With a name to cogitate on “…This is a brilliant place!.. Great big space, beautifully renovated with the pressed tin ceiling, lead light skylights ,massive seating area, great staff and tasty food … Run by the friendly Rachel on the Main Street of Uralla.
We have spent some quality time here while I’ve been wrestling with the incompatibility of myself, images and my web site … but I have managed to compose myself long enough to compose a couple of blogs on this remarkable little town and some of its artists and artisans…. anyway ! … check Instagram. @thealternaterootcafe !
My kind of town
A brewery of its own.. a campsite with a fireplace,(Managed by a good mate of mine, Paul, from Tassie days !) A Foundry/blacksmith shop, print gallery, several galleries in fact.. the wool shop, Coffee everywhere, a yummy meal at the Top pub! and this weekend , the annual art exhibition, craft show and lantern parade! .. Really guys ! Thanks!…Ya should’na !
The Uralla Print Gallery !
This beautiful space, Directed and curated by Rhonda Ellem, herself a very accomplished printmaker and fabric artist whom we (Rosie and I), last visited in her studio in Armidale in 2014 and featured in the blog then .. http://brucepringle.com/?m=201404 … Well her new venture (since July 2016), is an exhibiting gallery, the current exhibition being the photographic works of “traveling photographer”, Nico Coblyn…amazing landscapes, glad we caught this show ! You will also find Rhonda’s works on display, most notably a large woodblock print “Pandanis” on green fabric as well as the works of several other printmakers. Check them out on Instagram…… The Uralla Print Gallery .
So ! .. massive day in Uralla… heaps more to come … the incredible national treasure that is the old Phoenix foundry…( a call for volunteers). a story of a scholar and artist”s translation of the Norse Beowulf classic scribed with impeccable calligraphy …. ceramic artists .. and more ..much more…. too much for one post .. it’s doing my head in ! (Thanks Rosie for tech assistance! XXX!)
The Uralla Print Gallery
Workbench..The shadow self in the furnace of ART… photo by Chris Weinmann
In looking at the chaotic state of my bench and wondering at it’s correlation with Myself…
I had the insight that Art may be the last refuge of the Self.. (hiding from reality, clinging to individual worth…)
Art is a tool that defines the Self.. but serves to break down the walls separating Selves and signals the end of separationand isolation..Leading to Unity/Oneness.