Arty friends, community & where is Fern?
SARAH AYLWARD: We shared a group house and studio for about a year in Fremantle. We worked collaboratively with other artists in Five Artists The Film & Television Institute – FTI Gallery Perth WA Wood Street Gallery Fremantle Perth WA. We enjoyed being ‘artists”
Mannie De Saxe and Kendall Lovett authors of Lesbian & Gay activism in Sydney and Melbourne.
JOHN DALSEN and I met in Fremantle a little after the Cup when ‘Freeo’ was bouncing with energy and excitement. We had artist studios in the same street and admired each others work.
Maggie Chiara lives in Merlynston Maggie has a strong sense of community spirit of which I admire. Her enthusiasm and energy is incredible and occasionally I get swept up. We have such different styles I really appreciate getting to know her work and subtlety.
Cathrerine Connor: composed a fanfare for the opening of 100 years of women’s suffrage in Victoria at Parliament house and we met as we were one of the few local artists then in the hood.
Jerry Galea lives in Merlynston. We have roadside chats, the arty updates and put a hand in to local gatherings. It has fantastic getting to know Jerry and his fine artwork.
David Holmes composer and musician known since 2003 since arriving in Melbourne
Chelle Destefano I got to know Chelle through being introduced via Harry who I had met at Handsome her on New Years Eve.
SAREN DOBKIN met during an information session for artists in Moreland.
URSULA DUTKIEWICZ: We worked in collaboration on the Art of Suff-Rage 2008-2009. We have become good friends and near neighbours.
TINA FIVEASH is a photographer and friend who is now doing her Phd. I often feel as proud as punch being the person who assisted her with her portfolio to enter University to do her BA in Photography.
LESLEY THOMSON During the 1990’s we exhibited in Melbourne and Canberra together. Our work complements each other.
Sheena Mathieson I have got to know Sheena slowly over the years at various Moreland Council events in the Arts and Women in Business.
Ruby Porter partner in Darkroom Noir and exhibted at lid it 2017 at FernArtz studio.
Angela Stock a local in Merlynston and is and emerging artist and active in the Merlynston community. She has big ideas and can get them to work.
WOLF is a digital, paper artist and old friend, we facebook each other from time to time now. We met in Canberra and exhibited at ANCA with a group of artists who formed a casual group where we would talked art, ‘show & tell’ our recent work and supported each other with our art practice and general well being.
Emerging Art groups in Merlysnton 3058
Blank Canvas 6 Lens St, Coburg North VIC 3058
Norm Warehouse 14 Lewis St, Coburg North VIC 3058
Space tank Studios 9 Warner St, Coburg North VIC 3058
Big House Arts 9-11 Hocking St
Magnet Rehearsal & Recording Studios 11 Roosevelt Street Coburg North
Breathing Colours is a Sydney based Gallery, founder Robin Hill, is nestled in Balmain where you can view and purchase a my artwork and go to one of my art workshops.
Merlynston 3058 – is a strong and vibrant community of which I am lucky enough to belong.
Ancedote – started by my brother-in-law Shawn Callahan. He and Ancedote have helped and supported me as an artist, friend and in-law.
Moreland Business Women Network a supportive and encouraging enviroment for women in business in Moreland
VISCOPY just love that they are there when they came into being I think I was knocking on thier door, and artists friend.
National Gallery of Victoria a great membership deal, supporting art in Victoria.
WEL Going since 1972 promoting women to vote and be in position of influence
LWVV Supporting women in parliament and has an educative role
Red Bubble was started when I had my head in the 100 years of Women’s Suffrage and later my accountant Linda McGowan highlighted Red Bubble back in 2013. I had forgotten about it and now reinvigorating the page where you can purchase my more affordable art.
Dark Room Noir is my favourite local gallery
Creative Moreland a great linking resource is here
Damon Smith local Merlynston musician and lyricist
Merlysnton Market – I was part of the organizing committee in the first year. Its been great watching it grow brain child of Vanessa up the road.
Where is Fern Smith online
Culture Victoria, (shows all links to artworks and on Suffrage video 53 secs. in)
We teach me
Australian Art Galleries
Page 9 Viscopy annual report
Portia Publications 2016 2010 2009 2008
Designed the cover for Beautiful Place by Dinesh Moylan
Blog Spot (fernsmith)
Blog spot (Fernartz)
Please let me know if any of the links are broken this was updated Feb 2018
Mail to: FernArtz
Director Fern Smith
23a Lorensen Ave
North Coburg VIC.
Mobile: +61 408978747
Arty friends, community & where is Fern?