Leanne Barrett: Art of the South Coast NSW

Thursday 24 September 2020

Art of the South Coast NSW

When travelling on holidays (my dream nourishes) with my hubby I adore visiting regional art galleries, local art galleries, art association galleries, artist workshops and I also keep an eye out for public art.

When near Nowra I love to visit the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. At this gallery we have been fortunate to view a wide range of art from their annual Art Prize to art exploring one of their recent exhibitions with the theme of Parkinson's disease and dementia. 

Fortunately our most recent trip away, to Tilba Tilba, coincided with the River of Art festival and we took the opportunity to visit several galleries and artists. This art festival runs until 27 September 2020.

This exhibition displays the artwork of the finalists and the all other artworks entered can be viewed online in a virtual exhibition, Salon de Refusé until the end of the festival. 
I spied one of the murals being painted as we drove past the southern wall of the Lighthouse Surgery in Narooma. Later in the day I watched the careful addition of paint to the mural on the toilet block @ Quota Park. It was delightful to see the artists rolling the paint onto the mural using small paint rollers.

Mother Mountain Forge @ Dignams Creek.
Here at Ian's workshop it was quite mesmerising to watch the shaping of metal into a knife. Ian gave clear and informative explanations to the two young men who were taking one of his courses. For example, the colour the steel turns in the forge and what that means during the process of heat treating the blade. 

Shop 7 Artspace
in Bermagui. 
In this gallery on the harbour they exhibited a range of art and crafts for sale including; textiles, pottery, paintings, jewellery, wooden boxes, sculptures and pet rocks. Those that know me will understand that I came home with a ladybug pet rock. 

This community exhibition that I am a participate in, showcases postcards in both 2D and 3D. Open until 30 September 2020. 

And the finally, the Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre in Cooma, is well worth stopping at for travellers from Canberra to the NSW South Coast via Brown Mountain. This gallery exhibits their member's artworks as well as other special exhibitions. On this trip we viewed the exhibitions Art in Miniature and Koscuiszko to the Monaro (Fiona Smith & Charlotte Whitby) which are on display until 26 September 2020. Both exhibitions are stunning and I find the fine brushwork by miniature artists amazing. 

Koscuiszko to the Monaro
Art in Miniature

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