Arts News

WVAC Arts News November / December 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

CURRENT SHOW: Pen … Paint … Passion!

Open until Sunday 27 November, weekends 10am-4pm in the Yengo Gallery

Valerie Maude and Kylie Shearer – A selection of fineline ink drawings and paintings, including beautiful mandalas, whimsical dragonflies, abstract paintings in mixed media.

NEXT SHOW: Valley New Art Group – It’s New Art!

Open Saturday 3 – Sunday 18 December, weekends 10am-4pm
Opening Drinks 6pm, Friday 2 December

Showcasing an eclectic mix of works from experienced and emerging local artists.

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. 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

Bookings now open for 2017. Much of the year is now booked. Current availability falls mainly within the January – mid April period.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 4 December 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News October / November 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

11th EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS 2016

Our congratulations to all this year’s award recipients. At the well attended EAA opening night on Friday 23 September the following awards were made.

Emerging Artist Award (Open) $1500: Michele Heibel ‘Habitat’

Highly Commended $700: Raphe Coombes ‘They say if you see the Todd run 3x you never leave Alice’
Highly Commended $500: Patricia Street ‘Study of a Boy’
Merit Certificates: Julianne Ross Allcorn ‘Sprinkling of Summer Bees’; Lyndie Clark ‘Whispers’

Under 18
Highly Commended $100 each: Jasmine Redfern ‘et carbones atramento’; Rebecca Stock ‘Corning Ware meets Digitalisation’

Under 12
Highly Commended $50 each: Samsara Crowe ‘Emotions of Fashion’; Jaimie Thomas ‘Horses’

The Open, Under 18 and Under 12 awards were judged by Dr John Barnes.

Wollombi Prize $500: Jan Bowmaker ‘Stumped’
(Prize is for work by local artist or containing local content. Judged by WVAC Committee.)

People’s Choice Awards :
1st $250 – Elsie May Lawrie ‘Tilda’
2nd $150 – Valerie McDonald ‘A Lost Art’
3rd $100 – Kelly Monro ‘Solo’
(Awarded at close of exhibition. Total 400+ votes by exhibition visitors.)

NEXT SHOW: Small Sculptures Exhibition

Open Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 November, weekends 10am-4pm

The Gallery will host a number of small scale works by sculptors exhibiting large outdoor works at Sculpture in the Vineyards (SINV) 2016. This annual show offers arresting original works employing many different materials.

UPCOMING SHOWS

Yengo Gallery
VALERIE MAUDE: Recent works
Saturday 12 – Sunday 27 November, weekends 10am-4pm

Old Fire Shed Gallery
STEVE JAMES ART GROUP
Saturday 3 – Sunday 18 December
Showcasing an eclectic mix of works from experienced and emerging local artists.

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

We have received very positive community and visitor responses to our ongoing Aboriginal art exhibitions, and associated opportunities to share Indigenous culture and knowledge. As a result, both WCC front rooms will be devoted to Aboriginal art and culture for the rest of 2016 (except where previously booked) and through 2017.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

Bookings now open for 2017. Much of the year is now booked. Current availability falls mainly within the January – mid April period.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 9 November 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News September / October 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

THE SECRET GARDEN
Exhibition open daily till Sunday 18 Sept, 10am-4pm

An unusual and impressive mix of works, including ephemeral art using recycled materials, both natural and man made, by new and experienced artists inspired by their love of nature: Tinkie Quinn, Michelle Loadsman, Vali Fuller Quinn, Kylie Fountain, Michelle Waite, Linda Bray.

NEXT SHOW – 11th EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS 2016

Exhibition open Saturday 24 September – Sunday 9 Octover, weekends 10am-4pm (including public holiday Mon 3 Oct)

Entry forms containing all details can be found on the Downloads page on our website: www.wollombi.org.

All works for sale.

Date to drop off entries: Sunday 18 September from 2pm
Pick up unsold works: Sunday 9 October from 2pm

Total prize money $4000, including:
Open award: first $1500 second $700 3rd $500
Peoples Choice awards: $250, $150, $100 (announced at close of show)
Wollombi Prize: $500 (local subject matter or artist)
Under 18: two x $100
Under 12: two x $50

Sponsors: WVAC; Cessnock City Council; Somewhere Unique (Youth Awards)

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

We have received very positive community and visitor responses to our ongoing Aboriginal art exhibitions, and associated opportunities to share Indigenous culture and knowledge. As a result, both WCC front rooms will be devoted to Aboriginal art and culture for the rest of 2016 (except where previously booked) and through 2017.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

Please note: the period Sat 15-Sun 30 Oct (3 weekends) is now available due to a late cancellation. If any artist or group of artists is interested in booking this period, or a part of it, please contact WVAC as soon as possible.

