18 November 2014

"Wild Boundaries"

The Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery is delighted to present "Wild Boundaries" by Gin Gin Wildlife artist, Gary Woodfield.

Gary writes: I like to think of my art as one continuing mural depicting a never ending story of wildlife scenarios.  I feel more connected to my paintings when I am actually portraying a wild habitat surrounding my chosen subject matter.  I get a lot of inspiration from my local rugged wilderness, which for me is very fortunate for my research into various forms of wildlife. 

NO BRUSHES are used to create my artworks.  I practice ancient traditional techniques such as etching and scratching methodologies onto my canvas.  Using an earthly colour pallet of acrylic paints blended with red soil, allows me to visualize a unique perspective similar to that of animals which see colour in restricted vision.  It is these techniques which draw an audience into the depth of my work creating that instant eye contact.     I rely on natural found objects like bark off trees, pine quills from branches and various other items such as sponges, skewers, cotton buds to create my artworks rich with detail.

Visit the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery to view Garys artwork from Tuesday 2nd December 2014 to Saturday 17th January 2015.  All work for sale, ask about out layby service.


16 November 2014

Meditation Workshop

Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org
Join us for a day of 
Fun, New Experiences & Relaxation

The Workshop will include:
  • Meditation for beginners to the experience.
  • Introduction to Crystals and how they can help you.
  • Pendulums. How to use them and what they are used for.
  • Introduction to Chakras and Auras. What they are and how they affect our body mind and spirit.
  • Introduction to Numerology and, if time permits, find your Life Plan.
There will be 3 Meditations during the day:
  • Relaxation Meditation
  • Chakra Healing and Aura Cleanse Meditation
  • Meet your Angel or Spirit Guide Meditation
Gwen will be available for short Aura Readings during the day.

WHEN: Saturday, November 29th from 9am to 4pm
WHERE: Youth Activity Centre
       Tirroan Road Gin Gin
COST:  $25
BOOKINGS: phone Gwen - 0402 573 356

Morning and afternoon tea supplied
Please bring a plate of savoury or sweets for an end of workshop celebration.
Also bring a Comfortable Chair with arms
Please arrive in time for a 9am start.

Available for purchase on the day at Special Workshop Price 
  • Meditation CD's and Mp3's (for Mp3 just bring a USB/flash drive.
  • Crystals, Healing Wands and healing Rattles
  • Pendulums.
Great last minute gift ideas for Christmas!
For enquiries call Joanne - 4156 3682


15 October 2014

"An Italian Affair"

This exhibition, “An Italian Affair” with works by the Italian artists:  Marco Miot, Franco Ciot. Stefano Padovan, Loretta Cappanera, Enzo costa and Maurizio Frullani with the participation of Sue Purnell, Deon Hands and Dion Channer will be on display at the Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery during the month of November, with a special V.I.P. Viewing on Friday evening 31st October 2014 at 7 p.m.
Dion Channer lived and worked as a teacher of English in Italy on and off for 30 years until June 2003.  During the latter 20 of those years, he taught English at the University of Trieste as well as privately and made paper by hand in various forms and for various uses.  A large proportion of those uses involved art in one form or another.  Naturally, he met and became friendly with a number of people who are artists, among whom are the six indicated above. 
Prior to departing Italy in 2003 and then again during a visit in 2007, he asked these people if they would like to exhibit in Australia.  At the time, all said they would and so, without obligation he had an event such as this in mind. Awaiting an opportunity to offer itself on their behalf.
An exhibition of the work of three of the artists, Marco Miot, Franco Ciot and Stefano Padovan was held at the Gympie Regional Gallery in November 2010.
Marco Miot (pronounced, me-ot) is an illustrator with a quirky sense of humour who has exhibited widely.  Franco Ciot (pronounced, chot) is an accomplished visual artist specializing in the creation of amazing sculptures.  Stefano Padovan is alsoa sculptor who is highly respected and sought after for commissions both public and private.  He specializes in the use of a combination of iron and stone.    Loretta Cappanera is an artist of long standing who has graced many exhibitions with her exquisite artist’s books.  Dion had the privilege of making the paper for and then binding one such exhibit.  Enzo Costa is one of those people who is single minded in his pursuit of excellence.  Dion was able to ‘pass forward’ the brilliant teaching he received from his bookbinding master, Charlie Zammit by showing Enzo the binding process which he, Enzo, has taken to whole different, higher level.  Maurizio Frullani is a photographer whose camera captures far more than the average person ever sees.  His subjects are exquititely represented in hiswork and many, including Dion, have been captured for all time by his expertise.
It has been decided to include works by three other artists, two are Australian and one, Dion Channer is Australian/Italian/British.

