Below is a survey to gauge your experience at our gallery. It's a bit glitchy. If it does;t appear below, go to the link here. It is conducted through Google Drive and is totally confidential. None of your personal information will be available for us to see and none will be saved.
If you have been to the gallery, please give us an idea on how we may improve or anything that you appreciate. It all helps!
We will post results to our Facebook page and here in our NEWS at the end of November.
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.
Another ‘word’ from the Company Secretary.
(Image: “The Company Secretary”, Lindsay Hunt)
I told you in my last post that the latency would be removed, and, so, here am I waxing lyrical again!
The renovations continue to delight & vex us in equal amounts. The front gallery has been re-hung (thanks to Peter), and we have a grand selection of wonderful art to view whilst we continue to work on the rear space; so please, come and drop in, say hello, and admire the selections we’ve chosen.
Today, we had a visit from two lovely travellers from Cambridge. They were delighted with what we had on show, and what we had to say. Coming from the cultural richness of Europe, they had many insightful comments regards our venture.
One of the recurring comments we receive from visitors from cities, here and beyond, is that they are somewhat surprised that we we do what we do, and indeed, where we do it. And this intrinsically raises the question:
Art outside the cities ...
What's good about it? Why bother?
Just this week, we have sold paintings to collectors located in the eastern seaboard of the USA. They found us and our artists via our extensive web presence - wonderful (and kind of surprising)!
Nonmetropolitan regions attract artists and other people working in the creative sphere.
(Not) surprisingly, the country provides succor and inspiration.
It generates community. That happens in the city too, but the environment is maybe more competitive and a little relentless in a number of ways.
It breeds networks, groups and individuals who work that little bit harder to generate an audience and patrons.
It generates creative means of entrepreneurship for the limited audience.
It generates creative partnerships.
That happens in the city too. Sometimes, it is more organised there, through institutions and programs/grants. Sometimes it is through more independent means through a centre of gravity/critical mass that a city can generate.
In the country, it is often more ‘made’ and deliberate, through seeking out, talking, word-of-mouth and getting out there. Local government helps too, as do regional peak arts bodies/organisations.
Exhibition launches in the country are maybe not quite so fashionable, compared with the city, and are not seen as something of a society event. They are social and are as much about catching up as viewing art and celebrating the work of local artists.
Artists are the same though. They still evolve and follow their own paths - no matter where they reside. Maybe their paths end up a little differently to their city cousins as their influences may diverge. We haven't seen that though. City artists still paint rural landscapes. Regional artists still produce work that could reside in the realm of urban art, for example; and we happily have a number of works of this leaning. There is all that which is in between as well.
Art happens everywhere. Quality is to be found everywhere - just as mediocrity is.
Regional areas are another source of artistic treasures and there are many non-artists in those places who are committed to advocating for them and their producers. Government-run galleries do it, as do independent/commercial galleries, community galleries, artist-run initiatives (individual and collective) and arts organisations (Arts Northern Rivers; Accessible Arts!!).
We are both happy and delighted to be a part of this!
Give them all a try. Give us a try!
Live long & prosper!
An overdue ‘word’ from the Company Secretary.
(Image: “The Company Secretary”, Lindsay Hunt)
It’s almost the end of 2013. Can you believe it?!
We’re little more than 2 years young and it feels strangely odd, yet satisfying to see how far we’ve come in this short time. The past 12 months especially have been a time of trials, surprises and indeed, wonder.
A small gallery with hopes and dreams, in the middle of nowhere no less, is still here and doing well; much to the delight of our artists, patrons and ourselves. Our biggest challenge (how I hate that word), has been the past month or so when we have realised that we had a need to re-think our space (amongst other things).
We have embarked upon re-shaping our rear gallery space in the hope of best utilisng our wall space. If I had a dollar for everyone who has walked in there proclaiming in an almost breathless fashion:
“Oh, what a lovely feel!”. Yes, it may have had so; but it has been a vexing place to hang effectively since day one. So, finally, it was time to do something about it. Make it more practical, utilitarian, and optimise what can happen back there. It needed a fresh coat of paint - literally & metaphorically.
New walls have been erected that enable not only more space, but allow a more coherent flow of vision for the viewer. We now have 2 discreet eyelines for people to enjoy. Stage one is almost complete; stage two … well it’s coming … this all takes time and money and not an inconsiderable interruption to the day to day operations here. It’s hoped that by November, the first stage will be complete; new walls, paint, electrics, illumination etc. etc. An eight seater table has been installed allowing patrons to sit and browse our website/catalogue whilst at the gallery; a fast big screened iMac is there to do your bidding. (Please remember that we have free WiFi whilst you are here, and we invite you to use your laptop/tablet/phone if you should choose to do so. We may not have mobile coverage, but we do have a fiercely fast internet available!).
A huge thank you is in order to our loyal partons over the past 12 months - you know who you are!
An equally sincere thanks is due to our artists who have believed in us and helped to make The Channon Gallery continue and grow.
If you are one of our few thousand of Facebook followers, an enthusiastic thank you too for keeping our online presence real and invigorated - we love your contributions. And those of you who haven’t physically been here yet, a warm and open invitation exists for you to drop in; we would love to meet you.
This blog post is long overdue I realise, and it’s sobering how the sheer amount of day to day work in a gallery can easily prevent a regular post. For those of you who expected more posts recently, my apologies, and my sincere promise that this latency will be a thing of the past, again, thanks to all who keep believing in what we do and how we do it; really - thank you.
