Ahhh, that art news time again….So, in recent art news, early in September I went down to Sydney to attend the National Art School Open Day – it is in the old gaol at Darlinghurst and I have always wanted to visit this historic campus. It was thoroughly enjoyable and the students and teachers were very welcoming.

I dropped in to Life Drawing and took part in that, learned more about screen printing posters and viewed the exhibition of some of the iconic posters from the 70s; ‘Paper Tigers’ – I well remember some of them from my time at Sydney University! There were sculpture studios and studios set up for painting still life – lots of skulls (mostly of animals) and I attended a talk on short courses and might just be interested in the Summer School ones.

After my foray into Darlo, I wandered back to the Art Gallery of NSW for lunch and a look at their latest exhibitions and into the bookshop where I could not resist buying a book by Barry Hill and John Wolseley, ‘Lines for Birds : poems and paintings. I adore John Wolseley’s work.

A bit of a recap of art news on what has happened in the past month, as usual it has been pretty active with Wednesday morning classes, a Saturday workshop on Still Life ‘Fruit Flowers and Objets d’Art’ and a weekend at my home studio learning about landscape, painting faces, pen and wash and some screen printing. Have a look at photos from the two events below.

It has also been personally encouraging, with both my artwork and screen printed tea towels (see above) marching out the door of the LAC gallery – of course, school holidays help enormously – there are lots of people around in Lennox at present.

On the 27th September the work by class members of Lennox Arts Collective were exhibited. Great work by all!

A quick look at the studio weekend – it is such a great way to learn together and to explore your art in a very relaxing atmosphere. We covered landscape, painting faces, pen and wash and a taster screen printing sessions.

And in other personal art news I have been invited to show my work (along with great fellow artist, Trish Tait) in the ‘Still Salon’ which is a bit like the Salon de Refusé of the Archibald Prize – some works that did not make the cut for the National Still Life Award at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery are being displayed from 19 – …..October. I have volunteered to be on duty on the Sunday morning and will be at the opening on Friday evening. Should be fun!

There is HUGE art news at Lennox Arts Collective! We have renovated the front area, so that it is much more welcoming and we now have more space for displays and a smaller, neater desk. We have also had air conditioning installed!! Hopefully art workshops and exhibition openings with be far more comfortable.

Art News on workshops and exhibitions…

We have a new feature artist, Jan Rae and you should pop down to see her beautiful works ‘The Meeting Place Between Earth and Water’ – some gorgeous colours and interpretations of our local area. On display 4th – 17th October.

Our very own Jen Banks, Sharon McIlwain and our newest member, Jenny Schirmer are presenting their work in ‘Paper Stone Mud: Elements in Transition’ 18 – 24 October…..Inspired by the detail and transitions in nature: a collection of small works including dendritic agate pendants, eco plant dyed paper structures and earthy ceramics. Opening night 18 October from 5.30pm.

Mixed Media Workshop with me on Saturday 12th October 9.30 – 3.30 cost is $70 – book with me on christinereadart@hotmail.com or 0415230470. Come and play with different ways of making marks and create artworks with a fresh approach!

The Colour Green Workshop on Saturday 16th November. Green can be a tricky colour to get right, and there are sooo many in nature! 9.30 – 3.30 cost is $70 – book with me on christinereadart@hotmail.com or 0415230470

At the end of October I am a resident artist at Tweed Regional Gallery in the Nancy Fairfax Studio 31 – 13 November. It is very exciting for me and I hope to produce some innovative work. It does mean that I will be missing in action on two Wednesdays 6th and 13th November, so there will not be the usual Wednesday class on those two days.

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Art News O'Clock! October 2019

  1. Our eldest son and now his daughter have been to The National Art School where one used to have a comprehensive introduction to all the various forms of art. I hope that the tradition continues today.

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