NEAP 2016

Ah NEAP again. It’s great to see so many aspiring artists. I’ve chosen a few that stood out for me to include in this post. They’re not necessarily the winners but we all know that art is subjective.

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So this is an odd little photo. There’s that nostalgia feeling going on here from artist Scott Probst. Thumbs up from me.

Well I love colour and pretty so this acrylic painting by artist Danielle Glassop gets a thumbs up from me..

Well I love colour and pretty so this acrylic painting by artist Danielle Glassop gets a thumbs up from me..

 

Skill is the first word that popped into my head when I saw this charcoal on paper work by Christina Frogley. So much patience required to achieve this. And skill. Thumbs up from me.

Skill is the first word that popped into my head when I saw this charcoal on paper work by Christina Frogley. So much patience required to achieve this. And skill. Thumbs up from me.

Is this odd or what? I walked into the smaller gallery and this acrylic and collage by artist Cheridan Chard gave me a big wink. There's nothing better than a bit of weird art. On'ya Cheridan. Thumbs up from me.

Is this odd or what? I walked into the smaller gallery and this acrylic and collage by artist Cheridan Chard gave me a big wink. There’s nothing better than a bit of weird art. On’ya Cheridan.
Thumbs up from me.

Oops I can't be sure who made this great little sculpture but it's eerie and weird. Maybe Maisie Neale??? Anyway thumbs up from me. Or should I say fingers up!

Oops I can’t be sure who made this great little sculpture but it’s eerie and weird. Maybe Maisie Neale??? Anyway thumbs up from me. Or should I say fingers up!

 

 

 

I know I know I have a soft spot for anything Ellie Kaufmann paints. And this is no exception. My fave is still the one I bought recently. But that's what I'd hope anyway. I can't buy another just yet. Anyway thumbs up from me.

I know I know I have a soft spot for anything Ellie Kaufmann paints. And this is no exception. My fave is still the one I bought recently. But that’s what I’d hope anyway. I can’t buy another just yet. Anyway thumbs up from me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just a small glimpse of the show because there’s a heap of work there. I wonder if they could have culled more perhaps. Just a thought!

 

John Earle at CStudios

14095980_10208389861723305_2547043957330567628_nOh dear 2 posts in one week. but this exhibition finishes soon and it needs to be seen. There is no doubt about John Earle he certainly is a skillful artist. I love this painting I saw recently at CStudios in Hunter St. This painting is of Dora Creek. Stunning. He has an exhibition presently until 28th August. The gallery is open Thurs-Sun 11-4pm

I was walking back to my car on Friday evening and thought I’d sneak a peek at the latest offering from Back to Back Gallery in Bull st Newcastle. Well wasn’t I pleasantly surprised. A magical wonderland of amorphous shapes greeted me in an array of scale and colour.

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The artists’ Mandy Robinson and Jen Denzin certainly have an eye for the bizarre and theatrical. I wonder they haven’t pursued set design but perhaps there is not much call for this career here in greater “Newie”. So impressed was I that yesterday I found my way back to the gallery for a closer look. Oh to embellish my house with these bewildering sculptures. But alas I cannot have everything I see and love (those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that last week I picked up a painting by the great Ellie Kauffman that now sits perfectly in my home). Anyway for those who are keen to get out there and see some art “Everything That Rises – an adventure in three dimensions” is exhibiting at Back to Back until September 4th.13996302_10208389635157641_2409464348889013410_o

Streets of Christchurch.

When I visited Christchurch on the weekend initially I was bewildered by the destruction, dust and lack of apparent eagerness to get the city beautified again (kind of reminded me of Newcastle NSW so there must be a fair bit of politics happening behind the scenes). But then I started wandering about and realised there was so much to this crumbled city and it’s probably a  wee (a term used liberally in NZ)  bit interesting. So I’ve taken a few photos of the art and the havoc wreaked by the earthquake of 2011. It’s a gentle reminder of our vulnerability I guess. Though we all love to have a go at taming nature.

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Selwyn Gallery

Iwas rather impressed with this artist I came across today at a small gallery in darfield. Ben Reid is a printmaker from New Zealand. Below is the best link I could find of his work. It’s a shame I couldn’t take a photo of his most current work but alas not all galleries allow photos.

http://solandergallery.co.nz/ben-rei

Hamilton is art.

I know getting around all the galleries in Newcastle can be a rather busy time but don’t forget Hamilton. With 2 galleries opposite one another in Beaumont st it is definitely a worthy addition to any gallery hop. Both galleries give local artists the opportunity to exhibit in group exhibitions taking away the anxiety of a solo performance which can be a daunting experience.

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A painting by Lynette Bridge which will be on exhibit at Gallery 139 until 14th May 2016.

