‘Take hART’ is the 23rd annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART studio at the Watch house. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles with strong emphasis on individual expression. What has sustained hART stART studio for 24 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. Through modernist methods, all members develop a confident personal style in an atmosphere of warm friendly support hART stART studio meets for afternoon and evening classes on Tuesdays in a designated art studio, just a few minutes walk from The Balmain Watch House. The next FREE introductory trial class for new members will be on Tuesday 23rd July at 1pm or 6.30pm. To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au…
2019 June Saturday 22 10-4.30 and Sunday 2310-4
Drinks with the artists Sat 22, 1-3pm All welcome
extraTexture are excited to be again exhibiting at the Balmain Watch House. We are a group of five textile and mixed media artists who are passionate about expressing our love of colour, form and texture in our primarily fibre based work. This year our exhibition has the theme Continuum which the dictionary defines as a sequence, something that keeps on going changing slowly over time. Our group work is one interpretation of the theme which reflects the highs and lows of life.
2019 June Saturday 29, Sunday 30 June 10-4, and July Friday 5 10-3, Saturday 6 10-4, Sunday 7 10-3
Opening Saturday 29 June All are invited to meet the artists at 2.00pm
This is an exhibit of my traditional Chinese water colours and calligraphy. This exhibit is a collection of my work over the past ten years. These watercolours and calligraphy are all about water. Water is like bodies and dancing, water can be quiet like fog and it can be energetic and overwhelming like a waterfall or sharp and unpredictable like a storm. These peaceful painting use water to give meaning and space. I like to explore landscapes and nature in its many beauties and colours. I delve into my memories of beautiful places and I make images that are delicate and full of dreams. My traditional calligraphy is part of my culture, it is deeply ancient, meaningful and vast like the oceans. Together the words and colours work together take us to a peaceful world. Artist Xu Yi
2019 Saturday 20 July and Sunday 21, 11am to 4pm
Opening Friday 19 4.30 to 7pm All welcome
More information to follow
2019 July Saturday 27 and Sunday 28
Cancelled due to Family commitments. Migrated to Australia from Japan, Michiyo has been practicing Sumi painting (Japanese inkwash painting). The subtle gray hue and striking blackness created by sumi (ink made of soot), and warm texture of handmade paper are the elements of sumi painting. Like calligraphy, in sumi painting, once you make a mark on the paper with a brush stroke, you cannot change and the brush stroke shows the exact state of your mind at that moment. Also, her fascination with plants led to different types of art forms (she calls it plants art). One type is a plant arranged with a woven sculpture – not quite a flower arrangement as she mainly uses dried or burnt branches, weeds with seeds, and so on. Another type is the growing of a plant (often orchid) on a rock, a piece of dead wood, or a trunk of fern. Looking…
Open Studio Printmakers are experienced graduate artists who continue exploring the joys of printmaking. Printmaking processes include linocuts, woodcuts, etchings, screenprints, monoprints and a combination of contemporary & traditional methods. Each of the artists create their own original prints, using one or a combination of printmaking processes to produce their beautiful, individual artworks. The title of this exhibition is a metaphor for the reflections of the artists and their prints. Like a mirror, the artworks reflect back images to the viewer. Each image is a reflection of the artist’s thoughts. A wide range of prints, both framed & unframed, will be on view for purchase.
2019 August Saturday 10, Sunday 11, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 10-3
Opening Saturday 10th from 3pm All welcome.
“Frayed”, a group of seven artists with a passion for textiles, is holding its second exhibition from 23 August – 1 September 2019. The title “Pathways” has inspired images of landscapes and ways of navigating through life. Works show a wide variety of techniques including eco dying, monoprinting, felting, quilting, fabric painting, gel plate printing, embroidery and mixed media art. As well as exhibition pieces, there will be a range of items for sale including bags, clothing, scarves and more.
2019 August Friday 23, Thursday 29 and Friday 30 11am – 3pm Saturday 24, Sunday 25, Saturday 31 and Sunday 1 Sep. 10am – 4pm
Opening 12 Saturday 24 at noon All welcome to come and meet the artists.
