I attended the opening of the inaugural 'Collectors' Edition' exhibition last Friday at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. It is a silent auction of A5 artworks donated by some 61 artists associated with the gallery and is a fund raiser for the Cultural Centres acquisitions fund. I donated a framed piece titled '52 Flames' and as from Saturday, the bidding was at $350! The auction runs until the 20th September & people are encouraged to bid in amounts divisible by $5. The selection of work is astounding and shows a vast approach to working on a small scale.
Established by Prim Moss (front centre), the 'Windmill Trust' was set up in memory of her sister Penny Meagher who was also an artist. It was great to meet Prim and other trustees of the Windmill Trust yesterday at the award ceremony at the NAVA (National Association of Visual Artists) office in Woolloomooloo, NSW.
The facilitator of the ceremony was Phillipa Sprott, general manager, who made us feel very welcome. Rochelle Summerfield was the winner of the encouragement award and will be exhibiting at Brenda May Gallery. The money I was awarded will go toward the cost of producing an exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in February 2015.
My art school friend Frank Boyle came to visit me at my studio on Wednesday. While I was in the studio folding paper, Frank came up with this landscape painting at the Wild Valley Art Park property. Set up with an excellent easel and obligatory sun hat, Frank got to work painting en plain air. He made it look so damn easy!
About his practice, Frank says- “My work tends to evolve out of long and deliberate observations of the world around me and portray a sense of solitude and mystery. I respond mainly to what I see and the feelings it evokes and if I’m happy with any work I produce then hopefully it can speak for itself. I always draw inspiration from Gerhard Richter, an artist whose work I greatly admire. When asked in 1970 by Rolf Gunther Dienst why the majority of his most recent works were landscapes, Richter replied ‘I felt like painting something beautiful’.”
We were driving back from a visit with my mother on the Central Coast when the news came through. Several months back, I applied via the NAVA website (National Association of Visual Artists), for the Windmill Trust Scholarship which provides money to go toward the cost of staging on an exhibition. This money could be used for framing, studio rent, materials and other related expenses. I applied for the Scholarship to help with my upcoming 'Exposé' exhibition at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in February, 2015.
Blow me down... I won! The Windmill Trust Scholarship was established in memory of Penny Meagher, artist and a former director of the Macquarie Galleries.