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Michelle Stratton

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For as long as I can recall, creative expression has both excited me and helped to bring me into the here and now. From capturing the beauty of nature to the whimsy of animals, there are many themes that resonate in my work. Recently I've enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of mixed media, particularly the ability it affords me to explore the interaction between materials. I'm forever surprised by the results as they take me in new and playful directions including the organic granulation of water colour pigments, the smooth tonal gradations of oil paint, and with the boldness and flexibility of acrylic paint, all bring unique qualities to my work and are a joy to explore.

As a qualified secondary art and design teacher, I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, many aspiring artists and designers over the years. Currently, when I’m not making my own art, I love sharing my love of creating and discovering new media as an art tutor with adults and children at the Henley and Grange Arts Society.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art and Design) - University of South Australia, and a Certificate of Art Therapy – College for Educational and Clinical Art Therapy

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Lise Temple

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My art practice encompasses a diverse range of subjects, but I am best known for my abstract landscapes, a series inspired by the colours, contrasting light and broad shapes of the South Australian agricultural landscape.

These paintings investigate the temporal experience of viewing the landscape. The progress of the seasons and the agricultural processes on the land create a series of transient views. The paintings portray the movement of light over land, the cycle of growth in plants and soil, the flamboyant persistence of roadside weeds. The textures, colours and patterns, undergoing daily changes. The shifting nature is heightened by the experience of driving, moving through the view, watching shapes shift with changing perspective. During the painting process, grasses or branches become gestures, roads are made into formal borders between shapes, skies are fragmented and used as tonal intrusions. Relationships between landscape elements are shifted as happens when the viewer moves through the landscape. When produced in this way, the paintings become landscape journeys exploring the passage of time.

 In addition to these lyrical abstract landscapes I have been developing a range of abstracted interiors, made with a collage methodology.

Selected Awards and Exhibitions

2018    Finalist Bluethumb Art Prize, Melbourne, Vic.

2017    Finalist Hadleys Art Prize, Hobart, Tas.

2016    Exhibition        Little Boxes, Adelaide Town Hall, SA.

2015    Finalist             Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook, NSW.

2015    Imago Mundi, international touring exhibition, curated by Benneton Foundation.

2014    Exhibition        Back Roads, Hahndorf Academy, SA.

2013    Winner               City of Burnside Art Prize, SA.

2013    Winner               Watershed Art Prize, SA.

2011    Exhibition        The Road to Here, Barossa Regional Gallery, Tanunda, SA.

2011    Winner              Barossa Art Prize, SA.

2010    Director’s Choice, Greenhill Galleries @ the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, SA.

Frequent finalist          Whyalla Art Prize, Whyalla, SA.

Frequent finalist          Fleurieu Peninsula Biennale, Fleurieu Vistas Prize, McLaren Vale, SA.

2005    Winner                         Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, SA.

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Helene Hardy

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My passion for abstraction presents a fluid and organic aesthetic that is thought provoking and evocative.

 My large scale works in acrylic have been acquired by corporate institutions worldwide, including an Australian High Commission, and are now in many homes and private collections across Australia, America, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Singapore.

 I aim to communicate a diverse array of emotions through my art, drawing inspiration from the breath-taking and ever-changing view from my studio in the Adelaide Hills.

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James McFarlane

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James McFarlane was born in Mildura, Victoria and grew up in the Riverland, South Australia.  In 2005 he relocated to Adelaide to begin studies in Hotel Management.  After completion he began employment within the private establishment clubs of Adelaide as a steward, working his way up to a management position; It was here, surrounded by both traditional and contemporary fine art that his appreciation for painting was realised, with exceptional artists and their collections becoming the backdrop to his everyday working environment.

 In 2014 James acquired his first studio space at 95 Currie Street, and began making the change towards painter.  While his early work was very good, it lacked the discipline and production of one with a trained art background. 

 In 2015 James undertook training with acclaimed artist Tony Smibert, who taught him the systems necessary to develop his ideas, translate them and execute them in a disciplined manner.  It was this fundamental training that he needed to express his new craft.