Jan Wood continues on her journey and invites you to join her for the BA’s exhibition in December/January.
2019 September Saturdays 7 and 12, 11.30am-3pm and Tuesdays 3, 10 11am-1pm
“Around Us III” is the third exhibition at Watch House in Balmain. This exhibition will showcase culturally diverse artists and the scenes from the world that is around us. The audience can expect to see the artist’s inspirations and perspectives of the world. The exhibition involves Korean Australian artists based in Sydney with extended invitations to three artists based in Gloucester. These artists from all different walks of life will present different mediums and styles including oils, acrylics, drawing and mixed media that highlight the everyday experience of living in Australia. A number of artworks will also feature Hanji, a traditional Korean coloured paper. Korean Australian artists: Cecilia Hwang, Mee Lee, Mosura Park, Samuel J. Keem, Eun Hee Kim Gloucester artists: Rachel Saunders, Lyn Monro, Adele Compton
2019 September Friday 20, Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Friday 27, Saturday 28, Sunday 29 10am-4pm
Opening Saturday 21 at 2.00pm All welcome
The mosaic artist Gretel Peristone, photographer Carol D’Amici and The MoDeMa Group of mosaicists are exhibiting their latest works which are inspired by the beauty of Nature. Light, colour, birds and the changing seasons are captured using a variety of mosaic and photographic media. Gretel Peristone has been exploring the art of mosaics for over 15 years and is drawn to the ancient medium of Italian and Mexican Smalti combined with found objects.She has recently completed a major commission to be installed in the Southern Highlands. Carol D’Amici previously has exhibited her stunning photos of Nature, capturing that elusive moment between light and shade. Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane and Margaret Tessarolo, through their friendship and love of mosaics, formed The MoDeMa Mosaic Group. They have enjoyed exhibiting at Balmain Watch House as well as Rozelle, Cremorne and Lindfield.
2019 October Saturday 12, Sunday 13 10am-4pm
Opening Friday 12 6-8pm All Welcome
6 ARTISTS – 1 WEEKEND Original prints and sculptures by Karen Steele, Brenda Livermore, Kate Lovejoy-Furnell, Tracy McCarthy, Bernadette Facer and Susan McLeod. Starting from the inspiring lines and forms of nature, each artist works on her own take on the way in which these emerge as marks; of the natural, meaningful, the individual, the beautiful and the reflective. From the studio to you is about those marks we mark. It is about meeting the world and abstracting its contrasts, from landscape to natural elements, from cliff faces to coastal places to contours of private and common significance. Tracking the serendipitous and subjective mark-making toward the historic and even the heroic, epochal.
2019 October Saturday 19, Sunday 20 10-4pm
Opening Friday 18, 6-8pm All welcome
After an enjoyable and successful group exhibition in 2016, ‘Artists At Large’ are back for a second show! Our group is comprised of dedicated artists, all under the guidance and tutelage of professional artist Fiona O’Beirne, an Archibald prize finalist. Over the last three years, we have all further explored our interests and experimented with various media and visual genres. Our exhibition will be quite eclectic, with works in oils, acrylic, watercolour and pencil. All works will be for sale. For further details contact Elisabeth Prax on 0478824678
2019 October Saturday 26, Sunday 27 10.30 - 4.00
Opening Friday 25 6- 8.30pm- all warmly welcomed.
Over to You – 2019 (part 2) New exhibition and pre Christmas Clearance sale of ex-exhibition works. Join us for a drink anytime over the weekend.
2019 November Saturday 2, Sunday 3 10am-6pm
Opening Friday 1 7:30pm All welcome
We invite you to attend the Biennial Exhibition of our latest artworks as a group of experienced artists: Barbara Hamilton, Carlie Lopez, Jenny Thompson Saunders, Corinne Gaston and Allan Coker. Our artworks include a range of watercolours, ink and acrylic paintings, impressionist photography, drawings, ceramics and sculpture. We include many works reflecting our personal impressions of the beauty of our local Balmain and Inner West area as well as memories of our travels. You can review our works on http://www.balmainartists.com All works are for sale for cash at affordable prices – some unframed – over one weekend only.
