This year the Annual HAS Christmas Art Sale and Market Day has been shortened to one week and the Market Day will be held on the final day of the Exhibition, enabling you to collect your work and browse the market for gifts at the same time. Be a part of this event – it’s our most successful means of selling beautiful local art each year!
What an absolute treat; not only did we get to see Greg Hansell’s studio but, since there was some time to spare, we went to the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery ‘on spec’ just to see if anything was on. We go often & it’s always well worthwhile as yesterday there was a fabulous selection of work from quite a number of local artists. The gallery was full with a variety of artistic groups showing paintings of many types, glassware, ceramics, metalwork & photography.
Each group had a number of artists showing work; too many to list individually, but each listed their respective artists’ works on their lists, which covered the following:
Piggery Lane Studios
Hawkesbury Camera Club
Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop
Macquarie Towns Arts Society
Ferry Artists’ Gallery & The Hawkesbury Artists & Artisans’ Trail.
This is a beautiful gallery & works such as these only make the experience better. The exhibition runs until 2nd. December so you have plenty of time. We’re going again; it’s that good! The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, 300 George St. Windsor. (the old hospital site). Open from 10 am – 4 pm M – F closed Tuesdays; Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3 pm. Closed public holidays.
Yesterday we went to Windsor to see Greg Hansell’s ‘open studio’, where a fabulous selection of his work was on display.
His studio, I should point out, is a classic representation of the subjects in many of Greg’s paintings – in other words, an old cow shed with a loft. Made from the basic materials of its time, it demonstrates the longevity associated with care & constant use, offering a combination of shed, retreat, studio & summerhouse. Built of corrugated iron & tree in the form of vertical split log siding, it takes you back to the early days of Windsor & is obviously much loved & used by its owner.
Inside there is a wonderful collection of Greg’s paintings; mostly in pastel, but some oils & a couple of etchings. Landscapes & old farm buildings predominate but there is a departure from his usual subject in the form of a painting of one of New South Wales Government Railways’ (NSWGR to special people of the more senior variety) Garratt locomotives, which is guaranteed to get your blood racing! These open studio days are really not to be missed & if you have, then you’ll just need to wait until next year. Keep your eyes open!
We took ourselves to Bowral again; this time to see the beautiful exhibition put on at the BDAS Gallery at 1 Short St, Bowral.
Set in a picturesque area with beautiful gardens giving just a taste of the botanical works on show inside. Most were watercolours but there were examples of colour pencil, graphite, charcoal & even etching to be appreciated. Colour & detail were amazing: just how so many talented people can produce such fine, precise work without going blind escapes me. I’m just glad that they do!
Keep your eyes open for the next one: it’s well worth the trip
An exhibition by the 2017 Wallarobba Outstanding Local Artist; Lyndall Beck.
Many of you will be familiar with the works of Lyndall Beck & this exhibition is a marvellous opportunity to enjoy her many & varied artistic talents under one roof at one time. Lyndall has indeed done herself proud, virtually filling Wallarobba with a display of art in many categories, but all to do with the changing local suburban & regional environment & the attendant social impact resulting from this. As the catalogue says, “Of memory and change documents Lyndall’s personal attempt to grasp and hold onto a world that is slipping away into memory”. In this attempt she has succeeded & the time spent appreciating the work & chatting to the artist was thoroughly enjoyable. Lyndall’s work is certainly varied & ranges from collagraphs, oil on canvas and mixed media, with a highlight being her film “Solastalgia” in three acts depicting yesterday, today & her perception of a possible tomorrow for the development of Hornsby.