Margaret: Contemplations, Conversations and Creations is a body of work made in response to visits to the Margaret Olley Art Centre at the Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW by the Broadstrokes artist group.
The exhibition is a three-year collective yet individual journey for the nine artists. Each artist has personally responded to the iconic nature of Margaret Olley’s domestic landscape or paintings by creating works in textiles, mixed media and paper. The focus of each artist varies with members embracing the domestic qualities of Olley’s home, studio, paintings and her life.
The title for the exhibition was born of the ongoing research, journaling and group discussion generated as each artist developed her response. The individual outcomes are unified through collaborative and collective efforts under four general themes – fruit, flowers, friends and fade.
Broadstrokes formed in 2009 comprising six artists wishing to develop their individual arts practice in textiles. Three further members joined in 2016, resulting in the current membership of nine artists who all reside in south-east Queensland. The name reflects the membership of women artists (Broads) from a wide range of employment and artistic backgrounds. “Strokes” refers to the motion of mark making, acknowledging and recognising that each member is inspired to work from her own perspective.
The group and individual members have exhibited internationally, nationally and locally in both guild and juried touring exhibitions in Australia, the United States of America, Taiwan and New Zealand.
The Broadstrokes artists are:
Rebecca Staunton Coffey
Annamaria Mays is a mixed media artist with a love of creating using numerous mediums. The subject matter of the domestic landscape is foremost in her mind when she creates. Though her art, she portrays herself as a storyteller and nurturer of memories and memorabilia of home. Her first love is painting and drawing.
She works from home on her rustic kitchen table as well as in her purpose built studio where she is surrounded by sensory snapshots and old collections of lace, vintage fabrics and examples of her own art.
Student artworks on display are the result of in school tasks.
Yr 9 Art students commence their art studies with some foundation drawing skills and complete a realistic self-portrait before progressing into semi-abstract ceramic portraits and then animation.
YR 10 Art students create multi-colour reduction relief prints based on ‘Pop’ imagery of today, stylised ceramic figures and landscape paintings in acrylic.
In YR 11 Visual Art the focus is on the exploration of various media and processes in order to become familiar with their qualities and characteristics as they explore objects and ideas through the lens of contemporary art.
Students who study Yr 12 Visual Art are responsible for devising their own focus in response to the concept ‘Exploring Humanity’. They decide what they would like to communicate about their focus, what media and processes they will use and what their artwork will look like. The works are student directed and give an ‘InSight’ into what is important to them at this stage of their lives.
Students who study Yr 11 and 12 Visual Arts in Practice focus more upon developing a range of skills relating to media. Two of the main areas we have studied this year have been ceramics (Yr 11) and sculpture (Yr 12). The works you see are their responses to tasks set in class to which they apply skills they have learnt.
Image: "Stag" by Teal Stumkat with Year 9 self portraits in the background
Orange Wall Gallery
28 August - 28 September 2019
Margaret: Contemplations, Conversations, Creations
Broadstrokes Art Group
28 August - 28 September 2019
The Artist's Kitchen
15 August - 28 September 2019
In Sight II
Warwick State High School Student exhibition
3 October - 9 November 2019
Southern Downs Artists Exhibition
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3 October - 24 December 2019
Southern Downs Artists Exhibition Miniatures Section
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14 November - 24 December 2019
BURST III Youth exhibition
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This installation is the work of many team members over many months and thousands of hours.
Off the Grid incorporates some special pieces from the Warwick Art Gallery collection that have been created by some of our very talented tree jumper artists in the past. Our pumpkin vine was created by Kate and Doreen Smith, the magpies by Diggers Garden Club, and the crocheted tree by Jessica Thompson.
Wanton, Wild and Unimagined is a playful exhibition of sculptured recycled plastics that stirs the imagination and evokes environmental reflection.
Townsville environmental artist, Alison McDonald has spent many hours manipulating the humble plastic bottle, and collecting thousands of lids to make a variety of unimagined and impossible creations inspired by plants, oceans and by John Wyndham’s book, The Day of the Triffids.
