Arts News

CURRENT SHOW: ‘SEARCHING FOR HOME’

KYLIE FOUNTAIN, KURT FOUNTAIN & CATHERINE CRAIG
New works in different media by talented local artists, including weavings, collage, sculpture, prints, sketches.

OPENING DRINKS: 5pm SAT 21 OCTOBER. All welcome.
Exhibition open Sat 21-Sun 29 Oct, weekends 10am-4pm.

NEXT SHOW:

SMALL SCULPTURES EXHIBITION
Saturday 4 – Sunday 26 November, weekends 10am-4pm. In association with Sculpture in the Vineyards 2017.

Special events with Undercliff Winery 2017 Sculptor-in-Residence SHARON TAYLOR:

10.30am-12 noon Saturday 4 November: CERAMIC TILES WORKSHOP for children 5-12; cost $10. Bookings: sinthev@gmail.com  Subject line ‘Fireshed Tiles’.

3pm Saturday 4 November: ARTIST TALK/Q&A and guided tour with refreshments. Free event. All welcome.

COMING UP:

Saturday 2 – Sunday 17 December: Recent works by Michelle Loadsman, Bernice Holly, Ross Fletcher.

12th EMERGING ARTIST AWARDS 2017

At the opening night on 22 September, the following major awards were made by our judge Dr Ambrose Reisch:

2017 EAA Award $1500: Amanda Sutherland for ‘His Majesty’ (bronze sculpture of eagle)
Highly Commended $700: Lyndie Clark for ‘Roaming Deer’
Highly Commended $500: Deborah Barry for ‘Shopping in Herborn’

Wollombi Prize $500 (awarded by WVAC Committee): Tegan Howell for ‘A Treeestrial Gastropod Gathering’

At close of show, votes for the People’s Choice Awards totalled 250+. The awards went to: ‘Magnetic Island Creek’ by Kaye Lovie ($250); ‘A ‘Treeestrial Gastropod Gathering’ by Tegan Howell ($150); and ‘The M.S.Molly’ by Val McDonald ($100).

Many congratulations to all award recipients. Grateful thanks to this year’s co-sponsors: Cessnock City Council, Somewhere Unique. The full list of awards will be posted on our website.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

 

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The rest of this year is fully booked. Bookings now open for 2018. Several slots currently available February – July 2018.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 5 November at the WCC

12th EMERGING ARTIST AWARDS 2017

Opening night/awards presentation 6.30pm 22 September. Exhibition open Saturday 23 September – Sunday 8 October, weekends from 10am to 4pm. ALL WELCOME.

Total prize money $4000
Open Award:  First $1500; Runner  Up $700; 3rd $500
Under 18s:  2x $100; Under 12s: 2x $50
Wollombi Prize $500
People’s Choice Awards: total $500
This year’s Judge: artist and art teacher Dr Ambrose Reisch

SPONSORS: WVAC, Cessnock City Council, Somewhere Unique.

NEXT SHOW: ‘SEARCHING FOR HOME’

KYLIE FOUNTAIN, KURT FOUNTAIN & CATHERINE CRAIG
New works in different media by talented local artists, including weavings, collage, sculpture.

OPENING DRINKS: 5pm SAT 21 OCTOBER. All welcome.
Exhibition open Sat 21-Sun 29 Oct, weekends 10am-4pm.

COMING UP:

SMALL SCULPTURES EXHIBITION
Saturday 4 – Sunday 26 November. In association with Sculpture in the Vines.
More details in next Arts News.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

VALE LESLEY WILLIAMS

We’re very sad to report that our good friend Lesley Williams passed away on 15 September after a long and courageous battle with leukaemia. Until very recently Lesley lived for many years in Burralong Valley with her husband Graham.

A longstanding Arts Council member and former secretary/committee member, Lesley was a committed supporter of local artists and volunteered her time and energy with kindness and generosity.

A keen and knowledgeable gardener, she created and maintained the gardens at the Cultural Centre. The entire transpiration garden was created by Lesley’s plantings, constant watering and mulching. In particular the gorgeous flowering eucalypts are a permanent reminder of her tireless work.

Lesley was also a longstanding and highly valued member of Landcare and Bucketty Fire Brigade. She will be much missed by all her friends in the Wollombi Valley and Bucketty area. Our sincere condolences to Graham and family.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018 – several periods are already reserved, so don’t delay.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 8 October at the WCC

CURRENT SHOW: ‘PAINTINGS & MOSAICS’ – Kaye Lovie, Mary Francis, Marilyn Miller, Julie Eller

Exhibition open Saturday 12 – Sunday 27 Aug, weekends 10am-4pm
Featuring colourful and original new works by four popular local exhibitors.

