Musings from the Manager

Hello everyone

There are things we do know for certain, in these uncertain times, and one is that spring has arrived and the staff at Louis Joel Arts & Community Centre have been feeling a little more energised. Spring blossom, sunshine for a while (warmer one day and cold the next) AND it is almost October! We are certainly easy to please!

Danielle and Lyn, our admin staff, and I have been working on many ideas and projects and we have some wonderful events planned. Some will be delivered as virtual programs or a variety of both as we move towards delivering face to face programs. Keep checking our FB page, Instagram and website and if you are receiving this newsletter via another source, consider going on to our mailing list so you will know what events are on as soon as we advertise them.

We have been talking recently about how well so many groups are doing with keeping in contact with each other. Zoom meetings, Facetime, by phone or even by mail – many groups are working hard to keep in contact with their members.

For example: Altona Lions Club meet via Zoom; Altona U3A have kept a program going through Zoom (and they organised a charity knitting challenge that saw them beat their target of 100 items by an additional 51 items!); Hobsons Bay Arts Society are meeting through Zoom as well as their President, Gaye has been phoning members; Sue-Rae King is keeping in contact with the members of the Altona Senior Citizens club (she is their President); Altona Country Women’s Association has kept in contact with their members via Zoom; and the Seabreeze Quilters ran a very successful 4 day virtual retreat recently. Just to name a few of the many groups we know.

Even though we haven’t been able to meet face to face, there are many groups still meeting, still supporting their members and some are even growing their membership. If you have ever thought to join a group, now is the perfect time to pop into one of their meetings (by invitation, of course) and to see if that group is for you. Even in a virtual meeting, you will get an idea of what the group is like and what their purpose is and what there aims are.

We will be focusing on local service and special interest clubs and groups in another newsletter – giving you a brief synopsis of what each has to offer and the contact details. In the meantime, if you do want to check out a local group, a Google search will generally give you some information.
One thing the pandemic has highlighted is how many kind and thoughtful people we have in our community. Stories of acts of kindness, of supporting neighbours (or even strangers) and of wanting to support those who need a helping hand have emerged through many of the ‘good news’ channels. It warms a heart to know there is so much kindness, especially when we are bombarded with bad news.

I can sense a resurgence of people wanting to volunteer – of people realising that even an hour a week can make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of our community or our local environment. We have all had to stop and reassess our lives – can you imagine the power of change that could be brought about by us all working together to support local groups/organisations whose missions are about supporting the community?

Stay safe everyone – stay safe and stay strong.

Art, Craft and Other Things to Keep You Busy

Birds of Paradise: Ellis Rowan in New Guinea

The National Library of Australia is exhibiting some of artist Ellis Rowan’s best paintings from her time in New Guinea in 1916 and 1917.

Rowan was almost 70 years old at the time and, having long wanted to spend time painting in New Guinea, she created numerous pictures of the region's Birds of Paradise, such as the Raggiana Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) pictured here. 


Cooking Masterclasses

If you're looking for a new culinary challenge, check out this new Masterclass series from Fed Square. In the first session, you can learn how to make chef Darren Purchese's Travlova - a cross between a pavlova and a trifle complete with salted caramel.

Sessions are published to Facebook each Monday evening, or watch on the Fed Square website, where you'll also find a downloadable recipe.


Crochet Christmas Gifts

This week we're crocheting a water bottle holder. This makes a great little gift for anyone who likes to carry water while walking but wants their hands free for little people or dog walking.

Lyn has found two different patterns for you to choose from; cotton yarn will work best, but a 4ply acrylic can also be used. 


Afternoon Tea and Talk

Astrid Edwards, host of Afternoon Tea and Talk, speaks with author Richard Fidler about his writing and books. His most recent book, The Golden Maze, is a biography of Prague inspired by his experience of the1989 Velvet Revolution.

According to a rave review by a member of my book group, Prague's history has plenty of moments that are stranger than fiction. 

Wednesday 7 October 2020 at 3pm 


Ocean Life Painting Tutorial

Learn to paint a vibrantly colourful jellyfish with acrylics in this workshop with Angela Anderson.

The workshop is suitable for beginners and takes you step by step through the process. If you don't have the specific colours Anderson uses you could create your own colour palette.



This short video looks at the history of the Western Basalt Plains and the role they played in the European settement of Melbourne, there are now less than 1% of these original grasslands left. 

Produced by The Living Museum and supported by the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.


Prowalk Walking Tours

Pop on your head phones and immerse yourself in a guided walk around ancient sites on the other side of the globe.

This YouTube channel has walking 'tours' of Pompeii, the Egyptian pyramids, Rome and lots of other sites. The tour of historic Khan el-Khalili in Cairo, one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, is mesmerising.


Ferguson & Urie - Part 3

Altona-Laverton Historical Society

The first Holy Trinity Church at Williamstown was initially a prefabricated iron building known as an “Iron Pot” (freezing in winter and boiling in summer). There were many of these “Iron Pot” churches imported from England and erected throughout the colony and this one was erected in Nelson Place in Williamstown, near Pasco Street.

The Rev. George Wilkinson was obviously not happy with this poor excuse for the house of the lord and began the movement to have a respectful stone church erected for his congregation in 1859.