2019 November Saturday 9, Sunday 10 10am-4pm
Opening Friday 8 November 6 -8pm. All Welcome
Four women with a love of art and design, from three generations and different backgrounds, bound by friendship and a strong desire for creative visual expression, decided on a random whim to step outside their comfort zone and show their individual work together in one space. Jan Barnett, a retired law secretary, Michelle Roberts, a graduate of landscape architecture, designer Elke Klein and high school student Rose Schafer are the FOUR heARTs+minds behind the upcoming exhibition of the same title at the Balmain Watch House. Works on show will include a surprising and eclectic mix of delicate water colour flower paintings, hand painted ceramics, quirky colourful fabric pieces, including bags and wall hangings, as well as drawings, collages and illustrations with a surreal take on youth, suburbia and strange dreams – all inspired by the immediate world around us and fuelled by emotional experience.
2019 November Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 10am-4pm
Opening Friday 15, 6-9pm Please join the artists
Artist, Christeene Britton, returns to the Balmain Watch House weekend 23-24 November. She will be exhibiting in Open Studio Trail as part of IWC’s EDGE Program (see events). Britton’s classic colourful ink works as well as her textural acrylic on canvas pieces will be presented as a celebration of ‘What’s not to L.O.V.E.’ Britton brings a sense of harmony, balance & intrigue to her works to encourage and support a positive aesthetic vibe. Having a background in interior design her pieces are becoming highly collectable sitting comfortably within a combination of eclectic, classic and or contemporary settings. This exhibition will also offer a selection of handmade crocheted wire jewellery. This jewellery appeals to those seeking that individual piece – a selection of which feature semi-precious stones specially paired to create stunning earrings which are super comfortable to wear given their lightness regardless of size. As these earrings are all hand…
2019 November Saturday 23, 9am-5.00pm, Sunday 24 10am-4.30pm
Sumit Ameria, Susan Landau Williams and Martial Cosyn. These three artists were all born overseas – America, France and India. Their various interpretations of their new life in Australia are represented here in various and joyful ways. A new life and a different culture – but a culture that is generous to the creative spirit. It has encouraged a connection to the earth, the folklore and the bush – Susan with unique pottery, Martial with glorious whimsy – bringing Joie de vivre amongst us, and Sumit adapting his amazing attention to detail in exquisite botanical works. This love and appreciation of their new homeland has inspired this Exhibition – a mixture of beauty, skill and humour, and Great Fun in the Joy of Making! This exhibition is Perfect for those wanting Happiness on their walls and shelves, and for that Special present. Hoping very much to see you there. Gaudium!…
November 2019 Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 1 December and Friday 6, Saturday 7, Sunday 8 December 10am-4pm
Friday 29 6-8pm All welcome
The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters are holding their 15th annual exhibition “Balmain Inspired” at the Balmain Watch House in March 2019, from Friday the 8th of March to Sunday the 10th of March 2019. The exhibition will feature many of the local community’s favourite scenes and subjects, as well as a variety of other works, including overseas, still life and animals. Artists exhibiting again this year are Mary Cullen, Susan Grant and Jennifer Kerr. This group of artists has been very successful in their long history of annual public exhibitions at the Watch House and have regularly exhibited, sold works and won awards at local community art shows in Sydney.
2019 March Saturday 9 and Sunday 10, 10am to 4pm
Opening Friday 8, 5.30-8pm All welcome.
Come and enjoy a presentation these exhibitions from our archives Balmain Through Younger Eyes photos taken by students at Nicholson St Public School circa 2004 and an encore of Balmain Personalities by David Liddle.
