PETE CONROY exhibiting at the hall from 6th JUNE -30TH JULY
ABOUT PETE CONROY
Pete Conroy creates portraits with a difference. He likes to paint people in a way that there is as much interest in the way it was painted as interest in the model itself.
Pete exaggerates peoples features onto the canvas, then applies paint to bring them back to reality. Some images remain too cartoony, sometimes he brings them back too far and they’re too realistic. But others have one foot in each category a classically painted portrait with a twist.
Pete studied fine art at The University of Huddersfield in the Uk and worked as an artist in the North of England. He then moved to Australia and received his Masters of Fine Art from the University of Sydney.
Pete has exhibited in art galleries across the UK as well as NSW and Victoria and has sold paintings all over the world. After a nasty surfing accident left him a high functioning quadriplegic he decided to follow what pursuit meant the most to him and had a crack at making painting a full time career.
He spends many days in a hot shed in rural Victoria painting away. He focuses mainly on portraits and the human figure. Sometimes making political cartoons about how much he hate politics.
APRIL – MAY 2022
The Rathbone Collection is owned by the Shire of Campaspe. Taken as a whole, it is a remarkable visual memoir. The artist, George Martinae Rathbone, lived and worked for most of his life in the region around Echuca, as did his parents, and his maternal and paternal grandparents (the latter settling at St. Germains in 1874). The paintings include depictions of the earliest days of Echuca town and district, the river trade and pioneer life, which have helped shape the unique character of Echuca and its river port heritage so popular with tourists today.
Given that George Rathbone was a teacher for nearly half a century, it is not surprising that the Collection has great value as an educational tool. The accessible, friendly style and local history subject matter make it an engaging and informative platform for teaching history to both younger and older learners alike.
The Collection has artistic significance as a substantial body of works within the Australia naïve genre. Artists who make so-called “naïve” art are visual storytellers, communicating about subjects from their everyday lives, rather than focusing on technical achievement or art world recognition. Nevertheless, within a very short period late in his life, George Rathbone achieved some status as a minor but established name within the naïve genre, through development of a signature style, exhibitions at reputed venues, media references and publication of his work. His work is augmented by the Collection’s clear, well-documented provenance and good physical condition and is still traded by dealers and auction houses today.Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery and Shepparton Art Gallery also hold work by George Rathbone in their collections. Works by the artist are known to be in private homes and public buildings in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
STARTING FROM SCRATCH
FEBRUARY – MARCH 2022
NORTHERN PLAINS BASKET MAKERS are a small group of keen basket makers living in the local area.
We are all members of Basket Makers of Victoria.
There is great focus when we get together to work collectively or on individual projects, seeking advice from each other.
Our basketry work tends to be made from gathered fibres. As will be seen at our exhibition there is great variety in local offerings, from private gardens, waterways, the side of the road or grown for purpose.
BILL HARRIS – December 2021-january 2022
BIRDS IN FOCUS
BILL HARRIS is based in the Victorian town of Euroa, He started taking photographs as an offset for the intensity of business life. Now retired, he has developed into a photographer who is passionate about capturing detailed closeups of Australia’s wonderful birds.
His interest in having an exhibition is to test the interest in Fine Art prints of my Bird photography and to challenge myself to produce exhibition quality material.
A nice by product of showcasing images of Australian bird life is the number of great conversations he has about birds. He talks with all ages about their observations and memories of birds, and the impact they often have on our lives.
Birds in Focus
2020 was the seventh year of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and Australians counted more than 4.6 million birds across the nation, compared to 2019’s 3.4 million. The enforced slowdowns we endured with various COVID lockdowns, meant that we suddenly became more aware of the birds around us. Participation rates increased dramatically over previous years.
JUDITH ROBERTS – OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2021
AN INTROSPECTIVE RETROSPECTIVE
An Introspective Retrospective
Artist Biography, 2021
Shepparton textile artist Judith Roberts thrives on diversity (of form, scale, materials, and techniques), yet her art contains enough constants to be easily recognised. A certain boldness of vision characterises her work. The scrumbled rug (Fruitfulness, 2011); the delicate web of detached buttonhole stitch (Woven Shadows, 2016); and the three waterbags hanging from a boomerang (Three Magpies, 2018) all show that Roberts is both an original thinker and an experimenter tenacious enough to bring the vision to fruition.
