A New World of Art Newsletter No 1 23 March 2020

by Mar 23, 202012 comments

A New World at Lennox Arts Collective!!

A new world indeed! Who could have believed at the New Year, where we would be today? This new world is surely going to change so much of what we have taken for granted all our lives. 

It will not beat us if we do the sensible thing and follow our medical and public health experts. That said, the Lennox Arts Collective, which includes myself and seven others creatives has decided to make a whole lot of changes to try to ride out this Covid-19 pandemic. We even hope that by the end of the crisis this might be a true New World, with better ways of managing our planet and managing our own relationships and our own lives. 

I am now semi – self isolating, meaning that I am largely staying home, going to the beach for a walk early when there are few people around – and it is a HUGE beach, doing my shopping quickly and efficiently, popping in to our gallery (see above three of us socially distancing inside the gallery!) at Lennox Arts Collective, 2/71 Ballina St, Lennox Head NSW, to monitor things and help arrange window displays. We have closed the doors as we are not an essential service – even though creative cultures are the lifeblood of any society. 

The good news is, that at Lennox Arts Collective we will still create and sell you art, photography, tee shirts, tea towels, ceramics, prints, cards, wooden spoons, solargraphs and jewellery – contact us individually by email on the internet or by social media. Have a look at some of our items for sale below…

Here are contact details for all our artists and I’ll put up photos of items on special as well. You can pay us by direct debit – and we’ll deliver and keep the appropriate social distance.

Narelle Bretherton narellebretherton@outlook.com Jen banks banksji@gmail.com Sharon McIlwain sharonmcart@gmail.com Julian Jett julianjett@live.com Mark Waller markwallerartist@yahoo.com.au Frankie Sharman frankiesharman@bigpond.com Christine Read christinereadart@hotmail.com Jenny Schirmer (Smoky Tea Studio) jennyblissathome.com.au

I aim to put out a newsletter about our little business every Monday and let you know the weekly specials. If you want to be sure to get this, you can subscribe to my website, but I’ll also put a link onto the Lennox Arts Collective FaceBook page.

This Week’s Specials  Ceramics – buy two pieces and get the second half price (contact Jenny Schirmer)  Jewellery – buy two sets of vintage tin earrings and get the least expensive pair at half price (contact Jen Banks)  Art Cards – buy a set of six (random set) of either Sharon McIlwain’s or Christine Read’s card for $20 (usual price $30)  Framed watercolour by Narelle $90.00, usually $120.00

Online Art Lessons with Christine

On a more personal practice level, I am busy creating an online presence for teaching art. I plan to include You Tube videos which you can access here for lessons, tips and a general insight into my painting life.

I also will conduct interactive lessons on either Face Time where you can request a ‘one on one’ or join a scheduled class on Zoom which is a free app and which allows for groups to interact with a host (me), The Zoom interactive class will happen on Wednesday mornings at 10am for 40 minutes. This should start on Wednesday April 1st. You will be able to book a series of four lessons for $40.00 which will enable you to create and complete an artwork with me. Alternatively, we can use the time to discuss and mentor your practice. Send me an email to christinereadart@hotmail.com if you are interested.

In addition, I will have themed workshops as I have previously held in the ‘Old World’ but now, in the “New World’ on Zoom – the first will be on Landscape on the 11th April, in place of the workshop that I am now unable to hold.

New World
Landscape by Christine

I have tried to utilise as many of the online services that I can for online sales and have created a range of products on VIDA Studios, which you can purchase. The link is here;

I’ll put my own specials on my website too, Facebook and Instagram (Christine Read Art) including paintings, tea towels, art prints, unframed original paintings, sketches and cards. 

We hope that you will still buy from us, we do need to pay the gallery rent and jobs and superannuation savings are very uncertain at this time, so we are all doing what we can to hold our wonderful little art community going. Thank you!!


  1. Cher Holle

    Thank you for such positive snd refreshing words. Great idea to do online purchasing and tutorials.
    We shall as you say , view our world and the way we live in it very differently as a result of the current situation. Remaining positive and healthy is the goal.

    • Christine Read

      Thank you Cher. My very best wishes to you and your family.

  2. Rona

    Nice one Christine! Keep up the good work and positive vibe , Rona

    • Christine Read

      Thanks Rona!

  3. Jen Zobel

    Great thinking Lac????
    Good that you have put into place some responsible strategies.
    The community needs you more than we realise!
    Thank you heaps.

    • Christine Read

      We’ll be here!!

  4. lizi beadman

    all the best and bravo for this online communication. it is always inspiring to see such a creative group hanging in there.
    best wishes

    • Christine Read

      Thanks so much for your support Lizi!

  5. Timothy Clift

    Thanks Christine. Will miss the human interaction but appreciate your inspiring positivity and determination to keep creative things happening!

    • Christine Read

      Thanks Tim, much appreciated

  6. Hedy

    thanks for keeping connected Christine – hope you are well.
    Love Hedy

    • Christine Read

      Thank you Hedy, you look after yourself too x


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