December 2019 Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 11.30-3pm
Saturday 14th December Christmas Drinks at 2pm All welcome
Sophie and Jane Witter are sisters. Sophie is a painter from Tasmania, who recently had a successful solo exhibition in Hobart, while Jane lives in Sydney and works with reclaimed textiles, but they share a vision about the importance of creativity and beauty in our everyday lives. Their exhibition “Play it by Ear”, is a celebration of the feminine gaze and the struggle to carve art out of the demands of the domestic space. Please join them for some bubbles at their opening night. Instagram accounts witterjane and wittersophie.
February 2020 Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 10am-4pm
Opening Friday 14, 5-8pm, All welcome
The Balmain Peninsula Park Painters, Mary Cullen and Susan Grant, are having their 16th annual art exhibition at the Balmain Watch House featuring many of local Balmain scenes, as well as still life, animals and travel works. The artworks include a range of watercolours, oils and etchings.
2020 March Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 10am to 4pm
Official opening Saturday 14 at 12.00 midday All welcome
Long Nose Point, an etching by Mary Cullen.
Saturdays DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY December 15 and 22: 11.30 to 3pm January 5, 12, 19: 11.30 – 3pm February 2, 9, 16, 23: 1.30 – 3pm We will be presenting an encore of Life and Death in Balmain examining the Life and Death of the Industries, the Balmain cemetery and many personal observations. Don’t miss this second opportunity at the Watch House on Saturdays Do you think any of your ancestors were buried in the Balmain Cemetery? Come along to the Watch House and we can help you search through the listings to discover your ancestors. Have any of your relatives worked in any of the old industrial sites in Balmain? Look at the many photos and pictures and catch a compelling video which gives an insight into Balmain’s industrial past. We look forward to seeing you!
December - February see above
December 2018 Saturday 8 2pm Saturday
Christeene Britton There is a definite journey for both the artist creating and the collector investing in a new and exciting piece. Both are on a journey of discovery. ‘Life Evolving with Art’ is a visual journey documenting the development of my art as it carries me into the future. This year I will be showcasing a collection of textural acrylics on canvas, which highlight the intriguing depths of colour that come into play. Contrasting this, will be a collection of delicate watercolours and inks – compositions of colour and movement creating an intertwining visual mix. Inks, in particular, have a mind of their own and so marrying their highly fluid nature with a need to conform is both challenging but, at the same time, quite addictive. This will be the debut solo and I invite you to join me as I showcase this collection of works.
2019 March Saturday 16, 10-4.30 and Sunday 17, 10-4pm
Official opening Saturday 16 3-6pm, All welcome.
An exhibition from Rachel Vosila examining a selection of non-native plant species and the impact these have on their surrounding native ecosystems. This is explored through the anthropomorphism of their invasive characteristics and embedded into objects to tell these stories. Visit Rachel’s website to see her work. https://www.rachelvosila.com/
2019 March Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 10-4.30pm
Opening Friday 22 6-8.30pm All Welcome
2019 Saturday 6th April
National Trust Heritage Festival This year’s festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from 18 April – 19 May 2019. The theme this year is Connecting People, Places and the Past. Balmain has been the home of many people who have made significant contributions in the past. In 2019, the BA will hold an exhibition highlighting seven such people, the industrial heritage of Thomas Mort’s dockyard, Henry Perdriau’s ferries and rubber manufacture, the Elliot Brothers chemical manufacturing, John Booth’s sawmills, John Bell’s shipbuilding industry, Maybanke Anderson’s contribution to social welfare particularly women and children and Mrs A’Beckett who set up a Ladies school and applied for land for subdivision. The exhibition will feature stories from the industries illustrated by images of the people and places around the peninsula. Maps of the area will allow visitors to visit the places to see how they have adapted from…
2019 18 April – 19 May 2019
Times to be advised
An event not to be missed! It’s Spring again and after 10 years the Balmain Association is planning another opportunity to visit some of the spectacular gardens in our area. We will have open for inspection a variety of the wonderful gardens – some large, some small, some tucked away behind high fences. There will be a planned walking route in two areas which will also give you the opportunity to look over the fence at some gardens as you pass by. Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the exceptional gardens at Ewenton at Cameron’s Cove Balmain East, Wyoming at 25 Wharf Rd and Hirondelle at 26 Dock Rd Birchgrove where of particular interest are the bromeliads, orchids and succulents set a lush tropical-style scene. The Spring Garden Walks are on Saturday 27 October. The gardens will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Last entry…
Saturday 27 October 2018, the gardens will be open from 10.00am to 3.00pm.
