Sunday, 10 December 2017

How to feel fulfilled as an Artist

I found some interesting words on that hugeness that is the internet and chose to not only keep them, but to share. The credit for these words I cannot attribute, but I wish I could thank whoever thought to write them:

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Open Day

Being farmers market day today in Orange, we opened our gallery and spent some time together and with our visitor art lovers.
Phil and John mowed our, way too tall grass, which was so tall it was amazing they did not get lost in it!
Maggie and Lannie tidied and cleaned up the place a bit and I beheaded our rose bush and put our book in the shop. It was a great way to spend a beautiful Saturday.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

People's Choice winner

The People's Choice winner "Sunset Over The Vineyard" by Robert Keen, executed superbly in his signature pastels media, has been photographed. But please forgive me as it is framed under glass I did my best to photograph it then I did my best to get rid of reflections but it is nowhere near as beautiful in my photo as it is in real life.
So do take the time to come to the Barracks and feast your eyes on the sumptuous colour, fabulous composition and the mastery of pastel that Robert has.

Monday, 27 November 2017

Winner of People's Choice 'Terroir' landscape exhibition announced

The winner of our People's Choice for the 'Terroir' landscape exhibition was announced and awarded a certificate and a cheque for $100 at our last social meeting.
My apologies for not writing sooner but life intervened....

Robert Keen was the artist our visitors loved the most and it is easy to see why. He did a beautiful landscape for the exhibition in the Gore gallery. A gorgeous sky..... sorry.... I don't have a photo to show off....I'll take one tomorrow and post it asap.
It was delightful to see our Robert so happy!

We counted over 300 votes and he pipped us all, but it also shows how many people come and see our art. Possibly over that number as not everyone voted and some did not quite understand that they had to put the number 1 only once ☝  maybe they just loved too many 👍

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Water for Life International Art Exhibition 2018


My name is Joy Engelman and I am one of the CCC artists with a studio at the Barracks in Orange NSW.

Here is an introduction to the "Water for Life" Exhibition in which I will be representing Australia next year.

My work will feature the dryness of our landscape, the great outback areas.... Oz is the driest island/continent on earth and our underwater aquifers are very very precious! I hope my work helps raise the consciousness of people and helps to make fresh water an important issue all around the world.

Monday, 30 October 2017

CCC Exhibiting Members Portfolio Book

After the genius idea and eventual printing of the first CCC Book in 2012 we have decided to compile another one. The first was done by Joy Engelman and went through 2 re-prints before our membership changed and grew to the point that we were no longer able to sell it.
If you're an exhibiting member and are not part of this project, you still have a chance to contact Jola and be included. Here's what some of the pages look like so far, they can still change, but just to give you a taster :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Wine Festival is over

The Wine Festival is wrapped up, we had over 300 people through our doors, at least that many voted for the People's Choice in the Terroir Landscape exhibition! So probably there were more who came to see local art at Colour City Cratives but not all voted. We sold lots of art and the gift shop did really well too, one of our best exhibitions!
After the mammoth effort from our members we continued our Pot Luck Dinner celebration on closing night for all the exhibiting artists who still had some energy left. The president, secretary and treasurer although out of town on business made it back just in time to enjoy delicious food, delightful company and lots of fun conversation.
As always, it's well worth the effort!

FashTech is alight!

FashTech has opened it's flash it's alight! Go and see what and where young people think fashion is heading.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

FashTech - the future is upon us!

Spring has been a busy time, but it's astounding what can be achieved with the help of creative friends. Be it getting the Barracks building ready for the Wine Festival and oh my gosh most amazing and wonderful art is hanging on the walls and free woven baskets on plinths and pottery with clay dug out of our landscape! Do you realise how amazing and talented Colour City Creatives are! well.... let me tell you, they are totally amazing and talented!

Tomorrow we've got the last push, as at 6 pm the FashTech exhibition opens at the Orange Regional Gallery, in Gallery 3. Of course there's lots happening tomorrow evening, including the Night Markets but y'all just have to come to the opening of something extremely special.

This exhibition is a collaboration between what used to be dLux media, but in fact driven by an amazing woman dynamo by the name of Tara Morelos, our own Orange dynamo Vince Lovecchio who is the driving force behind many community events of which Orange Youth Arts Festival, we've been most closely involved with. The third partner to FashTech is of course us, CCC. Little old us, self funded, self run and of course multi talented!

Thank you Heather Dunn, Jenny Davidson and Joy Engelman for helping put together the marionettes and a BIG thank you to Judy Kich who has helped Jola curate the exhibition at the ORG in gallery 3. Also Maggie Rosso for volunteering her home to host Tara in a last minute emergency, Jude Keogh for unfailing support in all those important photographic ways and all the rest of youse that are always there to help! thank you! thank you! thank you!

It's been the hardest most exhausting 4 days so far this year, but the opening is nigh and we're quietly happy with what has evolved from so many people's efforts. The quietest and probably the most wonderful contributor was Annie McKinnon, who held the workshops that produced the work from Orange that will be on display. The amazing and beautiful work was done by young Aboriginal girls, still in High School and community members with vision and talent!
Now all of you, you just gotta come to the opening and be very proud of your town!
Let's support local arts and artists :)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Painterly workshop with Tim Winters

I don't remember why there were only 5 of us but Margot, Isabelle, Judy, Jude and Jola did a Painterly Printing workshop with Tim Winters. Phil came too, to record the wonderful event. We covered mono printing, etching, relief printing and combined the techniques over 2 days, 23-24 September, only just this last weekend.
Some of us spent Saturday night in Stuart Town and were privilidged to have dinner made by the multi talented Lynne.... who knew she was not only a print artist but an installation artist who produced a table of aromatic, delicious mezze? Unfortunately the day was more mentally taxing than I expected and by 10 pm I had to concede defeat and instead of continuing with our far reaching conversation, crawled to bed as my brain and eyes refused to function any more.
Over the weekend, Tim took us on a basic meander and exploration of printing theory and technique that felt more like an adventure and was so fun! But walking a new path takes a lot more effort than you care to admit, especially as it was sprinkled with laughter and delicious food breaks!
I want to do it again!