Art, Food and Frivolity




Ever tried balancing a bottle on your head while hula-hooping, spinning a plate on a knife, and bouncing a ping-pong ball at the same time?

We neither, but this was just one of the wild and wonderful acts at the recent Fremantle International Street Arts Festival.

It’s great to see community arts activities surging back to life following the wretched pandemic doldrum years. Many artists are breathing a sigh of relief to be back working and creating in the public domain.



Sculpture is also very much the flavour of season. With Cottesloe’s Sculptures by the Sea having drawn to a close, a number of local galleries are showing off some super works.

Gallows Gallery at Mosman Park is currently showing its Siren 2023 group exhibition in collaboration with Sculpture at Bathers (S@B) and has a tremendous line of pieces by various artists.

The artists on show in Sirens are all a part of the Bathers artist community. They include Yuko Takahashi, Jina Lee, Pam Jones, Sally Stoneman, Angela McHarrie, Tania Spencer, Sam Hopkins, Valerie Schoenjahn, Nic Compton, Neda Bahremand, Richard Aitken and Ben Jones.



They are showing at the Glyde Street space until Sunday 23rdApril. Don’t miss it!

Meanwhile down in Freo, Earlyworks on South Terrace will be staging a joint exhibition of works by sculptor Robyn Varpins and master coloured pencil artist Julie Podstolski. This delightful quirky exhibition runs from 20 – 30 April. Julie and Robyn describe the show in this edition of The Starfish.



We toddled off to the flicks the other night to see Mafia Mamma, starring Toni Collette, a comedy about a mild-mannered suburban mum roped into becoming mafia Don in Calabria. Our review can also be seen within.



Our recipe in this edition hails from far-off Tigray, home to some delectable regional cuisine. The sample dish is for Abesh, or chickpea stew, and should be an ideal warmer as the autumn nights grow cooler.



The recipe is from the delightful book Tekebash and Saba – Recipes from the Horn of Africa by Saba Alemayoh. Thanks to our friends at Murdoch Books, we have several copies of this cookbook to give away, so  email us at telling us in a sentence or two why you’d like the book. Please remember to include your postal address.

Enjoy – Peter & Jacqui