Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gawler Gallery Christmas Party - Date Correction!

Although most people should have been alerted to the correct date of the Gawler Galleries end of year Christmas Party via the December Roster mail out it's come to my attention that the galleries last couple of newsletters had the incorrect date published.

The correct date is today, WEDNESDAY, 15th December 2010. Not the 16th as printed in our newsletter.

The time and place are still the same: 6:30pm at the Willaston Hotel in the Alfresco Room.

Apologies to anyone who may have been inconvenienced by the incorrect date. Clearly the committee needs to double check important dates before the newsletter goes out.


David Arandle
Secretary / The Gawler Community Gallery Inc.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Start your Christmas Shopping at the Gallery

Why not break away from the mass produced and impersonal gifts of the big retail stores this Christmas and buy your family and friends more unique, handmade cards and gifts from the Gawler Community Gallery.
We've extended our gift shop to fill the entire ground floor of the gallery and specifically encouraged our members to bring in Christmas themed cards and artworks to decorate your home and to spread the greetings of the season.

Artist Laura Wright has even allowed us to exhibit her spectacular Christmas Tree dress complete with fairy lights. Worth a visit to the gallery just to experience in person.

All our members are selling their works at very affordable prices so why not come in and start your Christmas shopping at the gallery.

Members Exhibition
Nov 18, 2010 - Jan 16, 2011

Whilst you're shopping at the gallery, in the upstairs room we have a members exhibition of Artworks for sale. Anyone of these fabulous creations could make just the perfect Christmas gift so be sure to come in and check them out.

New Gallery Management Committee Elected for 2011

The Gawler Community Galleries 2011 management committee was elected at the November AGM held at The Price Albert Hotel in Gawler on the 17th November 2010.

Outgoing President, Judy Ferguson, paid tribute to former 2010 committee member Shirley Shaw who recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Shirley was mentioned in several other committee member's reports highlighting that her work for the gallery and her exhibitions of  latest artworks will be missed greatly.

Out new management committee for 2011 is as follows:

  • President/Chairperson: Thelma Kirkwood
  • Vice President: Kimberley Hargrave
  • Treasurer: Ellen Steyn
  • Secretary: David Arandle
  • Publicity Officer: Joanne Hughes
    (NB: Judy Ferguson will take on Roster Manager as an unofficial position.)
  • Shop Co-ordinator: Phil Bolding
  • Program Co-Ordinator/Curator: Thelma Kirkwood
  • Newsletter Editor: Jeannine Randall
  • Eighth Committee Member: Joyce Mendrik

Finding people with the time to be on our management committee is a difficult task. Thanks to all the continuing committee members and a special thank you to those new committee members stepping up for the first time.

Finally a big thank you to our former president Judy Ferguson, who no doubt would have renominated for President had her constitutional five year limit on the committee had not been reached.

Judy has been President of the gallery since before its establishment in February 2006 and was President of ArtsAction (the group formed in 2000 to lobby for the establishment of a community gallery in Gawler) up until the gallery was established. Effectively Judy has been a leading driver of Community Arts in Gawler for ten years straight.

Only Judy would take a break from the committee by taking on the task of Roster Co-ordinator - one of the most difficult gallery management jobs - as an unofficial position.

Thank you Judy!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Exhibitions at the Gallery October - November

Currently on display at the Gawler Gallery are three exhibitions all of which run from October 14 to November 14 2010.

Upstairs Pink Room:

Upstairs Green and Blue Rooms:

The exhibition will showcase a composite of works from the imaginary and real, the sadness, sensuality and vitality of life, to the compositional exploration of the everyday world around us by three different but complementary artists.

Kerrie Barrett

Kerrie is a self taught artist working mainly in oils and is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. She was a founding member of the Blackwater Art Gallery and has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in three states. Kerrie’s landscapes are both real and imaginary. Most are sketched or rough painted on site and finished in her studio.

Naomi Falting

Naomi has engaged with art since embracing it at secondary school. With TAFE studies in sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking, and private tuition in watercolour, she explores personal dimensions of expression. Naomi favours working in acrylics, charcoal and conte. Her art has been sporadically intermingled with family, community and full time work.