The essence of light is the ethereal element that can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary, the enlightened or the enigmatic. It is also the process of imagery, the art of production that transposes the artist’s idea to the audience. The journey to find this essence is a personal one and can take a lifetime. The exhibition presents contemporary images from a group of artists as they work to unlock, explore and define their meaning of the essence of light as part of the Head On Photo Festival 2018. Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm with Guest Speaker, Greg Piper please join us.
May 2018 Friday 4 10-6pm, Sat 5, Sun 6 10-5:30pm, Wed 9, Thurs 10, Fri 11 10-6pm Sat 12, Sun 13, 10-5.30
Official ceremony Saturday 12, 1pm for 2pm All welcome
Christien presents her ‘For your Eyes Only’ solo exhibition showcasing both acrylic & ink art pieces. Her aim is that her art pieces be explored & evaluated by each individual in order that there be a connection, engagement & personal assessment. Her acrylic pieces are highly structured geometrics which engage with a sense of colour, texture & movement. In contrast to the ink artworks which are colourful, fluid and have a never-ending intrigue. As Christien has lived, painted & exhibited in a number countries within the Asia Pacific region her works have been collected both domestically & internationally. Having a background in interior design, her works aim to create a sense of individuality whilst at the same time adding to the ambience of both a traditional or contemporary environment. Let your eyes be your judge as they guide you through the exhibition.
May 2018 Saturday 19 and Sunday 20, 9.45-4.30
Opening night: Friday, 18 May – 6.30-8.30 all welcome
Travelling through France and Italy Gary and Rowena found inspiration for their painting from the walls of the buildings, where a trace of the people who lived there over the centuries are held in the fading marks they left behind. For Rowena, complex layered multi media works on paper seek to find these haunting whispers of the past, held in the patina of a wall in rooms from Pompeii to Chenonceau. Gary’s large canvas works are explorations of his encounters with the passages and walls outside, where the decay, renovation and subsequent deterioration provide, at every corner, another experience of the intricacy of human habitation. Gary’s paintings seek to encapsulate his experience of these echoes of the past through his rich exploration of texture and colour.
May 2018 Saturday 26 10am-5pm Sunday 27 10-4pm, Friday 1 12.30-5 Saturday 2 10-5pm Sunday 3 10-4
Opening Drinks with the artists 12.30 -3pm Saturday 26 May
An exhibition of Richard Sercombe’s latest works. Landscapes, including some from recent trips to England and Northern Italy. Also, Richard continues to explore new approaches to capture the essence of floral subject matter. The exhibition will include an ex exhibition clearance sale, with reductions of 50 percent being common. Call in and enjoy a drink and some nibbles while you view this exciting exhibition.
June 2018 Saturday 9, Sunday 10 and Monday 11 10.00 to 6pm
Opening Friday June 8 at 7:30pm, with a preview from 6pm. All Welcome.
The Architecture of Birds Birds are all around us and yet we do not speak their language or have any great understanding of their world. We invade and change their environment with so little thought or consideration, and urban development is the greatest cause of loss of habitat. Claire Armstrong, Vicki Ratcliff, Evan Armstrong and Helen Mackay are four Pittwater artists with very different styles and approaches. As artists they attempt to capture the spirit of the birds with watercolour, acrylic, oils, ink and etchings. Their images reflect their insights into the world of birds. The exhibition depicts their individual response to birds and their love affair with nature and birds. They invite you to deepen your connection with the environment of birds.
June 2018 Saturday 16 and Sunday 17, 10-4
Opening Friday 15, 6-8.30pm by Simon Duffy, head of conservation and science Taronga Zoo.All welcome.
