Julie Bartholemew – Tread Carefully @ Beaaver Galleries

18 May – 4 June 2017

Julie Bartholemew in her Tread Carefully exhibition at Beaver Galleries engages some of the thorny issues of humans living and working on this planet. She combines a certain classy elegance with some confronting content to make it clear that we need to treat gently on planet Earth.

Using scientific equipment and chemical accoutrements created out of white porcelein she tweaks the items to convey a great message of care of the environment and respect for the plant life on the areas we live in. Each item has elegant copperplate writing that conveys information.

I did not have my camera so I only have gallery stuff below

Heidi Strachan – This way Works in wax and clay @ Watson Arts Centre

18 May – 11 June 2017

Heidi Strachan has her recent work on display at the Watson Arts Cetnre now. It is a great combination between pottery objects of various kinds and finishes and works on the wall that are a mix of textured surfaces and wax. The works are attractive in a way that makes me want to pick up and run my fingers over.

Pics and Gallery materials below

 

Places and people of Interest – Kate Hine and Maxine Price @ Form Studio and Gallery

Until May 23 2017

Kate Hine creates wonderful collages in black and white that draw on house and home in a life that involved regular moves. The works are drawn from family memorabilia and drawings she has done at earlier times.

Maxine Price creates marvellous pottery figures that have a sense of fun and at times an aura of melancholy.  She has a set of creations now that model the style she has refined to high art. There are only a small number but each one is a charming and heart warming reflection of humanity.

Pics of works by both artists below.

2017 Outdoor Sculpture Festival @ Canberra Grammar School

16 May – 18 June 2017

In the tradition of of Sculptures in the Paddock the Canberra Grammar School is hosting an exhibition of about 50 sculptures in their elegantly laid out grounds. I love sculpture especially when it is laid out in relatively close proximity to other works.

The materials include metal, stone, fabric and rope. The range of works are marvelous – some are interactive but most are no touch. There are a gorgeous set of rushing horses in the courtyard. A set of reworked 44 gallon drums with a gorgeous explanation of the transformation was one of the highlights for me. Some were traditional hard metal and fairly rigid, some were soft and fabric based and others were rich in novelty and fun.

Below are some pics and some gallery materials.

 

Precision: CMAG survey equipment @ CMAG Gallery

13 May – 20 August 2017

A museum is commissioned to curate, preserve and display artifacts of history. There is a small set of surveying instruments from the early exploration of the Canberra Districts on display at Canberra Museum and Gallery now.

There is an interest in these objects that is purely technical and scientific. On another hand I found them beautiful in their careful integration of wood craft skills and very attractive creativity in brass and other metals. I am sure some people observe these exhibits from either perspective but they are attractive from both.

Gallery page and pics below

http://www.cmag.com.au/exhibitions/precision-cmag-survey-equipment

Me Time @ Canberra Contemporary Art Space Braddon

28 April – 24 June 2017

Sabrina Baker has curated a set of works that connect in various ways with social media from eight artists she has known. The exhibition is on at the Braddon Canberra Contempory Arts Space. They range through technological works through screen based works to straight paintings. All of them are engaging and are worth a visit.

Pics and webpage are below

http://www.ccas.com.au/exhibitions/me-time

 

Alex Asch – Strange Couplings @ Beaver Galleries

Alex Asch creates wonderful works out of re-purposed materials. In all his art he finds timber and other artifacts that he then weaves together to make some further intriguing objects . The latest exhibition mounted at Beaver Galleries has hangable objects that are all painted a generally flat black. These objects are made out of musical instruments elegant hair-combs and lots of other timber objects. The resulting works are almost like idols or gods. Hung together they are a remarkably striking set.

See some examples below