Tuesday 30 December 2014

Bit of experimenting in the studio while all is quiet

I love my lines and while Phil was working on the wood that he and John had wrenched from the collection of palletes, I did some experimenting in my studio.....

 on base paper I placed some cotton
 then after some time the cotton accumulated into a rhythm of line
I then sprayed some colour, made sure it accumulated along the lines
 and after some blotting, I removed the cotton to reveal some beautiful texture and line and direction
 definite potential here
 of course I was too eager and removed the cotton before the paper was dry so I tore it.....
 but that does not matter as I have my proof of concept  :) I am a happy little creator, I am :)

Between Xmas and New Year 2015

Had a wonderful time with family over the holiday season with 3 Christmas feasts and a Boxing day feast that almost finished us off with the excitement of being on a boat watching the start of the Sydney to Hobart race. I have never seen this before and it was just one of the most exciting days!
a little cake my sister Irena whipped up, inside were the content of 2 bottles of alcohol hiding in the fruit :)

Mindi sang us a few carols :)
the boats are a racing
iconic Sydney
el Presidente on the high seas :)

Monday 15 December 2014

Wednesday 10 December 2014

low life = vandals

Our beautiful building has been attacked by humanity's low life, the vandal, the cowardly leech of society, sucking on the hard work of the people who give their time to society, the low life that scurry in the dark, the barnackles that mar the surface of our day..... I find it hard to say what I want to say 'nicely'..... they do not deserve to reproduce and I curse them!
John thinks it was their way of protesting at the fence being put up and future blocking of the shortcut. Obviously the safe passage over the bridge is just too daunting for those who'd rather scurry in the undergrowth!
I am angry because it is not us who are putting the fence up but it is us who have to live with the damage, clean up the shards of glass and possibly not be able to be barefoot on our carpet for a looooooooooong time.
The building is over 75 years old and the glass just shattered into sharp shrapnel that glitters with menace even after multiple vacuumings.
The Railway Corp. will send a glazier, but we don't know when, so with the rains still predicted we had to put something over the 15 panes in the 4 windows that bore the brunt of the protest.
the upstairs corridor with the ballast lying along the broken glass
the shards of glass littering the carpet
4 of the 15 panes, broken; in all 3 studios damaged and the corridor window
Philip affixing some contact paper to Kimberley's studio window
John making sure Peter's studio gets no damage from the coming rain
my studio with clear contact on 4 of the 5 broken panes, a creative symmetry of violence
the contact paper and the lines of the broken glass have a certain poetically stark beauty.....
Luckily no art was damaged, the scum did not break into the building and for that we thank the good spirits that live in our building and protected us from potential disaster.

New art from Thea Bourne

Thea Bourne, our master of charcoal and pastel has delivered four artworks that are breathtaking in their control of medium and expression of colour.... love, love, love it!
You'll have to come during the next festival, when we'll have a new exhibition, to view these and many other extraordinary creative expressions this area is so abundant in.

New fence almost at lockup stage

Here's the picks of our new fence and gate almost at lockup stage. The Railways decided to lock up the rail tracks to stop possible human tragedy of people and trains colliding. The walkway is very popular with some who like a shortcut :)

Flathead and Salmon fine tuning studio

The Flathead and Salmon Productions studio is getting a fine tune from it's fine duo of funsters.
They're getting a new bench ready to house the editing tools of their image trade.
But humour is never far away from these fine dudes :)

Phil and John in fine form.

New member, Iku moving in

Our new CCC family member Iku, ink artist and shadow lover has moved in to her studio. She has a lovely spot, overlooking the East Fork rail line that goes all the way to Perth!

Saturday 6 December 2014

Salmon Flathead Productions are GO!

Meantime inside Gallery 2, Salmon Flathead Productions were interviewing Max, who is an incredibly talented man who not only plays at our openings with his bandonium but entertains people 20 years younger at nursing homes around Orange. He's an inspiration to keep what you love doing, alive!

new fence new gate

They are fencing the rail lines to stop wanderers walking across.... does that mean there will be more trains? Somehow I doubt there will be more trains, we'll just have one more gate.
This might be a good thing really if we treat it as a new canvas for communicating who we are :)
These are the posts up a few days ago, but now there's fencing and barbed wire and a gate, I'll try to take another photo with a more updated image of where we're at.

Did anyone notice Christmas is coming?

Well, looks like Christmas is coming, even the arty types are pulling out some tinsel and baubles to deck the halls ;)
We're also getting ready to renovate our shop with John and Phil working on the collected pallets to convert them into workable pieces of wood. Phil is aiming to finish a prototype of the shelving units by the time our monthly meeting is on. As just before the social meeting, the shop sub-committee will meet to finalise and hopefully approve the design concept. Meanwhile Herbert has designed the front desk as a piece of sculptural/functional art that will really wow our visitors the minute they enter the magic portal :)

Monday 17 November 2014

Country Women's Association Art Show

The amazing Country Women's Association, otherwise known as Chicks With Attitude :) had their Art exhibition at the Barracks and it was a great success. They sold quite a few works of wonderful quality and had a great turn out on their opening.
Our president Philip Salmon opened the exhibition on Friday 7 November and it remained open through the following weekend.
CCC as a group, for just over 3 years hope to one day have the community connections CWA have achieved from their beginnings in 1922.

Friday 14 November 2014

Absolutely amazing turn out for our monthly social meeting last Thursday. Some 23 people mingled and discuss all things art and the warm weather.

