Thursday, January 24, 2013

Oil Painting Workshops in Currie, King Island

More than a dozen enthusiastic  painters attended two workshops conducted this month by Elizabeth Barsham, artist in residence at the King Island Culture Centre for January. Elizabeth is  not only an accomplished artist, but has been teaching adult drawing and painting classes for many years.

 In conjunction with her Return to the Island exhibition at the Culture Centre she invited interested islanders to come along and see how she creates her intriguing and idiosyncratic artwork.

 In the workshops Elizabeth explained how to select subject matter and compose it into a picture, first from a still-life arrangement and then from a selection of landscape photographs. Her informative and entertaining demonstrations covered ways to begin a painting, how to mix colours and how to apply the paint. 

Participants were fascinated to discover the difference between the way they looked at photographs and how they interpreted paintings, and to realize they need only four colours to create a satisfying picture.

Alison Milsom, who organised the workshops, said  “It was wonderful to learn about painting techniques; I love oil paint, but I've never really been shown how to use it before. I've been waiting for years to find out some of these things”.

 Elizabeth is currently employed by the Nolan Art Gallery and School in Hobart.

King Island Potters 2013

King Island Potters

Pottery exhibits

on display at the Cultural Centre

22nd January - February 22nd,  2013

Through the 2011 and 2012 school terms 24 local residents enjoyed working with clay under the expert guidance of experienced potter, Stewart Hoyt. Supported by the King Island District High School and King Island Cultural Centre.  A pleasant surprise was finding glazes still on the island used by the Pottery Group from the 70's. Thanks to Joc Bowden and Eva and Martin Finzel the results are full of colour, energy and beauty. Stewart Hoyt returned to the island on 20th January to set up a Raku Kiln with some of the potters and the results are just delightful and sparkling with colour and craftsmanship. A show not to be missed.

Donna Lougher Exhibition, Colville Gallery, 2013

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Sally Marsden, King Island Arts and Culture Centre and Arts and Cultural Development Office, King Island Council.

Thank you Donna for inviting me to open your exhibition. This is a rare and precious experience for me to witness the final outcome off the island from one of our residencies at the King Island Cultural Centre.


Some works within this exhibition result from Donna’s Visual Journal developed and shared with the King Island community at the conclusion of her residency. An assemblage of ideas and feelings created from the elements from both the cultural and environmental landscape of the island.


Seeing her work in a broader context through this exhibition I can feel her intense but sensitive emersion into her subject matter and passion for it – captured in her swift use of paint and brush and her whole being – an immediacy that for me reflects the whole atmosphere of her experience and interpretation of often the quite mundane and ordinary in our physical environment and cultural landscape. As Donna says she explores the ordinary appearance of things and is interested in finding the essence or something of the spiritual nature of the place. 


The King Island residency program with Arts Tasmania has been running since 2006 and been getting stronger and stronger with artists returning with exhibitions and also independent residencies including artists from Victoria and Northern Territory.  For our island community we are totally enthralled by the individual approaches to the exploration of what the island may offer to individual artists, arts practice, and the inevitable demands of isolation on all of us. Our isolation demands flexibility and adaption.


Artists such as Donna arrive and instantly with eyes roaming, ears to the ground, sniffing the wind and sea, sweeping up community members for links, stories, memories, connections, environments to explore, ideas and explorations unfold and emerge reflecting the character of place,  the mysteries of the ocean, our ordinary lives, our history,  and the unfolding landscape of a Bass Strait Island.


Donna roamed over windswept rolling hills, along coastal kelping tracks and beyond with her dog, Walter, in car and sketches and wet canvases tumbling into the back of the car, as her visual journal/diary and developed further in the studio at home for this exhibition. This energy and commitment to her experience and subject matter has been fully retained and the works I’m sure you would agree retain integrity to her intentions.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jeremy (Wire) Curtain Retrospective

“Not many people would know I’m an artist. 
Yep I’d like them to”

2nd November to 30th November

A Retrospective Exhibition and Celebration of 'Wire's' life as an artist

Retrospective Exhibition Launch , November 2nd 2012

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate 'Wire's life as an artist" from 5.30 BYO

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Jeremy (Wire) Curtain Retrospective

“Not many people would know I’m an artist.  Yep I’d like them to”

 2nd November to 30th November

A Retrospective Exhibition and Celebration of 'Wire's' life as an artist 

Retrospective Exhibition Launch , November 2nd 2012 

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate 'Wire's life as an artistfrom 5.30 BYO