Alphabet 2012 @ Canberra Museum and Gallery

A remarkable collection of glass art is in the display case leading up to their open collections gallery at Canberra Museum and Gallery. Mel
George has curated a project in which twenty six artists have created an artistic form of a letter of the alphabet in glass. The artists have used their styles to create unique expression of the letter. Some of them are funny and some are puzzles. All are very attractive. I have included some of the letters and the artist list below.
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Trauma and the first world problems @ Belconnen Arts Centre

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Trauma is a constant part of many modern conversations. War, accident, domestic violence all contribute to the world this exhibition addresses. Largely conceived in black and white it has a stark and sometimes immobilised lookabout the works. There are children and crowds, anguish and anger, tortured and torturing, all in a flat but confronting look that remind the viewer that there is little to be exuberant about when dealing with trauma.
Below are some pics and the gallery sheet. Above is the flyer

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Place: spaces and beyond @ Belconnen Arts Centre

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There was a no photographs policy at this exhibition which was a shame. It is a collection of works by several artists using natural textures and fibres for te sculptural items and quite striking colours in the paintings. The artists are April Glaser–Hinder, Bev Moxon, Lorraine Blackwell and Graham Cossey. The flyer is above and the gallery sheet is below. It was a marvelous exhibition from four distinctively different artists. The web page for the exhibition is at:
http://www.belconnenartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/placespacesandbeyond.html

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Quadriform – Sui Jackson @ Megalo Print Studio and Gallery

The new exhibition at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery is a delightful connection between the deep past and the future in pottery and print. Each set has a pottery replica of a clay table except is is embossed with a QR code. There is a useful pottery object such as a fruit bowl and then there is a beautiful print on paper of a QR code. The interplay between the three is fun and quite beautiful.
There was a mention in the Canberra Times
https://stephenrrandall.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=7683&action=edit
There is a great Megalo page on this exhibition
http://www.megalo.org/quadriform-sui-jackson-14-february-7-march-2015/
The flier is below.
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Tom Rowney – Studio Glass @ Beaver Galleries

Elegant, stylish, richly coloured and complexly patterned glass is what Tom Rowney in known for. I have included some pictures below but they do not come close to doing justice to the real objects. As you walk around these things colour and pattern interplay and change in engaging ways. The depth of colour in the surfaces is remarkable.
There is a good review in the Canberra Times and I have included pics, the flyer and gallery sheet below.
Canberra Times review
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/craft-review-tom-rowney-studio-glass-20150212-139gjf.html
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Judith White – Transit @ Beaver Galleries

The Judith White abstract landscapes on at the Beaver Galleries have a vitality and life about them. Blues and Yellows dominate the colour palette. She has some delightful small works beside some grand room gripping creations. Ir was good to go into the gallery having read the review in the Canberra Times below.
I have included some pics the flyer and the gallery sheet below:
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-life/art-review-transit-by-judith-white-20150220-139f2u.html
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Delineations, Claybodies @ Form Studio and Gallery

Seven artists have put together a truly remarkable set of “claybodies” in the first exhibition of the year at Form Studio and Gallery. The flier below shows the range of styles of the art works. The list of the works is below. I found the range wonderful. There were large chooks and dogs by Jacqueline Lallemand, there is a remarkable set by Sue Hewart done around coast objects and surfaces. I won’t say more just to recommend you go and see the exhibition.

The artists are Sue Hewat, Velda Hunter, Jacqueline Lallemand, David Leake, Suzanne Oakman, Zoe Slee and Tania Tuominen

The web page for the exhibition is
http://www.formstudioandgallery.com.au/Current_Exhibition.html

The clay bodies site is below
http://claybodies.yolasite.com/
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Ozquilt Network Inc @ Queanbeyan Arts Centre

The only sad thing about this exhibition was that they did not let me take pictures. This is an exhibition of artistically created quilts in a 30 x 30cm format. The beauty of the creations were spectacular. The variety was superb. The range of subject matter and approaches were charming. One had a red background and using gold thread created a powerfully vivid picture of an Australian farm field in the midst of a drought.
There is a great website where you can go and see lots of samples of these artists beautiful work.
The Ozquilts network web site is at
http://www.ozquiltnetwork.org.au/
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Royal Australian Mint 50th birthday Open Day Dennison St Deakin

I went recently to the 50th Anniversary Open Day of the Royal Australian Mint. It was great. Popular – big time! The parking was well managed and using nearby green fields and week day car parks they accommodated the thousands that poured through.
There was the live music, fairy floss, face painting and Lions club sausage sizzle side of it. Inside they took you on a walk through tour of the manufacturing floor. Upstairs the viewing windows, touch screens, wall displays and theatre video were all finished and engaging. The collectors shop had a long queue and there were even baloon sculptors in the foyer. I loved it and there was something special about walking through the manufacturing area that I have observed lots of times over the years from the viewing windows upstairs.
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The Bald Archy Prize @ Watson Arts Centre

There are few art shows in Canberra that I go to where the gallery is full of people. Each time at the Bald Archy Prize there is a crowd no matter what time I go on the weekend. People laugh, ask questions, talk to their kids and express views as they move in among all the pictures and the crowd.

This year Ms Lambie of the Palmer United Party is the star of the biggest number of pictures. She sure stirred the hearts of the painters. I have attached the price list but as the best way to see these is out at the gallery in all their often glorious garish colour schemes

This exhibition is fun and if it borders on cruel at times it is particularly important in the year of Charlie Hebdo and the Paris exhibition at the NGA.

The website for the Bald Archy Prize is

http://baldarchy.com.au/index.html

A Canberra Times article has some good pics of the works – the general public is not allowed to take pics in the gallery.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/bald-archy-works-unveiled-at-watson-arts-centre-20150206-137zbe.html

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