Otherwise, the Gallery is fully booked for 2016. Bookings now open for 2017.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 9 October 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News August / September 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

PAINTINGS & MOSAICS
Now Showing until Sunday 28 August, weekends 10am – 4pm

Kaye Lovie, Marilyn Miller and Julie Eller present recent paintings in varied styles, with subjects including landscapes, flowers and animals, while Mary Francis presents her distinctive mosaics and abstract paintings.

NEXT SHOW – THE SECRET GARDEN

Opening Night 6pm Friday, 2 September.
Exhibition Open 3-18 September, weekends 10am-4pm .
Works by new and experienced artists, inspired by their love of nature: Tinkie Quinn, Michelle Loadsman, Vali Fuller Quinn, Kylie Foundtain, Di Williamson, Michelle Waite, Linda Bray, Jo Potter.

11th EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS 2016

Entry forms available on Downloads page on our website.
Opening night and awards presentation:
6.30pm 23 September
Total prize money $4000

THE YENGO GALLERY – ABORIGINAL ART

We have received very positive community and visitor responses to our ongoing Aboriginal art exhibitions, and associated opportunities to share Indigenous culture and knowledge. As a result, both WCC front rooms will be devoted to Aboriginal art and culture for the rest of 2016 and through 2017.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The Gallery is fully booked for 2016. Bookings open for 2017.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 9 October 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News July / August 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

ASPECTS – An exhibition of Soft, Found and Form
Opening – Saturday 30 July

New works by local artisans Shelagh Brigg (silk), Kes Harper (silver, recycled tin, collage), Judy Linder (alpaca fibre) and Kelly Monro (drawings).

Join the artists for opening event 2-4pm on Saturday 30 July.
Exhibition open Sat 30 July – Sun 7 August, weekends 10am-4pm.

PAINTINGS & MOSAICS
Opening – Saturday 13 August

Paintings by Kaye Lovie, Marilyn Miller and Julie Eller; quirky mosaics and paintings by Mary Francis.

Join the artists for drinks & nibbles from 3pm on Saturday 13 August.
Exhibition open Saturday 13 – Sunday 28 August, weekends 10am-4pm.

11th EMERGING ARTISTS AWARDS 2016

Entry forms available on Downloads page on our website.
Opening night and awards presentation:
6.30pm 23 September
Total prize money $4000

THE LITTLE YENGO ROOM

Open weekends, this front room at the WCC offers wonderful & affordable Aboriginal art for sale from as far afield as Western Australia.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The Gallery is fully booked for 2016. Bookings open for 2017 for Old Fire Shed Gallery and WCC Front Room Gallery space.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 7 August 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News June / July 2016

What’s on at the Wollombi Cultural Centre

Invitation to MARA MARA (Many Hands)
Opening – Friday, June 17th, 6pm, with traditional dancing.

Ngemba man, Peter Williams, and his wife Katie, a Gomileroi woman, invite you to join them for their combined artworks exhibition.

“Mara Mara represents our love for culture, lore and our children”.
Exhibition open weekends, 10am-4pm, from 18th June to 3rd July

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY IN ART FORM – Front Gallery

Marilyn Miller is offering works “from our personal collection & some from the Australiana Museum we ran for 20 years at the Rising Sun Inn at Millfield”. “All our engravings from the original London Illustrated Newspapers from the early 1800’s to the early 1900’s will be on exhibition, framed & some mounted, along with prints of Australian animals & birds & Australian landscapes all by known Australian Artists.” All works for sale. The exhibition will run from Sat 18th June to Sunday 3rd July, weekends 10am-4pm, but can also be viewed on Fri 17th June from 6pm.

THE LITTLE YENGO ROOM

Open weekends, this front room at the WCC offers wonderful and affordable aboriginal art for sale from as far afield as Western Australia.

Upcoming Shows

9-24 July – TAOTOCS/Dorothy Compton and Friends

30 July – 7 Aug – ASPECTS – Judy Linder, Kelly Monro, Kes Harper, Shelagh Brigg.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The Gallery is fully booked for 2016 but bookings are open for 2017.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/artscouncilwollombi
Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 2pm Sunday 3 July 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News May/ June 2016

What’s on at the Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre.

Thanks to the quality, quantity and variety of art works exhibited by members and the unstinting work of our volunteers, 2015 was an outstanding one for WVAC and The Old Fire Shed Gallery. Some difficult challenges were met and much work was done to improve the premises, with more in the pipeline. The coming year is shaping up to be both inspiring and productive.

BIG SKY DREAMING – Recent Works by SHANE SMITHERS
OPENING SATURDAY 14 MAY 10am. Exhibition open Sat 14-Sun 22 May, weekends 10am-4pm

A number of themes come together within this exhibition. Sky and Earth are ever present in Shane’s works as these are the fundamental progenitors of life on earth. The lore of wind and especially water are also important to the exhibition. The images are often bold or dramatic and carry their Indigenous stories with power. This exhibition features deep blues, stark white, earthy browns and reds showcasing Shane’s unique style and the stories he tells through his work.

