Viewpoints
Aug.
29
to 25 Sep.

Viewpoints

'Viewpoints' - a collaborative exhibition by Gippsland artists, Carol Linton and Leigh Fraser, Photographer Sue Juha and Printmaker Rosie Lyons.

Sue Juha

Since purchasing my first DSLR camera many years ago, my love for taking photos has taken me all over Gippsland and around Australia. I enjoy venturing out in nature and sightseeing through the city, capturing photos to reminisce and share with my family and friends.

I have been a member of the Latrobe Valley Camera Club for 5 years and have enjoyed learning and sharing my experiences with other passionate photographers. I scrapbook many of my photos in fun and creative memory books for my family and close friends to enjoy. I also love the challenge of creating abstract photography I Photoshop.

This is my first exhibition showcasing my passion for photography with landscapes and wildlife, all captured in our own picturesque backyard – Gippsland.

Leigh Fraser

Leigh Fraser was born some time last century.

He happily lives and works in South Gippsland continuing to find inspiration in the light and tones around him.

He has studied in the Tonal Impressionist style of the 20 Melbourne Painters' Society under John Dudley and others.

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Rosie Lyons

ROSIE LYONS’ art practice stems from her strong foundation in design, textiles and printmaking. She loves to explore many mediums and in this exhibition you can see etchings & paintings as well as lino block printing on textiles which were inspired by her many visits to India.

Her influence mainly comes from Mother Nature as it is all inspiring, fascinating and always so perfect down to the most minute detail. As all artists influence each other, she loves seeing what other people produce, each artist having a different technique which is always interesting.

Rosie has exhibited in Seattle & Los Angeles, USA, Canada and Rome as well in Melbourne, Albert Park the Mornington Peninsula, Warburton, Foster and Fish Creek.

Carol Linton

Self-taught, Carol began her art career at the age of 16, working for the Myer Emporium, making lampshades, and hand painting them.

Ten years later she was painting Guy Boyd pottery, and then painting giftware for Hollman Tinware. This was followed by time spent decorating ceramic tiles at Nicholson Tiles, in Elsternwick, near Melbourne.

Exhibiting her own work in 1973, Carol started winning numerous awards for her oils and watercolours. Other awards followed.

Carol worked for ten years with the Hallworth House Gallery in Yarrawonga, where she exhibited and demonstrated annually with solo shows, as well as showing at many other rural galleries in country Victoria. For a time she was kept very busy exhibiting exclusively for a Phillip Island gallery.

In the mid 1970s, she joined the Peninsula Art Society. After moving to Swan Walk, Chelsea in Dec 1976, at the Karingal Hub annual art exhibition, she won a major prize in the late 70s. At the prestigious Chelsea Art Society’s annual show in the 1980s, she won an acquisitive award (and simultaneously, First Prize).

At the Southland centre gallery, she exhibited at its third floor gallery space. In 1984, she exhibited 50 paintings together with Margo Sykes and John Canning (3 Australians at work) at the AMP building in Melbourne.

Retiring to Wonthaggi in 1993, she opened three rooms of her miner’s cottage home as a gallery. She began to make papier mȃché sculptures and take on many commissions in a variety of media. After thirteen years there, she discovered Toora in South Gippsland, and relocated to a home with a shopfront gallery, experimenting successfully with different painting styles. Her quirky depictions of rural and domestic scenes delight visitors and locals alike.

She continues to sell her work at various venues and at the Toora Village Studio Gallery, of which she was a founding member. She plans to create a new gallery next to her latest home in Toora.

Her work is well represented in the U.K., Europe, U.S.A. and Japan.

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The Wild and The Whimsical
Sep.
27
to 23 Oct.

The Wild and The Whimsical

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An Exhibition by Laurie Collins

Artist’s Bio

Well, in 2019 I am about to be a 65year old 6 ft 4 inch bearded male.

I am now retired from teaching and working full time at my art. I have been making stuff for years, ever since I did my teaching course at Melbourne State College in Arts and Craft (B.Ed). It was a great course and we did subjects such as painting, drawing, woodcraft, sculpture, printmaking, metal craft, textiles, design, art history, psychology and many more .

Before that I used to make and draw things but with much less focus.

I was an only child of Lyla and Eddie Collins born in September 1954 and I went to:

 West Preston State School,

 Preston Tech( an all boys school in those days),

 Preston Institute of Technology (3 girls) and

 RMIT( Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)( Lots of girls)

 Melb State College( now Melb uni) .

