An exhibition by Laurie Collins from Red Hat Gallery, Jindivich
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.
Opening Night Speeches
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,
Hanging Day, Opening Night and Social Media Graphics
S. Coad, Yarram - “What a delight - a stunning variety/vision!” - 26th Sept 2019
D. Kirkland, Melbourne - “Definitely some lovely flights of whimsey!” - 30th Sept 2019
P. Hay, Devon North - “So much talent <3 “ - 30th Sept 2019
B. Thompson, Yarram - “Above and beyond. Wonderful” - 1st Oct 2019
B. Johnson, Woodside - “Brilliant sense of humour and joy. Made my day.” - 2nd Oct 2019
L. Surally, Gisborne - “Excellent exhibition - Thanks” - 4th Oct 2019
H. Riff, Fish Creek - “I love Laurie’s work, I’ve know it now for nearly 20 years; It just keeps evolving!!!” - 8th Oct 2019
K.A., Yarram - “Very interesting work :) “ - 11th Oct 2019
D. Myers, Port Albert - “Again, Artists amaze me, very inspiring.” - 11th Oct 2019
Catherine, Yarram - “Very innovative. Love it.” - 13th Oct 2019
Bev. F, Tenby Point - “Very Nice” - 13th Oct 2019
I & S Hofler. Chilliwack, Canada - “Great fun, lovely pieces” - 15th Oct 2019
L. Fear, Yarram - “A very creative and interesting exhibition!!” - 15th October 2019
P & S Campbell, Mirboo North - “Excellent work. Loved your creative display.” - 16th Oct 2019
Peter, Claire & Iain, Melbourne - “Good regional art” - 17th Oct 2019
Parichat Pongyeun, Thailand - “Beautiful and stunning.” - 17th Oct 2019
Viewpoints' - a collaborative exhibition by Gippsland artists, Carol Linton and Leigh Fraser, Photographer Sue Juha and Printmaker Rosie Lyons.
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 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.
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.
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.
Opening Night Celebrations
J.Riley, Waratah Nth - “Very Special!! Thanks.” - 30th Aug 2019
W. Hoeksin, Moe - “Beautiful” - 31st Aug 2019
M. Wilson, Moe - “Thank you” - 31st Aug 2019
Lisa A., Sale - “Loved the photos xo” - 1st Sept 2019
P. Hay, Devon Nth - “I am always inspired by such talented artists and how creative they are.” - 3rd Sept 2019
M. Stackhouse, Yarram - “Great display & inspiring work” - 14th Sept 2019
The Fowlers (x3), Yarram - “Excellent work by all !” - 14th Sept 2019
M. Mathan & Family, Packenham - “Beautiful place - Lovely painting displays and artefacts.” - 16th Sept 2019
M.Zanella - “Lovely ecstatic display !” - 17th Sept 2019
S. Bucello, Foster - “Lovely exhibition” - 19th Sept 2019
L. Ferr, Yarram - “Wonderful exhibition !” - 19th Sept 2019
D. Walker, Toora Nth - “Lovely work” - 19th Sept 2019
R. McNeill, Traralgon - “Lovely display” - 22nd Sept 2019
K. Ralin, Traralgon - “Love the magpies [photo] x” - 22nd Sept 2019
L. Turner, Yarram - “I Loved Falling Leaves! <3 <3” - 22nd Sept 2019
J. Fletcher, Balmain Sydney - “Loved Autumn Surprise” - 22nd Sept 2019
Jane B., Langsborough - “Thank you Artists” - 24th Sept 2019
‘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.
And the winners are…
Title:- Portrait of Craig
I admire your bold placement of the gentleman in your subject, you have shown great skill and confidence in your choice to do so.
Your restraint within the painting has also proven a most powerful skill in achieving impact without showing a laboriously overworked portrait.
Title :- Predicaments
Your subject choice is skilfully mastered demanding the viewer to revisit and reinvestigate the predicament of your sitter. The fact that the photographic work you submitted is able to stand so strong amongst traditional, painted works is another testament to your abilities. I have enjoyed seeing your work and look forward to seeing future works with the same fresh and impressive impact.
