The launch is at 3.00pm on that day, so if you interested in coming along, please just RSVP by clicking HERE.
Click on the image below to enlarge and for more information visit the exhibition page - HERE.
The exhibition, entitled "Stripes - A Touch of the Wild", continues Rikki's exploration of wildlife in art, drawing upon inspiration that arose during a recent trip to Africa and manifested in the unusual medium of scratchboard.
Scratchboard is a clay coated hardboard panel that is then coated with Indian ink. Using various sharp tools to scratch into the ink layer, the clay underneath shows through. For added dimension, coloured inks can be added to the white clay areas revealed and then scratched again for additional highlights and volume.
A medium with an early history in the printing of single-colour books and newspapers, scratchboard has seen a renewal in recent years at the hand of artists, entering the field of fine art.
Rikki is a great exponent of this art form, winning the top award (Gold - Best in Show) for the Open category at the 2nd International Society of Scratchboard Artists (ISSA) show in Vancouver earlier in 2013. Those of you who have seen some of her scratchboard work previously will be able to attest to its visual impact and the intricacy of each piece.
The exhibition is to be launched on Sunday, 15th September. Click on the invitation below for details. It's a great opportunity to meet Rikki and have a chat about her work. More information and images associated with the exhibition are here. Lots more to be added!
It's been quite a massive undertaking and, if nothing else, has coalesced so many great local arts resources and events for presentation to the public - local and of a broader audience.
At our gallery, we haven't really done all that much that is special, other than ensuring that we plug into the Arts in August program and take every opportunity to promote the program as a whole, plus individual events.
We participated in the village tour of arts happenings, with David giving a guided tour of the gallery, our current exhibitions and our many local artists. Last weekend, we also hosted the Channel Seven Sydney Weekender crew for filming in the gallery (to be shown in October, we think). They filmed The Channon Markets, the Lismore Regional Gallery and many other spots around Lismore, including places to stay, like the gorgeous Elindale House in Lismore. Lots of our artists work on show there too!
More interviews coming up this weekend!
Arts in August is still in full swing. Click on the image below to see more of what's on for the remainder of the month.
Entitled "Landscapes of Desire", Marika and Karyn will showcase quite different artistic styles in their exploration of the Australian landscape, which is always a favoured theme by viewers/visitors, as well as these two fine artists.
The launch will be held on Saturday, 10th August, and will be part of a huge agenda of arts - visual, music and performance - happening as part of Lismore's Arts in August. Lismore Tourism has more information on this, so check out their link plus accommodation and places to eat if you are coming from farther afield - Arts in August LINK. If you want to stay in Lismore, close to the CBD, we recommend Elindale B & B, which is exquisite (visit this LINK). I f you have a penchant for the country stay, then you need to have a look at this LINK - lots of fine choices!
For more information on Landscapes of Desire and the launch, click on the image below. We would love to see you there!
Imbi's exhibition, entitled "Unchartered Territories", curated by The Channon Gallery, was launched int he Arts Northern Rivers exhibition space on Wednesday evening, 10th July, to a tiny but enthusiastic crowd. The weather was horrible which probably had something to do with the poor turnout, but on the bright side, it was easier to chat to people - and the artist - and there was no jostling with wine-in-hand to view Imbi's beautiful work.
Just a few of pics below of the launch. More to see on Arts Northern Rivers' Facebook page and their on-line gallery at this LINK.
Imbi's exhibition will be available for viewing at Arts Northern Rivers, 2/5 Bruxner Highway, in Alstonville (turn-off from the new bypass) until the end of August. Since the work is distributed throughout exhibition and office space, it is best to give them a call on 6628 8120 to check on timing. If you are an artist or involved in creative endeavours, it could also be a welcome opportunity to check out the wonderful work that the Arts Northern Rivers people do in this region.
The weather was damp, to say the least, and the launch event crowd a little smaller than usual, but Julie's work was enthusiastically received and the atmosphere was brightened considerably by musicians, Donato Rosella and Sam D'Aprila. They played a multitude of instruments beautifully.
We thank all those who attended, and the many who travelled quite a distance in the inclement conditions to get there.
Some photos from the launch and the exhibition may be viewed at the link below (opens in a new window). Julie's exhibition continues until Sunday, 28th July.
