June 2021 Mailbag No 1

Eight of the stamp designs, depicting solo and Wings album covers. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA (1)

Jane has alerted us to the news that last week on 28 May 2021 the Royal Mail of the UK launched 12 stamps honouring Sir Paul McCartney.

The main collection (above) features images of eight career-defining albums – solo and with Wings – McCartney, RAM, Venus and Mars, McCartney II, Tug of War, Flaming Pie, Egypt Station and finally McCartney III, which he recorded alone in 2020 during the pandemic and which topped the UK album chart last December.1

A mini sheet of four additional stamps (below) shows McCartney in the recording studio, with photos selected from across three decades: recording McCartney in 1970, RAM in 1971, McCartney II in 1980 and Flaming Pie in 1997. 1

The mini-sheet of studio portraits. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA (1)

And now to open the first of the June mailbags.

And I have to start with an apology to all those people who spent hours looking for the emus in Andrew's photos from outback New South Wales!

Not deliberately - but accidentally I put in the wrong images. That's right - there were no emus in the images included in the May Mailbag. Sorry to all those of you who spent hours looking for emus!!

Just so you know it was a genuine mistake here are the correct images.

Here is a link back to one of Andrew's favourite artists Hugh Schulz who loved to hide emus and other animals in his delightful paintings.

Further down in the mailbag I find an item from D in Bendigo. The first item is to showcase one of the murals being painted around the Central Victorian town of Wedderburn celebrating the unique birdlife in the area.

The centre of town will soon form an open-air gallery, as artists put the final touches on a series of murals...Well-known mural artists Andrew J Bourke, Jimmy Dvate and Brian Itch lent their paint brushes to the project... 2

It is hoped the murals will encourage visitors to the little town, to stop and stay a little bit longer.

Mural Wedderburn Victoria (2)

From Trevor in Canberra comes a very interesting article on a $60.5 million art gallery designed by ARM Architecture, the centrepiece of the Gold Coast’s cultural precinct, which opened to the public on 8 May.

The vibrantly coloured building on the banks of the Nerang River is the third element in the Home of the Arts (HOTA) precinct, masterplanned by ARM and German landscape architecture firm Topotek 1. It follows an outdoor stage and a pedestrian bridge.

The gallery has more than 2,000 square metres of exhibition space across six levels, giving it the capacity to host international touring exhibitions as well as smaller and temporary exhibitions. It also has a dedicated children’s gallery and a rooftop bar with views across Surfers Paradise.

HOTA gallery overtakes the Art Gallery of Ballarat as Australia’s largest regional gallery. 3

Follow the link below to learn more about the gallery which looks amazing.

‘Unapologetic’ HOTA gallery opens on the Gold Coast
The vibrantly coloured building on the banks of the Nerang River is the third element in the Home of the Arts (HOTA) precinct

Finally we showcase the results of Julie and Jane's photographs of the Super Blood Moon which took place on 26 May 2021 in the night sky above much of western North America, Australasia and New Zealand.

Looking up into the sky can be quite exciting at the moment as there is to be an eclipse of the sun on 10 June where the moon will pass in front of the sun, but there will still be a ring of the sun visible.

Tomorrow Julie is going to tell you all about it and if you are going to watch don't forget to wear the correct eye protection.

And there will be a second mailbag for June in a few days which has a couple of spots left if you have something arty you would like to share.

1. theguardian.com
2. bendigoadvertiser.com.au
3. architectureau.com