
P: 1300 956 090

New Form Concreting
25 Milne Ave, Seaford
P: 0424 640 455

SWIM CENTRE WINNER
Patterson Lakes Swim School
76 Pier One Drive, Patterson Lakes
P: 0450 097 946

SWIM CENTRE FINALISTS
Langwarrin KingSwim
19-27 Northgateway, Langwarrin
P: 9775 7000

Frankston KingSwim
3 Foot St, Frankston
P: 9783 5377

BUSINESS COACH WINNER
Dr Ben Carvosso
1392 Nepean Highway, Mount Eliza
P: 9787 8518

DRIVE INDUSTRY WINNER
Drive Skills 4 Life
Frankston
P: 0422 765 843

DRIVE INDUSTRY FINALIST
Muscle Car Garage
4/21 Cumberland Drive, Seaford
P: 0413 170 745

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FINALIST
Cricklewood Child Care and Kindergarten
23-25 Cranbourne Rd, Langwarrin
P: 9775 5855

RETAILER OF THE YEAR WINNER
Lisa's Lacies
6 Klauer St, Seaford
P: 9782 5955

RETAILER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Anny's Manufacturing Jewellers
92 Young St, Frankston
P: 9783 6226

Peninsula Camera
32-34 Ross Smith Ave, Frankston
P: 9781 4677

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WINNER
One Pear Tree
372 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9781 0077

HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY FINALISTS
FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

Reddy Roasts - Carrum Downs
T7/100 Hall Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 8787 7075

Eeny Meeny Cafe
96 Young St, Frankston
P: 0438 188 047

Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant
4 Kananook Creek Blvd, Frankston
P: 9783 9067

RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ WINNER
Geonbae Korean BBQ Restaurant
4 Kananook Creek Blvd, Frankston
P: 9783 9067

RESTAURANT AND CAFÉ FINALISTS
One Pear Tree
372 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9781 0077 

FRATELLI Frankston
227 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9776 5277

Eeny Meeny Cafe
96 Young St, Frankston
P: 0438 188 047

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINALISTS
RA Printing
26 Silkwood Rise, Carrum Downs
P: 9089 7700

Make Your Mark Australia
20 Correa Grove, Frankston South
P: 9580 2044

TASC Group
Patterson Lakes
P: 0477 182 254

Campbell Page - Frankston
98 Young St, Frankston
P: 9046 5924 

Virtual Infinity
P: 0430 088 040

COMMUNITY GROUP WINNER
The Toothbrush Project

PHOTOGRAPHY WINNER
Garden Babies Fairy Art
Seaford
P: 0420 646 244

BORN IN FRANKSTON WINNER
BBQ Spit Rotisseries
2/59 Brunel Rd, Seaford
P: 9773 6167

BORN IN FRANKSTON FINALISTS
Cleanskin Candles
9 Peninsula Blvd, Seaford
P: 0433 283 741

Dainton Brewery
560 Frankston-Dandenong Rd, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 0334

Wholefoods Melbourne
28 Wells St, Frankston
P: 9783 5584

Simply No Knead
5 Cumberland Drive, Seaford
P: 9786 0266

BEAUTY THERAPIES AND WELLNESS WINNER
Ems Beauty Boutique
12 McCulloch Drive, Seaford
P: 9190 8974 

BEAUTY THERAPIES AND WELLNESS FINALISTS
Jodi Eames Beauty and Wellness
Mornington
P: 0408 376 167

New Your Skin and Laser Boutique
Shop 8/21 Thompson Rd, Patterson Lakes
P: 9772 7444

Body In Sync Health
20A/ 71 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 0439 848 657

Retreat You
3 Ellabella Way, Mornington
P: 0401 676 347

HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND PSYCHOLOGY WINNER
All Psyched Up
373 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8797 5542

HEALTH PRACTITIONER AND PSYCHOLOGY FINALIST
Positive Psychology
35 Mereweather Ave, Frankston
P: 9725 5586

HEALTH AND FITNESS WINNER
Fit for Life 24/7 Gym
4 Network Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 9775 1439

HEALTH AND FITNESS FINALISTS
EFM Health Clubs Frankston
John Paul College, 161 McMahons Rd, Frankston
P: 0409 942 368

Input Fitness
224 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
P: 9789 3566

