Monday, September 29, 2014

New Exhibitions Open

See What's On NOW!

Liz receives her prize
Congratulations to Liz Collinge and Steve Oatway for their winning entries in the Reduce, ReUse, Recycle Exhibition, which opened yesterday.
By Liz Collinge

There was a good crowd of visitors for the opening and on a lovely spring day it was a good time for all.

Items on Exhibit RRR
Steve Oatway receives prize

Items on exhibit RRR
Items shown from the Reduce, ReUse, Recycle Exhibition which opened yesterday at The Gawler Community Gallery.

There is an amazing variety of found object which have been carefully and cleverly crafted into items of beauty which can now have another use in someone's home.

Textile Group pieces

The wonderful work of The Textile group is back again with some very different items for you to view and purchase this time round.

And not forgeting the lovely prayer flags on the left.

Just look at those perfect points in the Red Textile on the right.

We have the very talent Lorraine Winchester, and Heather Garfield who produce the most amazing Floral and Animals paintings in watercolour. Such lovely fresh crisp and vibrant work.

Last but by no means least we also have Carol Clues Exhibition.
Carol is a very versitile Artist who produces work in several Medium. I am currently waiting for photos of Carols lovely work.

All Artwork is for sale and with Christmas coming up fast upon us it is time to start planning for those special gifts for a very special someone in your life.

More updates again soon, cheers for now Admin Di

Appropriate Framing

An IMPORTANT Message from Our President

Regarding Framing...

The President wishes to impress on members the need for the correct fittings to be attached to paintings. 
14 paintings had to have rings replaced at the recent exhibition hanging which wasted a lot of time for the team. In future entries will be refused if unsuitably  framed.
Small- A rings and eyelets are too small for the Gallerys Hanging System(hooks).
Our Policies State the Accepted materials for finished framing and are as stated here-
Large D-Ring
Large D-Rings as pictured, 
Size; 20 x 12mm maximum weight bearing is 40kg
For Extra Large work a D-Ring with a Double hole for screwing into the frame is more appropriate.
Wire also needs to be of an appropriate weight.
Keeping in mind that ALL work must be EASILY LIFTED for hanging or display.
These are NOT available at your local Hardware Store. 
We carry D-Rings at the Gallery Shop (for a small fee) for your convenience, or you can contact our President Mr Ron Brook, or our Sponsor- Framer Dave Ferrell from 'Dial A Picture Framer, both can help you with these items at a very reasonable cost. Dave visits the gallery every month on the 2nd Saturday from 11am  until 12 and offers our members a good discount for his framing services.

Other Framing Requirements

First and MOST obvious is- to make sure that your frame is UN-DAMAGED. you really don't want it to fall apart when it is being hung or removed apon sale. (that would be a tad embarrassing!)
NO CORD, use WIRE.  Cord is only stapled and CAN slip causing a fall and damage to your art. The gallery cannot take responsibility for this.
Hanging Wire- needs to be an appropriate weight for the weight of the painting and also MUST BE PLACED 1/4 down from the top for framed work and FURTHER UP towards the TOP for CANVASES, so the piece sits flatter to the wall when hung.
HOW TIGHT?  The Wire needs to have some slack in it to enable the D-Rings to be moved out enough to place on our Hanging Hooks. See photo below!
If framing under GLASS suitable matting must be used. (we have unfortunately had ordinary paper used occasionally) it really does not make your work look good at all.
Appropriate Backing- Foam Core is best. It helps lighten the load (weight) making it less likely to fall and easier for those doing the hanging for exhibitions.

Finishing Off- Use a wide brown tape around the frame edges, which is also available from the above people.
All Art Work- MUST be both CLEAN and DRY.
At Right:- An appropriately Framed Painting.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Gallery News

Policies Committee, Members and More

Fathers Day Raffle results

First Prize- Renata Stone.
Second Prize- Mick McCallum
Third Prize- Athalie Pitman.
Congratulations everyone, I hope all the Father's enjoy their day next Sunday.

The 7th Art Award

I thought that you might all like to know what feed back we had from the Judges, it may help everyone for the next Award in 2 years time.

"The judges enjoyed the quality and variety of work on display. 
The organisers of this exhibition are to commended and congratulated on 
their efforts.
An exhibition such as this encourages diversity and is the ideal 
opportunity to take some artistic risks.
While there were plenty of works on display we would like to have seen 
more variety in the choice of subject matter.

This was especially so in the watercolour section - it was felt that 
entrants would do well to be more adventurous in their choices of 
subject as well as in their treatment.

The judges discussed some options relating to the few works on display 
in the youth sections and it is hoped that these sections will see more 
involvement in the future.

Thankyou for the hospitality afforded us.
Good fortune with the exhibition,
Gerhard Ritter" (judge)

A HUGE Thank you to our judges, they did a sterling job, having a massive task in front of them with  a minimum of 160 art works to critique.

Policies, Committee and Members

It has been decided by our Committee to review ALL Gallery Policies in the VERY near future.
This will be done with the aim of streamlining the running of our Gallery and making it easier for all in their given tasks.
Whilst the efforts put in by many are not difficult, they can at times be time consuming, so we need to acknowledge these ongoing commitments to our Gallery by it's valued committee AND many active Members.