The exhibitions run until the 12th May and are "Wabi - the quality of voluntary poverty", a solo exhibition by Stuart Cussons and "Perpetual Possibilities", a group show by emerging artists (and good mates), Annique Goldenberg, Leanne Stewart Haugh and Heather Matthew.
Thanks to all you came for the launch. Some of you drove a long, long way!
Fiona McConnachie took some great photos which have been compiled into a slideshow - click on the link below. Thanks for the pics, Fiona and all of the help you gave us in setting up the exhibitions (Maree, too).
Our exhibitions are "Wabi - the quality of voluntary poverty", a solo exhibition by Stuart Cussons and "Perpetual Possibilities", a group show by emerging artists (and good mates), Annique Goldenberg, Leanne Stewart Haugh and Heather Matthew.
In his solo show, Stuart Cussons explores the 'philosophy' of Wabi which values a simple and austere beauty. This concept has underpinned Stuart's work for some time and is manifested in his deceptively simple 2D and 3D works.
More information on Stuart's exhibition is available on our Exhibition pages, here.
Our group show, "Perpetual Possibilities" brings together works by Annique Goldenberg, Leanne Stewart Haugh and Heather Matthew who explore shared memory (between artist and viewer) and shared perceptions (again between artist and viewer) of their individual subjects - landscape, water, environment, time and the universe, and the way we access them, 'read' them and come to understand them.
More information on 'Perpetual Possibilities' is available on our Exhibitions page, here.
We thought it timely as we are increasingly called upon to make the odd presentation to tourism delegates, plus it shows new artists what to expect before they land here. We have a few of the latter on our books who haven't ventured out this way yet!
Hopefully it also demonstrates that while we may be a small country gallery in the 'middle of nowhere' (a perception of some), we are also perhaps a destination for viewing quality work from local artists and an adjunct and support to the significance of the Northern Rivers as a place of great creative diversity and interest.
It's probably best viewed in YouTube so that you can make the screen a bit bigger.
It was welcome to see lots of new faces, as well as local artists, friends and supporters of the gallery - and the Arts in this region.
Some snaps from the launch are in a slideshow (click on the image below). Photographs not cited were taken by David or Peter from the gallery. Other contributors were:
Marie Cameron: A Woman with a Camera (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Matthew Shepherd (exhibiting artist)
Visit the Stock Room to see all of Katherine's and Matthew's available works or our Exhibition pages to learn more about each of the exhibitions.
With over 40 of Soren’s amazing pieces on show, attendees revelled in the diversity of size, form and mood apparent in Soren’s work. Many new faces were there and some long time supporters of the gallery were also in attendance - thanks to you all!
Marika Bryant, artist/writer opened the show in great form and our dear friends, Deb and Shane from Richmond Hill Sauces were on hand for great stories, as well as offering a taste of their delicious sauces and other condiments.
Many people approached us during the evening and commented positively on Soren's art and its presentation; comments that were genuine, as we sold seven pieces that evening. Again, thanks to you all for supporting our artists.
The show has caused quite a buzz in this very early stage, and we urge you all to come and see Soren’s beguiling work. It’s not your usual show; his pieces vary in size and are modestly priced. If you are considering acquiring a wonderful original artwork or just want a great visual experience, this is probably a good show to catch up on.
It was great to see people with a long connection to art and The Channon, like Bette and Michael Taylor - Michael, himself a renowned painter. Lovely to see so many friends of the gallery too, including notable local artists Lindsay Hunt, Shirley Miller, Dawn Thirlaway, and Sue Adler, a lady with an international reputation for her own photographic artwork.
Peter attracted a host of notable people associated with the arts, music and his days in theatre, and those with just an interest and affection for photography. The subject matter was also of great interest and many were truly amazed by the artist's "eye" and the technical dexterity it took to render the images presented in the exhibition. It was worth noting in introducing this exhibition that none of the images were "touched up" or manipulated on a computer. We will continue to do so!
This coincided with the launch of two exhibitions, a solo show by Stuart Cussons, entitled "Studies in Harmony and Tension" and a group show of a collection of large-scale Aboriginal art works by painters from the central and western desert regions of Australia. Both shows were very well-received and it was great to see people taking the time to study the work.