Switch Health and Fitness
Cranbourne-Frankston Rd, Langwarrin
P: 0431 112 691

Body In Sync Health
20A/ 71 Frankston Gardens Drive, Carrum Downs
P: 0439 848 657

REAL ESTATE WINNER
Ash Marton Realty
1/454 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 9770 2828

REAL ESTATE FINALIST
US Real Estate
2/32 Playne St, Frankston
P: 0423 487 266

CLEANING SERVICES WINNER
Specialised Trauma Cleaning Services
Factory 4, 14 Capital Place, Carrum Downs
P: 1300 583 583

CLEANING SERVICES FINALISTS
Wicked Sparkle
Frankston
P: 0415 519 367

Nepean Complete Cleaning Services
Frankston
P: 9770 5253

Total Commercial Cleaning Solutions
Mornington
P: 5976 1122

WEB DIGITAL AGENCIES WINNER
Spicy Web
Level 10 435/437 Nepean Highway, Frankston
P: 8765 2339

WEB DIGITAL AGENCIES FINALIST
BSDA
Frankston
P: 1300 995 117

SPECIALIST IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WINNER
Edgetel
Level 1B, 38 Hartnett Drive, Seaford
P: 1300 885 894

SPECALIST IT AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES FINALISTS
Fusion Network Solutions
6/13B Elite Way, Carrum Downs
P: 0448 039 577

Innov8tive Services
5/10 Lakewood Blvd, Carrum Downs
P: 8764 8250

Whole IT
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Easter events on the Peninsula By Ainsley Paton

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What: Harcourt’s Hastings Easter Egg Hunt — jumping castles, petting zoo, balloon making, games, live music, Easter egg hunt

When: Sunday, April 14, 10am-noon 

Where: Marine Pde, Hastings

Cost: Free

What: Easter Egg Hunt in the Sculpture Park — Koko Black chocolate pop-up, face painting by Twinkles Starry Faces, live music, colouring stations, breakfast items for purchase in Pt Leo Wine Terrace 

When: Sunday, April 21, 9am-noon

Where: Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks

Cost: $20 (one adult and one child); $5 each additional adult; children under 3 free

What: Easter Egg Hunt, Green Olive at Red Hill — bring the kids down to the farm for a good old-fashioned Easter egg hunt 

When: Friday, April 19, 9.30-11.30am

Where: Green Olive at Red Hill, 1180 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge

Cost: Gold coin donation

What: Mornington Peninsula’s Biggest Easter Egg Hunt

When: Sunday, April 14, 10am-2pm

Where: Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington

Cost: Free

What: Diveline Easter Egg Hunt — dive into the water to collect Easter eggs then enjoy a barbecue at the shop. Call shop to confirm attendance

When: Saturday, April 20, 9am-3pm

Where: Diveline Aus, 6 Young St, Frankston

Cost: $10 social club members; $20 non-members

What: Good Friday Family Festival — egg and spoon races, chocolate hunt, live music, hot food and coffee, jumping castle, petting zoo, face painting, crafts

When: Friday, April 19, 11am-2pm

Where: Frankston Waterfront, Nepean Highway, Frankston

Cost: Free

What: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show — exhibition and sale of works by artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas. Silent auction with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from retailers

When: Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10am-5pm, Monday, April 22, 10am-2pm

Where: Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron, 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie 

Cost: $5


Exceptional art, wine and dining in Red Hill

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The month of May begins with a generous serving of sensational art and creative conversation at Art Red Hill. Secure your place at the opening night on May 3 from 7.30-10.30pm where you’ll be entertained with music from Balnarring’s Marty Williams while enjoying a delicious selection of gourmet food from Red Gum BBQ. This year’s co-ordinators will acknowledge the 10-year commitment of gold sponsor RT Edgar Real Estate, Flinders. Visitors will enjoy wines crafted by a selection of the Peninsula’s wine giants including Montalto & Elgee and Polperro Winery, along with fantastic local beers and cider to complement the barbecue feast. 

After last year’s sold-out event, tickets are only available online for the 2019 Art Red Hill gala event (18+), so you’d better get online quickly to book before they are snapped up — there won’t be any tickets available for sale at the door as in previous years. At only $40 a head, the tickets include one drink, dinner and live music and, most importantly, the first option to purchase some of the incredible art on display, including paintings, works on paper, photographs, sculptures, ceramics and jewellery.