Peter Murdoch

From his earliest training as an art teacher to his current work in web and publication design Peter has never lost the desire to explore his own individual view of the world. He has exhibited in recent years, at Belalie Art Gallery in Jamestown and at the University of Adelaide, and in 2009 was a finalist in the Prospect Portrait Prize. His work includes painting, drawing and photography.

Downstairs Green Room:

By the Artistic Quartet.

This is a diverse exhibition of painted works by four artists including Ron Brook and Bob McCance, taking their collective steps towards a brighter future. An artist will be ‘in residence’ and painting each day during this exhibition.

Monday, October 11, 2010

People's Choice Winner, 2010 Gawler Art Award

Bonnie Supple (pictured on the left) is presented with the 5th Gawler Art Award, People's Choice Award for her work 'Highland Cow' by the Galleries Publicity Officer, Joanne Hughes. Bonnie's artwork also won the Youth 10-14 years category of the Awards.

For all the awards winners read this post.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Winners of the 5th Gawler Art Award 2010

The official opening and award announcements of the 5th Gawler Art Award were a great success with many people commenting on the excellent variety and quality of the 118 works on display with particular mention of how well the exhibition was hung (thanks to my small but very dedicated team who spent a day and a half hanging all the works).

The winners were as follows:

  • Best Overall - Mike Barr, Semaphore Sunday (Acrylic)
  • Best Nature/Flora Theme - Melissa Farrell, Purple Peacock (Mixed Media)
  • Best Watercolour - Gerhard Ritter, Here to Serve (Watercolour)
  • Best Sport/Recreation Theme - Ellen Steyn, Demise of SA 3 Day Event? (Acrylic)
  • Best Gawler Theme - Maxine Donald, Church Hill Chimneys (and Owl), Gawler (Watercolour)
  • Best Open Theme - Norah Jones, Beach Dancing (Pastels)
  • Best Hanging Textile - Carol Clue, Late Summer Glow (Textiles)
  • Best 3D Original Art - Kimberley Hargrave, Rainbow Lace Breastplate (Crystal & wire)
  • Best Youth 10-14 years - Bonnie Supple, Highland Cow (Charcoal)
  • Best Youth 15-18 years - Hannah Stockdale, Laura (graphite)

Each category also had certificates given to at least one work that was considered highly regarded by the judges. All the winners and highly regarded entries are acknowledged in the photo accompanying article below by The Bunyip Newspaper (click to see the full size version).

The exhibition closes this Sunday the 10th October at 4pm. If you haven't seen it then do yourself a favour and get down to the gallery. All works are for sale... why not purchase a prize winning work of art?

Friday, July 09, 2010

July Exhibitions at the Gallery

In the gallery until August 1 is once again a wonderful collection of artworks to suit all tastes.

Heather Garfield and Lorraine Winchester will present Flora and Fauna in the bottom room, while upstairs Nikki Berryman will display Chromofeeliac' acrylics on canvas in a contemporary style. Shirley Shaw will have her wearable art, textile wall-hangings and her legendary fantasy dolls, while Ellen Steyn has 'Passion in Painting', with acrylics of birds, animals, landscapes and buildings.

Monday, June 07, 2010

The 5th Gawler Art Award - Entry Now Open

The Gawler Community Gallery Inc is proud to present The 5th Gawler Art Award in 2010. Entries are now invited from Artists both locally and nationwide for the following exhibition and category awards.

Exhibition Awards:
(Works in all categories will be judged in these awards)

Best overall work in Exhibition Acquisitive prize
The Town of Gawler $2,000

Best work with a Flora /Nature Theme
Kindly donated by Vadoulis Garden Centre $250

People’s Choice
Kindly donated by Gawler Books, Books to the value of $150-$200

Category Awards:

Watercolour Award in Any Theme
Kindly donated by Adams Family Framers $100

Depiction of Sports or Recreation Award in any Medium
Kindly donated by The Bunyip Newspaper $100

Painting with a Gawler Theme in Any Medium
Kindly donated by Mr. Tony Piccolo Member for Light $100

Open Theme Award in Any Medium
Kindly donated by The Gawler Community Gallery $100

Hanging Textile Award in Any Theme
Kindly donated by Adelaide Road Clinic $100

3D Original Award in Any Theme or Medium
Kindly donated by The Sanctuary Hair by Patricia $100

Youth Award in Any Theme or Medium. Ages 10-14 years
Kindly donated by Zollo Art Supplies, Painting and Drawing Classes valued at $60

Youth Award in Any Theme or Medium. Ages 15 – 18 years
Kindly donated by Zollo Art Supplies, Painting and Drawing Classes valued at $60

Entries close Monday August 30th

Entry forms available from the Gallery or download and print one yourself from this link (requires Adobe Reader).