The foundation stone for the new Leonard Terry designed church was eventually laid on the 11 February 1871 by Bishop Charles Perry and was opened on the 7 October 1874.

Within the new building, the “pretty chancel window” described as being made by Ferguson & Urie, circa 1874, no longer exists and was replaced by a memorial window circa 1941 manufactured by Charlotte & William Holten.

The west four light window, with rose window above, and those in the clerestory, with the simple coloured borders and plain diamond quarries, are very likely to be some of the original, circa 1874, installations that were completed and installed by Ferguson & Urie of North Melbourne.

A visit to the church and these windows provides a starting point to the works of the company and can be then compared to the brilliance of their later works and their artistic style.

Garden Gurus Tips

The Thrifty Gardener

Join My Smart Garden and Richard Rowe to discover how you can reuse waste materials in your garden to help the environment and make your garden beautiful, functional and productive on a budget.

Saturday 17 October, 10-11am


Urban Wildlife App

CAUL Hub has released a citizen science app, which enables the community to help monitor native wildlife in Australian cities.

Users can record sightings of bell frogs, beneficial insects and flying foxes, as well as see a map of where other people have recorded sightings in their area. Information gathered is used to support the work of maintaining local biodiversity.


Fighting Tuberculosis & Digitising Natural History Collections

Fancy taking on the fight against antibiotic resistance, assisting the search for a cure for Alzheimer's, or helping to digitise images and information from natural history collections here in Australia or around the globe? These are just three of the many citizen science projects that rely on volunteers for important scientific research projects.

Check out the list of some of the projects that are looking for support via the link below.


Stuff to Keep the Kids Busy

Teen Online Art Lab: Weird Wearables

Join the NGV and artist Rachel Burke for this workshop which will lead teens through a number of creative exercises to learn how to upcycle old wares into new treasures, transforming items such as tin foil and cupcake cases into fabulous works of art.

The session will be held via Zoom.

Thursday 1 October 3pm to 4.30pm 


Create a Dreamscape

Get your creative juices flowing in this workshop from the State Library of Victoria.

Artist Tai Snaith will guide viewers through an easy three-part process to create a fictional dreamscape. The list of materials you'll need are listed on the website.

Runs until 6 October | Suitable for 5–12 year olds, their parents and carers.


Make Your Own Zine

This one will be especially useful for those who have ordered an art activity pack for delivery over the next few days. This fun session from The City of Greater Dandenong demonstrates how to make a zine and contains some great ideas for getting creative when filling its pages. 

We also featured a session on Sustainable Zines in an August edition that kids may be interested in.


DIY Time Capsule

Create a time capsule and bury it for someone to dig up in years to come – your future self or someone living 1000 years from now!

The National Museum of Australia has some great suggestions for what kids can put into a time capsule including an amulet carved from soap (possibly a magic one!). No special materials required as long as you have a medium sized jar with a lid handy. 


Footscray Art Prize 2021

The Young Artists category in the Footscray Art Prize is open to primary and secondary school students who live or attend school in the Local Government Areas of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Wyndham and Hume.

Entry is free and all works will be exhibited at VU’s MetroWest from 7 May to 5 June 2021.


The Gardens Between

An adventure-puzzle game featuring Arina and Frendt who fall into a series of vibrant, surreal gardens peppered with everyday objects that hold a special significance to the duo.

Getting through the game requires solving puzzles and manipulating time to light and keep alight the lantern. It's not free, but is low-cost and will get young minds working. Suitable for kids aged 9 years and over. 


Kids Art & Activity Packs

We still have a few Kids Art Activity packs available for delivery early next week.

The packs are free and available for children living in Hobsons Bay. The packs will either be dropped on your doorstep or posted out to you. 

Register for a pack using the link below.


Wellbeing & Selfcare

Bite Back 

This free online program from the Black Dog Insitute uses positive psychology to help young people improve their overall wellbeing and resilience.

Covering the five domains of positive psychology – gratitude, mindfulness, character strengths, social connections and meaning and purpose – it has been shown to assist young people suffering with depression and anxiety.


Midday Meditation

Fed Square’s regular meditation classes have gone online and they're free to access. 

Escape your daily routine for half an hour with these livestreamed 30-minute meditation sessions, suitable for beginners and regulars.

A new session is available each Tuesday at 12.30pm


Support Services Hobsons Bay and Surrounding Suburbs

If you, or someone you know, has been impacted financially by the pandemic or is facing issues to do with housing or family violence, there is a list of organisations that can provide support on our website.


Hobsons Bay City Council is also providing a range of support for individuals and community groups experiencing financial hardship.


There is also a range of support available through Hobsons Bay Has Heart. See this flyer for details.


The Extreme Hardship Support Program is providing support to Victorians who:
  • are unable to access Commonwealth income support (including JobKeeper and JobSeeker) or the International Student Emergency Relief Fund
  • have very limited income, savings or community support.
  • and are a temporary or provisional visa holder, or undocumented migrant

Financial Counselling is a free service that can people assist in dealing with a range of financial issues including debts and fines, early release of superannuation, No Interest Loans, emergency relief and Utility Relief Grants. 


If you need support with something not covered in here, please get in touch with us and we can refer you to the appropriate service.
We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Kulin Nation and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded, and we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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