Artists from the Peninsula and throughout Australia have been exhibiting their work in the wonderfully diverse offering that is Art Red Hill for almost 40 years. More than 1000 artworks will be on display with more than 300 Australia-wide artists contributing, making this an unmissable event. But that is just the beginning. Over the three days, the total creative experience includes a wide range of ‘arty’ things to do for adults and kids alike. There’ll be indigenous art from McCulloch and McCulloch’s Everywhen Artspace in Flinders to purchase, fabulous coffee to taste and delicious Peninsula-produced snacks and lunches to sample. The stunning pop-up retail store will be selling giftware, fashion, homewares and jewellery. Kids’ activities will run throughout both Saturday and Sunday. Some examples of craft tent happenings include face painting, nature weaving, creative and crazy craft, paper crafts and an illustration workshop with by children’s book illustrator Prue Pittock. At just $5 entry, your little ones will enjoy the art show as much as you do. 

Don’t miss out on an artistic event of epic proportions.

ART RED HILL MAY 3-5

A: Red Hill Consolidated School, 341 Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill

T: 5989 2321 (events co-ordinator)

W: artredhill.redhillcs.vic.edu.au

INSTA: artredhill

FB: ArtRedHill


Don’t miss the Melbourne Easter Show

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Experience all the ‘eggcitement’ you can handle at the Melbourne Easter Show. With all the hallmarks of major shows, the action-packed event offers non-stop fun for the whole family over the Easter long weekend at the Cranbourne Turf Club.

Kids are free to enter the show, which features amusement rides, monster truck battles, rodeo shows, animal farm, lights display, showbags and much more. 

It wouldn’t be Easter without an egg hunt — and there are a whopping 500,000 chocolate eggs up for grabs. Children will be given a basket to collect plastic Easter eggs. Once they’ve collected all the eggs they will be given a pre-packed bag of chocolate eggs. There are also additional prizes up for grabs and entry to the scavenger hunt.

Tickets for the Easter egg hunt are $10 per child for a session. The sessions, which run over the four days, are aged-based and parents with kids under three are able to help with the egg hunt. 

The Melbourne Easter Show also features a heap of amusement rides including dodgem cars, inflatable slides, merry-go-round, tea cups and a ferris wheel. Tickets for unlimited ride wristbands are $50 and can be bought on presale for $40. Individual ride tickets are also available. 

The Melbourne Easter Show is open from 10am-9pm daily from April 19-22 at the Cranbourne Turf Club, Grant St, Cranbourne. For more information, visit melbourneeastershow.com.au


Prime example of political satire

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Yes, Minister and the equally successful sequel Yes, Prime Minister captured a niche in the political consciousness of the nation. First broadcast 30 years ago, the original writers of these classic series have reunited to create a bang-up-to-date Yes, Prime Minister for the stage.

Spin, BlackBerrys, sexed-up dossiers, sleaze, global warming and a country on the brink of financial meltdown form the backdrop to mayhem at Chequers.  The Foreign Minister of the oil-rich Kumranistan, with an offer of a pipeline deal that could entitle the financially embattled government to a multi-trillion-pound loan, makes a shocking request of Jim's Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley, and reconciling the two antithetical positions of moral consideration and the nation’s economic future put Jim Hacker, Bernard, Sir Humphrey and Special Adviser Claire Sutton into a panic.  Political machinations, media manipulation and an appeal for divine intervention ensue. 

From the writers of the original television series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister comes the equally sharply satirical stage version, directed for the Frankston Theatre Group by David McCall (pictured). Charles Spencer wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “Left me crying with laughter . . . the piece achieves one of those blissful peaks of great farce when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing . . . a smash hit if ever I saw one.”

Art show sails into its 10th year

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The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron Easter Art Show is back and celebrating its 10th year. Always a highlight on the Peninsula calendar, the show is proudly sponsored by hockingstuart Blairgowrie and raises money for the BYS rescue boat fleet.

The show has gone from strength to strength since it began in 2009, with artists from Melbourne and the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas invited to have their works exhibited and for sale at the yacht club. Feature artists exhibiting this year are It Hao Pheh, Maureen Kirsch and Lawrence Marshall, along with returning and new artists, in mediums ranging from painting and photography to indoor and outdoor sculpture. Outdoor sculptures take pride of place on the deck and lawn, adding to the ambience of the club. A silent auction runs throughout the duration of the show with lifestyle experiences, products and vouchers from Peninsula retailers on offer.