I didn’t know what I wanted to do as a kid and followed through with my friends doing the science stream leading to starting a civil engineering degree. I got chicken pox at the end of year exams and scraped a pass in most subjects.

I thought I could do better and repeated the year at RMIT and also did an architecture course in the evening. This introduced me to life drawing (where do I look!!) and art history. I had a friend doing the Art and Craft teachers course at Melbourne State College and this sounded great, especially when they were offering studentships.

At RMIT I met my future wife Marian, (a radiographer) and we ended up living together in her rented house in North Melbourne (Molesworth St). She worked at the Children’s Hospital and I worked part time as a paper boy and gardener. We married in 1976.

When I finished my course I was posted to Mortlake (Western Victoria) and we spent about 7 years there. Marian worked at Warrnambool Base Hospital and I worked at Mortlake High School. I started making small boxes, natural edged mirrors and Red- Gum pedestals.

I sold artwork to Ishka, Rosies, Donvale Craft Cottage. We had three children, Kathleen, Emily and Caleb and lived on a 20 acre hobby farm at the foot of Mt Shadwell.

We then moved to Warragul and I taught at Drouin Secondary College.

Marian used to work at West Gippsland Hospital and I did a welding course at Warragul Tafe and decided to use these new skills to make other arty crafty items (Thanks Phil and Greg). We did most of the initial work in my garage in Albert Rd (sorry neighbours) and then moved to a 2 acre place at Jindivick where I have built a shed (studio) which I periodically add to then clutter up. I am the messiest person in the area but have been known to be friendly to furry animals and small children.

Since then I have sold work at Town and Country Gallery in Yarragon, Ishka (10 stores in Melbourne) Outhouse, Fitzworks, Mirboo North Art show and Drouin and Warragul art shows. My CV shows more of the actual art exhibitions

I taught Design and Technology as well as Metalwork, Pedal and Power, Art, Woodwork and anything else they threw at me. I have helped teams in Tournament of the Minds, been on and ran some camps and really value kids developing their creativity through being challenged to develop their ideas

Now I am retired I work most of the day in my shed although I try to get out for part of the day so I don't turn into more of a hermit. I now have a sculpture garden here at Jindivick and am a sort of tourist attraction. In 2015 I built the Red Tree Gallery on the sculpture garden site and this shows my small works and other local artists work on a monthly basis

We try to do a trip each year to broaden our horizons and in 2011 we went to Canada, mainly B.C and a bit of Alberta. In 2014 I went to Thailand to participate in an arts festival at Raja Mangala Uni and also Phitsanlok Uni. In 2015, I went to Thailand again to participate in the art workshop at Raja Mangala Uni ( Poh Chang) and since then the new Red Tree Gallery (on the site of Laurie Collins Sculpture Garden) has been opened and has started having exhibitions of other people’s work as well as my own.

In 2019 I went to Vietnam to participate in an art workshop and exchange at Danang and this was both challenging and very positive.

Good on ya,

Laurie

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The Yarram Archies
Aug.
2
to 28 Aug.

The Yarram Archies

‘THE YARRAM ARCHIES’ IS A POPULAR PORTRAITURE COMPETITION HELD ANNUALLY AT YARRAM COURTHOUSE GALLERY.

The competition is open to people of all ages and entries must depict a real person, past or present.

With entrants coming from all over the region and often as far as Melbourne, the range of styles and medium used for this competition always makes for a great exhibition.

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Nature Naturally
Jul.
5
to 31 Jul.

Nature Naturally

An exhibition by Dinah Barton (Textiles), Donna Marcius (Jewellery) and Lisa Timms Stevens (Mixed Media).



DINAH BARTON

Award winning textile artist, Lecturer/Tutor in Art and Design at R.M.I.T (City Campus) now working in her studio in Loch Sport, Victoria. Solo/Group exhibitions. Favours embroidering with fabrics and threads. I consider myself a textile Artist. Instead of using paints and brushes I use fabric and thread. A variety of yarns are combined to get the desired effect. I do not use the sewing machine preferring to glue, hand stitch and embroider. In the final stages I may add pencil or paint. The design concepts are based on my own sketches, doodles or photographs. The original idea does not contain much detail, choosing to create as the journey unfolds. It is this process that maintains my interest and enthusiasm. The interplay between the embroidered piece and the fabric background create textural depth. The art work on display is highlighting aspects of my interest in "nature naturally." 

