Upgrade for the Nick…

13 02 2011

Darlings!! Finally that bloody laundry unit has arrived (after a mere 8 month wait) and the upgrade of the deluxe cell accommodation at the Hideout is now well underway…

It’s still a bit of a construction site, but now inching seriously close to completion.

Whacko!!

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More culture from Candelo…

13 02 2011

The Gang and Maryanne hopped across Myrtle Mountain yesterday arvo for the launch of Sam Bailey and Sharon Cornthwaite’s exhibition at The Crossing…

Lots of funky retro brooches and jools for which both are renowned, plus a move into vintage clock biz (very cute old bikkie tin faces) and mexican-esque niche icons (which we’re always into) by Shazza, and 2-D work from Sam. Something for everyone really, and there were ample red spots to prove it.

Anyhoo, the artists did a fine job of working the crowd…

…entertainment was provided by Andrew Gray…

…and a lovely time was had by all (Anne and Pete always put on a seriously pleasant opening doo.)

Cognoscenti here.





The Bernz and Matty Show…

12 02 2011

As promised, here’s a little wander around Bernie and Matt’s gorgeous show at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery; even the wall blurb…

In 1988, the ANU School of Art established the Emerging Artists Support Scheme (EASS) to support artists at their critical point of graduation from the School. Over the years, EASS program has developed to include a diversity of scholarships, prizes and awards – all established with the generous assistance of the School of Art Patrons.

In 2009 the Bega Valley Regional Gallery joined the ranks of the Patrons, offering an exhibition to a Graduating student of exemplary merit at the annual Graduate Show.

The inaugural recipient of the award is Bernadette Foster, whose work is featured in this current exhibition thoughtworks, officially opened on Friday 4th February by the Head of the ANU School of Art, Gordon Bull.

Bernadette, who recently moved to Cobargo where she intends to establish a glass studio, describes her work as being fantasy objects that are the direct result of the forces that shape her daily life: 

“In many ways my work is dependent on my relationship with my daughter Siofra, on the things that I’m exposed to because of her, our playful engagement and the stories we read together.

The world as seen through the eyes of a nine year old infuses my creative process, and this world I believe is familiar to all, as well as uniquely experienced by each one of us”.

‘Ultimately, my emphasis is to value the place of dreaming and imagination in contemporary life. I love working in hot glass, and this body of work displays a balance of skill and playfulness, as I push my technical abilities.’

thoughtworks also showcases the latest work from Bermagui artist Matthew Jones (who, quite coincidently, won last year’s Far South Coast Living Artist Scholarship.) His practice, too, has a playful, day-dreamy and colourful bent – though with a sense of quietude that provides a lovely visual foil and balance to the joyful pop-toon nature of the glass.

Matthew’s wonderful play of scale coupled with the soft serenity of the nursery emote the artist’s own current reality; of recent fatherhood. The portrait of baby Miro is, in effect, our very first ‘baby snap’ of a barely two-week old Jones Jnr.

In thoughtworks, the connection between creation, life and art has never been more sweetly portrayed, with an emotional intelligence that links us all to our common humanity.

It’s an absolute sweetie-darling of a show. And out in the foyer vitrines the Gallery’s featuring (courtesy of Steve Fox from Mogo Raw Art) the work of ceramicist Michael Williamson…

All in all, a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise disastrous general climate.

[We’re foregoing newspapers and current affairs programmes for the time being. n(Ed)]

More snaps here.





Artful nature…

12 02 2011

Scarey-Anne’s gorgeous Sultan pumpkin.





On the Virtual rounds…

12 02 2011

Paul Sutton

the forgotten language of light

now showing

jas hugonnet gallery www.hugonnet.com.au

media release and invitation

Following a hiatus that included a Masters, a heart attack and a move to the digital format, Sutton returns to the realm of exhibiting. A recent trip to India, in particular Rajasthan, is the inspiration behind the forgotten language of light. Sutton’s compositions are intriguing, transforming subject matter within the context of the photograph. The self described Secretary of the Invisible turns his lens to the ordinary, exposing life up close between horizontal and vertical reference points. The key to Sutton’s work is a spatial one and it admits the viewer via surfaces, imagined paths and unattainable space beyond.

To arrange an appointment to view or for media images, please contact the gallery via the website link above

Image: Paul Sutton, Stahnarha 2010





Headed for trouble…

6 02 2011

Spotted in Wagga Wagga…

…and then two doors down the street was the marriage counselling place. True!!





Changeover at BVRG…

6 02 2011

It’s been a big week at BVRG, as change-overs generally are. In the aftermath of the Bega Art Prize, the SEAR People’s Choice votes were counted and Wallagoot artist Bernard O’Grady scored a double whammy for his painting When I was the sky itself (having already snaffled the Mailroom Prize.)

And Steve Fox dropped off Michael Williamson’s ceramic works for the foyer vitrines along with Megsie’s portrait by Shaun Gruber…

Then it was pack up of the old and in with the new; the installation of the Bernadette Foster (BVRG’s inaugural ANU EASS Award) and Matthew Jones show (coincidently last year’s recipient of the Far South Coast Living Artist Project Scholarship), thoughtworks.

The exhibition, opened on Friday night by Gordon Bull, Head of the ANU School of Art, fell victim to foul weather…

but the faithful turned up nonetheless…

Didn’t manage many good snaps – it was the end of a very long week. Meanwhile the show is gorgeous and we’ll bring you a walk around the gallery later in the week.