Christmas Greetings to you and your family and our best wishes for the New Year from all of us here at the Gallery.
Proud ACT Tourism Award Winners
It was our intention to celebrate our thirty years, and to have a party, so why not enter a submission to the ACT Tourism Awards. We were very pleased with our submission, feeling it told our story well, and that it was a good story to tell.
We were very pleased to receive the Visitor Experience Award along with Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Four Winds Vineyard. We are in good company and this award is much appreciated because it is based on actual ratings from visitors who rate their experience and was sponsored by ACT Tourism.
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery has received news that two of the many woodworkers that supply their work to the Gallery have recently received major awards of the International wood working calendar.
Matthew Harding Wins McClelland Award
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery proudly congratulates sculptor Matthew on winning the McClelland Award, major prize of the McClelland Sculpture Survey 2014 held and permanently located on the Mornington Peninsula just south of the Melbourne CBD.
Of his winning work Void, Matthew says “Continuing my exploration into the lineal realm of structure, Void seeks to circumscribe the peripheries of our limited perception, informed by our anthropometric scale in relation to that which is big, the universe; and that which is small, an atom. Since the beginning of human history we have been humbled by the night sky and our scale within the grandeur of the natural world. The precursor to understanding and knowledge is the power of our imagination."
Australian wood artist and sculptor Mathew Harding, previously a resident of Canberra and now working from his studios in Melbourne, would be well know to many ACT, Canberra and Bungendore residents with his impressive array of public sculptures that adorn some of Canberra’s public places such as the chrome steel Pillow in Garema Place and others in the Canberra Theatre precinct.
I am very proud too of the success of Swedish woodworker and friend, Per Brandstedt. Per had a successful exhibition at the Wood Works in 2003, made possible by a grant from the Swedish Government to cover shipping expenses. Those were the days.
Per has been making his way in wood working for more than thirty years, living in a medium sized town, taking on commission work, raising a family, doing exhibition work – a remarkable career really in a very difficult arena.
And recently Per has had an Exhibition that sort of stiches together his career called “Light, Darkness and Memories” that summarizes his years in his chosen profession. The pieces for this exhibition are shaped from solid blocks of oak from which sculptural pieces evolve and are then scorched and brushed to impart a black, lustrous, and tactile surface.
And following this exhibition Per Brandstedt won a National Swedish award for design with his concept for a grave memorial and seating in solid Swedish Oak, titled “Sitting together”.
David Mac Laren, Artistic Director Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Café Wood Works Dinner/Concerts
Our café has been undergoing a revitalisation of its popular concert and dining evenings through the second half of the year. It started it up in August with a good crowd attending to see ex-patriate Hoskinstown girl Hannah James on stages and celebrating a new CD release Triliphony.
In October a near capacity crowd welcomed evergreen jazz vocalist Sandie White to the Cafe with our old friend and ex ANU School of Music bass Lecturer Eric Ajaye on the double bass, and newcomer to the Gallery and Café, Wayne Kelly, on the piano.
The 2015 program kicks off early in the New Year with an exquisite solo concert by one of Europe’s outstanding jazz and classically trained pianists Jef Neve from Belgium. He will be playing music from his 5th studio album ONE on the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano supplied by Canberra’s Carl Rafferty.
The Gallery will stage an exhibition from January 17 of the work of Belgian born woodworker/artist Dirk LeJeune. Dirks works (dirkswirks) are a fascinating exploration of shape, and a play on repetition using multiple segments of natural materials, particularly wood in a multitude of forms.
We were sad to see the departure from the Gallery of the John Comacchio Blackwood Cabinet that has adorned the very end of the Main Gallery display room for a number of years. The cabinet is irreplaceable, however it has gone to a new home together with Tony Kenway’s magnificent Blackwood ‘Fema’ Dining suite that formed part of the Studio Woodworkers Association Exhibition “Home with Wood’ which is still partly on display in the Gallery until mid January.
A quite large oil on board painting by Ken Knight also found a new home recently. This work, The Murrumbidgee at Jugiong is undoubtedly one of Ken’s finest and our Exhibition Coordinator had commented earlier that this piece was possibly the best example of Ken’s mastery of capturing light that has been in the Gallery. Ken is a prolific award winner for his wonderful depictions of the unique Australian Landscape.
Speaking of the Gallery’s artists it was heartening to hear that two time Blake Prize and Wynne Prize winner for Landscape painting, David Voigt, is slowly on the mend following an ailment that has hampered his unique painting style over the last few years. Word is that David and Ken will both have new exhibitions with us in 2015.
Historical Bridge Log Benches
An exciting and rewarding project initiated by Gallery Artistic Director, David Mac Laren, was the design and build of Bungendore village bridge timber benches. Partnering with Fresh Landscape Design logs from a recently demolished historic local bridge were salvaged to make 18 benches placed around the village.
The Hannah Cabinet 2014
The Hannah Cabinet arrived at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery in May 2013 and the original plan was to have it on temporary display until the end of November. The reaction to the cabinet was simply phenomenal!
It soon became apparent that this significant piece of Australian woodwork needed a long term home where it would stay in the country, be preserved and be seen. Both Geoff Hannah and the Gallery thought that Bungendore Wood Works Gallery was the best temporary home for the Cabinet.
The Gallery has prepared, and has available, a prospectus for persons or institutions interested in possibly funding the purchase and placement of the Hannah Cabinet. For further information please contact the Gallery.