Title:- Tuesdays with Di
Such a refreshing painting! A pure pleasure to view. A joy to see such a fun and free approach to what is traditionally a formally executed subject. Your patterning and vibrant use of colour adds to the impact of your finished portrait.
Thank you for sharing your beautiful works.
David, Pyramid Hill - “Yet another stimulating collection” - 5th August, 2019.
R. Tyers, Packenham - “Great!” - 8th August, 2019.
Lilly, Yarram - “My favourite was “Girl with Blue Kitten” - 10th August, 2019.
Casey, Yarram - “Favourite was “Ross” and “Ella” - 10th August, 2019.
M. Stackhouse, Yarram - “Another interesting display of talent!” - 10th August, 2019.
P. Handley, Alberton - “Love this space. Great exhibition.” - 14th August, 2019.
K. Handley, Cyprus - “Fantastic local art!” - 14th August, 2019.
K. Young, Yinnar - “Great!!!” - 14th August, 2019.
W. Appleyard, Foster - “Fantastic.” - 17th August, 2019.
Joanna, Brisbane - “Wonderful collection; Welcoming host. Thank you Paul!” - 19th August, 2019.
J. Quick, Korumburra - “Fantastic Works” - 22nd August, 2019.
E. Goodwin, Calgary; Canada - “Amazing.” - 23rd August, 2019.
Debbi K., Swansea Tides; Tasmania - “Great stuff :) “ - 27th August, 2019.
AN EXHIBITION BY DINAH BARTON (TEXTILES), DONNA MARCIUS (JEWELLERY) AND LISA TIMMS STEVENS (MIXED MEDIA).
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.
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.
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
A local artist with a 25 year background as a professional Florist in the boutique shops of Sydney and Melbourne, where she created lifestyle designs for Interior Decorators.
Returning to Gippsland has allowed Kathy to broaden her work.
Kathy has been working with botanicals, wire, sticks, stones, paints and recycling from an early age transforming the ordinary into new forms and reversing the minute into the gigantic by weaving natural and manmade textiles.
Her designs are handmade and expressive.
Kathy’s favourite works are the three ‘Giant Cocoons’ hung from the Art-play Building at Fed Square Melbourne. Also working with students to create the numerous permanent Bug Blitz school Artworks, including the
‘Giant Algae Cells’ on the Avon River, Stratford,
The ‘Willow Weave’ at Lake Gyatt and
The Gippsland Lakes 50km Bird Perch at the Heyfield Wetlands.
Kathy has illustrated two children’s books ‘The Frog Bear and Sparrow’ and ‘Miss Pickles’.
Kathy’s studio is an Art Stay Space for creative minds to explore their creativity. 47 McMillan Street, Stratford Victoria 3862
2012 CHINK IN THE WALL
2nd Stratford Art Trail Sculpture
Two part free form concrete walls with internal speaking pipe and hand carved turning engraved spheres.
2012 BLUE GABLES WINERY SKY VINE
Approx. 20 meters x 12 meters based on the Chagall’s windows in Israel made of shiraz vine prunings ( recycling organic products)
2013 ART PLAY FED SQUARE Children’s workshop
WEAVE 3 GIANT COCOONS HANGING
FROM THE ART PLAY BUILDING
Woven with recycled textiles ,beads ,shells , feathers by the children on 3 premade structures one red , one blue green & one natural.
NAIDOC WEEK At ART PLAY FED SQUARE
2 Woven giant cocoons
Which were donated to and indigenous primary school
TOM CAPS WINERY
2 X Vine dog’s made of grape vine 1 meter high
Floating 8 meter Water Dragon
For the Glenmaggie Scottish Festival
2014 RAINDROP ARTPLAY FEDSQUARE
5 Day Children’s work shop
5 Part 2.5 meter high Willow bead embellished tower s Representing the shape a raindrop makes when it hits water , complete with a Rain dancer on the last day . Fabulous.
Memorial Infinity Weave by Simon Spain of Art play
HAPPY THOUGHTS AVENUE
Permanent sculpture Bairnsdale Primary School
Promoting non bullying . care for others & happiness for the children
SCULPTURE IN THE VINES
Blue Gables Winery
2 day sculpting weekend, recycling of vines for artistic people .
A fairy making a dandelion, 3 giant fish and a huge flower were created.