The 22nd annual exhibition from Balmain hART stART Studio, now in its 23rd year in Balmain. Audiences will be treated with expressive artworks, abstractions and landscapes, rich in exploration of colour and texture. This exhibition is for people who enjoy paintings in modernist styles. What has sustained this studio for 23 years in Balmain is the hART stART method which encourages mindfulness, personal growth, and a sincere friendship which grows between members. hART stART studio meets for afternoon and evening classes on Tuesdays 7a Campbell St The next FREE introductory trial class for new members will be on Tuesday 31st July at 1pm or 6.30pm. To reserve a place, phone Gary on 0410639819 or apply at www.hartstartstudio.com.au
June 2018 Saturday 23, 10-4.30 and Sunday 24, 10-4
Drinks with the artists Sat 1-3pm All welcome
Three emerging NSW artists, Tom Fuggle, Beth Massey, and J*sh Butler present an exhibition that promises to be full of colour and variety with everything from illustration on wood to photorealistic oil painting.
June 2018 Sat 30 June and Sunday 1 July 9am-5pm
Opening: Friday 29 6.30pm All welcome.
The Sunrise Group’s exhibition showcases the images of a group of photographers from the award winning Norths Photographic Society. The work of each photographer reflects their experience in working with light whether it’s at sunrise over the northern beaches, a pattern shot or still life. Photography from a variety of genres showcased can include the natural, urban and abstract landscapes, seascapes, nature, wildlife, travel and portraits and even still life photography. Each image communicates the emotional response of the individual photographer to a particular subject through the creative use of light, composition, line, form, shape and texture to produce striking images. The images are presented on archival quality photo papers and are available for purchase. Norths Photographic Society website is <http://nslps.org.au>.
July 2018 Each day from 7 to 15 July, 10am-5pm
Opening: Friday 6, 6-8.30pm All welcome.
The Sculptors Society is excited to be showing at the Balmain Watch House and we will have works in many different styles of work, and materials from bronze through to found objects, wood, marble and stone, glass, material, resin, metals, ceramics. Works in multiples as well as unique sculptures that are one of a kind, both realistic and abstract. The Sculptors society was founded in 1951 and our mission is to promote sculpture and sculptors through regular exhibitions and encouragement with forums and education as a big part in the sharing of ideas.www.sculptorssociety.com
July 2018 Saturday 21, Sunday 22 and Staurday 28 and Sunday 29, 10.30-4pm
Opening: Friday 20 5-7pm all welcome
The MoDeMa group of mosaicists are exhibiting their latest works inspired by the beauty of Nature. Light, colour and changing seasons are captured using a variety of mosaic media. Mollie Pegler, Deb Kane and Margaret Tessarolo became firm friends through their shared love of Mosaics and combined to form the MoDeMa group. They have previously enjoyed exhibiting at the Balmain Watch House as well as earlier showings at Rozelle, Cremorne and Lindfield.
August 2018, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5, 10-4pm
Opening: Friday 3 6-8pm All welcome
Open Studio Printmakers is a dynamic group of artists who explore the medium of printmaking. Although a long standing art form, each printmaker creates distinctive and contemporary works on paper. Lino and wood cuts, screen prints and etchings are just some of the methods you will see and which create these exciting images. This printmaking collective enjoys maintaining its reputation by exhibiting works of quality and diversity, along with an intention to expose the wider community to this time honoured medium. The artists create artworks that reflect their original thinking, artistic integrity and diversity by using a wide range of styles and techniques, limited only by imagination. You will see a wide range of framed and unframed works exhibited and available at reasonable prices. Entry to the exhibition is free and all works are for sale.