NEXT EXHIBITION

Catherine Craig and Linda Wilkinson – Land of the Living
Opening event 2-4pm Saturday 28 May.
Exhibition open Saturday 28 May – Monday 13 June, weekends 10am-4pm.
Local artists CATHERINE CRAIG & LINDA WILKINSON present recent works in a variety of mediums.

Coming Up

18 June-3 July – Recent Works by Peter and Katie Williams
9-24 July – TAOTOCS/Dorothy Compton and Friends

Wollombi Valley Arts Council 2016 AGM

The following office bearers were elected for 2016 at the AGM on 20 March:
President: Mary Francis; Vice President: Tony Palfreeman; Joint Secretaries: Marilyn Miller, Mary Francis; Treasurer: Cordelia Howell; Public Officer: Phil Sheppard; Bookings Officer: Bronnie Aliotti; Aboriginal Liaison Officers: Phil Sheppard, Leanne King; Committee: Bronwyn Duncan, Claude Aliotti, Stuart Gibson

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The Gallery is fully booked for 2016 but bookings are open for 2017. Some 2016 dates remain available in the WCC front room gallery. Book now to secure your show.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 2pm Sunday 5 June 2016 at the WCC.

WVAC Arts News February / March 2016

What’s on at the Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre.

Thanks to the quality, quantity and variety of art works exhibited by members and the unstinting work of our volunteers, 2015 was an outstanding one for WVAC and The Old Fire Shed Gallery. Some difficult challenges were met and much work was done to improve the premises, with more in the pipeline. The coming year is shaping up to be both inspiring and productive.

‘Ngurrumpa’: Indigenous Art Exhibition
Continuing until Sun 28 Feb, weekends 10am-4pm

Over 150 guests attended the outstanding opening night on 5 February, including artists and their families and friends, local residents and visitors, who enjoyed wonderful traditional dancing and singing, and refreshments. There was much appreciation of the stunning art works on display and the Arts Council is proud to support this major high quality exhibition. The WCC front rooms are now combined exhibition and meeting areas, with one room reserved for ongoing Indigenous art displays and work space.

NEXT EXHIBITION

JULIE HVIRF & FRIENDS
Opening event 2pm Saturday 5 March.
Exhibition open Sat 5 – Sun 20 March, weekends 10am-4pm.
A random selection of paintings covering all styles and tastes by a group of diverse artists united by their love of art.

Coming Up

The 13th annual Inside Art Exhibition. Opening 6pm Good Friday 25 March.

Wollombi Valley Arts Council 2016 Annual General Meeting

Time and venue: 3pm Sunday 20 March 2016 at the Wollombi Cultural Centre
2016 memberships now due ($10 pa). Current financial members may vote and nominate for election. See website for membership forms.

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The Gallery is fully booked for 2016 and bookings are open for 2017. Some 2016 dates remain available in the new WCC front room gallery. Book now to secure your show.

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 20 March 2016 at the WCC (following the AGM).

WVAC Arts News January 2016

What’s on at the Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi Cultural Centre.

Thanks to the quality, quantity and variety of art works exhibited by members and the unstinting work of our volunteers, 2015 was an outstanding one for WVAC and The Old Fire Shed Gallery. Some difficult challenges were met and much work was done to improve the premises, with more in the pipeline. The coming year is shaping up to be both inspiring and productive.

NEXT EXHIBITION

Picked & Pressed – Friday 15 to Sunday 24 January

Our first exhibition for 2016 will be a real delight: the Newcastle Printmakers Workshop show featuring some 50 original prints by their members, who were welcomed last year into several Hunter Valley vineyards, including around Wollombi, and were inspired by their experiences and the surroundings to make these works.

Given that printmaking involves many different processes and techniques, the diversity of members’ approaches is one of the attractions of this terrific show. Note the Opening Event with refreshments will be held at 2pm on Saturday 16 January.

Exhibition open 10am-4pm Friday 15 January, Saturday & Sunday 16-17 & 23-24 January.

Indigenous Art and Culture at the WCC

The WCC is glad to welcome a new Indigenous presence into the Centre’s spaces. A room will be devoted to the display of contemporary Indigenous art and artefacts, and there are plans to hold workshops and demonstrations of Indigenous art in the making. Australia Day Tuesday 26 January will see the inauguration of these new activities.

Coming Up

5-20 March: Julie Hvirf and Friends

Old Fire Shed Gallery available dates

The following exhibition periods in 2016 are still available. Book now to secure your show:

  • 30 Jan-7 Feb (3 weekends)
  • 13-28 Feb (2 weekends)
  • 7-22 May (3 weekends)
  • 18 Jun-3 Jul (3 weekends)
  • 15-23 October (2 weekends) or 15-30 Oct (3 weekends)

Wollombi Cultural Centre Bookings

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

Next WVAC Committee Meeting – 4pm Sunday 7 February 2016 at the WCC.