ROCK THE ALGAE BUG BLITZ Children’s Program
3 Giant Algae Cells were created on the Avon river bank
The Children collected the rock’s coated them with a clay slurry the colour
of Algae or coloured fabric then filled the cell shape 3m x 2m. Sculptures left in situ on the river bank and seen from the Stratford bridge for 3 months . Teaching that algae is a super hero, a friend not a foe as it absorbs 75% of our carbon.
GIPPSLAND LAKES 50KS BIRD PERCH HEYFIELD WETLANDS IS LAND BUG BLITZ CHILDREN’S PROJECT
3 Towers of different heights made out of 120 pieces of collected drift wood Painted by the Toongabbie , Heyfield and Cowarr primary schools . Placed out on the Wetlands Island on a steel internal structure .
2015 WORK IN PROGRESS
Sale Botanical gardens music day Children's program Botanical Collage Balls made of leaves , twigs and textiles .
CHARLIE’S BIG DAY OUT 2015
In honour of Mr. Charles McCubbin’s Australian Butterfly book A Giant Chrysalis made of wire will be embellished with butterflies made by the children , bursting out from an opening , others will be placed in the ground in front of the Chrysalis at the Leaf Stadium at the sale botanical gardens.
J. Farley, Brisbane - “Lovely display of works, well done.” - 8 July 2019
E. Farley, Brisbane - “Beautiful Art.” - 9 July 2019
D. Day, Loch Sport - “Lovely.” - 11 July 2019
D. Lucas, Yarram Standard - “Gorgeous pieces.” - 12 July 2019
K. + A. Millstead, Murray Bridge - “Excellent exhibition, beautiful gallery.” - 12 July 2019
M. Stackhouse, Yarram - “Stunning!” - 13 July 2019
J. H-Nieuwenhuizen, Yarram - “Very interesting, talented artists.” - 13 July 2019
A. Wood, Wonthaggi - “Loved the whole display” - 19 July 2019
R. + M. Gifford, Loch Sport - “Wonderful - Interesting” - 20 July 2019
Todd, Traralgon - “Good” - 20 July 2019
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.
Kristy W. & Jason T. - “ :-) “ … 11 June 2019
Miriam Stackhouse, Yarram - “Some promising talent - Congratulations all.” … 15 June 2019
Fowler Family, Yarram - “Hope some of these artists go on to continue their art.” … 16 June 2019
Mr. Denholme - “Lovely art show” … 17 June 2019
Justice W. - “It was all presented nicely” … 17 June 2019
Ebony B. - “Set up nicely!!” … 17 June 2019
David. Myers - “Great presentation & talents - Keep it going.” … 17 June 2019
Wendy Brown - “Fantastic work!” … 19 June 2019
Mr. & Mrs. D. & A. Vrybergen - “Young artists congratulations! Well Done.”
Jules & Georgia, Bairnsdale - “Lovely artwork” … 2 July 2019
Miniatures in May
Judged 8th May, 2019
Congratulations to all the artists who entered this year’s Miniatures! Our job as judges wasn’t easy due to the large number and high standard of entries! As judges we initially looked at all the artworks independently, then short-listed artworks that were on all our lists, and then refined our results from there.
‘Woodside Landscape’ - Artist: Bianca Biesuz-Stefani.
“We loved the sense of depth in this piece and attention to detail. The unusual timber base and framing works well.”
‘The Landscape’ - Artist: Julie Lundgren-Coulter.
“This is a successful composition with a lovely use of colour in the foreground. A great sense of depth is achieved too.”
3rd place: ‘Green Croaker’ - Artist: Cathy Trembath
“This piece is very well composed and shows strong use of the media, with successful use of colour and attention to detail.”
2nd place: ‘Dandelion’ - Artist: Sue Juha
“This photo is beautifully composed, with excellent focus and use of line. The tonal contrast and sense of movement is just wonderful.”
1st place: ‘Contemplation’ - Artist: Veronica Clarkson
“This piece displays an excellent use of collage media, with small pieces of printed paper working very successfully into the overall composition. The title is very fitting as you are drawn towards the figure’s eyes. Fantastic use of line and colour too.”
Judges: Kim Baggaley, Justin Holt, Andrea McCallum.