 James’ earlier work reflected that of traditional and conventional art.  He has a keen interest in the Old Masters and made studies into Dutch and Flemish technique, intrigued by the slow building of layers to create depth within paintings.  As he grew into his own however, the desire to capture the exact likeness of manmade things became less important and his motivation moved towards emotive and abstract concepts. A strong focus on application and the individual brush mark, becoming a reoccurring theme.                         

 Today James’ work looks at the relationships of space, time and rhythm; one can see these concepts clearly within his unique style.

The work invites the audience to be transported to a new mental environment, to mediate between the marks and layers. 

“I hope the works to have a meditative quality about them, to appeal on an emotive level, as to call, to a dormant, primitive consciousness.” James McFarlane

 James works predominately in oils and watercolour and is currently working on his debut solo exhibition.

 James currently lives on Hindmarsh Island, South Australia.

It is in my nature to make order and organise; a big part of my new practice is to go “with the flow”.  To embrace every mark, whether it be a right or wrong, and take each mark and to accept them all.  There are, no right or wrong marks.  Simply marks.

 My work looks at these individual brush marks, their placement to each other and their relationships to other marks.  These brush marks are made often with certain pigments that have a unique personality, not in a sense of their colour, but in how the pigments react to each other, their surface and medium.

I then place these marks in an ordered-chaos, of rhythm, space and time. 

I like to think that these marks have no referencing or origin. No bold or thought provoking statements are being made. Only to create a visual, which I hope is interesting to the eye, and perhaps stirs the viewer’s imagination.

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Nicole Pascal

 I have had a great passion for art throughout my life.

I have worked in cold glass, ceramics, pastel and acrylics and have been a member of Art @ Goolwa Gallery for five years and Convenor for three years.

Achievements include:

Goolwa Regional Art Centre in 2010 a shared Exhibition of Paintings.

Port Elliot 2012 a Solo Exhibition of Pastel Paintings.

A solo exhibiting of Work 2017 at South Coast Regional Art Centre.

3rd prize at Goolwa Art Rotary Show in 2016.

I also showed at the RSASA Characters of the Fleurieu Exhibition April 2016 Signal Point Goolwa.

My art work was accepted for the 2016 Fleurieu Food and Wine Art Prize Hugo Winery

 

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Lyn Robins

Working as a painter in a wide range of mediums and subjects, Lyn has participated in many joint and solo exhibitions throughout the country. She has won a number of awards and is represented in corporate and private collections, including Bank SA.
A versatile artist/craftsperson, Lyn has illustrated a number of books, encompassing educational material for TAFE, historical anecdotes and children’s books. Her jewellery is innovative and individually designed.
She has taught art at secondary and tertiary levels and conducts adult classes, workshops and weekend schools in pen and wash, watercolours, oils, acrylics and mixed media at her Tranmere Studio.
Lyn currently serves as Vice President for SA Watercolour Society, she is an associate member of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, is on the committee of Off the Slate Gallery Artists Cooperative, Willunga and also has served on the board of the Friends of the South Australian School of Art.
Lyn lectures and demonstrates to art groups throughout the state and conducts weekend and residential workshops.
1960-63 Studied Diploma of Art Teaching at SA College of Advanced Education and the South Australian School of Art and Craft.
1994-96 Bachelor of Design (Jewellery) – University of SA
Awards:

