11 September 2019

Artists shine from Bungendore to Bermagui this weekend

| Alex Rea
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Jess Forster at the opening of Reservoir. Photo: Alex Rea.

X Gallery, Bungendore – RESERVOIR

Jess Forster is an emerging Textile artist from Regional NSW.

She creates unique sculptures, artworks and objects from locally sourced wool felt. Foster is currently exploring the impact of the drought on rural Australian landscapes, people and places. Her latest solo show ‘RESERVOIR’ is on at X Gallery in Bungendore.

This new collection of monumental tapestries and sculptural works conveys a powerful message about rural Australia’s diminishing waterways.

Jess Forster’s artworks are created through the ancient craft of ‘felting’, which involves matting together wool and natural fibres through heat, water, and agitation. Most pieces are a singular construction of locally sourced merino and cross-bred wool, sculpted without glue or stitching.

Forster credits her passion for fibre arts to her mentors in the Riverina, where she learnt sustainable textile techniques.

RESERVOIR, 32 Gibraltar Street, Bungendore until June 10. X Gallery is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 11:00 am – 5: 00 pm.

Fyre Gallery, Braidwood

An exhibition by wood engraver and illustrator Andy English is on now at Fyre Gallery, Braidwood.

Based in the United Kingdom, Andy’s wood engravings capture the creatures and scenes of his country life. For this show, he has included some special pieces for Australian eyes.

He engraves on endgrain woodblocks through a lens and then prints his work using Victorian handpresses.

Outside of Braidwood, you’ll find his work in the collections of many museums and libraries, including The British Library, The Garden Museum, The Yale Center for British Art, The Ashmolean Museum and The V&A.

The exhibition runs until May 5 at 84 Wallace St Braidwood. Fyre Gallery is 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily during the exhibition.

Work by Andy English at Fyre Gallery, Braidwood

Work by Andy English at Fyre Gallery, Braidwood

The Bas, Moruya – Jennifer Hawkins: We are made of star stuff. Where do we come from? Where do we go?

Jennifer Hawkins has a passion for obsessive repetition of hand-made marks or objects.

She enjoys developing a symbol that captures an idea than placing that symbol in a context that may suggest a broader meaning.

The Narooma installation artist delves into issues around over-population and mass extinction in this latest exhibition at the Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, Moruya.

Artist Talk: Saturday 27 April 11:00 am Jennifer will speak about her extensive art practice and answer questions about her exhibition.

‘We are made of star stuff’ runs until Sunday, May 12. The Bas is open Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Jennifer Hawkins: ‘We are made of star stuff’ on show at The Bas.

Narek Galleries, Bermagui – COASTAL : BOTANICAL by Cathy Franzi.

Wheel thrown and altered porcelain, engobes, and sgraffito creating elegant vessels depicting Far South Coast indigenous plants. This inspiring solo exhibition by Cathy Franzi continues only until April 27.

Narek Galleries is at 5/3 Wapengo Street, Bermagui on the north side overlooking the Bermagui River,
Open Wednesday to Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Cathy Franzi – ‘Coastal Stones’, porcelain, stoneware, wheel-thrown, engobe, sgraffito, ink inlay. Image: Andrew Sikorski- Art Atelier

Ivy Hill, Wapengo – Lucy Culliton + Red Rain: One Month at Fowlers Gap paintings by Deb Johansen and Lynne Flemons

Monaro artist Lucy Culliton lives at the historic Bibbenluke station.

Passionate about her garden, Lucy has gradually replaced trees and planted swathes of perennials. There are four of her sought after garden paintings in this exhibition. Lucy Culliton is exhibiting at Ivy Hill Gallery courtesy of the King Street Gallery.

Painting by Lucy Culliton at Ivy Hill Gallery.

In May 2018 Lynne Flemons and Deb Johansen undertook a month-long residency at Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Centre, located one contemplative hour north of Broken Hill.

To have one month dedicated to working from this landscape was something they both relished and they were keen to capture from sunrise to sunset.

Evening Flight oil on paper by Deb Johansen.

The work on display at Ivy Hill Gallery showcases a selection of work produced at Fowlers Gap.

Don’t miss the afternoon tea and talk with Lucy Culliton, Deb Johansen, and Lynne Flemons at 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 5, the final day of the exhibition.

Ivy Hill is on the Bermagui – Tathra Road at Tanja.

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