To be held at The Gawler Community Gallery September 9th to October 10th
Official opening Sunday September 12th at 2pm.

For more information phone Gallery Secretary David Arandle: (08) 8522 7531 or e-mail

Latest Exhibitions: Truo, Derek Slater, Karen & Jackie Fuller

All the following exhitions are on display at the gallery until Sunday, June 27th, 2010.

Truo Art Group

An exciting display of members recent paintings covering various themes from landscapes to portraits.

Derek Slater

Le Doc Art: “Un-natural water colours and other stuff”
Fuller Fabulosity

Karen & Jackie Fuller happen to share the same surname but are not related. See their poster below.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New Exhibitions: Amity and Members Photography

The "Amity" group, including Carol Clue, Dianne Vagg, Philip Bolding, Colleen Gates, and Dorothy Beverley, are using two rooms at the gallery to display their work, ranging from still life pieces to watercolour landscapes and beautiful floral works.

Members Photography Exhibition

The remaining two rooms at the gallery have a wonderful display of members photograhy ranging from portraits to nature, wildlife and landscapes. This exhibition closes on April 18th, 2010.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Exhibitions: Yvonne Jaunay, Cynthia Jones, Suzanne Elborough & Margaret Farrugia

Artists (left to right, standing) Cynthia Jones, Margaret Farrugia, Yvonne Jaunay & Suzanne Elborough with Harp Player, Kay Deeholtz on the Exhibition's Official Opening held February 14th, 2010.

[ click image to enlarge ]

This month's exhibitions at the Gawler Community Gallery feature mixed media artist Yvonne Jaunay, photographer, Cynthia Jones, contemporary portrait and still life painter, Suzzanne Elborough and Aboriginal artist, Margaret Farrugia.

Their exhibitions include some very colourful portraits, abstract pieces, indigenous art, and a room full of photography called "Double Trouble", which, as the title suggests, means that all photographs have two subjects included. Most of the pieces come from nature, with flora and fauna in beautiful scenes. Photographer, Cynthia Jones, has you guessing in one photograph, but yes, there are two "hard to find" objects.

All four artists have a gallery room to themselves. The entire collection of artworks is so varied that you're bound to find something that you'll want to take home with you (don't forget to inquire with our volunteers on duty if you are interested in making a purchase).

The official opening of the exhibition was held on Sunday 14th February. Judy Gillett-Ferguson, President of the Gawler Community Gallery Board of Management spoke warmly of the four separate exhibitors and how much they enhance the Gallery by their variety and skillfully produced work.

Harpist Kay Deeholtz from Hamley Bridge set up her beautiful harp and played through the afternoon to many enthralled guests.

All four exhibitions on on display until March 14th, 2010.

Yvonne is also has work in another exhibition at the Station Master's Art Gallery at Strathalbyn. See the flyer on the right for full details. (Click the image to enlarge it).

Friday, February 05, 2010

Our New Web Site and Member's Photographic Exhibition

Welcome to our completely revised and revamped web site. Hopefully the new look as well as all the useful information will be of benefit to anyone who has an interest in the Gawler Community Gallery.

Please take a moment to fully explore the site. There's a complete new page describing the history of the gallery along with information about the gallery committee as well many important documents available for download.

Of particular interest is the up coming members photographic exhibition. Entries for this close on March 7th 2010 so if you are a member of the gallery and would like to enter your photograph then be sure to download, print and return your entry form as soon as possible.

Presently the galleries web site is looking pretty bare in the way of show casing the work of our local artists. If you've exhibited work at the gallery in the past and you have a really great snap shot of your art in the gallery then we'd love to use it on the site some where.

Feel free to email photos to the Secretary, David Arandle, at

Be sure to tell us what you think of the new site too. Why not even try out the Secretary contact form at the bottom of this page.