Looking East - Max Watters Collection

Works from the Max Watters Collection influenced by the culture and symbology of the East are brought together in Looking East.


John Plapp’s work Floating Through Nara celebrates the teachings of Shinto and the beauty of symmetry, while John Peart’s Abstract, inspired by calligraphic practices, explores the artistic expression of human language.
Setsuko Ogishi relates her practice to her Japanese heritage stating that ‘Traditional Japanese art and customs are important influences in my work.’ In her medium of glass blowing, she echoes ideas of light combined with colour forms creating a sense of movement and elegance.
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Looking East shares with the audience the imagery of ancient traditions through a contemporary lens paying homage to the wisdom of Eastern cultures.

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Exhibiting from 12 May to 25 August 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 11 May 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Small Forest Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese, Pukara Estate and Double Picc. 

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Artwork: Setsuko Ogishi, Sea Form Bowl undated, glass, 11 x 33 x 24cm, Max Watters Collection.

Imprints - Contemporary Printmaking

The invention of the printing press brought us into the age of mass production. The artist has however transformed and pushed the boundaries of the medium to produce works which represent major breakthroughs in creative expression, placing print alongside sculpture and painting.
The Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection has a diverse range of prints which include the four major print types. When brought together, the works convey the multiplicity of contemporary printmaking.
From the fine lined detail found in Rew Hank’s Fearless Tassie Tiger Hunter to the rich, coloured abstract forms of Helene Leane’s monoprint Flooded Billabong,
contemplate the vast and varied processes of the contemporary print.

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Exhibiting from 12 May to 30 June 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 11 May 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Small Forest Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese, Pukara Estate and Double Picc.

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Artwork: Helene Leane, Flooded Billabong 2013, gouache monoprint on paper, Muswellbrook Shire Art Collection.

Finery - Pearl Red Moon

With a vibrant and distinctly unique approach, mixed media artist Pearl Red Moon works from an artistic mindset, blending aesthetics to create bespoke Finery. Drawing on her love of ‘upcycling’, Pearl Red Moon’s practice engages diverse traditions manifesting itself in a combination of sculpture, wearable textiles, jewellery and painting.


Deriving inspiration from the natural world, Pearl begins each day in her garden, observing the light, form and colour along with the constant cycle of transformation that takes place.
Discarded materials that are inexpensive and ordinary are purposefully selected for her work.

The process and challenge of transforming them into objects transcending the humanity of their materials depends on Pearl’s skill as an artist to reimagine them into a new paradigm of seeing, into embellished pieces that offer a shared space at the intersection of artist and audience; an invitation to adorn oneself.

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Exhibiting from 12 May to 30 June 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 11 May 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Small Forest Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese, Pukara Estate and Double Picc. 

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Salient - Contemporary Artists at the Western Front

In 2017, almost a century after the guns had fallen silent, twelve leading Australian artists visited the World War One battlefields of the Western Front. Deidre Bean, Harrie Fasher, Paul Ferman, Michelle Hiscock, Ross Laurie, Steve Lopes, Euan MacLeod, Ian Marr, Idris Murphy Amanda Penrose Hart, Luke Sciberras and Wendy Sharpe each created new work in response to their experience of both the history and the present-day reality of these sites.


Salient: Contemporary Artists at the Western Front brings together the work they created, a series of poignant artworks that include paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture. sculpture
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A touring exhibition by New England Regional Art Museum and King Street Gallery.

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Exhibiting from 12 May to 30 June 2019. Opening night 6pm Saturday 11 May 2019. Free entry with refreshments courtesy of Small Forest Wines, Hunter Belle Cheese, Pukara Estate and Double Picc.

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Artwork: Euan Macleod, Heaven and Hell  2017, oil on polyester, 100 x 124cm. Image courtesy of the artist and King Street Gallery.