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Coastal Muse - Vicki Stavrou
Friday 22 November 2019 to Sunday 16 February 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Each time I work en plein air in the Northern Rivers coastal area I always think, “My god, what took me so long to get down here?”. Getting outside is good for the soul. Each moment is a treasure at these beautiful nature spots. Living with beautiful paintings that pay tribute to the natural world reminds me to slow down and reconnect with nature. When painting en plein air, I try to capture the feel, the mood and most importantly the quality of stillness, the particular light, the intensity of silence, and the strong tonal variations that comes from the Australian sun.

I am predominantly a fan of colour so most of my work focuses heavily on producing exciting colourscapes. If I feel excited about the colours, I hope others will too. And within the colourscape I produce shapes and gestures to express what I feel at the initial moment of laying down the colours – letting the painting unfold and take me on a journey.

Vicki Stavrou, 2019



Vicki Stavrou
Brunswick Oyster Farms 2019
acrylic on canvas, 100 × 65 × 5cm
Image courtesy of the artist

 

Salient - Contemporary Artists at the Western Front
Friday 22 November 2019 to Sunday 16 February 2020
The Boyd Gallery

In 2017 twelve leading Australian artists visited the First World War battlefields of the Western Front a century after the conflict that claimed so many lives. This exhibition brings together the works they created in response to the history and present-day reality of these sites in series of artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture.

Salient: Contemporary artists at the Western Front is presented by New England Regional Art Museum and King Street Gallery.





Euan Macleod
Heaven and Hell 2017,
oil on polyester, 100 × 124cm
Image courtesy of the artist and King Street Gallery

 

For Country, for Nation - An Australian War Memorial Touring Exhibition
Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 9 February 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a long standing tradition of fighting for Country, and continue to serve with honour among our military forces. They have also worked in ancillary, industry, and other home-front activities, and their communities have been thrust into the front line of theatres of war. The touring exhibition For Country, for Nation highlights these stories and explores themes of remembrance and tradition through family histories, objects, art, and photographs from across Australia, drawing inspiration from cultural traditions and symbols of warriors’ discipline, knowledge, leadership and skill.

For Country, for Nation is thematic in structure. Within each theme are stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience during wartime and peace.





A young Reg Saunders surrounded by his mates of the 2/7th Battalion, AIF, in Queensland in 1943, 057894, Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial

 

Margaret Olley: Inspired
Friday 29 November 2019 to Sunday 19 July 2020
Margaret Olley Art Centre

Margaret Olley was inspired by her extraordinary home studio for nearly fifty years. It was an ecosystem of art and life. She painted its interiors in changing light, as well as still life subjects selected from the collections of ‘things’ that filled each and every room.

During her lifetime, Olley and her home studio also inspired other artists - they painted and photographed her portrait, as well as her home studio.

This remarkable space, in the form of the re-creation at the Margaret Olley Art Centre, continues to inspire artists who undertake residencies in the Gallery’s Nancy Fairfax Artist in Residence Studio.

This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Tweed Regional Gallery collection, includes interior and still life paintings by Olley, portraits of the artist and responses to her home studio by contemporary artists.




Margaret Olley (1923–2011)
Wildflowers and pears (detail) c.1973
oil on board, 65 x 76cm
Purchased through the bequest of Phoebe McNamara and the Tweed Regional Gallery Donations Fund, 2019
Tweed Regional Gallery collection
© Margaret Olley Art Trust

 

Fibro Façade - Catherine O’Donnell
Friday 31 January 2020 to Sunday 28 June 2020
The Anthony Gallery

My art practice focuses on the urban landscape by representing the commonly overlooked dwellings of suburbia in an abstracted form. A current interest is fibro houses, which can be found all over Australia, but more locally for me in Western Sydney, where I grew up. This type of housing was used for housing estates in parts of the country; an exercise in idealistic social engineering that has now become a cultural signifier of lower socio-economic communities. In other areas
of Australia, these humble structures were used as low-cost housing solutions in towns and on properties; some have come to represent the holidays, escapes from the routine of daily life.

Through my drawings, I aim to highlight the building’s function as a home, as well as its modernist form, in order to reveal it as simultaneously altruistic, beautiful, impractical and a refuge. In these structures, it is the uncomplicated geometric construction and simplicity of form that captures my imagination. I draw what I regard to be beautiful or interesting in order to highlight the power of the ordinary, commonplace architecture of the urban landscape. At first glance, these qualities may not be evident, as these developments are not always given the same value as other housing. But to me, these buildings are so much more that the physical embodiment of post-war utopian ideals and principles of European modernism. They have been, and still are, homes for many people.

Fibro Façade is a touring exhibition from MAY SPACE, Sydney.





Catherine O’Donnell
Urban perspective – large window 2017/18
charcoal on paper, 98.5 × 135.2cm
Image courtesy the artist and MAY SPACE, Sydney

 

JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
The Temporary Exhibitions Gallery

With a career spanning almost three decades, leading South Australian glass blower Clare Belfrage has forged an international reputation for her finely detailed glass sculptures that marry organic blown forms with intricate line work.