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An etching by Matthew Tome as part of Beyond Colour.

“Beyond Colour”is currently showing at Gallery 139. Four local artists produce large abstracted paintings, etchings and ceramics.

Across the road at Nanshe Gallery the proprietor Barbara is demonstrating how her jewellery designs can be made large. Beautiful decorative imagery and symbols hang against the wall while opposite Naomi Wild sews expressive faces onto the natural tones of shibori fabric. “Under the dreaming” will be exhibited later this year in Europe offering both artists the opportunity to show their work to a wider audience.

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This image demonstrated the sewn imagery of textile artist Naomi Wild who is currently exhibiting alongside Barbara Nanshe at Nanshe Gallery.

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Barbara Nanshe’s wonderfully expressive wall adornments.

Just an aside though I wanted to share the details of an exhibition that closes today at Back to Back. “Perspectives” brings this gallery alive bombarding the space with delightful art to decorate the home. The three artist’s have come together to produce an interior that they determined from the beginning was going to be about adornment. Jane Smith has turned simple outdoor tables into masterpiece mosaics. Her work can also be seen on the bar at Rustica the restaurant opposite Newcastle Beach. The painter Stephanie Macfarlane is a woman after my own heart who decorates the walls with paintings of buldings and houses inspired by Europe and Morrocco. There’s also some weird planters that offer a glimpse into the surreal workings of the artist Suzanne Reid’s mind. Unfortunately I think they were all sold. In fact there were quite a few red dots about so there will be some wonderfully expressive homes out there after today.

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A glimpse into the adorned Back to Back Gallery at present.

Just thought I’d add that both galleries in Hamilton are open Wednesday to Saturday. Not Sundays!

 

http://www.gallery139.com.au/2016-exhibitions/beyond-colour

http://nanshestudiogalleryshop.com.au/

https://www.facebook.com/Nanshe-Wild-Creatives-Abroad-431720050286251/

https://www.facebook.com/Newcastle-Studio-Potters-Back-to-Back-Galleries-450603221651085/?fref=ts

http://www.rustica.com.au/

At Back to Back and some.

It just so happens I walk past Back to Back Gallery regularly on my way to and from The Emporium in Hunter St mall to do my 3 hour stint in there. So I always get to see the latest exhibition happening. And it’s such a lovely light filled gallery so it’s always a pleasure to visit. At the moment there is a Honours student from the Newcastle University exhibiting her 3rd year work. It’s such a quirky show full of strange objects covered in her abstracted drawings. Pulling The Wool by artist Maddyson Hatton is at Back to Back until Sunday the 20th March.

I also called in at NAS to see their latest exhibitions. I was rather impressed with the work of Neal Booth. His exhibition titled “Works of a Recluse” revealed rather textural and powerful abstracts. Vasant Rao in the adjoining gallery is showing colourful mixed media images. Both exhibitions close Sunday 20th March.

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A sneak peek in the Bakehouse Gallery Patonga.

On a drive to the Central Coast last weekend I came across a cute gallery called Patonga Bakehouse Gallery. It seems it’s only open on Sundays but regardless I missed out. However I sneaked a peek through the window anyway. There were some great little paintings in there and some I would have liked to have kept but oh well I saved my pennies this time. Oh but there is so much talent in this arty world!

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Chiz Turnross’s birds at Curve.

Also some exhibitions in the past month that I should have written about but just didn’t get there. At Curve Gallery the first exhibition of the year was a good one featuring a number of local artists. I particularly liked paintings by the not so local artist Chiz Turnross from the UK. His birds were so wonderfully painted with a carefree spirit. I also saw Paris/Hunter at Lake Mac Gallery and of course was drawn to James Drinkwater’s abstracts. He’s a favourite of mine (sorry I seem to have a few but I do love art) although the friend I went with didn’t quite share my opinion. And I get that. It’s all so subjective and I know I tend to go for art that is free and loose and not so uptight. I also loved the drawings by Claire Martin of statues in a Paris park. So delicate and well drawn. Both of the above exhibitions finished yesterday.

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Kate Zeritis at NANA

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Artist Madeleine Cruise at NANA 

Finally I’d like to mention a space that for a while now has shown some great art with little fanfare. NANA Contemporary Art began its life in The Emporium then took over the windows of the old DJs building. The last two exhibitions there showed art that should have been better publicised but alas… In January Kate Zeritis displayed her collection of ceramic pieces and some expressive charcoal drawings. And until March Madeleine Cruise showed her wonderful and surreal soft sculptures and paintings. I have heard that is it for the windows unfortunately because it was a pleasure to walk past and see what was new. Often the display was every bit as good as work in the galleries about town.

Till next time…