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. Tony’s work is absolutely world class and has won many awards at the prestigious Philadelphia Furniture Shows in the United States where he collected Best Chair in Show some years ago judged by US chair guru, the late Sam Maloof. High praise indeed.
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.