Throughout her career, Belfrage has maintained a vibrant studio glass practice and is known for her distinctive artworks in which complex patterns of fine glass lines trace her forms. Inspired by the repetitious patterns found in nature and the woven lines of textiles, Belfrage is particularly drawn to the layered rhythms that mark growth, change and the passing of time in the natural world.

This solo exhibition showcases Belfrage’s innovation of the ‘stringer’ technique in which she painstakingly applies stretched glass rods known as ‘stringers’ to her glass. The resulting surface has an almost textile-like quality akin to those produced by knitting and weaving

JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time is a JamFactory touring exhibition.

JamFactory Icon: Clare Belfrage: A Measure of Time has been assisted by the South Australian Government through Arts South Australia and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Contemporary Touring Initiative.





Clare Belfrage
A Measure of Time, collection of works, 2018
tallest height 530mm
Photo: Pippy Mount

 

Captive Companions - Anne Smerdon and Corinne Lewis
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
The Boyd Gallery

For decades, the intelligence of birds has been greatly underestimated and they have been thought of as ‘easy pets’. However, recent ornithological studies have shed light on just how intelligent birds actually are. Some species of birds even rival humans in certain aspects of intelligence and social skills. These findings challenge the way we as humans have been keeping pet birds in captivity and it provides insight into how we can become more supportive and ethical bird owners.

In an attempt to highlight this, artists and friends Corinne Lewis and Anne Smerdon, brought together over 30 highly trained free-flight birds of different species, to document their personalities and plumage.

For Anne, taking references from live birds that are free to fly and express themselves offers the rare opportunity to closely encounter and document the true personalities of each bird.

For Corinne, the focus rests on the intimate bond between highly trained ‘birds’ and their ‘dedicated humans’. Eschewing traditional portraiture, the females in Corinne’s paintings are anonymous.

Sumptuous garments emulate the vivid plumage of the birds they hold. The exotic bird denotes the feminine, the intuitive and the multi-hued resonance that is nature itself.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.



Anne Smerdon
Raikou (juvenile Blue-throated conure, Pyrrhura cruentata) 2019
oil on board, 30 × 20cm
Image courtesy the artist

 

Floral Appreciation - Judy Oakenfull
Friday 21 February 2020 to Sunday 3 May 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

One of the best things about visiting the beach is the fabulous welcome you get from coastal banksias. I love their furry yellow flowers, silvery olive leaves and misshapen cones. I started painting these, and then other varieties, drawn to their earthy colours, geometric shapes, internal patterns and charismatic forms. Inspired by modernist and contemporary approaches to painting my work tends towards flatter compositions, imagined colour, solid forms and a combination of the representational and the abstract.

Flowers have often been thought of as symbols of the feminine and I have been considering what the increasing popularity of native flowers suggests about contemporary femininity. Margaret Preston painted them in the 1920s and ‘30s, when women were establishing a new found assertiveness. Not dainty and fragile like traditional flowers, banksias work equally well as a signifier for femininity in the current age of #metoo. They appear to have the toughness and resilience required of current times and changing climates.



Judy Oakenfull, 2019
An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program

 

The Border Art Prize
Friday 8 May 2020 to Sunday 5 July 2020
The Temporary Gallery and The Boyd Gallery

The Border Art Prize is a biennial exhibition that supports the endeavours of artists living and working in North Eastern New South Wales and South East Queensland. The exhibition is open to all media and subject matter and attracts a wide variety of styles from both well established and emerging artists.

First prize – $3,000 funded by Tweed Shire Council

Second prize – $1,500 funded by the Friends of the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

Third prize – $500 funded by the Friends of the Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.

The exhibition typically includes painting, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and more and reflects the wealth and breadth of artistic endeavour in the region. The Border Art Prize is always a popular exhibition offering visitors the opportunity to purchase work produced by artists from our region.

Entries open early 2020.

The Border Art Prize 2020 is proudly supported by Tweed Shire Council and the Friends of Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre Inc.





Trinity Leonard
Hannah 2018
oil on canvas
Winner, Border Art Prize, 2018
Image courtesy the artist

 

Brunswick Sky - Cedar Jeffs
Friday 8 May 2020 to Sunday 5 July 2020
Macnaughton Focus Gallery and Kelly Wall

Cedar Jeffs is an emerging artist currently studying at the Byron School of Art, Mullumbimby. Her practice encompasses a range of mediums, with a focus on oil painting and drawing. Jeffs’ interest lies in exploring the traditional genres of portraiture and landscape within a contemporary context. Her prolonged act of painting allows her to extend these initial impulses into hours of quiet reflection, with the resulting painting a documentation of her experience.

In this series Brunswick Sky Jeffs has featured Brunswick Heads beach as her subject. Living in this coastal area she is constantly inspired by the subtlety of colour and changes in light.

An outcome of the Community Access Exhibitions Program.



Cedar Jeffs
Afternoon Sky 2 2019
oil on canvas, 50 × 40cm
Image courtesy the artist

 
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