August 2018, Saturday 11, Sunday 12 and Saturday 18, Sunday 19, 10am-4.30pm
Official opening: 3pm Saturday 11, All welcome
Michiyo Miwa is a Sumi-e (Japanese inkwash) painter. Her main subjects for paintings are plants and landscapes around the Blue Maintains area where she lives now. She has also created a series of works on the Birchgrove and Balmain area, where she once lived some time ago. This art form mainly consists of lines created by brush strokes. In this sense, it is closer to calligraphy than painting. Jillian Culey’s connection with weaving began nearly 20 years ago when she lived and worked on a remote island in the Pacific. After a long hiatus Jillian reconnected with weaving 8 years ago. Now working with a wide variety of natural materials, she enjoys experimenting with various techniques including, twining, ribbed construction, random weave and string making. Jillian has had the opportunity to learn from a range of master weavers both in Australia and overseas. She has exhibited her work in galleries…
August 2018 Saturday 25, 10-4pm and Sunday 26 10-3pm
Join us for drinks and nibbles on Saturday and Sunday.
My name is Kate Nielsen, and I am a Sydney based artist who mainly works with oil paint on canvas. My two dominant subjects are ‘Landscape’ and ‘Interiors’, because of their connection to place. Painting ‘Landscape’ enables me to feel a sense of connection to the natural environment, a need which is intrinsic to human nature. I enjoy the play of light and shade, the restorative nature of water, the natural linear rhythms created by the structure of the trees, the power of the expressive use of colour and the timeless quiet of rock formations. The ‘Interior’ represents place, as it is an expression of personal values, experiences and the ‘sacred’ objects of its creator. My Interiors emanate from the personal spaces of family, friends and other places of importance to me. They reflect the spirit created by the everyday juxtaposition of objects and patterns which go into the making…
September 2018 Saturday 22 10am - 5pm Sunday 23 10am - 3pm
Official opening: Saturday 22 at 2pm - 5pm nibbles and drinks. All welcome
This exhibition features Margaret Frederickson’s history of living, working, training and sharing life with her family, friends, valued teachers and artists. This portrait of Sydney poet Antigone Kefala, (winner of the prestigious Judith Wright award for FRAGMENTS surrounded with her precious words), is one example of her painting. Portraiture has been a huge part of her life’s work and before retiring she was a Portrait Tutor at the prestigious Brisbane Art Institute for decades. Her love of dance, theatre, architecture travel,(another passion) are all featured here with adventures from Indonesia to Korea and beyond. Since moving to Qld in 1982 she has continued in this rich vein of travelling, sketching and painting. Share a drink with the artist and friends on opening night Friday 28th September 6 to 9pm.
29 and 30 September 2018 & Monday 1st October 10 a.m to 6 p.m.
opening Friday 6-9 All welcome
Peri Tobias, printmaker, Margaret Fitzgerald sculptor and Jennifer May, collage and mixed media. Margaret Fitzgerald was a finalist in the 2018 Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture. Her minimalist forms are reminiscent of natural artefacts with a strong design element. Jennifer May, an art teacher for over 25 years, takes on the theme of form and design using wax, collage and mixed media. Her works combine elements of landscape with an architectural clarity. Peri Tobias works in the field of plant genetics and has been a printmaker for 20 years. She has returned to her etched aluminium plates and restated them by cutting and printing irregular oviform shapes referencing her research.
October 2018 Saturday 6 and Sunday 7, 10-4
Opening Friday 5 from 6 to 8 pm All welcome.
One of Australia’s leading landscape painters, Tran’s exquisite works evoke a sense of place and nostalgia in the viewer. Mysterious, unsettling, beautiful – these images are a sanctuary from the busyness of our contemporary world, places of quiet contemplation and silent optimism.