The art show is open from 10am-5pm on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, and from 10am-2pm on Monday, April 22. Entry to the show is $5 with tickets available at the door each day, and visitors are more than welcome to stay on at the yacht club and enjoy the BYS bistro and deck with stunning views of the bay, or just relax by the sea. For more information, go to bys.asn.au or visit the Facebook page @byseasterartshow

The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is at 2900 Point Nepean Rd, Blairgowrie. Phone 5988 8453.

Chasing the autumn racing sun

As the end of another successful season of picnic racing approaches, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club has reflected on some of the highlights that have made this season so much fun.

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The club celebrated the 90th birthday of life member Stan Kerr at its January 13 race meeting. Members delighted in spending  the day with Stan and his family and friends.

The Australia Day Balnarring Cup was a great success, with a big crowd enjoying fine weather and top entertainment that included the Old Scotch Pipes and Drums Band, live music, and a range of kids’ rides and activities to finish off the school holidays. 

With just two race meetings left for the season — Labour Day long weekend and Easter Saturday — why not come along and enjoy the autumn sun. The Easter Saturday meeting will feature the popular Fashions on the Field, with more than $2000 in prizes to be won. 

Book online at balnarringraces.com, and bring your style and flair!

BALNARRING PICNIC RACING CLUB

A: Coolart Rd, Balnarring

W: balnarringraces.com

FB: balnarring.races

INSTA: balnarringraces


Mel Brooks comedy next for Panorama

At its heart, Panorama Theatre Company is about supporting young people and the young at heart to explore the medium of theatre as a vehicle for personal development, friendship, and as a potential career. Many performers, musical directors and backstage technicians have cut their teeth with Panorama, with alumni currently performing on stage in The Book of Mormon, on the West End, on cruise ships around the world and appearing in the current season of Dancing With the Stars.

Panorama Theatre Company’s recent production of  Beauty and the Beast  was a sell-out.

Panorama Theatre Company’s recent production of Beauty and the Beast was a sell-out.

To mark its 40th year, Panorama is staging the Mel Brooks musical comedy The Producers, one of the most outrageously offensive and politically incorrect pieces of theatre to ever hit the stage. Also adapted into a popular film with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in 2005, this modern classic promises to leave audiences of all ages choking with laughter as the best — and worst — of 1950s Broadway is presented in side-splitting fashion.

Featuring toe-tapping numbers, this sure-fire hit is loaded with all the inappropriate things you wish you could get away with and more, throwing political correctness out the door. On at the Frankston Arts Centre and featuring a stellar cast and a 20-piece orchestra, we’re surprised you’re still reading this and haven’t booked your tickets yet!  It’s on selected dates from April 5-14. Book at thefac.com.au or phone the box office on 9784 1060.


All set for holiday hilarity

Rob Lister, as Pierce, and Mark Moore, as Parkes, in a scene from Caravan.

Rob Lister, as Pierce, and Mark Moore, as Parkes, in a scene from Caravan.

Frankston Theatre Group’s set builders are used to creating some extremely varied and often very strange environments for its actors to perform in, but its next production is one of the oddest.  

The name of the play gives it away:  Caravan. So, complete with treacherously low lintels, construction has commenced on a caravan at the group’s facility in Frankston. A big enough task, but this particular caravan has to be deconstructed and rebuilt at the Mount Eliza Community Centre!

Within its confines, a cast of six will tell the story of Parkes the pernickety caravan owner and his desperately smiling wife with a guilty secret, who are joined by their friends Rodney and Monica Rice, serial despisers of caravanning. Then their friend Pierce arrives with his youngest girlfriend yet, the lovely flowerchild Gwendolyn.  What could possibly go wrong? Well, the weather for a start. The rain begins to pour, as does the brandy; secrets leak, as does the caravan; and the hilarity starts.  

You can get your discounted tickets by using the code FF-CARAVAN to get a huge 20 per cent off your tickets through trybooking or when calling 1300 665 377.

If, perchance, you fancy treading the boards yourself, Frankston Theatre Group’s next production is Yes Prime Minister with all the usual suspects, and the auditions will be held on Sunday, April 7, from 2-5pm, and Monday, April 8, from 7-9pm.  Call the production co-ordinator on 0423 186 098 to book your audition.


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