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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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