2017   Campbelltown Rotary Show- People’s Choice

2017Glenside Lion’s Show- People’s Choice

2016 Goolwa – People’s Choice Award

2015 Royal Show – 1st prize
2015 McLarenvale - Spirit of the Fleurieu Exhibition - !st Prize
2014 Goolwa – People’s Choice Award
2014 Campbelltown – Resident Artist’s award
2014 Kangaroo Island Easter Show - !st prize + People’s Choice
2013 Campbelltown - People’s Choice
2013 Flagstaff hill - 5th Prize
2013 Port Adelaide – People’s Choice
2012 SA Royal Show – 1st Prize Art Purchase Acquisitive Prize - Best in Show
2012 Kangaroo Island – 1st Prize + People’s Choice (purchased by judge)
2012 Campbelltown – People’s Choice
2010 Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition – Merit Award.
2008 Campbelltown Merit Award
2008 Evoke Art – Best Acrylic Painting
2007 Port Adelaide – 1st Prize Maritime Section (painting purchased by the judge)
2006 Port Adelaide – Merit Award
2006 Masonic SA – Two Merit awards
2006 Campbelltown Resident Artist’s Award
2005 Masonic SA – 2nd Prize
1999 Campbelltown – Merit Award
1997 Guest Artist – Jewellery – “Gully to Grove Exhibitio
1985 - 1994 Fourteen awards including four 1st prizes
Solo Exhibitions:
2007 Waverly House, Willunga, SA
2007 The Studio, Tranmere, Adelaide
1999 Pepper Street Gallery, Adelaide
1994 Regional Art Gallery, Naracoorte SA
1993 Studio Altenburg, Braidwood NSW
1992 Roses Café, Adelaide - Commonwealth Bank Adelaide
1991 The Union Hotel, Adelaide
1990 Local Images Gallery, Penola SA
1988 Tea Tree Gully Steam Flour Mill Gallery, Adelaide
1987 Aramis Gallery, Adelaide
1986 Lombard Gallery,
1985 David Jones Gallery, Adelaide , 1984 , 83 , 82 three others

2017   Campbelltown Rotary Show- People’s Choice

2017Glenside Lion’s Show- People’s Choice

2016 Goolwa – People’s Choice Award

2015 Royal Show – 1st prize
2015 McLarenvale - Spirit of the Fleurieu Exhibition - !st Prize
2014 Goolwa – People’s Choice Award
2014 Campbelltown – Resident Artist’s award
2014 Kangaroo Island Easter Show - !st prize + People’s Choice
2013 Campbelltown - People’s Choice
2013 Flagstaff hill - 5th Prize
2013 Port Adelaide – People’s Choice
2012 SA Royal Show – 1st Prize Art Purchase Acquisitive Prize - Best in Show
2012 Kangaroo Island – 1st Prize + People’s Choice (purchased by judge)
2012 Campbelltown – People’s Choice
2010 Yorke Peninsula Art Exhibition – Merit Award.
2008 Campbelltown Merit Award
2008 Evoke Art – Best Acrylic Painting
2007 Port Adelaide – 1st Prize Maritime Section (painting purchased by the judge)
2006 Port Adelaide – Merit Award
2006 Masonic SA – Two Merit awards
2006 Campbelltown Resident Artist’s Award
2005 Masonic SA – 2nd Prize
1999 Campbelltown – Merit Award
1997 Guest Artist – Jewellery – “Gully to Grove Exhibitio
1985 - 1994 Fourteen awards including four 1st prizes
Solo Exhibitions:
2007 Waverly House, Willunga, SA
2007 The Studio, Tranmere, Adelaide
1999 Pepper Street Gallery, Adelaide
1994 Regional Art Gallery, Naracoorte SA
1993 Studio Altenburg, Braidwood NSW
1992 Roses Café, Adelaide - Commonwealth Bank Adelaide
1991 The Union Hotel, Adelaide
1990 Local Images Gallery, Penola SA
1988 Tea Tree Gully Steam Flour Mill Gallery, Adelaide
1987 Aramis Gallery, Adelaide
1986 Lombard Gallery,
1985 David Jones Gallery, Adelaide , 1984 , 83 , 82 three others

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Denise Maddigan

Denise resumed painting in 2013 after a break of decades following studies for a Diploma of Teaching (Art) in South Australia. During the intervening years her interest in painting was mainly as an intense observer. She works in acrylic, oil, pastel and watercolour, and experiments with media and techniques. Recently drawings, collage and mixed media have been inspirational beginnings for increasingly abstracted expressions of the natural environment. Her inspirations are the coast and hills of the Fleurieu Peninsula and recently the Far North of SA. She was a prize winner in the 2016 Goolwa Art and Photographic Exhibition, and gained commendations in the 2015 Solar Art Prize, and members’ exhibition Port Community Art Centre 2013.

Exhibitions:

Rotary -  Walkerville 2014, 2016; Goolwa 2014, 2015, 2016; Victor Harbor 2015, 2016, 2017; Port             Adelaide 2015, 2016.

Lions -  Glenside 2014

6th and 7th Solar Art Prize, Royal Society of Arts 2015 and 2016

Port Community Art Centre 2013-2016

SALA 2016, 3-person show, Stepney cafe

South Coast Regional Art Gallery (Goolwa) -‘On your marks’, ’Dire’ and ‘Drawing on Country’ 2016

Cheese Factory group (Goolwa) 2016

 

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Margi Nolan

Margi has been passionate about drawing and painting most of her life however there have been long periods where life got in the way and she didn’t have the time or headspace to concentrate on her art much.