Stuart's exhibition created a sublime and zen-like feel to the front of the gallery, with works of refined simplicity and considered nuance. Each of his works, including sculpture, commands lingering observation to 'read' both compositional whole and individual parts. Unfortunately photographs only tell part of the story and personal viewing is really required to appreciate Stuart's deft execution of his work.
In complete contrast, "The Dreaming" showcased a variety of works by a number of venerable Aboriginal artists from the Utopia region of central Australia and the Kimberleys in WA. Works by artists Barbara Weir, the late Minnie Pwerle, Lily Kelly Napangardi, Madigan Thomas and the late Jack Britten, amongst others, are included in this exhibition.
We are very grateful to all of our guests for coming along and helping us celebrate our first year - artists, local friends, collectors, art lovers and our gallery friends, including Mayor Jenny Dowell and Cr David Yarnall, Lismore and Nimbin Regional Tourism's, Lisa and Andrew plus local art identities, Peter Wood from Arts Northern Rivers, Julie Barratt from Accessible Arts and Susie Muddiman from the Tweed River Art Gallery.
Thanks lastly - but not leastly - to the wonderful young people who helped us out on the door and the bar - Jessica, Georgia and Ruben. You did great!
A walk-through of our birthday exhibitions is below - "Studies in Harmony and tension" and "The Dreaming" - photography by David Corazza.
(Image: “The Company Secretary”, Lindsay Hunt)
Gentle reader! Thank you for reading this.
As we approach our first birthday, I sit here somewhat amazed that we have come so far, with so many wonderful people; both artists and people who appreciate them.
Much water has flowed under the metaphoric bridge since we officially opened in July of last year and we look back in happy amazement at where we started, and how far we have come.
At our start, we were focussed on providing a venue where excellent artists could exhibit, and where their admirers could find their work. We still adamantly are!
In a less than guaranteed economic and political environment, many folk (I’m sure), viewed our venture as quixotic at best. The first few months were characterised by irrepressible enthusiasm in the face of less than ideal circumstances; some say it still is!
We have been utterly privileged to meet an astonishing array of diverse folk; both artists and people who love their work; THANK YOU! It is this very thing that gives us succor and the strength to continue.
Thanks are due as well to those of you who have taken the time to comment and constructively criticise us and offer input ... we are all learning to improve, no?
So, in order to celebrate our mutual adventures, we sincerely invite all of you to join us and our astonishing artists on Sunday July 8, at 3pm, to share our first birthday!
Please respond by RSVPing to:
To secure your place at this happy event.
Allow me to thank you all and our artists, for without you, we are nothing...
Live long & prosper!
Denise’s installation includes a series of opulent costumed mannequins in an equally opulent setting. Denise’s costumes are sculptural pieces in their own right, with some also being wearable art. Works by Caspah Batchelor and selected works of embroidery by members of the Lismore Group, Embroiderers Guild of NSW contribute greatly to this setting and its dark subtexts.
Denise’s exhibition was launched in style by Lismore Mayor, Jenny Dowell and Adele Wessel from Southern Cross University to a fairly packed audience. It was quite a warm room - in every sense of the word!
Some photographs from the launch are below. All photographs were taken by Kirra Pendergast and we are very grateful to her for sharing her images.
Ross McMasters’ show is upfront and confronting; a visual and cerebral “slap in the face” if you will. His imagery and contexts range from being politically contentious, achingly human, and mildly amusing; sometimes all at once! Judge his work as you will, (and you will), but it can never be accused as boring. Large scale pieces blend with more intimate works to showcase Ross’s raw power and skill.
Just after we have all caught our breath with this show, we will present a visual orgy at the end of February, running through March. Denise N. Rall will be taking over the rear room to present a retro-roccoco-deluxo romp - a pageant of visual splendour with a menacing undercurrent that speaks to gender, power and class (my! How unfashionable these days!!). “The Bride as Banquet” will be more that the eye initially perceives, and more than your preconceptions may allow. Like Ross’s work, it will address issues that are mostly unspoken, and will pose more questions than provide answers. In our opinion; good art does exactly that. More details on Denise’s exhibition will be forthcoming soon.
The launch event for Ross’ exhibition will be on Sunday afternoon, 5th February, 2102. Please click on the invitation image for a closer look and further details. Please RSVP, if possible, so that we can get the catering right!
We would love to see you there.