                                                           Dion Channer & Sue Purnell
                                                                       Enzo Costa
                                                                       Franco Ciot
                                                                 Loretta Cappanera
                                                                        Marco Miot
                                                                  Maurizio Frullani

                                                                 Stefano Padovan

30 September 2014

Pastel Seascape Workshop

with Tricia Taylor
We will be playing with different water effects and doing a coastline that focuses on cresting waves and the shoreline to wet sand. Colour mixing theory and application techniques will also be one of the themes of the day.
It will be information packed but focused on having fun as play with pastels.

Materials List:
whatever you have. A standard set of 40-60. Would be a
minimum. Obviously we will be using a lot of blues so a good range from French Ultra Marine to cerulean and through to turquoise in various tones will be handy. Sand will be soft terracotta oranges through to pinks and violets. So variety will be great.

Paper: Artspectrum colourfix paper Terracotta 
Kneadable eraser
Old paint brush
Disposable gloves (optional)
Willow charcoal.
Padded board and bulldog clips to hold paper. ( just a foam core board will do but back it with 4-5 layers of butchers paper and it will make it softer to paint on)
Soft drop mat for under the easel to prevent pastels breaking if dropped.

Reference Material. - We will work from your reference. (I will have some available you can work from if you do not have a photo of your own.)

Saturday 18th October from 9am to 4pm at Bundaberg Art Society shed in the Art and Craft precinct opposite TAFE college 118 Walker Street Bundaberg. A Sunday workshop is possible if enough participants,

Cost: for Bundaberg Art Society Members $60 per day
      for non-members $65 per day.
A non refundable deposit of $20 can be put in to 
Bank of Qld BSB: 124056
            A/C: 21617589
use your name as reference number.

BYO Lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Tea and coffee a gold coin donation.       

21 September 2014

Master Class Workshop

with Lyn Diefenbach

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September 2014
$25.00 per day
Venue:  Godfrey Wilson Hall
Milden Street, Gin Gin Qld 

Morning and afternoon tea supplied. BYO lunch.

1 x stretched canvas  -  16 x 20 inches

Oil paints (Winsor & Newton if possible:
Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White, Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green

Other Brands:
Winton - Soft mixing white,  Grumbacher - Transparent Red Oxide,  Old Holland - Red Umber

Escoda Prado Sintetico series 3160 size 8 (cat's tongue) or a small pointed brush for drawing the portrait.
Neef Indian Sable Filbert Brush - series 460 sizes 8, 10 and 12
OR Art Basics series 877KF - sizes 8, 10 and 12
NOTE: These are the brushes I use. You might have your own favourites.

*Paper owels, *Easel, *Drop sheet, *Willow charcoal,            *Odourless solvent, *Mixing palette knife
*Large palette (eg: white painted MDF) approx 18 x 24 inches)
*Photographs for portrait (make sure these have excellent clarity, a good play of light and dark and are large enough to work from) If you are using computer print-out use photo quality paper not plain.
 Contact Lesley 41576806 
Email: perksridge@westnet.com.au

*Please confirm your booking.

17 September 2014

"Colours - Art In Fabric"

Robyn & Elizabeth Clout, a mother/daughter artistic team show their unique traditional and non-traditional style quilts in a textile exhibition during October 2014.

Robyn has always enjoyed sewing from her childhood.  She would progress from making dolls clothes, to later sewing her clothes and then her children's clothes.  She became interested in traditional quilt making 10 years ago, when she started sewing traditional style quilts using patterns.  It wasn't until 2011 that she started thinking about quilts as an art form.  He style of quilt making changed after attending a Nancy Crow course, and this opened up a way of expressing how she sees colours, shapes and design in creating her own quilts.  Robyn says, "It's the start of my development as an artist, and I am looking forward to the journey I have commenced."
Elizabeth has been working in textiles since 2011 when her mother introduced her to quilting in New Zealand at a Nancy Crow workshop.  This led to finding inspiration with the Elements and Principles of Art.  Her artistic background is in ceramics and so she has found it interesting to use a different media.  Elizabeth says, "My quilting is non-traditional and I do not intend to pick up a pattern (something I have never used).  I like the challenge of 'painting with fabric' a technique that I wish to explore more."

