Four Ways by Anastazia Grzybowski, Maria Grzybowski, Svetlana Soldatova and Galina Yurakova

Exhibition Opening: 5-8pm Saturday 9 December
Exhibition runs from Tuesday 5 to Sunday 17 December

Four Ways, Four Artists, A Single Passion.

Four artist’s destinies are bound up within the patterns of nature; they view it from their own unique perspective but with a single passion. Three out of the four were born in Eastern Europe: Maria (Anastazia’s mother), Svetlana and Galina (Svetlana’s mother).

Anastazia Grzybowski studies at the Sydney College of the Arts majoring in painting. She recently started to experiment with acrylic and other mediums to create large scale expressive works in her final year.

Maria Grzybowski graduated from the College of Design & Advertising in Poland and from the Sydney Gallery School. The painter found Australian nature fascinating after moving here from Europe, and from there developed a distinctive, vibrant style in her work. Infinite possibilities of colours flow through her compositions showing an imagination without limits, stemming from the spiritual power of the vast Australian nature. She uses the idea of painting being a window to another boundless dimension and takes the viewer to the worlds full of landscapes, which reflect the relationship between the spiritual and nature.

Svetlana Soldatova grew up in a family of artists and since her early childhood, couldn’t imagine any other way of life. After graduating from the Kiev Art College of Shevchenko, she experimented within the different fields of art. Illustrating children’s books allowed Svetlana to introduce herself to commercial illustration. After the crash of the Soviet system and the disruption of perestroika, she worked in the field of theatrical and social poster design. Moving to Australia, Svetlana engaged more in painting, graphic design and in recent years book illustration. She has been a participant of exhibitions in both Australia and Europe.

Born in the Ukraine, Galina Yurakova graduated with a Diploma in Fine Art in The Art College of Kazan. She moved to Australia in 1995 with her family and participated in many successful exhibitions in Sydney. Since moving here, Galina’s eyes have been opened to a new view with the surprising nature of Australia and the world of oceans, colour and light.

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Landscape, Feathers and things in Bronze by Marina Bishop, Wayne Pearson and Peter Day

Exhibition runs from 14th November to 3rd December
Opening Night: 6-8pm Wednesday 15th November
Artist Talk: 2pm Saturday 18th November

The landscapes of Marina Bishop capture, in acrylic and watercolour, the breathtaking east coast of Australia. From magnificent eucalypts to Sydney sandstone, she draws inspiration from her surrounding environment, interpreting it in a semi abstract style with strong colour and fluid line.

Complementing this Australian narrative is the work of her partner, not only in this exhibition but also in life, Wayne Pearson.  Utilising a technique of combining kiln-fired enamel and oil paint, reverse painted onto sheets of glass, his creations bring to life a gamut of Australian feathered wildlife.

The final piece in this trilogy, are the sculptures of Peter Day. Working predominantly in bronze, Day intuitively manipulates and casts the ordinary into the extraordinary. More fictional intuitive and speculative, his sculptures often invite the viewer to explore the decayed beauty of an object and it’s history.

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Landscapes Real and Imagined
by Mercia Bush and Patrick Connolly

Exhibition runs from 17th – 29th October 2017
Opening Night: 6-8pm Tuesday 17th October
Drinks with the Artists: 3pm Saturday 21st October

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Sunday: 10am to 6pm
Mondays: Closed

Joint exhibition of recent artworks by Mercia Bush and Patrick Connolly.

MERCIA BUSH

Following a long and successful career in marketing and fund raising, Bush took up painting seriously in 2005. Enrolling in numerous painting, drawing and art classes/workshops, she has honed her skills and the subject matter she is most drawn to is the Australian landscape. Bush says “I have been inspired by the challenge to explore and capture in oil paint and watercolours some essence of the magnificence of the landscape: the timelessness, the vastness of the grand vista, the possibility that no footsteps have walked on it…Australia is an ancient land shaped by time and erosion…This exhibition of works represent the culmination of many journeys, personal and actual, real and imagined.”
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PATRICK CONNOLLY

The genesis of artworks usually begins with ideas from any source that engages and inspires the artist. Once these ideas come to fruition in whatever form and medium there is never an ending to their development only the completion of the artworks inspired by these ideas. They stay with the artist who constantly searches for ways to express, refine and perfect.

