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Introducing Hawkesbury Regional Gallery!

I have decided to introduce the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery (HRG) to my blog following…if there is one! This gallery is still somewhat unknown to a large number of people whom I have met in my artistic meanderings so I thought it best to create a virtual tour to introduce you to a gallery which is close to my heart. Please feel free to add your comments and photographs of your interaction with this great gallery in the comment feed below.
I have been a volunteer at HRG (when possible) for almost three years now. What attracted me to this gallery in the first instance was the curation of various shows in 2011-2012 by Diana Robson. Diana is now the Director of Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: Derrubin Centre

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery: Derrubin Centre

Virtual Field Trip
The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery (HRG) is located at 300 George Street, Windsor, New South Wales in the top floor of the Derrubin Centre above Hawkesbury Library and is governed by Hawkesbury City Council. This gallery is deserving of the title ‘regional’ as the Hawkesbury is host to rural and farming landscapes, the Hawkesbury – Nepean Rivers, historical buildings and the usual contemporary built up areas. The Hawkesbury Art Collection reflects the picturesque nature of this location through artistic groups and societies such as The Windsor Group and The Macquarie Towns Art Society and is in excess of some 300 unique works.

The Windsor Group includes significant Australian artists such as; Maude Burrell, Bruce Burns, Maud Cannon (Kemp), Jim Davies, Marjorie Edwards (Manning), Laurie Elbourne, Dave Horne, Max Osborn, Roderick Shaw, Maurice McDonald and Fred Leist.

The regional art works acquired have been largely through the ‘Macquarie Towns Acquisitive Art Exhibition’ circa 1975 to 1994. However there have been some significant contributions such as Mr A E Cleary, who ‘gifted to the people of Hawkesbury approximately 80 paintings and prints including works by Donald Friend, Lloyd Rees, Arthur Boyd, Clifton Pugh, Norman Lindsay and Lance Solomon. Another generous patron and benefactor is the distinguished artist, Salvatore Zofrea OAM, who has donated a number of portraits’ and a large landscape of the natural local bushland at Wisemans Ferry, ‘Psalm 61 (verse 2): for my father, 2006’ which is currently publically available in the Library beneath HRG.

The exhibition calendar year of 2015 kicked off with ‘Is it a Bird, Is it a Plane?’ until the 8th February. This was followed by the installation of ‘Ken and Julia Yonetani: The Last Supper’ which is complimented by ‘Painting from Papunya Tula Artists which completed 29th March. Following this exhibition is ‘Laura Jones: Still Life’ alongside a ‘David Lawrey & Jaki Middleton Survey between 10th April and 24th May. Hawkesbury’s own Art Fair will be on show between 29th May and 14th June after which ‘BigCi’ will have the spotlight during the 19th June to the 2nd August. ‘Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections’, 7th August to 4th October is followed by the second last exhibition of 2015, Colours of the Country III – The Alice Springs Beanie Festival 9th October to 29th November….and yes I did just write Beanie Festival! The finale being aptly named ‘Work, Rest and Play’ starts 4th December and closes 7th February 2016.

Resources:
http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/places-and-facilities/cultural/hawkesbury-regional-gallery/exhibitions
http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/places-and-facilities/cultural/hawkesbury-regional-gallery/the-hawkesbury-art-collection
http://www.hawkesbury.nsw.gov.au/services/places-and-facilities/cultural/hawkesbury-regional-gallery/the-windsor-group

 
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Sassafras Creek Gallery: Exhibition Program 2015!

Sassafras Creek Gallery: Exhibition Program 2015!.

 
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Sassafras Creek Gallery: Exhibition Program 2015!

Sassafras Creek Food and Design has been busy planning an exciting exhibition program for their gorgeous gallery/dining space overlooking the picturesque Hawkesbury landscape. Please see the below link for the exhibition program which includes recent and upcoming exhibitions from late 2014 to the  2016. This space is unique for its support of the large number of artists who reside within the Hawkesbury and nearby districts. Please update your calendars and come along to some opening events to meet with the artists. We hope to see you soon!

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Collograph Printing with Coffee: Workshop Presenter (HPI’s) Katherine Kennedy

Collograph Printing with Coffee: Workshop Presenter (HPI's) Katherine Kennedy.