“Humans have long had a love affair with plastic, believing it to be the answer to our eco-prayers. My artworks reuse plastic materials in an attempt to raise questions about the relationship we have with plastic, and about its supposed sustainability,” says McDonald about the touring exhibition.
According to curator, Ross Searle, McDonald is “greatly influenced by her location in the tropical north of Queensland, the material that most dominates her sculpture is plastic; and plastic makes up the majority of marine debris not only seen on northern shorelines but floating in oceans worldwide. Whilst the work draws attention to cynical and apathetic consumer culture…there is also great humour in the way these playful transformations engage our senses.”
“The exhibition has generated much interest and will be shown in 12 galleries throughout Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria,” Dr McBurnie, Director of Umbrella Studio, said. “It is bound to fascinate adults and children alike, inviting close encounters with the work, which is kooky, imaginative and, most of all, fun”.
“There are lots of talented artists based in North Queensland that we want to share with the rest of Australia. Umbrella Studio has been working closely with Alison McDonald for the last seven years encouraging her development as an artist, and we are proud to be seeing one of our members mount a national tour”
Wanton, Wild & Unimagined is a travelling exhibition organised by Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program; and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.
Image: R.R.R. Alison McDonald 2012-2015 Individually hand cut and coloured recycled PET plastic rings 68 x 20 x 38 cm Image Credit: Aaron Ashley
Margaret was inducted into the Warwick Art Gallery Tree Jumper Artist Hall of Fame 2018. This exhibition provides Margaret with the opportunity to showcase her exceptional skills and her favourite tree jumpers.
Margaret also applied her technique to create a series of works that explore the art of May Gibbs.
"I have always loved May Gibbs illustrations and so I thought it might be fun to replicate some of these onto canvas using my felt embroidery style. For this exhibition, with the exception of the boronia babies, I have only concentrated on gumnut and gum blossom babies and not the bush creatures - however I must admit that once I got started, I could have gone on indefinitely."
Work on this exhibition started in 2012 when Queen of Tea Cosies Loani Prior and photographer Mark Crocker travelled to six towns in three states meeting tea cosy guardians and recording their stories. From these meetings Mark has produced 40 black and white portraits of the interviewees with their tea cosies in colour. Their stories have been turned into an audio presentation and delightful quotes about family, friendship and the joy of owning something handcrafted.
This exhibition also stars 20 exuberant TEA COSIES created by Loani Prior, author of three best selling books, Wild Tea Cosies, Really Wild Tea Cosies and How Tea Cosies Change the World. They are knitted objets d’art, woolly sculptures; clever and funny, like nothing you will have seen before.
The exhibition was displayed first in Warwick during Jumpers and Jazz in July 2013. The tour includes the following locations: Mittagong, Northern Territory, Hervey Bay, Miles, Longreach, Bundaberg, Ballina and Canberra. The tour was completed in 2015. Mark Crocker's prtraits are now part of the Warwick Art Gallery collection.
This project is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian state and territory governments and by Arts Queensland in the Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts.
This project has also been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
The Southern Down’s Artists Exhibition began as a biennial event in 2011 with the goal to offer local artists the opportunity to exhibit, compete for recognition and a cash prize.
Artists who live on the Southern Downs (resident or rate-payer) are invited to enter. One work per artist representing one of the following mediums will be accepted for display:
Drawing Ceramics Mixed Media Painting Printmaking Sculpture Textiles
The following prizes will be awarded
MAJOR AWARD SPONSORED BY WARWICK CREDIT UNION $1000
5 x $500 COMMENDATION AWARDS
5 x $200 ENCOURAGEMENT AWARDS SPONSORED BY ROSE CITY SHOPPINGWORLD
1 x PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD SPONSORED BY ROSE CITY ARTZ N FRAMING
BONUS SECTION SOUTHERN DOWNS MINIATURES FIRST PRIZE $500 Entry fee $5
Artists may also enter in this ADDITIONAL SECTION for display in the ORANGE WALL GALLERY with the extended dates 3 OCTOBER - 24 DECEMBER 2019. Entries in this section must be framed and have 2 “D” rings attached. Artists may enter up to three works in this section in addition to their entries in the SDAE competition
Small two dimensional artworks with the maximum unframed size of 200mm x 110mm.
