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"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

- Andy Warhol 1968 

Isabelle Collin Dufresne was born on 6 September 1935 and was a French-American artist who took the stage name of "Ultra Violet" in 1964 at Andy Warhol's suggestion, because it was her preferred fashion - her hair color at the time was often violet or lilac. She became one of many "superstars" in Warhol's Factory and had worked with Salvador Dali and many other prominent artists. She is the author of the international bestselling memoir, Famous for Fifteen Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol, which has been published in seventeen languages. Dufresne died last month on 14 June 2014 in New York City at the age of 78.

Artist in Focus

 Shaun Tan 2008







This month the spotlight is on Rebecca Jensen, a local Joondalup artist who was awarded the Artist in Focus award as part of the Community Art Exhibition held in June at Lakeside Joondalup. As part of the Artist in Focus award, Jensen will host her first solo exhibition supported by the City of Joondalup, at Joondalup Art Gallery (formerly known as blend(er) Gallery).

Name:   Rebecca Jensen
Country:   Australia
Birth Place:   Canada
Medium:  Printmaking

My passion for the arts came from... It’s difficult to pin down, I would say my interest began as a child who just loved to draw, since then I have never found anything that captures my interest in the same way.

I am inspired by… Origami, a single piece of paper in a vast library communicates my experience in today’s world.

What I hope to achieve from being the Arts in Focus artist… As this will be my first solo exhibition I hope that it will refine my practice and introduce my work, in particular printmaking, to the arts community.

The last arts or cultural event I went to was... Liam Dee’s solo exhibition. Liam is a Perth illustrator who has quite a surreal and perspective focused style.

My favourite artist is… Shaun Tan. I am captivated by his ability to expand on complex themes in a medium that is mostly associated with children.

I’m currently very inspired by... Mica Angela Hendricks, I particularly like her collaborations with her young daughter and the merging point between technical accuracy and pure creativity.

I'm currently working on... A series of prints in response to Jorge Borges’ short story The Library of Babel.

Image one - Rebecca Jensen, Artist in Focus Award 2014
Image two - Shaun Tan is the illustrator and author of award winning children’s books such as The Red Tree and The Lost Thing, image 2008

Focus on...Opportunities



Joondalup Eisteddfod 2014
Tickets are $4.00 full admission, $2.00 concession
Entries have closed, however tickets can be purchased to attend the Joondalup Eisteddfod, which returns to Sacred Heart College RNDM Performing Arts Centre in 2014. This annual music competition takes place over three weekends in August and will culminate in a winners and highlights concert on Saturday 6 September 2014. To purchase tickets to the Eisteddfod Winners Concert visit the City's website.

Community Art Exhibition
The 2014 City of Joondalup Community Art Exhibition was held at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City from Sunday 15 June to Saturday 28 June. The Community Art Exhibition is an annual exhibition open to all City of Joondalup residents and members of local visual arts associations. Congratulations to the winners for 2014:

  • Most Outstanding Work ($1,500.00) Judy Rogers, 50x50$1000
  • Works on Paper ($1,000.00) Marilyn Hamilton, Memories
  • Painting ($1,000.00) Trevor Bly, Untitled
  • Sculpture/Three Dimensional ($1,000.00) Estelle Dean, Select a Fortune
  • Textiles ($1,000.00) Wendy Burgess, Misty Morning Impression
  • Photomedia ($1,000.00) Jan Weir, Up Beat
  • Artist in Focus ($500.00) and exhibition at Joondalup Art Gallery Rebecca Jensen, Occasionally inspiration lingers just out of reach
  • Popular Choice Award ($500.00) Altinka Res, Within the Mire
  • Celebrating Joondalup Award ($500.00) Lindsay Dullea, Shapes of Joondalup
  • Student Award ($250.00 Jackson’s Voucher) Rhiannon Smith, Cantatus Promise

The City of Joondalup is pleased to announce Altinka Res as the recipient of this year’s Popular Choice Award. Altinka’s oil painting Within the Mire received the most Popular Choice nominations from the general public during the course of the exhibition. The City would like to thank the judges Jenny Haynes, Director of the Mundaring Arts Centre; Catherine Czerw, Independant Curator and Minaxi May, Artist, Independant Curator and Lecturer.

Community Invitation Art Award 2014
In early 2014 professional artists from across Western Australia were invited to submit an expression of interest to take part in the annual City of Joondalup 2014 Community Invitation Art Award. Expressions of Interest closed on Sunday 4 May 2014. Fourteen artists were shortlisted by an independent selection panel of industry professionals and invited to submit three artworks either as a series or as individual works. 

The artists invited to take part in the 2014 Community Invitation Art Award are Jacqueline Ball, Christophe Canato, Teelah George, David Ledger, Alex Maciver, Elisa Markes-Young, Dan McCabe, Mark Parfitt, Perdita Phillips, Jody Quackenbush Nien Schwarz, Nicole Slatter, Justin Spiers and Roderick Sprigg.

Shortlisted artists will be paid a fee of $500.00 towards the development of their work and these artworks will be exhibited at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City from 19 - 31 October 2014.

Artist Call Out
Calling all visual artists. Joondalup Art Gallery, formerly blend(er), is calling for expressions of interests for the JCAA Members Selection Exhibition. Artists are encouraged to challenge their artistic practice; to play, take risks, explore new ideas, media and processes in both two and three dimensional works. For further information please visit the website.

Writing Competition with Trudy Graham/Julie Lewis Literary Award for Prose Competition
This Peter Cowan Writers' Centre competition opened on 6 June 2014 and closes on 1 August 2014. Fees to enter - $15.00 one entry, $25.00 for two entries and $35.00 for three entries. The prizes are - First Place $400.00, Second Place $200.00 and Third Place $100.00. Entrants may submit up to 2,000 words maximum per prose entry. Full rules of entry, registration forms and competition details are available on the PCWC website.