NEXT SHOW: ‘POWER’ – Peter and Katie Williams

OPENING NIGHT 6pm Friday 1 September with traditional dance and refreshments.
Exhibition open weekends 10am – 4pm from Saturday 2 – Sunday 17 September.

COMING UP

12th EMERGING ARTIST AWARDS 2017

Opening night/awards presentation 6.30pm 22 September. Exhibition open Saturday 23 September – Sunday 9 October, weekends from 10am to 4pm.

Entry Forms and information can be downloaded from our website. Works in all media eligible.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATES:

CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRY FORMS: MONDAY 11 SEPTEMBER (post marked no later than 5pm Monday 11 September or delivered WVAC c/o Wollombi General Store, Wollombi NSW 2325).

RECEIPT OF WORKS at Old Fireshed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre, between 2-4pm Sunday 17 September.

Total prize money $4000
Open Award:  First $1500; Runner  Up $700; 3rd $500
Under 18s:  2x $100; Under 12s: 2x $50
Wollombi Prize $500
People’s Choice Awards: total $500
This year’s Judge: artist and art teacher Dr Ambrose Reisch

SPONSORS: WVAC, Cessbock City Council, Somewhere Unique

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 3 September at the WCC

NEXT SHOW: ‘LAGUNA ART GROUP’

Opening event Friday 21 July, 5.30pm. All welcome.

Exhibition open Saturday 22 July – Sunday 6 August, weekends 10am-4pm

Diverse works by talented members of Laguna Art School at Rainbow Gallery.  The group comprises a number of adult art enthusiasts who practise drawing and painting regularly under artist Col Harrison’s tuition. Their first exhibition after nine months of tuition reveals remarkable talents. The exhibition also presents paintings by Col Harrison & Graham Williams. Great local art!

UPCOMING SHOWS: ‘PAINTINGS & MOSAICS’ – Kaye Lovie, Mary Francis, Marilyn Miller, Julie Eller

OPENING DRINKS/NIBBLES 3pm SATURDAY 12 AUG
Exhibition open Saturday 12 – Sunday 27 Aug, weekends 10am-4pm
Featuring colourful and original new works by four popular local exhibitors.

RECENT WORKS by Peter & Katie Williams, and Lochie Dennis

Saturday 2 – Sunday 17 September. More in next Arts News.

12th EMERGING ARTIST AWARDS 2017

Opening night/awards presentation 6.30pm 22 September.

Entry Forms and information will be available shortly on our website. Works in all media eligible.

Total prize money $4000
Open Award:  First $1500; Runner  Up $700; 3rd $500
Under 18s:  2x $100; Under 12s: 2x $50
Wollombi Prize $500
People’s Choice Awards: total $500
This year’s Judge: artist and art teacher Dr Ambrose Reisch

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

LAGUNA PUBLIC SCHOOL ANNUAL ART SHOW

WVAC subscribers are reminded that this annual fundraising show to support LPS is being held on the weekend of 26-27 August. Opening night Friday 25 August.
For information on how to enter your work visit: www.laguna-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/p-c
or to obtain an entry form by email contact lagunapncartshow@gmail.com

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 6 August at the WCC

CURRENT SHOW: ‘MAGNUM OPUS’ featuring 4 DIRECTIONS x 5

Exhibition DAILY open Saturday 17 June – Sunday 2 July, 10am-4pm

Original 4 Directions members Jenny Bain (quilter, knitter), Jane Mowatt (spinner, dyer, knitter), Jen Quinn (knitter, quilter), andJudy Waite (knitter, project designer) are joined by Kate Zimmerman (knitter, book binder). A wonderful array of highly crafted works on display – and you can wear a lot of them!

NEXT SHOW: DIANA BAKER & SYLVIA ROBERTS ‘JOURNEYS’

Opening event Friday 7 July, 5-7pm. All welcome.

Exhibition open Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 July, weekends 10am-4pm

This promises to be a very beautiful show from two highly experienced artists. In her Wallaby Gully studio, Diana creates mixed media landscapes, oceanscapes and interiors, while Sylvia specialises in drawing and painting watercolours of her ‘true passion’ – native flora – and loves to incorporate graphite work into her paintings.

UPCOMING SHOW: ‘LAGUNA ART GROUP’

OPENING EVENT 5.30PM FRIDAY 21 JULY. Exhibition open Sat 22 Jul-Sun 6 Aug, weekends 10am-4pm. Diverse works by talented members of Laguna Art School at Rainbow Gallery. Great local art!

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 2 July at the WCC

If you missed Shane Smithers’ fantastic exhibition ‘IN A BEGINNING’ (closing 4pm 21 May) you can still catch some of Shane’s work in the WCC Yengo Front Gallery, which is open every weekend 10am-4pm.

Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan, whose traditional country extends along the Hawkesbury River to the top of the Blue Mountains. He paints, carves and sculpts, using traditional symbols and designs in a contemporary style.

NEXT SHOW: MORRISET SPINNERS AND WEAVERS present ‘INTERWTINED’

Opening event Saturday 3 June, 1.30pm. All welcome.

Exhibition open Saturday 3 – Monday 12 June, weekends 10am-4pm

Fabulous fibre works by 22 artists – handwoven, knitted, crocheted and felted garments, scarves, wraps, bags, soft furnishings, handspun yarn and accessories.

UPCOMING SHOW: ‘MAGNUM OPUS’ featuring 4 DIRECTIONS x 5

Open DAILY Saturday 17 June – Sunday 2 July, 10am-4pm. Opening morning tea Saturday 17 June. Original 4 Directions members Jenny Bain, Jane Mowatt, Jen Quinn and Judy Waite are joined by Kate Zimmerman. More in next Arts News.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 2 July at the WCC

WVAC Arts News April / May 2017

CURRENT SHOW: TEX SKUTHORPE and FAMILY: ‘TREADING LIGHTLY

Exhibition until Sunday 30 April, weekends 10am-4pm

Acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tex Skuthorpe, from Goodooga in north western NSW, brings alive his traditional Noonghaburra stories on canvas.

His beautiful paintings are traditional stories about learning, such as how people walk their country to show respect, and how people traditionally learned about the other 25 language groups around Noonghal land.

Tex is a past winner of the NAIDOC (National) Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award. His works are held in many private and public collections.

On 15 April Tex held a well-attended and very enjoyable ‘Sit Around’ gathering at Wollombi School. He shared his extensive knowledge and an extraordinary intricate painting of his country in north-west NSW – a painting that has been on many journeys with him around the world. We look forward to more sessions with Tex at the School, in conjunction with Wollombi School Community Education Trust (WSCET).

NEXT SHOW: SHANE SMITHERS: ‘IN A BEGINNING’

Opening event Saturday 6 May, 4-6pm

Exhibition open Saturday 6 – Sunday 21 May, weekends 10am-4pm

Dr Shane Smithers is a Darug man of the Burraberongal clan, whose traditional country extends along the Hawkesbury River to the top of the Blue Mountains. An academic and an artist, he paints, carves and sculpts, using traditional symbols and designs in a contemporary style.

‘In a Beginning’ tells stories of the place where we came into being, where our ancestral beings, the stars, the sky and earth meet.

Shane’s work illustrates the abstract and very modern nature of traditional Aboriginal Art. This is vibrant and powerful contemporary Aboriginal Art, challenging the notion of traditional Aboriginal art as ancient rather than modern and dynamic.

Shane recently won First Prize in the ‘Infinities of Blue’ exhibition held at Fountain Court, NSW Parliament House.

UPCOMING SHOW: MORRISET SPINNERS AND WEAVERS

Friday 2 – Monday 12 June

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The changing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions in this small front gallery have proven very successful. Visitors show great interest in the art and artefacts and the stories around them, and in a video loop of a major Corroboree held locally. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 7 May at the WCC

NEXT SHOW: SELECTED PAINTINGS BY JULIA FRANCIS

Opening Drinks 4pm Saturday 25 March. ALL WELCOME.

Exhibition 25 March – 9 April 2017, Friday-Sunday 10am-4pm

WVAC is delighted to welcome back well-known and accomplished Wollombi artist Julia Francis. Julia has a large fan base in the district, and this fine exhibition reveals the constantly evolving nature of her subject matter.

UPCOMING SHOW: TEX SKUTHORPE AND FAMILY ‘TREADING LIGHTLY’

Opening Drinks 5pm Friday 14 April (Good Friday). ALL WELCOME.

Exhibition 15 – 30 April 2017, weeeknds 10am-4pm

WVAC is very proud to welcome acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tex Skuthorpe, from Goodooga in north western NSW, who brings alive his traditional Noonghaburra stories on canvas.

His beautiful paintings are all traditional stories about learning, such as how people walk their country to show respect, and how people traditionally learned about the other 25 language groups around Noonghal land.

Tex is a past winner of the NAIDOC (National) Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award. His works are widely collected and appear in the National Gallery of Australia and other major public collections.

During his time in Wollombi Tex also plans to hold a ‘Sit Around’ for all interested in the stories, at Wollombi School. Details will be publicised by Wollombi School Community Education Trust (WSCET).

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

This year is now fully booked. Bookings open for 2018.

