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CURRENT & COMING EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
During Exhibitions the gallery is open daily from 10 - 4pm
Blue Square 2023
Sponsored by Arthead
Exhibition open 26 May - 4 June
Opening 26 May at 6pm
ArtheartHQ is delighted to offer a ten-day Festival of the Arts, including some intimate quality events of poetry and music, together with the annual Blue Square Art Exhibition. The aim is to unite people through the arts and to raise money for CanAssist.
The annual exhibition, now in its 6th year, will be opened on Friday 26th May, by John Swainston. John has had a 50 year career in the Australian and International Photo industries as well as extensive experience in Australian art culture.
Arthead is excited to welcome Chan Dissanayake as this year's judge. Chan is a multi-award winning watercolour artist who is a highly regarded tutor and a well-respected judge of local and regional art awards.
Each year the competition theme is set around the colour blue, which appears somewhere in every work in the exhibition. People of all ages and stages in artmaking, from all areas of art practice, were encouraged to participate, through local press and social media promotions. The Blue Square Art Competition is all about inclusivity.
This years events feature a Night of Poetry & Song presented by Mark Tredinnick. Mark is a Bowral local and an esteemed Australian poet and essayist, awarded an OAM for services to literature and education in 2020. Mark’s brother Russell has set many of the poems to music and will debut some new songs at the event.
Kjell Goyer and his Jazz Trio Stolen Moments will be featured in the gallery for an afternoon of entertainment. The Trio is joined by vocalist Tasha Hodges. This event will be intimate and relaxed. We will transform the gallery into a private soirée venue. Listen to the music, soak up the ambience and browsw the art all in one magical afternoon.
Join us for The Art of Conversation - Artheart's "Talk from the Heart"with Petrea King. Petrea is CEO of the Quest for Life Foundation, well-known author, inspirational keynote speaker, teacher and facilitator.
It is essential that you book for any of these events, including the Opening, to avoid missing out, due to limited capacity.
For further information and all the dates and times, call Arthead on (02) 4868 2000 or look up arthead.com.au
Images from 2022 Blue Square Exhibition
Tania Clancy, Matthew Donnici, Alexandra Seddon & Liam Ryan
Exhibition Open 18 - 23 May
Opening 18 May at 6pm
Uprooted is an exhibition by four creative friends from diverse backgrounds all with a different approach to conveying a message to their audience.
Alexandra’s creatures are all having conversations, they are not real but somehow they are very alive. All her collages are made from stuff thrown out by others. Occasionally you can glimpse an apple becoming a beetle, or a building becoming a bird.
Tania is a wildlife carer who has dedicated herself to rescuing and re habilitating injured wombats. The exhibition is a chance to show her work through photos and to call out to Australians to help our beloved wombats.
Liam’s work is a homage to the suburb he once lived.“ With the passing of my parents I no longer have a home in that city. I might pass through it on the train going somewhere else but otherwise I will only see it through news bulletins, photos dreams, memories, reflections, reminiscence.
These paintings portray those thoughts and feelings permanently.
Mathew’s work is mostly figurative and powerful.
“You slow down and spend some time with the subject. It’s meditative and informative. You run some lines over the subject and learn a little thing or two about forms. The end result is a by product”
Come along and meet the artists and the opening on 18 May at 6pm.
Everyone is welcome.
Apollo by Matthew Donnici
BDAS Wednesday Studio 2 Group
9 - 13 June
Opening 10 June at 2pm
The Pigments Exhibition has been running for 23 years featuring art works in oil, acrylic and water colour. Our artist are eager to show their work and look forward to seeing many visitors over the June Long Weekend.
A special feature of this year’s exhibition are a selection of 5x7 inch small paintings that will be displayed on miniature stands. Most of the 80 plus painting will be for sale.
The exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm, Friday 9 to Tuesday 13 June, with the official opening on Saturday 10 June at 2pm. You are then invited to meet the artists and share a delicious afternoon tea. Last years afternoon tea looked so scrumptious some of the visitors thought it was a sculpture display and were surprised when they were told it was real and should be eaten and enjoyed.
Enjoy the long weekend in Bowral, visit the BDAS and the wonderful art works on display at the Pigments 23 Exhibition.
Sponsored by Waterbrook Bowral
Exhibition Open 17 June - 2 July
Opening & Prize Presentation
10 June at 2pm
Judge Garry Foye
BDAS Drawing Prize is on again in June. This is always a popular Art Prize attracting both local and interstate artists. The drawings displayed are a diverse collection of styles, mediums and subject matter. The artist's approach to drawing is both traditional and contemporary which culminates in a fantastic and engaging exhibition.
Come along to the opening night, meet the artists, see if you agree with the judge's decision and cast your vote in the People's Choice Award.
Winner 2021 Sonja Bowden Nature's Undertaker
Wingecarribee Landscape Prize
Exhibition Open 8 - 23 April
Opening & Prize Presentation
8 April at 5pm
Judge Peter Haynes
Curator Kim Shannon
Exhibition co -ordinators Helen Johnston & Barbara Young
2023 WINGECARRIBEE LANDSCAPE PRIZE
Denise Sumner ‘Renewal’
Judge’s Comments: “Wonderful use and understanding of surface and texture. Subtle and nuanced representation of structures of the natural world. Interesting and balanced tonal composition. Landscape abstracted but nevertheless very present.”
Lucinda McDonald ‘Landscape Two’
Judge’s Comments: “Whittled down structures and underlying geometries of the landscape. I like references to art historical precedents and clever use of space to very subtly insert intimations of eg: hills, horizon and indeed whatever the viewer may see in this delightful work.”
Anthony Rofe ‘Rolling Hills’
Judge’s Comments: “Modernist idiom and traditional subject-matter very cleverly and aesthetically satisfyingly combined. While the colours are those of the landscape, their combination instills in the viewer the various and complex patterns and structures of the rural landscape.”
Elizabeth Gilmore-Wilson ‘The Incredible Lightness of Being’
Judge’s Comments: “Effects of Australian light beautifully captured as are vast expanses of the land and its broad and seemingly infinite horizons.”
Melanie Duncan ‘Misty morning study’
Judge’s Comments: “Charming and eloquent image of one of the ‘moods’ of nature.”
Jill Harris 'Escarpment’
Judge’s Comments: “Interesting treatment of subject-matter in the way the ‘parts’ symbolise/represent the whole. Textures of nature nicely captured.”
Evan Shipard ‘South in Winter’
Judge’s Comments: “Wonderful control of medium and beautiful use of black. Very evocative image.”
This is always a terrific exhibition showcasing the talents of our local and interstate artists. Works depict the artist's personal interpretation of the natural world in a variety of styles and mediums. A must see.
Winner 2023 Denise Sumner Renewal
Marika Schmidhofer BDAS Vice President and Corinne Buxton from Wingecarribee Shire Council
Opening night and Prize Presentation
Lucinda McDonald Landscape 2
Anthony Rofe Rolling Hills
Visions of the Mind
An exhibition of sculpture, painting & books by Dr Tony Emmett, Phil Goodwin & Allan Flanigan
Art sales available on line
Sold No.8 Tongue of flame
Sold No.68 Amenhotep
Click on the below links to view the artworks in Visions of the Mind:
Please note that No. 8 Tongue of Flame and No. 68 Amenhotep have both been sold
Click here for AF Sculptures....
© Above works by Tony Emmett
Go to our Workshops Page at http://www.bdasgallery.com/workshops to view upcoming weekend workshops for 2021. Scroll down to find information about individual weekend workshops coming up from both our BDAS Tutors and visiting Tutors.
Contact the office to book in to these workshops