15 September 2014

Workshop Weekend at Hervey Bay

Kreative Koncepts are offering a 2 day workshop with award winning artists

Chris Postle

 This workshop allows students to create an artwork based on the artist's own inspiration for the natural world. Using a provided reference, students will learn to develop a looser style of painting with Impressionist approach. This will involve exploring different painting techniques playing with colour, texture and design.

Craig Ninnes 
This workshop encourages students to try a contemporary approach to painting using fragmentation. This style of painting will help students understand the equal importance of subject and background. Appropriating a provided image, students will have fun experimenting with different brush techniques as they work with contrast and form.

WHEN: 20th and 21st September
WHERE: Kreative Koncepts - shop 1/31 Main Street, Pialba

For bookings and a material list phone
41 941606

06 September 2014

Acrylic Workshop

with Gary Woodfield

At this workshop Gary will guide you through a snow scene on canvas using ancient traditional techniques.

The workshop will be held Saturday 20th September, from 9am to 4pm at the Godfrey Wilson Hall in Milden Street Gin Gin.
Cost: $25 per day
Morning and afternoon tea supplied. BYO lunch.

To book: contact Gwen Field - 0402 573356 

26 August 2014

Anyone For Tennis?

The local Gin Gin Tennis Club have had some refurbishments done to the courts and the club house, including a coat of paint on the outside. Since everything looked so fresh they approached the Art Society to paint a mural on the club house walls.
A fun design was prepared and the painting began.

Two 'arteeests' pose with the almost completed building.

We hope that everyone who uses the facility walks in with a smile on their face.

19 August 2014

September Exhibition

"The Happy Trio"
By (L to R) Jean Dullaway, Gwen Field & Maureen Sands

Three ladies, one who has loved art from childhood, one who started her art journey with a difference, and the other who found art after a yachting adventure.  These ladies have joined together as "The Happy Trio" sharing their watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel and graphite paintings with a diverse subject matter with you.
They would like to invite you to join with them at the Opening Ceremony here at the Gin Gin Gallery on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 2 p.m. 
Refreshments will be served.
Exhibition season:  September 2nd to September 30th, 2014

16 August 2014

Oil Painting Workshop

with Dale Leard

At this workshop, Dale will guide you through the techniques of using oil paints and palette knife to create a small landscape

On day 2 you will complete a larger painting of a rocky headland and ocean

The workshop will be held August 30th & 31st, from 9am to 4pm at the Godfrey Wilson Hall in Milden Street Gin Gin.
Cost: $25 per day
Morning and afternoon tea supplied. BYO lunch.

To book: contact Gwen Field - 0402 573356


31 July 2014

Ross Driver Watercolour Workshop Review

An enthusiastic group gathered in the Godfrey Wilson Hall in Gin Gin in anticipation of another adventure in watercolour with Ross.
The aim of the first day was to capture the image of snow capped mountains and contented cows.
First we worked on the tonal sketch and Ross then outlined the paint colours we were going to work with.

With Ross demonstrating each stage we all worked our way through the painting and suddenly it was the end of the day.
Pictures were lined up for a photoshoot and a review by Ross.
Day Two was a still life in ink and wash, and even Ross didn't know what he was getting! Gwen came with baskets of fresh home grown vegetables that positively glowed with goodness.

 Again Ross demonstrated the tonal and the final sketch.

 Again everyone applied themselves diligently, well nearly everyone.

I would like to say that this was the result that Ross produced, but it isn't. As the day progressed, Ross's techniques and tips n trick became more and more outlandish. I'm not going to show you the result ├žos this is supposed to be a serious art lesson.
I will however, show you our serious work.

 Thanks Ross for a great, creative and fun filled weekend.
I, for one, can see a workshop of tricks, tips and other outlandish techniques in the pipeline.

15 July 2014

"Favourites" Exhibition

The Childers Visual Arts Group
Childers Visual artists work with a variety of mediums including ceramics and sculpture, as well as painting.  They have been showing their work for about ten years, with beginners starting their art activities all the time. 
This year the exhibition is a collection of the artists own choice.  They have been asked to choose the piece they have created during the previous ten to twelve months which they believe to be their best piece of work in that time. 
This was encouraging the artists to be self-critical and to make unbiased decisions about their own work.
Alice McLaughlin

13 July 2014

Watercolour Workshop

with Ross Driver

At this workshop, Ross will guide you through the use of white paper to produce a mountain snow scene in watercolour.

On day 2, mystery still life objects will be sketched in pen/ink and wash.

