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.

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Can Photography be Art?

It’s a curious thing, photography.

The capturing of form, light, and texture that one sees through one’s eyes.

Sometimes considered “secondary” to the other 2 dimensional art forms such as painting and printmaking.

Isn’t photography simply a mirror to our perceived visual reality?

How can it be “true art” when it simply captures the ordinary world around us?

It’s “easy” and pervasive.

There are literally millions of images created each day through this medium, by millions of photographers globally - it’s ordinary.


This may be true if it not were for the powerful testimony of the work of photographers who have, over the century, decimated such ill-considered nonsense.

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