Thursday, September 21, 2023



Nine new murals brighten highway journey

Nine murals on nine overpasses on the Pacific Highway between Woolgoolga and Ballina have brightened the drive. The artworks depict nine stories from three Aboriginal nations of the region – Gumbaynggirr, Yaegl and Bundjalung.

Art for the people – Chris takes a different look at the world

Serena Kirby. Denmarks’s newest art gallery, The Mixing Pot, recently showcased an exhibition of works by artist and co-owner Christine Harrison. Titled ‘Looking into the World’ the exhibition included a series of paintings that explored the theme of grief in its many forms and various stages.

The story continues for Allora’s mural

It’s full steam ahead now that the Southern Downs Regional Council has approved the mural for Allora. Community consultation meetings were held last week at Allora with the attendees given the opportunity to air their views and ideas on what they’d like to see depicted on our mural.

Art is an Act of Love

Nancy Whittaker. For someone who didn’t start painting until her fifties, Tricia Migdoll has certainly made up for lost time. Her exhibition titled ‘It's Like Singing in Silence’ at the MANet Arts Focus Gallery ... Tricia’s vibrant realism is the outcome of her major influences and years of learning and practice.

Local artist to be showcased

Top Camp’s Damian McAleer is taking part in the first ever Toowoomba Studio Art Trail, a celebration of local artists that will take place over the four weekends of September. In just five years, Damian has transformed from someone who hadn’t picked up a paint brush since his youth to someone running out of space in his house for all his paintings.

Art through the ages: A captivating journey behind the City of Whyalla Art Collection

Whyalla City Council has released a new book showcasing its historic art collection to the public in its entirety for the first time. ‘City of Whyalla Art Collection ... the history of Whyalla’s Art Collection starting from the 19th Century to the more recent pieces created in the 2020s.

Paintings from Florence coming to St. Arnaud

The St Arnaud Raillery Hub Gallery is delighted to present an extraordinary art exhibition, “La Dolce Vita! ... Paintings from Florence”.  The exhibition features the mesmerizing works of Hannah Sutton, and “Painting and Printmaking with Light” by Castlemaine’s Malini Lewis.

Proposed public art mural for Allora

A community consultation meeting will be held in Allora later this month to discuss the proposal for an art Mural. The Allora Advertiser has received this correspondence from Margaret Baaguly who has received funding for this mural creation.

Posh up a Picket Exhibition

Yes, you have read correctly. Gallery Central will be holding its first-ever Posh up a Picket Exhibition in September ... Who would have thought that perhaps in some dark attic in Nhill, Picket Painting Anonymous meetings are being held?

Another creative artist emerges

Gemma Purcell. Western Riverina Arts Artist of the Month Leila Constable, of Narrandera, has been drawing, making, painting and creating literally all her life, fitting her art in and around the demands of family, work and the general business of life. "Even as a tiny kid, I’d be somewhere with my pencils looking for the horizon line, adding in the trees, the sun. That was my go-to": Leila Constable.

Amazing Lawrence water tower mural

A collaboration between renowned street artist Austin ‘Nitsua’ and Lawrence Public School students has produced a spectacular mural on the local water tower that tells the story of the magical eternal flow of the Clarence River winding its way through the valley to the ocean ... “Originally the ideas for the design came from the kids at the school and I incorporated their words into the finished design”: Austin ‘Nitsua’.

The joy of a colourful life

Couleur Parfumerie is indeed the perfect title for Michelle Kennedy’s first solo exhibition which opened last week at Toowoomba’s Feather and Lawry Gallery. The works are unapologetically vibrant and joyous, unbottling a fearless feminine energy.

Exhibition opening

All About Care’s "Brushstrokes of Harmony" Art Exhibition was officially opened on Friday afternoon at Nhill Gallery Central. The exhibition signifies that all creative minds and art forms belong and have a place. Nhill Gallery Central has become more aware of the broader community art world.

Gallery highlighting permanent collection works

Four exhibitions highlighting the depth and cultural significance of artworks held in Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery’s three permanent collections are open for viewing. The Gallery is home to the nationally significant Lionel Lindsay Gallery and Library Collection, the Fred and Lucy Gould Art Collection and the Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery – Toowoomba City Collection.

Monet masterpiece coming to Tweed Regional Gallery

One of a number of treasured works from National Gallery of Australia’s collection to visit. A $174 million masterpiece by French impressionist Claude Monet will be heading to the Tweed later this year, just one of many artworks shared with regional galleries under the Australian Government’s Sharing the National Collection initiative.

Ganmain Arts Festival brought town to life

The streets of Ganmain came alive for the weekend for the second ever Ganmain Arts Festival. The festival featured art in different forms such as sculpting, painting, photography and even an ecofabric creator.

At St Arnaud, from tomorrow – an exhibition of collages

Get ready to embark on a transformative journey through the artistic realm of Merri Hogan, a remarkable and accomplished artist whose talents know no bounds. With a seamless transition between mediums, Merri has captivated audiences with her sculptures, paintings, writings, photographs, and more.

Colourful makeover for local supermarket

The Tennant Creek IGA has been given a colourful makeover thanks to the talented artists from Proper Creative. The award-winning company from Darwin has 15 years experience in art in public spaces, and the colourful wall art depicts a map of the town.

Artfully done – Wool Bay’s tank officially opened

Yorke Peninsula Council’s latest addition to the Southern Yorke Peninsula Water Tower/Tank Mural Trail was officially unveiled at Wool Bay ... Painted and designed by Sam Brooks and Harley Hall, with the assistance of Mark Harding, Rachelle Plazeriano and Gary Nowlan, the art – which adorns a tank and shed on Green Flat Road – follows the story of Wool Bay from Narungga First Nations to European settlement.

Face it, where there is life, there’s hope

Kyogle artist Rebecca Tapscott chose to paint a self-portrait at a low point in her life. She was going through radiation treatment to eliminate cancer that had returned to her body from her 2017 breast cancer. Her portrait doesn’t shy away from that harrowing experience.

Bald Archy Prize comes to Brewarrina

In a “shock” move, Australia’s tallest poppies were snubbed in the announcement of this year’s Bald Archy Prize for caricature portraits. The prize went to a portrait by Marty Steel of the founder of the Bald Archy Prize, Peter Batey who passed away in 2019. The caricature depicts Peter Batey riding aloft the airborne figure of chief judge, cockatoo Maude.

Ganmain Arts Festival returns for second year

The second ever Ganmain Arts Festival on Ford will be held on June 24 and 25. The Art Festival will transform Ford Street with art from local artists in different disciplines to be featured in storefronts, businesses and the town hall.

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