My series of artworks began with this small sketch while drawing in the Botanic Gardens in April 2016. (See first image in second gallery below.)

The tree theme kept recurring and to follow that theme I agree with Alex Katz (New York artist, born 1927) when he said “Part of what I’m about is seeing. How can I paint the same thing differently instead of different things the same way?”, now you see the result of this continuing theme in my artworks.

My career has been in education and specifically in art education exploring the imagination and natural creativeness of children. Teaching has always been my passion and to observe the excitement of children when they have achieved something that is to the best of their ability is special.

Marc Chagall once said: “When I see the young it gives me pleasure to work” and so with this in mind I have endeavoured to engage this pleasure in my own artmaking.

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Profile ’17
by JMGA-NSW

The 5th JMGA-NSW Biennial Curated Award Exhibition for Jewellery, Objects and Metalsmithing

Exhibition runs from 19 September to 1 October 2017.
Opening Night and Award Ceremony: 6-8pm Tuesday 19 September
Performance by Matina Bourmas of “A Gift for You”: 1-3pm Saturday 23 September

Profile is a significant curated award exhibition of contemporary jewellery, objects and metalsmithing by members of Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia NSW (JMGA-NSW). With awards on offer for both emerging and established artists, there will be a diverse and comprehensive cross- section of work from some of our state’s most talented contemporary jewellers. Selected artworks will be exhibited at Gauge Gallery.

Profile ’17 judges:
Lisa Cahill. CEO and Artistic Director of the Australian Design Centre and Grace Cochrane AM. Curator, Writer, Consultant.

WINNER OF ESTABLISHED ARTIST AWARD: Fiona Meller
WINNER OF EMERGING ARTIST AWARD: Yixuan Geng
HIGHLY COMMENDED ARTISTS: Jesika Dawnn, Bic Tieu and Helen Wyatt

Artists exhibiting: Linda Blair, Matima Bourmas, Zara Collins, Diane Connal, Jesika Dawnn, Jenny Fahey, Karen Findeis, Yixuan Geng, Kyoko Hashimoto, Shelly Jam, Bridget Kennedy, Carly Lay, Ba An Le, Fiona Meller, Helen Mok, Shan Shan Mok, Somboun Phonesouk, Gavino Pili, Francisca Rendic, Charlotte Richardson, Elena Sorensen, Bic Tieu, Romana Toson, Bobbie Winger, Helen Wyatt, and Yi Zhu.

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Just Art Competition
The Law Society of New South Wales

Exhibition runs 5th – 17th September 2017
Official Opening: 6-8pm Wednesday 6th September 2017.

This exhibition represents the culmination of the Law Society’s Just Art charity fundraising competition. More than 70 artists entered the competition held throughout June and July this year, submitting artworks inspired by the theme of justice. The Just Art exhibition will feature the top entries from the competition and proceeds will be donated to Bara Barang Corporation Ltd , the Law Society of NSW President’s 2017 charity.

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Katerina Apale – New Works

Exhibition runs from 8th to 27th August 2017.

Back due to popular demand from a recent showing in a theme exhibition entitled Two Birds of a Feather, we are very pleased to present new works by Katerina Apale. Painting in both oils and acrylics, these works highlight her vibrant and expressive technique which feature so strongly in her studies of flora/fauna and still lives.

Mid Year Showcase

Exhibition runs all of June in both upstairs and street level galleries.

This showcase features Glass Artists’ Gallery and Gauge Gallery artists, including Katerina Apale, Kevin Gordon, Magda Marciniak, Ruth McCallum Howell, James McMurtrie, Bek Rice, Emily Valentine, and Lorry Wedding-Marchioro.

Life is the Visualisation of a Dream
by Kocha Worapon

Exhibition runs 16th to 21st May.
Official Opening: 6-9pm Thursday 18th May

As part of Head On Photo Festival, Kocha Worapon presents his solo photography exhibition.

“I have been a foreigner for nearly ten years. By living this different concept of life, I feel the space and time differently. ‘Life is the Visualisation of a Dream’ is a photography series that express my first experience of Australia, a place where I still get lost in the cultural transformation. Everything was/is just like a distorted shape of a dream, and my photography functions as an everyday recording device that captures a unique, fragmented, abstract form of memories. This series has visualised the scenes that make me recall lost memories and I reposition myself into the spot so that I can have a better point of view and see my true self clearly.”

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