Savouries galore were brought along for all to nibble on and two prospective new members were introduced. Ann Harrison convinced April to attend and tell us of her graphic design background. Ann hired April to do some design of Ann's new book.

Iku, (phonetic spelling), from Japan, but now living in Orange, was introduced by Lanny. Iku takes photos of shadows and does calligraphy. She brought along some of her works and we were most empressed. Iku is keen to rent a studio and expand on her artistic talent. In fact Fayah McKenzie could see some of Iku's work imprinted into her garden tiles/steps.

Phil & John presented their first "art house" video. This is a promo piece for CCC and the Barracks. The Director's Cut as we know is always too long and too arty. Some excellent feedback was received which I am told will be implemented and the result uploaded to this site in a week or so.

A reminder to members that your works while on the premises is not covered by insurance and so you should take care of that before it leaves your home.

The first management meeting of the new committee took place and from all reports it went well. A major discussion was held concerning the refurbishment of the gift shop. A design, complete with model, was put forward by Secretary Jola and one very interesting arty piece by Herbert. A committee was formed to further discuss the two options and come to a conclusion as to the most appropriate and functioning design.

Next exhibition will be during the Banjo Paterson Poetry Festival and more on that next month.

Finally a reminder that if you can help out at any time with various tasks that need doing please tell a committee member.

Art! It's all around us, so you don't have to use your imagination, just photograph it, paint it, video it, or simply write about and why not post it to this Blog.


Monday 10 November 2014

Jane Rutter @ Jayes Gallery

Congratulations to Libby  and Hugh at Jayes Gallery in Molong for arranging a musical sojourn with the Santana of the flute, Jane Rutter. It was a nice touch to hear that she had stayed, on regular occasions, at a family friend's farm near Molong in her youth.

She may be small in stature but Ms. Rutter can certainly charm a crowd with her wonderful verbal vignettes of how she got addicted to the flute and reactions from audiences at her concerts. Add in her physical command of various flutes and we received a combination that was pure talent.

  Jane Rutter & a flute that could bust an eardrum in the wrong hands

I've been hanging out to see Jane Rutter in concert for ages and to have been able to be seated at the front was a real treat. Small audience, just like the rich and famous in olden days, was a delight.

I feel music is appreciated a great deal more when preformed in an intimate atmosphere. Libby and Hugh maybe on a winner here. Ms. Rutter has agreed to return, if invited, next time with a few concert musos to back her up - not that she needed it.

After the performance Ms. Rutter duly signed autographs and sold her various CDs including the latest, "Vivaldi - Four Seasons".

Jane with fans of all ages & getting evidence for ARIA officials.

The event included a tasty meal of gambe di pollo, mini spuds, salad, soft brown bread a la maniera Italiana. E il dolce cherra insieme con gelato Australiano and a strawberry with large mint leaf. Very tasty, so a big thanks to the chef and serving staff. 

Keep a look out for the next event by going to the web site

Art it's all around us.


Friday 7 November 2014

I forgot all about our Blog. Growing old is really a pain in the memory bank. Then again I have been busy with a number of projects. In fact can they be called that?

Anyway I have decided to make a conscience effort to post comments on a regular basis about the happenings here at Colour City Creatives. First up let me say the name, Colour City Creatives, has been a topic of discussion for awhile now and we have arrived at the conclusion it stays.

If you missed the Orange Wine Week Exhibition then sad for you as it was spectacular in many ways. New artists have joined our team of Creatives and they supplied works that added a vibrant colour to the Exhibition. We sold a shit load, so to speak. Plus lots of return visits by locals and visitors alike and a few new faces strolled through the gallery areas.

It still surprises me though that new works by Jane Tonks hang and hang and hang in our gallery but few seem to roll over to a sale. Her works are large, I know, so the place to hang is always a question, but with the number of businesses in the Central Tablelands and Central West who could brighten up their premises with art it is a wonder they don't discuss options with artists for possible short or long term loan at a price.

Next up is the ladies from the CWA  and the colour theme continues. I've viewed the paintings this morning as they either lean against the wall waiting patiently to be hung or have already been put up for your enjoyment. Two words describe the works and they are, colour as mentioned, and flowers. Lots of flowers. Everywhere you look it is flowers and enough variety to fill a large garden. Flowers in pots, in the garden, in a bunch, on their own, mixed in with other fauna, standing up, lying down, you name it they've painted it.

Well, not quite. You see there is always one and on this occasion it's Dennis Clayton the artist you have when you need a bit of a laugh. His work is a stand out for all the wrong reasons.

Finally President Phil is setting up an audio and video room in one of the unused studios. The ideea is to produce interesting short videos and later short films. He is calling the venture, "Salmon Flathead". Recent test projects will be posted to the Blog soon.

Take care and make art your passiion.


Friday 17 October 2014

We are OPEN and the art is wonderful to behold

With our new batch of members, we've got some wonderful new art on show. It's extraordinary how the human brain can interpret emotions and thoughts in such gorgeous colour, amazing texture and eye pleasing compositions. New sculpture from wonderful Michael, tactile colourful baskets and dragon from Lanni, amazing tile relief art from Ray, some beautiful prints and paintings from Maggie, more stepping stone art from Fayah.... gosh I could go on and on, but you'll just have to pop in and be amazed at the talent in this region :)

Joy Engelman's visuals of preparations 4 Wine Festival @ the Barracks