23 September 2019

Autumn arts trail from the coast to the capital

| Alex Rea
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Hats off to sustainable style with upcycled and planet friendly fashion, arts and craft at Art on the Path on Sunday 26 May. Photo: Supplied.

There is so much art happening across the region this autumn, from Broulee to Beaver Gallery in Canberra. Here is your headstart…

Art on the Path, Broulee, Sunday, May 26, 8 am to 12 pm

Art on the Path is a community run market, sponsored by Dunecare and promoting sustainability. Stalls can only sell locally made art and craft.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Environmental Education Officer Bernadette Davis says Art on the Path is inspired by the environment and looks for ways to help us all tread lightly on the planet.

“We’ll have folks selling secondhand clothes and talking about slow fashion, with kids making scrunchies from fabric scraps to stop them going to landfill,” she says.

The event also features a range of upcycled and locally made gems, including furniture created from discarded pallets, crafts and household items, plus locally made soaps, shampoo, and conditioners.

Art on the Path runs four times each year, with between 20 and 50 stalls, along the shared pathway at Coronation Drive, Broulee, opposite the general store.

Craig Cameron painting on metal at Altenburg Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

Where the sea meets suburbs, Altenburg & Co, Wallace Street, Braidwood, 10 – 4 pm Friday to Sunday until June 10

The sea and the suburbs are two inextricably linked parts of the Australian psyche – two artists question our relationships to them in this new exhibition.

Sea Moods by Craig Cameron focuses on the sea, not far from where Cameron lives at Candelo. These works reflect the mood and contemplation of the artist from direct experience of the land and seascapes.

“You need to breathe life into a painting, find the pulse and bring it to life. These works are painted on upcycled steel, cool and smooth, like the sea at times,” he says.

Ray Monde with collage paintings at Altenburg Gallery. Photo: Supplied.

While Sea Moods looks outward, The People Next Door by Ray Monde looks inward, setting the quarter-acre block as a stage where people live out their private desires.

“We live our lives on these parcels of land, cordoned off by colorbond fencing. It’s these quiet, isolated moments that I’m intrigued by, where people do deeply private things in their backyards surrounded by neighbours’ gaze,” says Monde.

“As a society, we’re increasingly isolated. The irony is that as our city populations swell, we’re feeling disconnected, alone.”

‘Entwine’ by Harriet Schwartrock at Suki & Hugh. Photo: Supplied.

‘Filament’ at Suki & Hugh, Suki & Hugh Gallery, Gibraltar Street, Bungendore, until June 23

This solo exhibition by Queanbeyan glass artist Harriet Schwarzrock flows from the centrepiece work titled ‘filament’- a suspended work with strands of neon cascading through the centre of an assemblage of manipulated scientific glass strands.

“I have been predominantly working with translucent glass to express this work. Giving subtle form to the intangible. Attempting to cultivate an awareness of the present moment, through this seemingly elusive and luminous material,” Schwarzrock says.

“Experimenting with neon and plasma has given me the opportunity to experiment with distorted filaments of light. Exploiting the cascading interaction of electricity with the inert neon, transforms the invisible to a vibrant and searing red.”

Canberra Spinners and weavers will exhibit at The from sat 30 May. Photo: Supplied.

Warped and Twisted, The Q, Queanbeyan, Monday to Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday 10 am – 2 pm, closed Sunday, until June 15

Warped and Twisted 2019 showcases a variety of articles designed to appeal. Included are a range of wearables, homewares, art pieces, and experimental items – something to suit all tastes from natural fibres to bright, innovative creations.

An exhibition filled with handmade temptations awaits, check it out.

Woodblock by Julian Laffan. Photo: Supplied.

‘Illuminated artifacts’ by Julian Laffan, Beaver Galleries, Denison Street, Deakin, open Tuesday to Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, until June 16

Braidwood printmaker Julian Laffan specialises in woodcuts and drawings, exploring themes of history and identity.

His hand-carved woodcuts feature as the works, rather than print from the blocks. Colouring directly into the woodblock with pencil and gouache, Laffan’s work references the historical use of the woodcut for the dissemination of information and images.

Each of Julian’s works thoughtfully transcribes his experience with this most recent series focusing on the intimacy of the interior.

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