Thursday, 17 May 2018

Get ready to create

We're getting ready to book our Orange Wine Festival entry, which will start Friday 12 October and end Sunday 21 October 2018. So get your creative caps on and get the tools of your imagination out.
Your committee after 2 years of organising the themed events has settled on using names for the exhibitions that most fit the festivals. Wine Festival will now always be called "Mixed Dozen", Banjo Festival themed exhibition is "Poem to Painting" and FOOD Festival's name and theme will be "Palate to Palette".
The creative road can be long and the idea is to give you all time to think, gestate and create at your pace and exhibit the fabulous art our visitors so love.
The "Mixed Dozen" exhibition art is to be inspired by all things wine: makers, landscape, product and even the byproduct of wine. A broad definition that gives you a chance to sharpen your focus on what most resonates in your creative soul.
Here's a few images, taken by our president, Philip Salmon, to nourish your imagination:




















Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Winner of FOOD festival Places Landscape Exhibition

The exhibition is over, the votes counted and our winner of the People's Choice Places Landscape Exhibition is:
Kaye Partridge with her fabulous painting "There's A Strawberry Patch In There Somewhere!"
The Story of the Strawberry Patch by Kaye Partridge:

During the 1970’s and 80’s, my family lived on a small acreage at Borenore in plain sight of Mt Canobolas.

It was an escape to the country and we played at doing the ‘subsistence thing’ which was only partially successful, but we did have a winner with strawberries.

After planting 3,000 plants, we sat back and waited for the dollars to come rolling in. 
You could say we sort of underestimated the time and intensive labour that strawberry growing required, so it was all hands on deck.  The three children all helped with the picking (and the tasting)

Nobody warned us that strawberries tended to ripen all at once, so there were times when life became quite frantic. But it was all a great experience and fondly reminisce - and we still haven’t ever found commercial strawberries that tasted so good as ours!
Certificate of great achievement ;)

Jola and Kaye Partridge

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

People's Choice Winner of Poems To Paintings Exhibition

Jenny Davidson mentioned a quote to me that beautifully describes what we try to do as artists. “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” words attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. With the Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival being one of our tri-annual exhibition opportunities, the da Vinci quote seemes particularly apt.

Although not as big a festival as FOOD or Wine, our doors saw a lot of happy faces come and go. Some bought art, some bought from our shop, some strolled and pondered but all were happy to have glimpsed not only great contemporary art but also being able to walk into an artist's studio and see the sanctum of creativity. Every one of our visitors voted on the work in the Gore gallery and from the count, one was a clear favourite.

The winner of the Poems To Paintings exhibition held in the Gore gallery during our Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival! Was won by a wide margin with Patricia Lovecek's work titled "Mulga Bill", a fun interpretative rendition of the essence of the poem "Mulga Bill's Bicycle".

Congratulations Trish!
"Mulga Bill" by Patricia Lovecek

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Our Dinning Chairs.... oh the shame and the recovery!

Today with the help of Simon and Kathryn we have finally finished recovering the dining chairs in the Pottinger Gallery. They were much loved, much used and very useful..... but, well, just look at our poor darlings:


Judy and I have planned this for oh.... gosh.... over a year and had a good go at it over the past couple of days:








After all the planning and pattern cutting and sewing, we were blessed that today Simon and Kathryn were on the roster for our Farmer's Market Saturday Open Day. It was so good to have such good company :)



and now we all have chairs in the Pottinger gallery we won't have to avert our gazes from..... because they now look like this:
just before stapling above and after stapling below:

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

so much happening so little time to do it in

so much is happening and so little time to do it in that news is just not being communicated here..... apologies

The latest happening at our Barracks was, the successful Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival, group exhibition and our now standard and excellent themed exhibition:
Poems to Paintings challenge. Those who chose to pick up the challenge for a chance to go in a new direction are some of our best artists and the artwork was so excellent we might think of making this a permanent fixture of this unique and original festival of Orange.
It's not as well attended as the FOOD and Wine ones but maybe it's because the visitors to Orange might consume and therefore enjoy more food and wine than poetry. In time we all learn that poetry and art feed the soul, so we should enjoy an equal measure of all four: art, poetry, food and wine. Liberally sprinkled with good company.
Trish Lovecek: "Mulga Bill's Bicycle"

Jenny Davidson: "End Of An Era"

Heather Dunn: "The Daylight Is Dying"
I'll go to the Barracks now and take some more photos to dazzle you with our member's talent :)

Saturday, 27 January 2018

PopUP Art Exibition

The Orange Farmers Markets are trialing opening up twice a month with Pop-Up markets on the 4th Sunday of every month until end of March. 
In support of this fantastic idea, Colour City Creatives Art Gallery and Studios will also open with our PoP UP art exhibition.
This means we'll be opening 3 extra times: 28 January, 25 February and 25 March.

Roster ready, art ready.... let's share our space!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Happy 2018 New Year!

Wishing y'all a happy, creative, fun, loving, collaborative, positive, successful, funny, extraordinary, peaceful, harmonious, generous, calm, productive, uplifting, healthy, respectful, friendly, enriching, giving, melodious, yummy, playful, buoyant, sweet, fabulous, tranquil, confident, dandy, engaging, special, vibrant, zesty, gregarious, inventive, resilient, enjoyable, kind, mindful, grateful, tranquil, effortless, happy hearted, wonderful, expressive, optimistic, super-duper year.