Focus on...Workshops

NAIDOC Umbrella Walking Tour
Saturday 12 July 2014, 12.00noon
July can be wet and cold so to stay warm you will receive a free hot chocolate and an umbrella upon arrival at Central Park. The fun will continue as you are led on a walking tour by Indigenous Tours WA facilitator Greg Nannup. You will explore local indigenous history, culture and places of significance. This is an interactive activity that aims to provide participants with a new insight into the City centre and its surrounds. The walking tour will go for approximately 90 minutes and will require you to walk about one kilometre. This is a free event. Register online or for further information call 9400 4230.

"Mini Fuser" Glass Workshop – Beach Gecko Glass
Sunday 20 July, 3.00pm - 5.30pm
In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn the basics of designing and creating your own fused glass dish. With a variety of glass colours to choose from, you will learn to score glass, then assemble your design to be fused and later slumped. Cost is $100.00 per person. Bookings are essential, call Laurie or Nevin on 0408 102 250.

Peter Cowan Writers' Centre (PCWC)
Here are some upcoming events at PCWC:.

  • The Writer’s Tales with Horst Kornberger (3 hour workshop)
    27 July 2014, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
    Stories bear a powerful charge. Speaking to the psyche they effectively mobilize creative response. Some stories are particularly suited to writers: Horst calls them the ‘The Writer’s Tales.’ They reflect the initiatory stages of the creative self and work like a powerful catalyst on writing potential. Cost is $38.00 Members and $48.00 Non-members.
  • Guest Speaker with award-winning UK author, Qaisra Shahraz
    Saturday, 9 August 2014, 10.00am - 12.00noon
    Peter Cowan Writers' Centre, Edith Cowan House, Building 20, ECU Joondalup Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
    Join PCWC for an author talk and readings by Qaisra Shahraz, author of Revolt, The Holy Woman, and Typhoon, with time for Q and A, and book signings afterwards. Seating is limited, please contact PCWC to register your interest. Free event. Morning tea is provided. 
  • Workshopping and Writing 10 Minute Plays with Vivienne Glance (three part series)
    16 August 2014, 20 September 2014, 18 October 2014, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
    The 10 minute play is a short, sweet and increasingly popular form of theatre. An excellent introduction to playwriting, this course covers all elements of good drama, such as, character through dialogue, plot, exposition, dramatic action, and more. Create your own bite-size play, learn practical aspects of playwriting and hear your play read out in the final session. And discover the many opportunities there are for short plays as well - here and abroad. Cost is $114.00 Members and $144.00 Non-members.
  • Memoir, Biography and Life Writing with Dr Maureen-Helen (eight part series)
    Eight sessions, starting  24 August 2014, 1.30pm - 4.30pm 
    Have you ever wanted to write a memoir, your life story or a biography but don’t quite know where to start? Join experienced memoir author, Maureen-Helen, on this journey of discovery to learn how to capture these precious memories as either short or book-length stories. Cost is $304.00 Members, $344.00 Concession and $384.00 Non-members

    For full details  PCWC's program visit their website or call 9301 2282.
What's on




NAIDOC Week 2014
6 - 13 July 2014
NAIDOC celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, cultures and communities and their contribution to modern Australia. NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. The City encourages the community to participate in the many cultural events offered throughout NAIDOC week to grow awareness and appreciation of traditional Indigenous culture. These events include:

  • Yey Sussurus Exhibition
    30 June - 18 July 2014
    Joondalup Art Gallery, 4/48 Central Walk, Joondalup
    Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am - 2.00pm
    Yey Sussurus is exhibited as part of the City of Joondalup’s NAIDOC week celebrations and features artworks by female indigenous artists who are working in innovative or daring ways or playing with traditional art forms or crafts, or extending their practise in new and experimental ways. The exhibition celebrates Indigenous Culture across Australia bringing together work from artists based in Tasmania, Queensland, Sydney as well as locally.
  • Artist Talk - Deborah Bonar
    Perth-based artist Deborah Bonar will facilitate an artist talk at Joondalup Art Gallery and speak about her unique and easily identified personal style, painting with lyricism and delicacy, producing work of immense visual power and complexity. Bonar will talk through her art as she reconnects with her culture - country, family and history. Register online or for further information call 9400 4230. Image Credit - Strong Wise Women Deborah Bonar, 2013.

Sunday Serenades: Winter Ballads
Sunday 20 July 2014, 2.00pm - 3.00pm
Civic Chambers, Boas Avenue, Joondalup
Jay Weston returns by popular request to the Sunday Serenades stage to delight an audience with winter ballads. Featuring a variety of styles from opera and musical theatre to classical and contemporary. For further information call 9400 4921 or visit the City's website to register.

Joondalup Art Galley (JAG)
Joondalup Art Gallery is the new name for the blend(er) Gallery, home of the Joondalup Community Arts Association (JCAA). JAG is located at 4/48 Central Walk, Joondalup and is open 10.00am - 2.00pm Tuesday to Friday. Follow JAG on facebook.

Are you an artist or art lover? 
Join the JCAA today for just $40.00 per year. Receive invitations to JAG exhibition openings, events and workshops, reduced gallery hire rates and discounts at participating art suppliers. For further information visit their website.

Monthly JCAA Morning Tea and Coffee
Join JCAA between 10.00am and 12.00noon on the last Friday of each month for tea and coffee at Joondalup Art Gallery. Meet fellow artists and make new friends. This event is open to anyone with an interest in art. It’s a friendly atmosphere so don’t be shy. For further information visit the website.

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