OK, so what has happened to the year in the artist studio? We seem to be already past the autumn equinox and it won’t be long before we head into winter – which is an excellent time to get your head into your own ‘Art Space’. Did you know that one of the reasons given for countries like those in Scandinavia being so artistic and design focused is the long, long winter when people are inside and have time to create? Let’s use that time to put in an effort to explore new skills and think about where we might be headed in our art practices.
I might do a bit of a recap first; the new Gallery at 2/72 Ballina Rd, Lennox Head has been just marvellous in putting the Lennox Arts Collective (LAC) on the map – we have had our greatest number of sales ever.
Workshops have been popular and sometimes almost overflowing with eager artists! You can take a look at some of the workshops I have held at these links;
The Green Workshop and Art Journaling in Bundaberg. I have also been fortunate enough to help some year 12 Design and Textile students at Emmanuel Anglican College with their screen printing requirement for the HSC.
There is one more Saturday workshop this term – Creative Drawing on the 9th April and there are still a couple of places in this class. Wednesdays have been terrific, with one student completing a series of four works which were commissioned – she has been painting seriously for only a year! Some photos of the group here.
The timetable for my workshops for May to August is now on the website and I am taking bookings. A new venture will be a pilot ‘Art Retreat’ near Nimbin. A friend of mine has a beautiful 20 acre property with accommodation for 8 or 9 people – Two Figs Retreat. We are currently thinking of running this Friday 9th September to Sunday 11th September and working out the details, so watch this space!
I have also had some commissioned work and thoroughly enjoying the challenge as well as completing work for the Byron Easter Arts Classic and of course, keeping up the display at the Gallery.
Inspiring to have attended the opening of Angus McDonald’s exhibition at the Tweed Regional Gallery – see my comments here. I am lucky enough to travel to Sydney regularly and am a member of both AGNSW and MCA and was totally fascinated by Grayson Perry’s retrospective at MCA – see the post here.
My other madly exciting adventure is that I will be going on an artist retreat myself – Provence, near Arles (Vincent van Gogh country). I leave on 14th April and spend a few days in Paris visiting art galleries and absorbing the atmosphere (and using my schoolgirl French). I’ll have two weeks to explore my own art practice and take in some new light, colour and landscape! I’ll be back in town on the 5th May. During the time I am away, the Wednesdays may still happen, as Fiona, one of the other artists in the collective may do some weeks, so do check with her if you wish to attend – look for Fiona Reddoch Art on Facebook. I will be away these Wednesdays: 20th April, 27th April, 4th May.
I will also be away from 29th May to 17th June in the US, where my third grandchild will be born and I will have a ‘working grandmother’ holiday – as my son describes it! On that ‘holiday’ I will be away for the Wednesdays; 1st, 8th and 15th June.