Tales of the Winds by Imbi Davidson

The launch of Imbi Davidson's "Tales of the Winds" - the abstracted landscape of the Northern Rivers expressed by one of our finest young painters. Read More...

End of 2014 Gallerist Musings

2014 - The year that was! It was a huge year for the gallery with lots of shows and some new insights on advocating for the Arts and Artists outside of cities. Read More...

Worlds Apart by Matthew Shepherd

The launch of Matthew Shepherd's "Worlds Apart" - a splendid exhibition of art-photography! Read More...

Opening of The Art House

Launch of The Art House at Newrybar in the Byron Bay hinterland. Read More...

The Art House at Newrybar, Northern Rivers

New happenings for the visual arts in Newrybar - at The Art House. Read More...

The launch of exhibitions by Laszlo Biro and Paul Roguszka

Launching exhibitions by Laszlo Biro and Paul Roguszka.

Twelve + 3 at The Glasshouse in Port Macquarie

Excellent exhibition curated by Zoe and Julie from Arts Northern Rivers - Port Macquarie, Sydney, then Ballina. Read More...

A sense of spendour -3 Decades - AñA Wojak

Celebrating over three decades of making art by AñA Wojak - and this is just the visual arts side of this amazing artist's work! Read More...

Three of a Kind - Three Artists - Diverse Works

An exhibition of diverse works by three long-time friend, Soren Carlbergg, Graham Mackie and James Willebrant. Read More...

An Observation of Observations

Musings on the accomplished and sublime work of artist, Stuart Cussons. Read More...

"Surface Tensions" by Stuart Cussons

Launching Stuart Cussons's exhibition - "Surface Tensions". Stuart's work is a study in the minimalist approach to visual art, exhibiting both "peace" and tension in his accomplished works. Read More...

Wishing you all the best at this special time of year

Merry Chistmas 2013 - plus musings on the year that has been. Read More...

Difference, Desire & Destiny - An Exhibition

An adults-only exhibition that explores sexual identity and diversity. Read More...

Rounding up the year with renos!

A brief word on what's been happening at the gallery in 2013. Read More...

Starting in September - A solo show by Rikki Fisher

Coming up - Rikki Fisher and a solo show of works in scratchboard. Read More...

Uncharted Territories by Imbi Davidson at Arts Northern Rivers

Imbi Davidson exhibition of new and older works at Arts Northern Rivers. Read More...

April Exhibitions … into May

Two very special exhibitions are coming up in April. A preview is available on the 12th and 13th April, with the launch to be held on Sunday, 14th April, starting at 3.00pm. Details are on the flyer (link) below.

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.

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.


Current Exhibitions - March into April

We had a great turnout on the 24th March for our Meet the Artists session for our current exhibitions - Steven Perrin's, "A Study of Being … Orange" and our group show featuring Imbi Davidson and Tony Leitch, "Artists + Landscape … different views".

While it was perhaps the hottest day we had had since the height of summer, it was a very relaxed atmosphere, with people spilling out of the gallery onto the footpath as well as viewing the work inside and chatting to Steven, Imbi and Tony.

We were thrilled to have other exhibiting artists there as well, including Stuart Cussons, Susan Gourley, Shaun C Murphy, Paul Raguszka, Matthew Shepherd and Anne Wheeler and sometimes exhibitor, Scott Harrower. It was also great to have the company of Mayor, Jenny Dowell plus so many familiar faces.

Thanks to all who attended! Special thanks to those who bought some art too!!


A Retrospective - Video

A quick video that looks back at past exhibitions and gives people who haven't been here an idea of the spaces that comprise our gallery.

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.

The "Organic Rhythm" Exhibition Launch

On Friday the 12th of October, The Channon Gallery had one of its most successful shows ever - Organic Rhythm by Soren Carlbergg.

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.






Launch of Peter Derrett's exhibition

Sunday, 2nd September saw a great crowd for the launch of Peter Derrett's solo exhibition. Admirers came from near and far to share in the event and peruse Peter's exhibition, entitled "Venice - Seen & Unseen".

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!







New Exhibitions in February

Over the next two months, we are presenting 2 quite different and challenging exhibitions, alongside our regular artists’ work.

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 RSVP, if possible, so that we can get the catering right!

We would love to see you there.


A Retrospective and Introduction of Things to Come

The gallery has a new exhibition, entitled “A Recollection of New Beginnings”.

It seems like we have been here for an age, but it is only six months! In that time, we have met many local people around The Channon, Lismore, Nimbin, Byron Bay and a little further beyond, plus folks from Brisbane & the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and places further afield. Our local neighbours are very precious to us, but it has been a real pleasure to get to know others from around the country during the short stay at our gallery (... “short” can be anything from one to three hours!).

With this exhibition, the gallery is celebrating it’s brief period of ‘being’ in The Channon. It is also celebrating the people who have crossed the doorway to experience our exhibitions, but in no short measure, we are celebrating our artists and the work that they have entrusted with us since June, 2011 or the ensuing months. These incredible people are (in no particular order):

Yvonne Mills-Stanley
Lindsay Hunt
AñA Wojak
Sue Adler
Stephanie Outridge Field
Dawn Thirlaway
Marika Bryant
Karyn Fendley
Stuart Cussons
Shirley Miller
Greg Mallyon
Liam Key and
Anne Wheeler.

Renowned local artist, Karla Dickens is helping us celebrate with a collection of her powerful and very personal works. We are also introducing emerging local artists to our gallery, Ross McMaster, Bonnie Sevil and photographer, Heath Missen in this exhibition. More will be forthcoming from all of these creative people in the coming months, however.

There is so much for us to celebrate with this exhibition - artists, onlookers, our local friends and the place, itself. We think the work in the exhibition is particularly worthy of celebration for anyone who has the opportunity to look at it - and perhaps glean an understanding of the people who created that work. This is truly something to celebrate - wherever it can be experienced!

We are a commercial gallery with an interest in doing all we can to champion the incredible work of our artists, but we are also here to perpetuate the thinking and execution of the art and an evolving, contemporary, diverse culture - in this wonderful region - and more globally. It’s worthwhile coming to have look, have a chat and ask questions. We may not be able to answer them with any authority, but the experience will probably be something quite unique - at least, outside of a capital city.

Some photographs of the exhibition are below - and they don’t cover all of the work. There is nothing like experiencing it in person though.