Leonie Fisher

I joined Shirley Church’s group at Willandra Art School in 2006 for still life painting in oil. I have also attended a variety of workshops including the Grafton Artfest twice for portraits/flowers in oil with Lynne Deifenbach. In 2014 I won a Henry Malouf scholarship to attend the Mitchell School of Arts, Bathurst and enrolled with Leslie O’Shea’s portrait group. In January 2015 and June 2016. I had previously attended Yvonne Cleaver’s art classes in St Ives for 3 years and then decided to work towards a Diploma at the Royal Art Society in North Sydney. I currently attend portrait classes at the RAS.  I was admitted to Ku-ring-gai Art Society as an Exhibiting Member in 2015. I am a member of the Hornsby Art Society and have been the Secretary/Demonstrator Coordinator for the past eight years.

Prizes and Awards

  • 2010 Lane Cove Art Society – Commended
  • 2010 Ryde Art Society – Highly Commended
  • 2012 Royal Art Society Students Exhibition – Commended
  • 2013 Royal Art Society Students Exhibition – Engine Room Award
  • 2014 Hornsby Art Society – Commended
  • 2014 Royal Art Society Students Exhibition – Highly Commended
  • 2015 Hornsby Art Society – Highly Commended
  • 2015 St Ives Show – First
  • 2015 Hornsby Art Society – Commended
  • 2015 Ku-ring-gai Art Society – First Prize for Oils
  • 2015 Royal Art Society – Jenny Lemmon Hill Scholarship
  • 2016 Combined Art Societies – Finalist
  • 2016 Ku-ring-gai Art Society – First Prize for Oils
  • 2017 Peter Dorahy Memorial Drawing Award – Commended
  • 2017 Hornsby Art Society – Runner Up

HAS 9×5 Exhibition Results

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Congratulations to everyone who participated – we’re delighted with this beautiful collection of works and the great feedback we’ve received for this exhibition. We hope you can drop in to see the Exhibition – we’re open Thursday – Sunday 10am – 4pm until Sunday 26 August.  And congratulations to the winners of our first 9 x 5 Exhibition!

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  • First Prize
    • Ron Smith, for “Different Directions”
  • Second Prize
    • Vikki Jackson for “Golden Pheasant”
  • Third Prize
    • Kasey Sealy for “Venetian Atmosphere”
  • Hangers Prize
    • Christine Matthews for “Bondi Sandstorm

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OUTLIERS – An art exhibition in the mountains

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As the invitation says: ‘Four artists united by their admiration of the Australian landscape and their ambitions to express it artistically. They believe that this continual practice, this quest to interpret the unique beauty of the environment is a lifelong challenge, but definitely one that can provide much satisfaction. Join us in celebrating this fabulous exhibition.’

The four artists involved are Kristine Ballard, Tony Hook, Melony K. Smirniotis & Peter Porteous. Having had a quick look at their catalogue I can only say that I am really looking forward to seeing it in person at ‘gallery one88’, located at 188 Katoomba Street, Katoomba.   As if the prospects of satisfying the mind & the eye were not enough, one of the artists, Melony has just joined Hornsby Art Society and her work may be seen in our 9 X 5 exhibition currently on at Wallarobba.

The official opening is on Saturday 18 August & it runs until 26 August. www.galleryone88finearts.com/exhibitions

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Newcastle Art Gallery

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You’ll love the many heritage buildings, many of which have been skillfully restored & are in beautiful condition; complemented by some stunning, impressive new buildings, which do not need to resort to high rise! What’s more, their light rail system down Hunter Street is progressing apace, with much activity & visible progress. Go there by train to the interchange & then shuttle bus to the city centre.

OK….. enough travelogue. On show at the Newcastle Art Gallery are three great exhibitions; the Kilgour Art Prize (Won by Natasha Walsh, for a self portrait miniature; in oil on marble). This is Newcastle’s annual art prize for figurative & portrait painting. It awards $50,000 for the most outstanding work of art and $5,000 for the painting voted most popular by the public.

The second exhibition was by Patricia Wilson – Adams, comprising traditional etchings & engravings, installations & major sculptural works: interesting, clever & innovative. Beautifully presented on the gallery’s upper floor

The third exhibition was from the Newcastle Art Gallery collection, by Newcastle arts writers John Barnes & Jill Stowell. ‘Critics Choice’ explores over a century of art history & complements the Kilgour Art Prize on the ground floor of the gallery.  We spent two days enjoying this beautiful city; go & see it for yourself! Check their website for details: www.nag.org.au

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August Guest Speaker – Paul McCarthy

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Paul will speak about and demonstrate the art of travel sketching. Paul has worked extensively as a community artist in varied capacities including working with a remote aboriginal community, high schools, and acting curator for the Sydney Children’s Hospital. He has also co-ordinated several groups of volunteers working with groups covering the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Sydney Cancer Centre at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as well as adults with disabilities at Studio Artes Hornsby.

He is a sought after prize winning tutor who brings a sense of fun and excitement to the classroom, encourages individuality as well as developing design composition and colour skills.Click here to change this text

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Ways of Seeing Landscape

Last Thursday we went to see the latest exhibition at Purple Noon Gallery at Freeman’s Reach. Absolutely beautiful! A comprehensive range of works by Fiona Barrett-Clark and Hiren Patel. As the brochure says: “A selection of recent paintings that reflect the artists’ love of the contemporary Australian landscape, its colour, and contrast for dark shadows and intense light”.

But that doesn’t really cover it. One has to appreciate the stunning blends of colour in the skies and starkly silhouetted tree lines & horizons; the evocative depiction of colourful streetscapes & wet pavements at dusk; highlighted by bursts of light from signs & traffic. This is just magic stuff & the lucky people who came to savour the wonderful work showed their appreciation in tangible terms, with a generous number of red dots!!! Please note that both artists have their own web sites; very much worth visiting.

Purple Noon Gallery is located at 606 Terrace Rd, Freeman’s Reach. www.purplenoongallery.com.au