Saturday, October 22, 2005


I like my brain to be stimulated, so with eagerness I accepted the invitation to see the opening of Jenny Mitchell’s new show at Fresh Gallery (63 Brunswick St, Fitzroy). From wunderkrammer curio boxes to dragonfly wings, it was a delight to see her quirky sculptures and the damn cheap works on paper. Hey we can all be patrons of the arts.

It was a day of gallery crawling as I finished work earlier than expected. A steamy Friday afternoon leading into an end of week wind down. Span, 45 Downstairs, Craft Victoria all nestled in the top block of the Flinders Lane art mile (well probably not even half a kilometre, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it does it?). A few drinks in Johnston St, two Fitzroy show openings, a jazz band in a darkened bar on Smith St. All unexpected pleasures.

But the best thing of all (apart from the company of far from brooding artists) – imagine this – a bar that allows you to order a cheap sumptuous feast from the Vietnamese restaurant next door who then deliver it to you, while you chill out on the lounges grooving to the music.

Art tickling your brain, music students blowing saxophones, genial bar owners and crispy fried flounder. Welcome to the weekend.

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