Margi attended the Stanley Street Art School in the late 60s qualifying as an Art teacher. Her career as a teacher and TAFE lecturer covered most of her working life. During this time she returned to her artistic roots intermittently.

 Since retiring, Margi has been working on her art practice much more, focussing on painting with watercolour techniques which she has been studying for some years now. 

“I have a fascination with the transparencies and colours possible with watercolour - never really knowing how it will turn out, the paint does its own thing as it dries. It’s an exciting exploration that is ongoing. I love it!”

Having grown up in the desert, the colours Margi is drawn to are the warm and rustic colours. Her topics recently have been about the beauty of the aging process of man-made structures, landscapes and nature in all its forms.

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Lorraine Brown

Lorraine Brown has always felt a connection with the art of watercolour. The mediums ability to create unique and unexpected results, its risk and surprise, were special and attractive qualities to the artist; who found risk and surprise at every turn in her creative and professional life. 

Her expressive works are the product of her desire to story tell and to capture the essence of a subject. Working predominantly in watercolour, Lorraine likes to play with creating texture and that something special, taking risks and going anywhere her imagination might take her.

She defines her vivid works as “expressive impressions” a blend of realism and abstraction and is constantly searching for new ways to use her medium. 

Lorraine’s paintings are held in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas.

 

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Roe Gartelmann

Roe Gartelmann's paintings and drawings are in a variety of media. They include award winning w/c’s, oils and pastels, along with more experimental works in mixed media and acrylics. Many of these have also won awards or been selected for major shows such as the Waterhouse Art Prize.

Her works fall into 2 main categories; works painted on site (contemporary realism); and works developed in the studio which tend to be more abstract often developed from paintings and sketches done on site.

Many of the latter paintings will include added materials such as handmade papers acrylic mediums etc. Roe’s colour is vibrant and the works expressive and free; the main emphasis being on composition, tone, and a characteristic use of line.                

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Carol Coventry

In 1998 Carol was introduced to the vibrancy of pastel painting. This began a real love affair that renewed her passion for the Australian land and seascapes. Also working in oils, acrylics, water colour and pen and wash, Carol is a traditional artist and is a member and past president of the Pastel Artists of SA.

Carol ‘s successes include being a finalist in the Heysen Landscape Art prize from 2001 up to 2009 and in 2014, a finalist in the Fleurieu Biennale in 2000 and 2013 and in 2005 she won the gold medal award in the Pastel Artists of South Australia exhibition. Carol relocated to Goolwa in 2007 to be closer to the sea and sand hills of the Coorong and the River Murray. Carol has also enjoyed some success with her photography and is a member of the South Coast Camera Club.

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Rod Bax

Rod is an established artist who has been exhibiting professionally for over 30 years. Rod works in a variety of mediums but is best known for his gouache and watercolours of the State's southeastern wetlands. Rod has been a finalist in the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Prize on numerous occasions and his concern and compassion for the preservation of the natural world is always at the heart of his work. Rod studied at the South Australian School of Fine Art, East Sydney Technical College and Torrens CAE. He is a Fellow of The Royal South Australian Society of Arts and was a director of the Southern School of Art, and as Art Educator was Head of Art at St Peters college and has recently retired from his position as Head of Creative Arts at Westminster School.

Rod has his works in both corporate and private collections in Australia and Internationally, including The State Library of South Australia, Naracoorte Hospital, St. Peter's College, Westminster School and Naracoorte Fine Art Gallery. Rod has won prizes at Camberwell, Brighton, Victor Harbor, Toorak, St. Peter's Cathedral,  Balco Art, State Bank Tourism Commission and the SA Museum.

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Ann Wagner

 

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Ann's fascination with seaside aerial perspectives continues to be an endless source of inspiration.   She continues to expand and play on this theme by introducing unexpected variations to her work, both with colour, and /or by including focal points such as rocks and palm trees.

Working in acrylic on large canvases, Ann's paintings mimic the movement, depth and play on light on water. Her use of figures and their shadows brings a unique sense of storytelling to each piece.