Roberts’s works, whilst visually diverse, explore common themes. Many celebrate nature and express concern for the environment. She favours natural processes, such as rusting and eco-printing, natural dyeing and ink-making. Embracing the wabi sabi tradition, she chooses the worn, the tattered, the second-hand, and the home-made when assembling materials to work with.
Her first exhibition, Kimberley Connections (2016), celebrated the landscape round Broome. Going with the Flow (2018) explored water – oceans, rivers, drought, flood. The natural world also inspired her joint exhibition with Kerry Handwerk, Nature Embraced (2019).
Many of Roberts’s works feature one or more of her ‘signature elements’: buttonhole stitch rings; hand-twisted fabric cords; wrapped fabric beads; handstitched ‘slips’ (made from layered fabrics and papers, and applied to larger works).
Though she is capable of working with restraint, Judith Roberts’s art is more often exuberant – you see not only the maker’s hand in the work, but also her joy in the making.
To see photos of the artist’s work, go to www.Facebook.com/JudithRobertsTextileArts
Amanda Hocking and Beverley Dowd
Our aesthetic experience of a landscape begins as a sensual, non-verbal appreciation of the play of lines, shapes, colours and textures. But this is modified and intensified by knowledge, associations and individual preferences.
Therefore, knowledge and narrative have a huge impact on our experience of place. As artists, our experience of place is enriched by our personal journey, history of that location, cultural associations, emotional associations, understanding of the environment and concern for its well-being.
Therefore, our art is certainly much more than a depiction of what is in front of our eyes, in fact it reveals a whole narrative.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY – Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is an Australian artist whose practice includes watercolours, acrylic paint, and mixed media work.
Amanda started out in watercolours developing a loose and abstract method to depict her early subject matter, horses in sport. But later developed an enthusiasm for acrylic paints, especially the role they can play in creating contemporary, multi-dimensional mixed-media pieces.
As a keen environmentalist Amanda starts much of her work plein air, where she can explore and respond to the landscape. Her preliminary sketches and starts
are then subjected to a construct-deconstruct-reconstruct methodology that shows Amanda’s unique approach to the contemporary landscape. Using a variety of mediums that include papers, found objects, acrylic paint, oil pastel and inks, she seeks to achieve a mutualistic symbiosis relationship that leads to vibrant pieces rich with colour and texture.
Throughout Amanda’s work a powerful political and emotional commentary on the surrounding world exists. This allows her to present a tangible evocation of contemporary life and a catalyst for growth, hope and appreciation.
BIO of BEVERLEY DOWD
Beverley Dowd is a contemporary artist working in oils, ink, acrylic, textiles and sculpture. She was born in Melbourne and has lived in Shepparton, Victoria since 1968.
She has an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in Arts (Theology) from ACU. She is a retired secondary school teacher and taught English, Religious Education, Art, Geography and History over a career of 40 years. She studied art at Goulburn Valley TAFE.
She has been a member of Splinter Contemporary Artists Inc for 23 years and has held the positions of President, Secretary and Publicity Officer.
She has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions from 1998 to the present, in various places including the Shepparton Art Museum, Eastbank Gallery Shepparton, MEAC Mooroopna, Kyabram Town Hall Gallery, The Flour Mill Gallery Euroa, and galleries at Mitchelton Winery, Violet Town and Woodend. She is a member of the Friends of the Shepparton Art Museum.
Her art goes beyond what she sees and expresses the strong beliefs and concerns which are in her mind. These include a love of nature, concern for our planet and respect for human beings and the environment..
BEAUTY, RICH AND RARE
By Joyce Dempsey and Maryann Jenkins
Artists’ Statement : Joyce Dempsey & Maryann Jenkins
“Beauty Rich and Rare”
For us as artists, this title encompasses most of the subject matter for our creativity.