1. Loch Sport is surrounded by water which attract a variety of birds. Their habitat extends across the Gippsland Lakes. There is international recognition of this area as birds make the long flight from as far away as Siberia.

2. Wilson's Promontory provides sketching opportunities of rock formations, the ebb and flow of river and sea set against the ever changing light and water reflections.

3. Outback journeys across Australia has created for me a new intensity of colour and light not found in the coastal areas.

4. Part of my teaching career covered interior decoration and design. These flower studies set in vases on tablecloths reflect that influence. 

DONNA MARCIUS 

I completed a 4 year apprenticeship with Italian jewellers in Melbourne and have continued to work in the jewellery trade for the past 35 years. During this time I have worked in the retail trade repairing, remodelling and making jewellery in Melbourne, Traralgon and Sale. In this time I have worked one on one with clients creating their own bespoke pieces of jewellery. I work with all carats and colour of gold and sterling silver. 

Nature has created such beautiful gems in the oceans and on the earth, so it’s a privileged to work with them, from the organic formation of coral and pearls, the time capsules of amber and fossils, to the most precious gems of opals, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. 

I live in Loch Sport Victoria and for many years have had a workshop at home. I’m surrounded by the Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach and National Parks, which has a great influences in the jewellery I create. 

The other major influence is the Art Noveau period with its beautiful organic flowing lines. At the time this period was a reaction to the industrialization of the world and I think we need to encourage handcraft items in our time so we can be individuals and show our essence in what we create. 

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LISA TIMMS STEVENS 

I live in Loch Sport, on the borders of Lake Reeve, a wide, shallow offshoot of the Gippsland Lakes. The surrounding Crown Land is a wildlife haven. When you walk through the narrow opening into the scrub and saltmarsh you enter a different world. 

It was here that I found, earlier this year, a beautiful deer antler, and then a kangaroo skull. Their shapes intrigued me. All my art practice is about shapes – in the past I was drawn to mechanical shapes and my ceramic sculptures use shape to describe and define them. I began to collect native animal bones in earnest. 

Bones lying on the ground in the wild are like little treasures – in almost every case when an animal dies the predators move in and scatter the bones so it is rare to find something in usable condition. I’ve been very lucky with my finds and the internet is a great source of information about cleaning and sanitising. Animal bone collecting is a worldwide hobby, though good finds are rare. 

I feel a sort of reverence for the creatures whose bones I am portraying, it’s almost as though they are being acknowledged. It is right and natural for organic matter to return to the earth but it’s a nice thought that these helpless, harmless creatures have been appreciated for their wondrous existence even when they are gone. Among other things, I feel awed by the amazing skeletal structure of the echidna, the extraordinary shape of the wombat’s skull and the way the kangaroo’s skull fits together – and has two very long horizontal teeth at the front of the lower jaw. No wonder it hacks up our lawns! 

I hope that these artworks may give others a sense of the beauty and wonder of nature as found in our own unique wildlife.

Guest Speaker: Kathy Luxford Carr

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Schools Month
Jun.
6
to 3 Jul.

Schools Month

Schools Month @ Yarram Courthouse Gallery.

Schools Month is an annual fixture at Yarram Courthouse Gallery where the various schools in the district take turns in displaying their students work for the benefit of the community.

This year we have the pleasure of seeing the artworks of the students of:

Yarram Secondary College

“The Young Artist” is a collection of artworks across mediums and year levels. Year 7 students have been working on some lino prints, most of them for the first time. On the other side of the scope, our senior students will be presenting a range of works from drawings to paintings. Year 8 students will be showcasing their photographs in a range of creative presentation styles and Year 9 students have made some Zines. The collection is an example of the many ideas and styles that young people bring to the artistic community and we are proud to share it.

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Miniatures in May
May
10
to 5 Jun.

Miniatures in May

Miniatures In May

“Miniatures in May” is a mixed media arts competition held annually at Yarram Courthouse Gallery which is always well supported by not only our local artists but by the wider art community. Entries can be in any medium but can be no larger than A5, including the frame. All 3D entries must fit inside A5 dimensions with a maximum height of 15cm. This year we have over 115 entries so make sure you take time to visit the Gallery over the next four weeks to check out and enjoy this exhibition.

We would like to sincerely thank our very generous sponsors for their ongoing support.

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