BREAKING NEWS

WVAC is pleased to advise that all future exhibitors will be charged a reduced fee for EFTPOS sales – now 3%.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The ongoing Aboriginal art and craft exhibitions are proving very successful. Sales are strong for the artists but telling the story is probably the main function of the gallery, with much interest shown in both the art and artefacts. The Gallery recently installed a video loop showing a major Corroboree held locally. Further cultural events are planned. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

WOLLOMBI VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

The AGM was held at 4pm on Sunday 19 March 2017

President Mary Francis reported on a very successful year for the Arts Council. The premises were fully booked with strong sales by artists. The Yengo Room Aboriginal Gallery had an outstanding first year, resulting in very strong sales and a great deal of interest from locals and visitors alike. Many thanks are due to all volunteers for their tireless efforts, and to Stuart Gibson for his leadership of the Yengo Gallery development.

The following office bearers were elected for 2017-18:

President: Mary Francis
Vice President: Tony Palfreeman
Treasurer: Cordelia Howell
Public Officer: Phil Sheppard
Joint Secretaries: Marilyn Miller, Mary Francis
Aboriginal Liaison Officers: Phil Sheppard, Leanne King
Committee: Claude Aliotti, Bronnie Aliotti, Bronwyn Duncan

2017 memberships now due ($10 pa). See website for membership forms.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 7 May at the WCC

UPCOMING SHOW: GEOFF BOORMAN ‘WOMBOLLY METAL’

4-19 March 2017

An exhibition of Photography on metal. Opening drinks 6pm, Friday 3 March. All welcome. Exhibition open Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 March from 10am to 4pm. Our first show of 2017 features something completely different: Wollombi Valley resident Geoff Boorman will exhibit his stunning photography, with a focus on wildlife and travel, printed on metal, a relatively new medium that is changing the way high resolution photography is presented.

CANCELLED SHOW

Unfortunately the planned show in March-April by Garry Purchase has been cancelled due to illness. We wish him and his family well and hope to feature Garry’s outstanding work at another time.

As a result, THESE DATES HAVE JUST BECOME AVAILABLE: 3 weekends, Saturday 25 March to Sunday 9 April inclusive. Please get in touch asap if you would like to reserve this period.

NEXT CONFIRMED SHOW: TEX SKUTHORPE AND FAMILY ‘TREADING LIGHTLY’

14 – 30 APRIL 2017

Acclaimed Aboriginal artist Tex Skuthorpe, from Goodooga in north western NSW, brings alive his traditional Noonghaburra stories on canvas. Tex is a past winner of the NAIDOC (National) Aboriginal Artist of the Year Award. His works are in the National Gallery of Australia and other major public collections. More to come in the next Arts News.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

Most of 2017 is now booked. Bookings open for 2018.

BREAKING NEWS

WVAC is pleased to advise that all future exhibitors will be charged a reduced fee for EFTPOS sales – down from 5% to 3%.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The ongoing Aboriginal art exhibitions are proving very successful. Sales are strong for the Indigenous artists but telling the story is probably the main function of the gallery, with much interest shown in both the art and artefacts. The Gallery has just installed a video loop showing the recent Corroboree held locally. Further cultural events are planned. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

WOLLOMBI VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017

The AGM will be held at 4pm on Sunday 19 March 2017.
Venue: Wollombi Cultural Centre Wollombi

2017 memberships now due ($10 pa). Current financial members may vote and nominate for election. See website for membership forms.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 19 March 2017 )following the AGM) at the WCC.

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

The year just gone was very successful for our artists, with back to back shows. Many thanks to volunteers and others for all your support of our endeavours in 2016.

We look forward to a peaceful and creative year with many more inspiring exhibitions and events at The Old Fire Shed Gallery and Cultural Centre.

January is the hottest time of the year in the Valley and the main gallery is taking a break from shows. However the front Yengo Gallery will remain open every weekend (see below).

NEXT SHOW: GARRY PURCHASE: RECENT WORKS

25 March – 9 April 2017

Garry is an Aboriginal artist who lives on the Central Coast. He began painting very recently and has already won two major awards. More details in next Arts News.

Young People’s Art Show: Expressions of Interest

The WVAC is considering making the gallery space available for a group show featuring the work of young people aged between 12-18 years who live in or come from the Valley or nearby region. Please let us know if you’re interested in this proposal, have suggestions, or would like to support the art work of young people you know. This would not be a prize show, but a chance for young aspiring artists to exhibit. All mediums eligible.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

The ongoing Aboriginal art exhibitions are proving very successful. Sales are good for the Indigenous artists but telling the story is probably the main function of the gallery, with much interest shown in both the art and artefacts. Further cultural events are planned. It’s encouraging to introduce so many visitors to a culture they have previously misunderstood or been ignorant of.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

Much of 2017 is now booked, especially from May onwards. Current availability includes February, most of March and possibly some of April.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

Gallery: artscouncil@wollombi.org
Web: www.wollombi.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 5 February 2017 at the WCC.