Live long and prosper.
Our thanks to local builder, Paul Willis (ph. 0439 776 241) and his assistants, Heinrich and Nigel.
Anyone who has been able to get to Rikki's exhibition (currently showing at the gallery) will have some understanding of the visual power and graphic quality of this medium.
It's also an opportunity to learn about the medium from someone acknowledged internationally for her mastery of Sctratchboard as a tool for creating fine art.
Rikki is asking for expressions of interest from those who would like to participate in the workshop. Please email us at the gallery with your contact details (email address and telephone contact) and Rikki will provide you with more information. Email us HERE or by clicking on the image below.
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.
They create their work often in isolation and in a very private, introspective space. Their process of creation is their own, just as their outcomes are. There may be influences that are apparent, common themes with other artists, and sometimes a familiarity in expression. Authenticity is not always a given, but with the artists we know, their work seems to be very much their own and drawn from their own experience and individual process.
Then a quandary arises - how to give over the work of the artist to a gallery to exhibit on their behalf? The output of their creation is so close to them - as it should be - that the act of entrusting to someone else seems an anathema to the process of creation in the first place.
This is the very reason why the artist needs to step back. They are too close to the work, and in some cases, it is a body of work. Sometimes it demonstrates a progression and not necessarily a series of 'finished' outcomes. There is much that is worthy, but then, sometimes, the odd piece that is unresolved, but held dear by the artist. In short, every work created and offered, is not always the best to represent that artist, despite the effort and emotional attachment imbued in it.
Goodness knows we are still learning this. We try to learn as much as we can of the artists and their work - often, each piece of their work - from the artists, themselves. We also learn from our mentors, many of whom are 'mature' artists, from collectors and the diverse art-loving public who enter our doors. (We tend to ignore the input of the non-art-loving public looking for pots, doilies and something painted on velvet!). We also trust our 'gut' , our initial visceral and emotional responses to the work and the 'relationships' we form with the work as we become more familiar with it. We try to understand how the work adds distinction and how it 'converses' with works of other artists - in-house, elsewhere and from history.
Then there is the physicality of the gallery. Gallery curators know their exhibition spaces better than anyone. They know how their hanging systems work and how their lighting brings the best response from certain types of framing, media etc. The gallery understands the impact of the first impression of walking through the door - what scale, massing, negative space and image can impart.
The Artist knows their work that has been so lovingly created - and sometimes created with a sense of both ease and apprehension. The Curator knows how to exhibit it and how to posit it in reference to the physical space, and where appropriate, the work of other artists. This reference can be physical, philosophical and sometimes as lurid as commercial! Regarding the latter, sometimes potential buyers of art compare and weigh up value of what is available to view - the expense of work by a mid or late career artist versus something more affordable by an artist who is emerging or early in their career - given that compared works are 'liked' similarly by the potential buyer. We always maintain, though, that if you don't love it - don't buy it - no matter who the artist is!
This is the reality of running an independent gallery with NO government funding or NO support other than by the sale of work by artists who entrust their work for exhibition and sale. The work almost always speaks for itself, but sometimes, we need to put in our two cents worth too - usually when it comes to weighing up options and teasing out what works are really loved by a potential buyer - and not necessarily the spurious inclinations to match various items of decor.
Artists should have input into the nature of the exhibition associated with a review of their work (i.e. a historical catalogue of their arts practice), with installation and where there is a strong linear narrative - but little else! As an aside, most artists we know, are not linear - but cyclic and helter-skelter!
Artists do need to let go, when they are invited to exhibit in ANY gallery. Let the curator love the work and exhibit it to its best, responding to an understanding of physical constraints and opportunities of the gallery in which it is exhibited, and the nature of the work. There are alternatives to giving over this 'control' - renting gallery space and paying for marketing, websites, printing, launches, catering and the like, in lieu of commission on sales. That's a huge risk for the artist though. This path that has been recommended to us as a venue, but is distasteful as it does nothing to advocate for, or celebrate talent, distinction or excellence in the Northern Rivers.
Why be involved in the visual arts in this place, if it can't be based on some sort of integrity that acknowledges that of the arts and artists that reside here?
Independent galleries take those financial risks mentioned, ALL of the time - often cognisant of the commercial potential the artist's work (for that is their only method of recompense) but more often than not, just solely on the belief in the artist and their work. In our case, the latter is VERY often! Some other independent galleries do this too. Some play it really safe and are purely about what sells. That's fair enough. Everyone should be able to earn and eat.
We try to acknowledge any specific request by an exhibiting artist in relation to their exhibition, but in the end it's our gallery. We pay for it (and each and every exhibition) and stick our neck out every single day that we occupy our space. Artists need to relinquish a little vanity, despite the amazing efforts in the creation of their work. Beyond that, it is the gallery that provides the venue and staffing to convey the work of the artist to others - and hopefully sell it to those who fall in love with it.
Please afford a little respect to the gallery (any gallery), just as we/they do for each and every artist - as well as as followers, collectors and visitors. We do respect the work. Just about all galleries worth their salt do.
If we didn't have any respect for the artist, their work wouldn't have the opportunity to be in this gallery … at all!
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.
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!!
Some photos taken at the event are at the link below. Photographs by David Corazza and Fiona McConnachie.
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!