Flights of Fancy – Gillian Wilde @ Belconnen Arts Centre

26 Aug – 17 Sept 2017

The artworks of Gillian Wilde in this exhibition feature birds. The birds that are featured are not twee pretty forms but ragged. She has linked the artworks of birds to her sense of history and place through her artist statement on the gallery sheet below.

The pics and galley sheet below give a sense of what she has created.

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Poetry and Place – Dianne Firth @ Belconnen Arts Centre

26 Aug – 17 Sept 2017

This exhibition has integrated fine Canberra focused artworks of Dianne Firth with matching poetry that illustrates and illuminates both Canberra and the artworks Ms Firth has created. The artworks are layered with fabric built on netting and many of them are views of the Canberra landscape seen through the trees that are all over our landscape.

Below are some samples of the art, the poems and the gallery sheet and prices.

 

 

 

 

Body tracing and the soft gaze Rose Mary Faulkner and Catherine Newton @ Belconnen Arts Centre

29 July – 20 August 2017

Glass art is a varied form open to a huge range of expressions of creativity and skill. Rose Mary Faulkner and Catherine Newton have exhibited several styles of glass in their show at Belconnen Arts Centre. Catherine Newton produces brightly coloured blown glass on crafted wood stands. Rose Mary Faulkner has almost sandblasted toned sections of undulating glass. Both artists are skilled and there are examples and gallery materials below.

 

 

Disencumbered #2 – Keith Bender @ Belconnen Arts Centre

29 July – 20 August 2017

Keith Bender makes wonderful artworks out of rough hard steel. This exhibition at Belconnen Arts Centre features a single work titled Disencumbered #2. Its cheerful yellow surfaces warms up the cold concrete courtyard in which it is established. I was tempted to crawl through the arch tunnel that this work creates. It is beautiful and the gallery sheet below explains it better than I could (Pics included)

 

Biographies – Martin Rowney @ Belconnen Arts Centre

29 July – 20 August 2017

Small targeted exhibitions are often surprisingly interesting.¬† Martin Rowney has five works on display at the Belconnen Arts Centre around the lives of four people. Each of the art works have unique elements in them that speak to the life and individual and reflect the back story that is displayed on the wall. Each of the works has an artistic interest and merit in itself but become richer with the person’s brief bio in mind.

Rowney is an archaeologist who uses art to communicate elements of his work. The pics and gallery materials are below.

Feast: Indulgence, Savouring and Delectation @ Belconnen Arts Centre

1-23 July 2017

Feast: Indulgence, Savouring and Delectation is the title of an exhibition from members of the Illawarra Association for the Visual Arts currently on at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The words are chosen to reflect the content of the works on exhibition.

I have included some sample pics and the gallery list and price list below. Lots of variety and heaps of varied skill sets involved.

2016 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize @ Belconnen Arts Centre

1-23 July 2017

Some people love art prizes and some do not. The Moran Prize is the richest art prize in Australia and has been running for nearly 30 years. The finalists are on exhibition currently at the Belconnen Arts Centre. The images are as with all portrait exhibitions varied and fascinating  The selected images below are included to show the variety and are not a comment on aesthetic value. My wife and I were both in disbelief about the chosen winner in the company of the other images in the room but that is not surprising in art prize judgment

Images and gallery material below.

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