Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Orange Banjo Paterson Festival - “Outback and Downunder” Australian Landscape Exhibition

We have started the process of getting ready for another amazing Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival. Our curating sub-committee and helpers: Margot, Aileen, Isabelle, Judy, Jude, Bev D, Gaye, Phil and Jola have had a planning meeting already, as some will be absent at that crucial time of hanging.
Publicity release has been sent out and posted, flyers have been designed and are at the printers. Aileen, Phil and Jola went to select and collect artwork from Gaye Claydon, Judy, Bev D and Jola did the curating for Dennis' work...... it's happening people.

Below is the publicity we sent out beginning of January:
Because Banjo Paterson was a wandering over the landscape kind of poet, a painter with words, the Colour City Creatives will focus on the beauty and wonder of the Australian landscape. Outback and all around us is country and we all feel the connection. As a group we would also like to honour and remember Dennis Claydon whose art was wonderfully Australian centric. Gorgeous coloured modern landscapes or cheeky statements on Australians in the landscape were Denis’ forte. With our large membership of over 50 creatives, in our two storey building housing 2 galleries and two levels of corridors as well as 12 working studios, be prepared for a visual feast of contemporary Australian art.

We'll have our opening night on the second festival day, Friday 17 February starting at 6 pm. So bring some food, bring some friends too :)  and when you deliver your art submissions for the exhibition don't forget to take some flyers and spread the word!

this is the flyer being printed for Banjo:

and we're re-printing our general flyer too:

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Our Shop has been moved

We've moved our shop to make use of the original area as another studio.
The shop is now just outside the Pottinger gallery and though there's still some work to be done it's looking great. Judy Kich was the driving force today with Jola and Iku helping.
Our usual Tuesday print and play session turned into a work session. We were lucky that the new shop is in the air conditioned part of the Barracks building as it was a real summer day in Orange!
We also put some artwork around in empty spots to make our monthly Farmers Market open day a good experience for out visitors.

Monday, 9 January 2017

New Year is here!

New Year is here and we'll start with some expected good news.
The Lachlan Valley Railway Society's lease of the rest of the railway precinct has started. Phil and I had the unexpected pleasure to meet the pioneering team start to clean their vast area. They have posted on their Facebook page about it and I'll share a link to their post on our Facebook page.

So we're going to have neighbours who will bring steam trains and eventually provide rides and hopefully give us more visitors. It will be good to have the area awaken from it's slumber :)

Saturday, 31 December 2016

It's all so quiet, it's all so lovely, it's almost over.... see you all next year :)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Season's Greetings and Happy 2017 New Year

The CCC committee wish you the best of this Season and also a Merry Christmas and to top this year off, we hope the New Year of 2017 is a wonderful time for you.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

a little Arty Farty Christmas Party

Tomorrow's social meeting starting at 5.30 pm will also be our Christmas party.
Due to our deeply missed Denis Claydon, this one won't be the big knees up we've had previous years but let's still get together and celebrate our friendship and arty relationship and the creativity that is the glue that binds us together.
You know where, now you know when so bring some nibbles and smiles and lets have us a little Christmas party!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Grant me a wish

I've been busy catching up with committee duties and haven't really posted much on here. But today is special.

Our wish has been granted!
If you don't go to our FaceBook page you might miss the news that we have got our very first grant.

We've applied for two with the hope of getting both but are so thrilled that we got the first one.
Wish we could take the glory for it all but we had very little to do with it, except do as our guide instructed. Tara Morales from dLux was the driving force behind this grant application and we went for the ride so we could learn as much as we could from the process and from her.
Next year CCC is going further down the path of giving and interacting even more with our community + learning as much as we can from how dLux and Tara work.
This is what the grant is for:
A hub to engage young people in self-directed learning and collaboration through participation in art, science and environmental activities. As part of the activation of this new space, dLux MediaArts will run a program of community consultations, demonstrations and skill development workshops led by media artists. The program will culminate in an exhibition of works as part of the 2017 Orange Youth Arts Festival.

So congratulations to Tara and Phil for a successful collaboration!
Tara opening the ScanLines exhibition at the Orange Regional Gallery

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Silent Movies and Orange Laneways - Wine Festival

Phil and I took 3 of the portraits to the Silent Movies and Orange Laneways, Pop Up event as part of the Orange Wine Festival yesterday. After a roster day at the barracks we packed lights, easels (thank you Heather and Aileen), made protective packaging for the transportation of the art, have to be ultra careful to keep our art safe after all, they were all sold pieces!
The lane was full of people as dusk fell and it's amazing that only a few of the faces were familiar, Orange has a lot of people now. Heather and Meredith turned up so Phil took a photo of the winners by their beautiful portraits. There was music, movies, food, liquid refreshments, friendly, happy people. A great event!
At the end, when all we could think of is going home, we packed up and went back to the Barracks to put the art back on our walls so on the last day all was as it was on the first, perfect :)
Today is the last day but we pushed ourselves just a little further to spread the word about our amazing, talented, bunch of local artists. Hopefully a few of the lookers from yesterday will come today to the Barracks and feel good about living in this beautiful area, filled with so much talent.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Wine Festival 2016, only 2 days left to see the exhibition