Ann's interesting use of colour, texture and glazing are hallmarks of what has become her signature style.

With the beauty of the Australian coastline as her backdrop, she captures why a day at the beach remains such an enduring part of Australia's lifestyle.

A spirited and enthusiastic artist, Ann has exhibited at numerous solo and group exhibitions.   Her work continues to be well received.

 

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Bill McSwain

Born in Seymour Victoria in 1944, Bill McSwain launched his impressive artistic career after attending the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and the Caulfield Institute of Technology where he attained his Diploma of Graphic Arts.

Bill’s talent was recognised by Channel 9 Melbourne who employed him as a Set Designer before he went on to become a freelance Graphic Artist/Illustrator.

Over the last 40 years Bill has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Great Britain, honing is skills as an Artist and Potter to teach in Scotland, and paint at the prestigious National Gallery London.

His impressionistic style embraces light, shadows and arrangement of colour. The images he brings to the canvas, often reflect on the wonder of those seen in past adventures or a passing moment in time.  Bill has exhibited extensively and has been represented in private collections throughout Australia and overseas.

 
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The Late Terry Lewitzka

Terry studied at the South Australian School of Art and also under the late John Goodchild and Reg Hicks who studied at and presented the Melbourne School of Art "Tonal Impressionism" techniques to his students in Adelaide during the 60's in Adelaide during the 60's. More recently the Dutch Den Haage School, and artists of the late 1800's and early 1900's have had a profound effect on Terry's work. During formal training Terry Lewitzka travelled widely, visiting European Galleries and meeting artists from various countries.

He won many art prizes over the years and  had many one man exhibitions as well as exhibiting in combined exhibitions. Works by Terry have been published on calendars and in books and magazines. He was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts in 1982. As an Associate of the Advertising Institute of Australia, he operated his own business, as a commercial artist, from 1984 until 1994.

From 2001, Terrycontinued to be an Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor. Terry was a particularly skilled in "plein air." Hetaught in SA, NSW, QLD, Tasmania and Western Australia.

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Linda Forrester

Linda studied Visual Art at City Art Institute in Paddington NSW and taught Visual Art Education at tertiary level for many years. She has participated in national and international festivals - the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Fringe Biennale, the Sydney Festival and the Women and Arts Festival. She has facilitated community art projects in sculpture, environmental installation, photography, writing and performance art; developing art projects for children in schools, youth groups, people in isolated rural areas and women in prison.

Working en plein air, using graphite and pastels, her current work captures the essence of a scene. Back in the studio she takes segments of these works and using mixed media, creates abstract references to the landscape.

Her latest works, from March to June 2018, are views from the foreshore walk around Port Elliott.

Currency Creek

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Tina Barr

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As an artist, Tina tries to catch the essence of the things she sees and not an exact representation. Capturing the feelings and atmosphere of a time and place are the most important things to her when painting because these are the aspects of her work that connects to people who look at them. Tina often paints plein air (on-site) to capture the essence of place around Goolwa and Victor Harbor.

Tina has been described as an abstract impressionist and, while her paintings may be slightly abstract, they still convey the atmosphere and feelings of reality. Although her works are representational and recognisable, there is enough abstract of both form and colour to add the mystery needed to invite further investigation by the imagination.
Tina’s bold brush produces a sense of freedom that is pleasing to the eye and imagination.

‘My paintings bring back memories of places we have been - places we have lived, holidays spent or places that have a special meaning to us as a constant reminder of some of the best places and times we have experienced’.

Tina has sold paintings in Australia and several countries around the world, participating in many group Rotary and College shows, including solo exhibitions at the Lombard Gallery, and the Scarlattis Gallery at Mouth Surmon Wines, Clare.

She is a member of the Adelaide Art Society. 

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Bruce Davey

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Born in Ardrossan 1953.

Self taught artist painting since 2000 and only in oils.

Bruce enjoys painting coastal scenes of Southern Yorke Peninsula, Victor Harbor, cafe scenes and yachts.

Bruce always has selling success at Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show, as well as many other art shows throughout S.A.

In recent years Bruce has received many awards at Victor Harbor, Yorke Peninsula and Kernewek Art Shows and Australian Artist magazine prizes.

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