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in COMMUNITY

 

Collograph Printing with Coffee: Workshop Presenter (HPI’s) Katherine Kennedy

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Hawkesbury Printmakers Presents (HPI): Coffee Collographic Workshop with Katherine Kennedy

Local artist and Hawkesbury Printmaker’s member Katherine Kennedy will be presenting the workshop ‘Collograph Printing with COFFEE’, this Easter on Saturday 11 April 2015 for beginners, dabbler’s enthusiasts and artists alike. Katherine’s own practice often incorporates facial tissues, alcohol and coffee which are actually integrated into her work either as material, colour referent or as geometric shapes.

Katherine explains;
‘A collograph refers to a printing plate made from mount board which can be incised, added to with textures or have some subtracted elements by tearing bits away from the surface. As a print form it is both cost effective and environmentally friendly however what makes this workshop special is that coffee is featured. Coffee is presented as more than just morning tea, we will explore it as a medium and recontextualise it in the process. It will become both a texture and an ink to literally print onto the paper and produce visually what the tactile nature of the texture informs. We will end up with prints that inundate the senses of touch, site and would you believe? Smell!’

All participants are invited to bring various coffee brands in for testing essentially meaning each participant is an active contributor to the learning process for all. For bookings please contact Sheila Sharp on; se.sharp@bigpond.net.au
Children 6 years and over are most welcome to join in with parental / carer participation. Prices include the costs of materials however participants are invited to bring the following items;
• Optional: Special papers to chine colle (collage) onto the final print
• An image to work with which is specific to your own tastes such as a portrait, animal, shape, flower or landscape etc…
• Favorite coffee brand (be sure to bring the name of the brand and particular make).

Hawkesbury Printmaker’s Inc. Member price $20 / head
Non-member $25 / head

If this sounds like its for you: READ ON.

Workshop:

Learn how to make your own printing plate out of cardboard, coffee and other textures
Date: Saturday, 11 April 2015, 10am to 3pm
Place: Block K13, Corner of Blacktown Road and Campus Drive, Richmond College
Tutor: HPI member and artist Katherine Kennedy

Tutorial Plan:
• 10:00 Participants to arrive
• 10:15-10:30 Introduction
o What is or constitutes a collograph – basic history
o Various methods of preparing and sealing a collograph
o Introduction to tools & associated printmaking terminology
o Inking the plate as relief, intaglio and alla poupee
o Basic introduction of chine colle
o Show example plates and resultant prints
• 10:30-11:00 Morning tea
• 11:00-12:00 Help participants to make their plates
• 12:00-1:30 Lunch & Plates arranged for best dry scenario
• 1:30-3:00 Print

Materials:
• Paper: Hosho, BFK Rives, chine collee papers/scraps
• Chine Colle paste
• Trays for materials and tools down the centre of the table
• Cutting: Mat’s, stanley knives, cutting implements
• Drypoint scribes
• Wood glue: bulk
• Compact heaters/fans
• Printmaking bible: bring along for participants to flip through
• Chart on mount board with grid for different coffee’s and resultant prints
• Shellac
• Ink

Participants to bring:
• Optional: Special papers to chine colle (collage) onto the final print
• An image to work with specific to your own tastes
o Portrait, animal, shapes, flowers or landscape etc…

• Drypoint tool or any scribe that can be used to scratch a mark into the surface thus drawing via scratching.
• Favourite coffee brand (be sure to bring the name of the brand and particular make). This could be used for texture and dark tones as the ink gathers in the ‘grit’ that is created from the coffee texture. We can document the findings together!

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in COMMUNITY

 

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Sassafras Creek Upcoming Exhibiton: HISTORY KEEPERS (Heritage Festival 2015)

HAAT Invite (History Keepers) (Low Res)

Kurrajong, as a location within the Hawkesbury district of NSW enjoys a rich and diverse history evidenced in renowned creative families such as the Clints, historical buildings, associations like The Windsor Group and outright superstars of the Australian art-world with landscape artists Arthur Streeton and Charles Condor as early residents.

Thankfully, history and heritage and all of that important business is actually something to be cherished within the local Hawkesbury community and for the first time, Sassafras Creek Food and Wine plays host with the Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trails (HAAT) very own ‘History Keepers’. This show maps time through the eyes of local arts practitioners who will exhibit paintings, hand blown glass, timber fibrous work, photography, metal work and jewellery.

The National Trust Heritage Festival provides a plethora of events to celebrate history with this the prevailing exhibition within this local and Historical Society  figure Ian Jack will no doubt mention this in his role as guest speaker at the exhibition opening event on Sunday 29th March between 3 and 5pm. History Keepers continues until the 8th May 2015.

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2015 in COMMUNITY