 The workshop will be held Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th July 2014 from 9.00am to 4.00pm  at the Godfrey Wilson Hall, Milden Street Gin Gin
Cost: $25 per day (includes morning and afternoon tea) Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356

05 July 2014

Mosaic with Alice McLaughlin Workshop Review

During this two day workshop fifteen lucky ladies learnt about the art of mosaics and each one produced their own individual piece.

Some had a simple flat board, some had bowls or terra cotta pots to cover with a mosaic design which they had sketched on paper before-hand. One lady even brought along a satellite dish to cover the inside with a mosaic design. This piece will later become part of a larger art work for her garden.
Everyone was kept busy selecting and cutting the tiles in the colours they wanted and even using a hammer to smash up tiles into small pieces to fit into the design.  Other materials were used such as coloured glass, beads, buttons, broken mirrors and even hand -made tiles made from clay.

Alice explained the process of drawing up a design on paper to the size required then placing clear plastic over it and then a piece of insect gauze on top. We then glued the pieces of coloured tiles onto the gauze following the pattern visible underneath. When this was dry we then carefully lifted the gauze onto a board covered with tile cement and left this to dry overnight. Those who had round surfaces such as terra cotta pots or bowls  glued the tile pieces directly onto the surface with tile cement.
On the second day we mixed grout and smeared it over the tiled surface, making sure all the crevices were filled. Then with a sponge and rags the excess grout was wiped away to reveal our pattern neatly surrounded by the grout.

At the end of the weekend we were all pleasantly surprised at what we had achieved and were even working on another piece to finish at home.

27 June 2014

"Faces" Clay Exhibition

By Marsha Johnson
Marsha has always had an interest in art and dabbled some since the 80's but it wasn't until settling in Gin Gin, ten years ago, that she had the opportunity to become more serious about her artwork.  About five years ago, she was introduced to something wonderful -Clay!  With Alice McLaughlin as a mentor she has learned so much and continues to learn each week.
To express her love for working with clay, Marsha has decided to show an all sculpture exhibition for her first solo exhibition.  After studying unusual and unique expressions and facial features of people around her, she made a decision to create busts and masks in clay, limestone and Hebel and call it "Faces".
Marsha says that she has enjoyed creating each piece and hopes you enjoy viewing her exhibition and perhaps take a piece home with you.

10 June 2014

Lesley Perk Workshop Review

Everyone was looking forward to 2 days of exploration and discovery, and as you can see no one wasted any time and it was all go go go.


The first day was devoted to liquid textured backgrounds as used in Lesley's painting below.

Paint was mixed, water was sprayed and clingwrap/plastic sheet applied and they all went outside in the sun to dry.

While the panels were drying, Lelsey demonstrated her technique for painting a graduated sky in acrylic using pre-mixed colours.

Then it was our turn to start on the sunsets. Now I have to say for a room full of women who all love a chat, the silence was deafening, just the swishing of brushes!

Eventually the background panels were dry enough to take off the wrapping and the challenge began to use the serindipity that had appeared.

Here are some of the creations using the liquid texture backgrounds, and the graduated sky and sunset paintings.

Some of the participants were beginners, some had never worked with acrylics, but all agreed that it was a great workshop and cannot thank Lesley enough for sharing these techniques.

Workshop - Mosaics

presented by Alice McLaughlin

At this workshop, Alice will teach the art of mosaics and participants will produce at least one small piece which they have designed themselves.

 The workshop will be held Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June 2014 from 9.30am to 4.00pm  at the Godfrey Wilson Hall, Milden Street Gin Gin
Cost: $25 per day.
Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356

25 May 2014

Workshop - Beautiful Backgrounds & Sensational Sunsets

Acrylic Workshop with Lesley Perk
Learn a simple and easy way to create amazing backgrounds for your favourite subjects. Every one colourful - everyone different. Also paint a beautiful sky with acrylics is IS possible.

Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 9am to 4pm at Youth Activity Centre, Tirroan Road Gin Gin.
Cost: $25 per day.
Contact: Gwen Field 0402 573356

21 May 2014

"Past Treasures" Exhibition

Past Treasures by Sandra McEwan

Award winning photographer Sandra McEwan came from New Zealand in 1998 and completely fell in love with Australia's natural beauty.

She is inspired by the animal life, the bush and the history of her newly adopted country. Her particular area of interest is the Granite Belt, where she has had the privilege of being able to photograph such historical icons as Pikedale Station, which was taken up in the 1840's.

Her 'Treasures Past' exhibition is a collection of photos from around the Granite Belt and also from other areas of Queensland.

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 3rd June to Saturday 28th June.