What’s your style? Lots of people say they don’t know …. that’s ok! Most peeps know what they don’t like so that’s a good starting point. From stating what you can’t stand you often are able to figure out what you do like even if it doesn’t get a specific style name! Who wants to live in a categorised box anyway!Read More
The Berry Gardens Festival had 11 gorgeous gardens to show off, beautiful weather & many admirers. The photos below were captured at only 2 of the gardens and show how art & sculpture can fit so beautifully amongst nature.
We arrived at 39 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla last week to visit .... well ... the shop across the road that was closed! But lucky for us we just happened to park in front of Duck Print. Our eyes were drawn to the images hanging on the walls behind the shop front. So we squashed our faces up against the glass to getting a better look. Whoops - spotted! The owner of the business opened the doors for us - said he was about to have a tea break but 'would we like to look around' ... would we ever! Tom Goulder, Master Printer, teacher and all round nice guy, showed us many works by talented artists, he answered our varied questions - such as 'how do you do that?', 'what is that?' and 'what does this do?' (technical stuff ya know) and then allowed us to take photos and generally hang out there for an hour or so. We met the other half of the business, Sue, who told us about plans to open a Gallery with a Cafe next door - bring it on :)
If you're keen to learn a technique you can attend evening or weekend courses. These include lithography, relief printing, etching, bookbinding and box making. Duck Print also run Summer and Winter schools in 1 week blocks.
So in true "DWELL " style we stayed as long as we could :) On our departure we were each given a magazine and waved farewell - it was all completely unexpected and the highlight of the day.
Thanks Tom and Sue ... we'll be back
39-41 Wentworth Street, Port Kembla
Current Artists include Trevor Weekes, Julian Twig, Stan Squire, Evan Salmon and Peter Daly
It would seem that the trend for anything 'Deer' is here to stay for a while. I's been around a few years now but is showing no signs of slackening off just yet. You either love it, hate it, or just don't get it but I have to admit it has a certain rustic charm. It suits country houses, contemporary homes and very much has a scandi vibe about it. So with that in mind I have collected a few 'Deer' themed items that just could make it into your heart and home...
1. Gentlemen Deer Cushion Cover, choosy.com.au $39
2. Ancona 6 light Antler Chandelier, Schotts Home Emporium $795
3. White Deer Jumper, sagesydney.com.au $45
4. Deer Print (frame not included), ANCHORandVINE on Etsy $7.71
5. Antique Gold Plated Deer Ring, Wildfox $50
6. Red Deer Stag Organic fabric, Birch approx $13 per metre
7. Best Friend Stag Head, Juniper Hearth in Berry, $149
Shirley and Jim Becke of The Milk Factory Gallery have kindly given us permission to use their images within our blog - thank you :)
We had a terrific day in Bowral last week but ran out of time! So we revisited two days later and started our day out with The Milk Factory. Allow plenty of time to explore the space as there is plenty to see, much to 'ooo and aah' over and then there is the Cafe so you can mull over your artistic purchases and to re-fuel.
What a cultural, creative 'hit' first thing in the morning!
One of our favourites are Gillie and Marc.
As husband and wife, Gillie and Marc are Australian contemporary artists who collaborate to create art as one, applying the iconic imagery of the dog/human hybrid to celebrate the powerful spiritual relationship that exists between man and animal.
With a 20 year history of collaboration, Gillie and Marc’s works (paintings and sculptures) have received acclaim worldwide and are held in collections both nationally and internationally ... we would like one of these in our foyer ... when we get an office !
Greg Hyde's paintings are featured below. His work is multi-layered, charming and highly detailed ... some with a touch of humour. Greg has a solo exhibition running May 31st to June 30th with a collection of paintings, etchings and sketches.
'sometimes I leave my studio smiling and hoping that someone else will as well. It is my attempt to lighten things a fraction and balance just a little of the negativity that drifts around the place’
Steve Harris is self taught and lives locally at beautiful Jervis Bay. As I don't quite have the words to describe breath-taking work I have copied this ..
Harris is a master of understated realism which in turn evokes its own sense of 'atmosphere' and contemplative mood.
We really love his work.
Delicate threads are densely stitched into freeform sculptures that are then pinned to paper or set in resin - amazing! Below is the work of Meredith Woolnough ... look closely and you can see how she is influenced by filigree and lacework.... beautiful skeletal frameworks of flora and fauna.
The Milk Factory Gallery website has all their artists listed along with their artworks, dimensions and prices.... click on the link to go thru to their site
This is a little snippet of Graffiti that I have captured over the years.
Yes the theme is LOVE ... no more words x
John and Katrina Underwood established Art House Berry late 2013 (after finding retirement a little dull!) Their vibrant Gallery is housed in Shop 3, 68 Albert Street in Berry, NSW. It's the blue shop set between the yellow shop + the red shop! It is the newest Gallery in town with a wide range of Art work predominately from the local area.
Art House Berry is home to many talented artists BUT Jane Madison just ROCKS!
Jane is showcased exclusively in Art House … and is overwhelmed with her sales
Jane has many talents …. below are examples of her beautiful sculptures
All images above were taken by Dwell South Coast