We interpret the “beauty” as our Australian landscape with its colourful mountains, deserts, oceans and rivers.
The Australian native bush is as diverse in colour as it is in foliage. Our eucalypts are unique.
The “rich” describes our historical cultural sites such as rock formations in the Grampians, the monolithic Ayer’s Rock, and our forever meandering waterways which feed our agricultural land.
The “rare” can depict our native flora and fauna. Rarity also describes some of the “quirky” artistic treatment of our local birds and animals. This humorous interpretation makes attractive subject matter and appeals to the viewer.
Artwork is a wonderful way to record and appreciate subjects which illustrate “Beauty, Rich and Rare”.
We are pleased to exhibit our artwork in Kyabram.
LYNNE HUME – CRAZY CAT LADIES APRIL-JUNE 2021
GLENDA MACKAY OPENED 2ND FEBRUARY
Artist’s statement – Glenda Mackay, Croplands
The northeast of Victoria is “cropland”: a region for growing food.
In my artistic practice, I explore the patterns of the land and land use, and of landform edges where the land transitions. I use assemblage, collage, drawing, painting and mixed media to image the patterns I observe. As a private pilot, I see the aerial view of the region throughout the seasons, the changes in colour and texture from summer to winter, from flood to drought.
I am especially drawn to the grid: its order, symmetry and discipline and its evocation of cropland. The grid is also the mapping overlay on the land: it is the network of horizontal and vertical lines designed to give fixed points of reference. We use grids to define our ownership of the land and impose our human presence on the land.
In developing this body of work, I have explored our connectivity with the land and its usage to sustain and nurture us. I have used a range of materials that reference connection through our land use practices and construction of the built environment.
Collage is an important part of my art practice. I use it to explore ideas and themes, but also the mechanics of composition, form and colour.
From collage, my work extends and develops in different directions. It extends into the construction of two-dimensional assemblages using wood, sheet metal and other materials rather than paper. They connect the domestic world with its surroundings of the land through the connection of material and image making and call up the tradition of making do.
This exhibition includes multi-panel painted wood block assemblages, paintings and works of collaged paper, that explore the seasons, the strict geometry of the croplands, and the randomness of the natural environment that underpins our human presence.
Christine Upton ends 1st feb 2021
Passions, Journeys and Imaginings
Christine Upton specializes in exploring the printing technique known as relief-printing, and in particular lino block. She designs, hand carves and hand or foot prints her work in her studios in Corowa.
Looking back over a lifetime as a practicing artist it has become very clear that her works evolve around the exploration of techniques and the play with these to depict her passions, journeys and imaginings. Christine’s passions include native birds and flowers, patterns and colours. Her journeys include both the physical and the emotional. Her imaginings involve both technical and visual answers to the What if? questions she constantly asks herself.
“All of my work involves exploration and play as without these, for me, art would simply become a boring production line that creates visual images.”
Wacky Bird Gallery Corowa is owned and run by Christine. Her studios are part of the gallery.
Further information can be found online at:-
- RICHARD TATTI Photography 4 FEB- 4 APRIL 2020
- LAND and SKY ‘The Art of the Night’
Photos taken using long exposure techniques and processed to best represent what the camera sensor can see using the latest imaging.
ON IDENTITY DEC/JAN 2019-20
A Wimmera-Mallee perspective
PAST EXHIBITION by JOHN ANDERSON
EXHIBITION …. REIGNING CATS AND DOGS
For over 30 years, Tom Bolton has been documenting his fascination with form, pattern, texture and chaos. He produces abstract studies, layered with hints of the geological and biological, suggesting natural or constructed landscapes. Central to Tom’s work is a search for moments of transition between area and volume, where surface is drawn out through illusion to substance. Of his drawings and paintings, Tom says “By making images, I discover what I’m trying to see”.
WOMEN OF NOTE
ART FOR EVERYONE OPENED 10TH FEBRUARY IN THE KYABRAM COMMUNITY GALLERY
OPENS 6TH NOVEMBER UNTIL 5TH FEBRUARY
OFFICIAL OPENING 2pm Saturday 9th DECEMBER