Category Archives: Galleries

We’ve been to Woopi!

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Woolgoolga – known to the locals as Woopi – is approximately 20km north of Coffs Harbour.  Friday night was the opening of the Woolgoolga Art Gallery’s annual Lillipilli Exhibition, which runs until 14-October.  We went down for the opening – stayed overnight and went into Coffs Harbour the next day.

Woolgoolga Art Gallery is community run gallery, staffed by volunteers.  Their Lillipilli Exhibition should be an example to all community galleries on how to run a show.  The opening night was just so good – the staff were helpful, food and drink were plentiful, and the art was of a high standard.  I had two entries – a new Fishy Fantasy above, and the Fantasy in a Fishbowl.

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Saturday morning was a look around Coffs – we checked the shops, bought the groceries, then headed out to the Marina for a stroll around to look at the tourists and locals and to check the shops, including Geoffrey Baker’s Art Gallery, followed  by lunch on the deck at the Yacht – looking out over the bay and the Solitary Islands.  How good is that!

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Fantasy in a fishbowl #3

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Fantasy in a fishbowl #3

 

This fishy piece was awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ at the recent LCACA small works 8×8 exhibition.  The piece features a bunch of fantastic fishy critters more or less in a dreamy fishbowl – however a few of the critters are making a break for it!

The exhibition has since ended, and this piece has been updated and remounted onto a solid timber base.  This piece is now at Ferry Park Gallery – if you are travelling up the Pacific Highway and passing through Maclean, pull off the highway and take a break while you check out the Ferry Park Gallery.

This piece is the smallest of my ‘Fantasy in a Fishbowl’ series – just 19cm wide by 14cm deep by 23cm high – priced at $285.00.

Clarence River Women in Art

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Fantasy in a Fishbowl

Yesterday afternoon, the ‘Clarence River Women in Art Exhibition kicked off at the Yamba Museum.  The exhibition features 60 artists who live and work in the Clarence River valley.  The show is the result of a lot of hard work and organisation by Debra Novak, aided and abetted by Bob and Marea Buist.  The exhibition runs from 12-December, and runs until 28 January 2018.

I am proud that my ‘Fantasy in a Fishbowl’ is part of this exhibition.  The piece is collection of quirky marine critters, mostly contained within a ghostly fishbowl – there are a few escapees…

One of the features of the exhibition will be artwork by  earlier women artists from the Clarence Valley, some from the 19th century.  These artists recorded people and places that are now historical. The show also features a painting  by Lillian Chauvel, the first Australian female artist to exhibit overseas.  Incidentally, Lillian Chauvel was the sister of  General Sir Henry Chauvel, who led the Desert Mounted Corps at the Battle for Beersheba, where the 4th Light Horse carried the famous charge.

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‘Roses’ by Lillian Chauvel

The opening event included performances by two young Clarence Valley singers – the classically trained Michelle Jean Ryan and contemporary singer/songwriter Grace Hickey.  It turns out that Michelle’s great-aunt was Margaret Gard, born at Harwood, and better known as Margherita Grandi, a noted operatic mezzo-soprano and diva, who sang at Covent Garden, La Scala and other noted opera houses, who sang in movies such as ‘The Red Shoes’, and who was recorded in in work conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham.  That’s a long way from Harwood Island!

 

 

 

Red Hill Gallery

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Shades of Red Hollows Series

Red Hill Gallery is one of Brisbane’s best galleries.  They represent noted Australian painters, sculptors and glass artists.

My work is again available at Red Hill Gallery.  If you are in the neighbourhood, take the time to drop in and enjoy!

 

Dancing With the Flame

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Detail – Fishbowl Fantasy #1

The ‘Dancing with the Flame’ exhibition at the National Glass Art Gallery in Wagga Wagga has kicked off.  And what a collection it is…  Great flame worked glass from Australia’s best.  Some stunning work!

The exhibition opens today, with the official launch party this evening.  The exhibition runs  until 20 January 2018.

This juried exhibition celebrates the best of Australian and New Zealand flame worked glass.  I was pleased to be invited to be participate in this show.  I have six pieces in this show – including my ‘Fishbowl Fantasy #1’.  And two of my pieces were used on the cover of the brochure!

Credit to coordinator and driving force Deb Dunkerton and to Curator Michael Scarrone for putting this event together.

If you are travelling up the Hume Highway, take the time to drop into Wagga Wagga and check out the National Glass Art Gallery and the National Glass Art Collection.  The National Art Glass Collection is just spectacular and should not be missed.  Every serious glass lover must go see!

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