October 2018 Saturday 13, 10-6pm and Sunday 14 10-4pm
Opening Friday 12, 6 - 8pm All Welcome
Creativity knows no boundaries, and artists Carolyn Doherty and Ken Irvine-Brown have investigated many ideas over the years; their art practice spans a number of formats including works on paper, oil painting and wooden assemblages created from discarded piano parts. Passionate about music, Kens often sees pictures in the lyrics and when he found a discarded piano by the side of the road it was a chance to minimise ‘junk’ going into landfill and ensure the music lived on. See which songs you recognise… The amazing rock formation at Freshwater Beach demonstrated the power and creativity of nature; too seldom do we stop to look at those colours and forms. The forms needed no abstraction – nature had done it! In the wider landscape the colours underneath shine through and Carolyn’s work shows insight into nature’s processes. WEBSITE: https://carolyningrid.wixsite.com/carolyndohertyart-1
October 2018 Saturday 20, 10-6 pm Sunday 21 10-5
Opening Friday 19 October 6pm-9pm All welcome
Due to unforeseen circumstances this exhibition is to be rescheduled early 2019 please check website for the date. Exhibition to be opened by Norma Ingram (NSW Woman of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award winner, 2018)
to be rescheduled early 2019
Artisans Ryde Inc is a celebration of artists with a diverse range of talents working together to create original and innovative art in a nurturing environment. We live, work or play in the Ryde area and our shared mission is to enhance the relationships with the local artistic community and foster an environment for collaboration and partnerships across a range of artistic disciplines. Our creativity is expressed through glass, yarn, fabrics, ceramics, photographs, pencils and paint to name a few. Each piece is individually designed and crafted. Our ‘Art in the City’ exhibition encapsulates the encapsulates the essence of what we do and how we do it. www.artisansryde.smalltalkevents.com.au
November 2018 Saturday 3 and Sunday 4, 10-4
Opening Friday 2, 6-8pm All welcome
Three Parts Light is an exhibition by three friends – two painters and a photographer. Lesley and Oscar bring their observations of life to life through pigment and brush. Jack observes, composes and practises his art through a lens. The works to be exhibited are as individual as the exhibitors. The pieces range from abstract creations (in acrylic, oil and watercolour) of landscapes, man and the man-made, to vivid, high-definition photographic prints of exotic wildlife and ethereal nature. In much the same way that the spectrum of colour creates white light so too does this varied collection of work find harmony in the blend of experiences observed, interpreted and preserved by the artists. The result is a beautiful visual rendition of life that is part shape, part texture, part colour and part shadow – and most importantly, three parts light. www.threepartslight.com.au
November 2018 Friday to Sunday, 9 – 11 November 2018, 10 – 5 daily
Fiona and Helen are two like minded Artists who are passionate about their Art. They have long held a love of fresh colour, both in the fragility of Watercolours and the bright boldness of Acrylics. Their work will stand alone and bring an element of surprise, individuality, tell a story and bring real emotion, thus enhancing your favourite space. Both Artists have studied under the guidance of renowned artists, latterly with Dominique Sutton and Charles Sluga. Mollie Pegler will be displaying her award winning Mosaics which are full of colour and fun. Mollie, Helen and Fiona have enjoyed success in many exhibitions both solo and group and are particularly excited to be exhibiting together again. The Balmain Watch house is an excellent venue to display their works where they will be complimented by the beautiful sandstone walls full of history. Come along and wander through this amazing building. You are warmly invited…
November 2018 November 2018, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 15, 16, 17, 18 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 22, 23, 24, 25 10 - 4pm
Opening Friday 16 5.30-8.30 Please join the artists for drinks
An exhibition from a local Innerwest group of female artists who are passionate about expressing themselves through creativity and art. They have come together to share their own journey of motherhood and the nurturing of their own creative spirits. Each artist channels a different energy within their work, making this exhibition an exciting fusion of colour, style and subject matter. There will be a craft table set up for all children.
December 2018, Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, 9am-4pm
Opening Friday 30 Nov: 7pm - 8.30pm All welcome.
Mamas With Easels is an Inner West community project bringing together the artistic passions of women who are nurturing their own creative spirit as they nurture their own young ones. Their work is expressive, vibrant and playful. As they face the challenges of motherhood and embrace the many tender moments, they are entwining their arty selves into the tapestry of the journey itself. Fun and charming, soulful and enriching, this colourful and diverse exhibition of eight local female artists will certainly please the visual palette whilst the warm and nostalgic environment of the venue will make for a delightful visit.
February Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 9am to 4pm
Opening Friday 9 Drinks 6 to 8.30pm All welcome