Thanks to exhibition sponsors
We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the following Gallery members and supporters:
Andrew and Peter Dunn on behalf of the late Catherine Dunn
Goomburra Valley Happy Hour
Gillian and Geoff Knott
Kim and Peter Mapstone
Lewis von Stieglitz and Clare McHugh von Stieglitz
Seven amenities blocks in the northern part of the Southern Downs have been transformed by artwork. The project was coordinated by Warwick Art Gallery with support from Southern Downs Regional Council with the aim to invigorate the spaces, attract visitors and generate community pride.
After many years of drought, events and tourism has kept the economy ticking and maintained community involvement despite the hardship. The Arts is an integral part of the tourism culture as it celebrates community identity and highlights what makes a town or village unique.
Even the most practical and functional facilities can be transformed by art. Read on for information about the participating artists and artworks:
Artist: Karri McPherson
Artwork: "Serendipity" and "Serendipity 2"
Location: Mile End Park amenities block, Warwick
"Serendipity celebrates the diversity of colour in Warwick, from the lush greens of the gumtrees to the golden yellows of the sunflowers. Despite its abstract nature, the use of native colours will provide the locals with a sense of familiarity when they experience this work.”
Artist: Nikki Wood
Artwork: "Tall Trees of Killarney"
Location: Browns Falls Park amenities block, Killarney
"This artwork will depict a realistic image of the drive to Carr’s Lookout, beyond Queen Mary Falls. My personal practice regularly features images of this drive and my strong love of our local area. The Warwick district has so much to offer, so this is a perfect opportunity to showcase this to a wider visiting and local audience."
Artist: Emily Devers
Artwork: "The Conservatory"
Location: Australiana Park, Warwick
"After many years of hardship experienced through drought, I believe Warwick deserves a lush,vibrant artwork as a joyous celebration of it’s locality. This artwork transforms the entire building into an abundant greenhouse garden, with native Queensland sub-tropical ferns and flowers spilling out from within."
Artist: Louise Tait
Artwork: "Into the Sun"
Location: Dalrymple Park amenities block, Allora
"Sunflowers are unique in their ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy, an attribute which mirrors the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light. Symbolizing warmth, hope and happiness."
Artist: Elysha Rei
Artwork: "Window of Worship"
Location: Grafton Street, Warwick
"This patterned work is inspired by the many churches Warwick is known for. The design features elements from the rose windows of several places of worship, abstracting them to create a contemporary design that connects Warwick’s rich architectural and community history with today’s visitors."
Artist: Sue Keong
Artwork: "Sprint, Spirit and Starry Skies"
Location: Liberator Park, Leyburn
"The two walls enabled a mural that reflected the many facets of Leyburn. Named Liberator Park I felt it was important to include the Liberator Bomber but that was only a small part of Leyburn’s history and current lifestyle. The dark night skies are the destination for star gazing enthusiasts throughout the year. August sees the Historic Leyburn Sprints roar to life with visitors from across Australia. The rare Bulloak jewel butterfly found in district is also featured. I have depicted one wall with night sky and Liberator in a painterly style. The second wall although not depicted as such in attached painting will have a clearer design quality touching on the past and present life of the town & district."
Artist: Kerry Nicholson and Malcolm Nicholson
Artwork: "The Missing Piece"
Location: Victoria Park amenities block, Warwick
"What does this mural mean to you? I know what this mural means to me. This means to me that my three year old son was able to get too close to the fish pond unsupervised in the back yard. This is a discovery that I did not want to make but I am glad that I did."