This Wine Festival exhibition has been our most successful.
The concept of Mixed Dozen was a masterstroke by our president, Philip Salmon but also the Publicity done for this exhibition was a contributing factor to the visitors and sales we experienced.
Congratulations to all the artists not only for producing such exceptional art but also for all the sales!
If you haven't had time to visit the Barracks, click on the link to see some photos taken of the exhibition and studios. The photos are not perfection and suffer from inherent problems of the art being framed and hung, but you'll get the message that this was a very special exhibition. Click here to view the gallery.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Orange Wine Festival CCC Group Exhibition at the Barracks

After weeks of preparations by our small army of volunteers this Orange Wine Festival CCC Group Exhibition at the Barracks was super successful. Not only because we had almost 150 come to the 7pm opening on Saturday night but because as a group, the team work was exceptional.
If you're unaware of who from our group is the core that brought us the present success let me try to unwrap it for you.
What happens in the building is mostly supported by Joy and Susie, maybe it's because they spend the most time at the Barracks, they are seen as the go to people for any questions.  Not only that, but Joy will always be ready to assist when someone is in need or something requires actioning in the building. Helpful, giving, talented and nurturing, you can always count on Joy to share good artistic advice on practice or technique. Susie with her spiritual centre is not the person you'd associate with our database but without her data input the hundreds of lables next to the artwork would not be. She might deny it but her constant presence is always accompanied by little acts of kindness to the building and to us.
Margot, Bev and Gaye did most of the exhibition hanging for this festival and did it with giggles and guffaws where you wondered if in fact they were having just too much fun.
The curating was also a group effort, Jola, Judy, Aileen, Denis and Aida, who popped in for a catch up but as our founder could not help, help. All collaborated to put unity and story to the art on the walls and Joy with her vast knowledge added the cherry on what is a beautiful visual confection of CCC talent.
The shop was also team nurtured by Jaq, Judy and Jola.
The kitchen had the domestos treatement by Patricia who scrubbed and tidied it almost beyond recodnition.
Our 3 bathrooms, which consist of 5 toilets and 5 sinks were transformed from grubby to gorgeous by Maggie who added a gentle touch of flowers to make a sweet statement.
Outside Les, Des, David, Michael and Phil tamed the wild grass, the result of too much rain and still questionable spring weather.
As always everyone who could, brought food for the opening which was consumed with relish bar for 8 olives and two slivers of cheese. A good sign that we not only make good art but good food too. Fayah and Liam with the help of Phil served liquid refreshments and with the donations of wine from our paragon local wineries for the first time our guests were treated to a top drop. James Sweetapple's Cargo Road Wines sparkling was a big feature as a welcome glass was handed at entry.
Phil, our president, is a man of ideas, vision, talent and ability. Approachable, giving, and always doing, he not only steers our motley creatives but makes sure our building is functional, safe and when needed pumping with music and a stunning show of light. Unfortunately not well at this moment he who loves people and a good chat forced himself out of bed to at least attend the opening though unable to give a speech. May I add that the effort and obvious success of the opening has resulted in him feeling better today. There is magic in good deeds and good people.
At the end, when all had left Heather, Isabelle, Liam, Jola and Phil stayed back a little longer to finish the cleaning and to put everything back as the following day was another open day for our exhibition in this 16 day festival.
So let's give ourselves a pat on the back for the cooperation and group learning we present in every show being better than the last.
Aida Pottinger opening the exhibition

one part of the large crowd in the Pottinger Gallery

some more of the crowd in the Pottinger Gallery

The rest of the crowd at the opening speech

Joy filling the dishwasher and Fayeah disposing of another empty

Liam testing a vintage for freshness and Jola competing with the dishwasher

Friday, 7 October 2016

Preparation in Progress... Wine Festival approaches

Wine Festival preparations are progressing, today Judy, Phil, Jola and Aileen sorted chains as we'll be hanging soon. Those pesky chains have always been a problem and it turned out it's because we had chains made by two different makers. So it was out with one of them and while we're waiting for a delivery of some new stock we cleared the decks of the old ones.
Also the panels in the Aida Pottinger gallery windows got a lick of paint. We want the gallery to hold all the amazing art our creatives have brought in and the panels once place in the window reveals allow for more art! Joy, Susie and David as always present, willing and able, so the Barracks was yet again filled with art and full of fun :)
art in position, waiting for hanging

Phil, our president preparing the panels

Joy and Judy taking a little break

Judy and Jola, the painting team

matching painting smocks, matching panels, painting twins!

getting hungry

Aileen, supervising the quality of the brushwork :)