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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2 Minds by Naoras Alkarkhey and Emad Dhahir

Exhibition runs from 25th April to 7th May 2017.
Opening Event: 6-8pm Wednesday 26th April
(Please note that Tuesday 25 April is Anzac Day and the exhibition will not open until after 1pm that day)

This show features Naoras Alkarkhey (in her first exhibition) and Emad Dhahir coming together as “2 Minds”. Their work is visually related in the exploration of the human form but conceptually has different focus.

Alkarkhey says “My artworks are a personal expression of my own dreams and experiences. I discover beauty in the feminine figure and the delicate structure of a woman’s curves. The infamous Raven is my representation of strength and recovery. It is symbolic of my own experiences and the challenges I have encountered throughout my life. I rejoice in the power of women and encourage a sense of individuality. Through my artworks, I aim to create a message in which women must embrace their body and sexuality; to accept themselves wholeheartedly.”

Dhahir says “The main sources of inspiration for my sculptural body of work comes from the mythology of my own culture – the ancient Mesopotamia which are blended with rituals of my daily life – my dreams and my memories. I borrow the beauty from formal and aesthetic qualities of old ancient sculptures as well as the languages and forms of modern sculpture such as those of Giacometti, transforming them into new contemporary language and spicing them with an ‘Iraqi style’. This ‘style’ often contains and interprets serious subject matter in form and content which provide to my sculptures different humanistic and aesthetic qualities. While facing these honestly made small-size sculptures, the viewer should comprehend that they are just creative and playful foundation for bigger sculptural artistic projects waiting to be created in public space.”

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Two Birds of a Feather

Two Birds of a Feather

Exhibition runs 11th to 23rd April 2017.

This special Easter exhibition showcases two of our resident artists – Katerina Apale and Emily Valentine. Both feature feathers in their work, however they interpret this theme in distinctively different ways.

KATERINA APALE
Katerina was born and raised in Riga, Latvia, where she painted from an early age. She has exhibited works in many solo and group shows all over the world. Katerina has exhibited in Gauge previously for Interiors, where her works were admired and purchased for their vigorous use of colour, and portrayal of animals and nature.

EMILY VALENTINE
Emily Valentine studied Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts. Many have purchased her beaded jewellery from Glass Artists’ Gallery. Since then, she has earned national and international recognition for her unique, hybrid creatures where she uses “feathers” as her paint.

Please note the gallery will be closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.