2018 Exhibitions

Miniatures XIX

Exhibitions of miniature artworks by Upper Hunter artists have been a regular feature on the Arts Centre exhibition program for over two decades. The guidelines given to the artists for the exhibition are based on the Australian Society of Miniature Art rules, which state the actual artwork should not measure more than 40cm in perimeter and the subject should be miniaturised. Artists are given free reign regarding subject matter, choice of medium, technique and style.

As such Miniatures sees a diversity of works in mediums that includes amongst others photography, silverpoint, embroidery, sculpture, ceramics,watercolour, oil, charcoal and pencil.

The tradition of miniature painting stretches back hundreds of years and across many cultures. The universal appeal for miniature painting continues to this day, with a network of artists, galleries and societies all over the world devoted to this art form.

Delight in the miniature artworks of among our finest Upper Hunter artists!

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Exhibiting from 2 September to 21 October 2018.

Opening night
6pm Saturday 1 September 2018. Free entry with
refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines,
Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Teresa Byrne, Pegasus
2018, silverpoint.

The Joy of Colour - Tia Gabriellah

 

 

 

 

 

For Muswellbrook artist Tia Gabriellah, painting which began as a form of therapy has grown to become her all-consuming passion, herself redefined as an artist. She holds the firm belief that art has the power to heal and bring joy to the world; her colourful impastolandscape and flower paintings, in oils or acrylics on canvas, designed to transport the viewer to a place of beauty.

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 Exhibiting from 13 May to 1 July 2018. Opening night 6pm Saturday 12 May 2018. Free entry with
refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

Artwork: Tia Gabriellah, Barrington Mountains 2018 (detail), acrylic on canvas.

 

 

 

A Survey of Small Sculpture - Paul Selwood

Paul Selwood

A Survey of Small Sculpture

 

In a natural progression following his survey of large
sculpture at Maitland Regional Art Gallery in 2016,
Wollombi, Hunter Valley sculptor Paul Selwood brings
to Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre a survey of his
small sculpture. While it by no means covers all of the
themes he has worked on over a fifty-year practice, it
does bring together many of the key works from which
many variations evolved.

 

 There is nothing new in my work method, oxy and plasma
cutting, welding, and forging began with Picasso’s first welded
sculpture ‘Construction in Wire’ in 1928.

 

 From there a tradition developed. The main players were Julio
Gonzalez in Spain, David Smith in the United States and
Anthony Caro in England. This was the origin of the concept of

 

 

 

sculpture that is built in space rather than modelled. 
                                                               Paul Selwood

Most of the sculptures in this survey employ a cut and
fold technique in which a drawing on steel is cut through
the plate and the elements still attached to the plate are
then folded out of the plane into the third dimension.

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Exhibiting from 8 July to 26 August 2018. Opening
night 6pm Saturday 7 July 2018. Free entry with 
refreshments courtesy of Small Forest, Hunter Belle
Cheese and Pukara Estate.

 

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Artwork: Paul Selwood, Just Sitting 2014, painted steel,
76 x 57 x 40cm. Photo: Stephen Oxenbury.

 

2018 Muswellbrook Local Art Awards

Held annually, the Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are exclusively designated to artists of the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires.

Recipients of the prizes have in the past been a wonderful showcase of local big names, undiscovered talent and firsttimers who go on to become regular entrants of the Awards.

The prize sections highlight the breadth and depth of artistic talent in the Upper Hunter Region and are supported by, and in honour of the contributions of, major local art figures and businesses: Esther Bellis, Viola Bromely, Garry Philp, Max Watters OAM, along with Berry & French Pharmacy, Elks Enterprises, Framing Good, Hunter Valley Hydraulink, Hunter Valley Printing and Morgan + English - sponsors of the inaugural MLAA People’s Choice Prize!.

The Adjudicator for the 2018 Awards is Lisa Kirkpatrick, Collection and Exhibitions Officer at Newcastle Gallery.

With such a variety of art forms in competition for a prize pool of now $7,000, it’s no wonder that the Muswellbrook Local Art Awards are a draw card for steadfast loyal locals, who make it the successful and popular art event of the Upper Hunter Region each year.

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Exhibiting from 28 September to 23 December 2018.

Opening night 6pm Saturday 27 October 2018. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Hollydene Estate Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate.

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Artwork: Rebecca Rath, Springfield, Oakvale Wines
2017,  Winner; Viola Bromley Painting Prize, First Prize, Muswellbrook Local Art Awards 2017.

Entry Form download coming soon.

Three Well Known Australians - Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw

Three Well Known Australians

Who are these three well known Australians? The portrait Three
Well Known Australians
 has been posing this question to 
exhibition viewers since it began touring in 1983. The clues are
in the painting but artist Martin Shaw won’t reveal the 
answer. What can be revealed though, is the black and white
dog sitting in the corner of the canvas is named ‘Pea’.

 The mystery of the identities of the three figures in the painting
has inspired many guesses throughout the years, reflecting and
revealing the trends and values of each community the painting
tours to. Come and record your own guess in this unique,
historical document!

 


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Exhibiting from 8 July to 26 August 2018. Opening night 6pm
Saturday 7 July 2018. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of
Small Forest, Hunter Belle Cheese and Pukara Estate /
Artwork:
Martin Shaw, Three Well Known Australians 1982 (detail),
acrylic.