Our wonderful artist of all things Canberra, Trevor Dickenson has an exhibition at The Front at Lyneham Shops aptly titled Fresh Canberra Classics. In this show featuring around fifty new creations Trevor has brought to life many widely known Canberra views with a new Dickensonian take. I love his work and it is all still there till Monday January 3. The website below takes you to the details.
A one artist show at CCAS’ Manuka space in December featured the work of Peter van der Mael. He showed works in graphite drawings; multi-colour etching; oil painting and pottery which reflect different stages in his artistic development. The image above was my favourite but there is more information and one of the oil paintings on the web link below
CCAS website: https://www.ccas.com.au/
Exhibition link: https://www.ccas.com.au/manuka-past/headlands
“Recovery” was the 8th annual photographic exhibition by the Friends of the Australian National Botanic Gardens Photographic Group. Photos taken by people who love their subject matter often have a special quality about them. This exhibition was made up of no nonsense clear images of the remarkable flora and fauna contained in the fences of the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra. All photos were created by members of the group. On display there were framed images, photographic prints, cards and other items. I am sure even though the exhibition is over the group will have materials for sale if you contact them through the Gardens visitor centre.
ANBG Friends page: https://www.friendsanbg.org.au/
In December there was an exhibition of work by five ceramic artists at the Beaver Galleries. Somchai Charoen, Julie Bartholomew, Kenji Uranishi, and the colleagues Lucille Sciallano and Ben Landau, all put up striking works to demonstrate the beauty and artistry of high quality ceramics. All were doing quite different things with their shared media but each piece was a striking object. I have only included one picture here but the Beaver website has great images of this exhibition and quality notes on the artists and their work.
Beaver website: https://www.beavergalleries.com.au/
I am sad I did not post on this before it closed. Every year Beaver Galleries puts on an exhibition before Christmas titled Small Works. It targets the Christmas gift market I think because all the works are relatively small, transportable and able to be wrapped. The collection of works is chosen from artists represented by Beaver and so has a delightful range or styles, media and prices. Even though my slackness did not get this post up for you to go to the gallery the people at Beaver maintain a great website for you to eyeball their catalogues and contact for enquiries and or purchase.
A great exhibition shown at Grainger in early December featured sisters Narelle Zeller and Colleen Stapleton. In the exhibition Narelle Zeller’s contribution was a set of rich still life flower arrangements painted in realistic colours accompanied in the gallery by real flower arangements that were created by the artist who creates them for Narelle to paint. Colleen Stapleton’s part in the exhibition was a gorgeous set of emotionally engaged portraits of predominantly female subjects often in energetic poses with flashes of movement and colour. The exhibition is over but the catalogue is still on the website for you to check out and contact the Graingers with inquiries.
Grainger Gallery website; https://graingergallery.com.au/
Catalogue link: https://www.artgalleria.com/view-room/43157
The pictured work represents all that I love about Elizabeth Newman’s art. It is small, made of the most basic materials but it points to something beyond her work. Standing in front of it I could not stop myself commenting to a stranger next to me that this would not work well at my place. My walls are manufactured wall sheeting with no texture. Newman turns the work of some tradie from the past into the object of focus indeed a work of beauty. I felt energised as I walked out of this exhibition – mundanity reworked into delightful works of art.
The website says it is on till January 23, Check with the Gallery as pre Covid the gallery usually closed about now and would not open till late February 2022
Review https://newsofamerica.org/2021/12/17/elizabeth-newmans-un-titled-at-anu-drill-hall-gallery-is-exciting-canberra-times/ This seems to be the same aSasha Graham wrote in the Canberra Times today 18/12/21 It is hard to find Canberra Times material on the web.