Monday 22 October 2012
Opening by Robert Purves AM
President WWF Australia (World Wide Fund for Nature),
Board Member Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, Australia.
2pm Saturday 8 December 2012
Octagon ArtSpace, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery
Exhibition continues until 24 January 2013
Double Vision brings together the inspiring works of two very different artists – yet is also a celebration of powerfully shared themes.
For both artists, the exploration of pattern and structure in the natural environment is a key element. Stubbles’ richly tactile, yet painterly, abstracted landscapes and Morecroft’s seductively detailed photographs are an intriguing combination.Read more
Sunday 23 September 2012
6 October – 3 December 2012
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery invites you to celebrate the opening of a exhibition of paintings and drawings by David Voigt at 2pm Saturday 6 October, 2012 Octagon ArtSpace Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.
David Voigt is a unique artist, unafraid of strong colour and artistic licence. His works are almost figments of his imagination, but in reality are very real experiences abstracted by light and point of view, dramatic and subtle at once, always intensely interesting and providing the viewer of his works, and particularly the owner, with a continuous journey through his view of the land, to be enjoyed again and again. Enter a Voigt painting from any point on his canvas is to immediately begin sharing this multi-award winning artist’s journey.Read more
Thursday 06 September 2012
There has been a comments book at the front counter of the Gallery since the Gallery opened in 1983. Visitors from all over the world have jotted down their impressions, thoughts and comments, sometimes legible and somtimes not, and not always in English in our comments book. These comments fill numerous volumes and it seems a shame to keep them all to ourselves.
Below are just a few of the comments from the last month.
"An unexpected oasis in the desert"
"Magnificent epicentre for the whole community"
"Always a treat to visit"
Kim & Lisa, Broulee
"Overwhelmed by the stunning gallery"
Thursday 06 September 2012
We have just completed a custom order just for Canberra Grammar for their 2012 year 12 students. Graduating year 12 students will be presented with a burl paper weight and medallion. The richness and warmth of the timber burl both compliments and contrasts with the metal medallion to create a memento four the students that is well worth keeping.Read more
Monday 03 September 2012
Matt Cavallaro, a 17 year old from St. Augustines College in Brookvale, got in touch with the Gallery to share his year 12 wood working project. He was so taken by George Gavaric's work that he created a wall table inspired by one of Georges tables.
Although Matt worked on the wall table as part of his wood work course work he went the extra mile undertaking the wood bending at home in his garage. He even made a steam box out of recycled materials.
Everyone from the Gallery was very impressed by not only the final piece but also Matt's ambition. We hope he keeps on working with wood and we can't wait to see his next piece.Read more
Monday 27 August 2012
Come ride with us through 2013 as we present an exhibition program that delivers on our promise – to offer our space to encourage woodworkers and fine artists, past, present and future, to display their workmanship, skills and ideas, whether they work with wood or on canvas, paper or board.
Arriving in Bungendore from Manhattan, a journeyman in the making, with a desire to show wood works to everyone, I created a gallery in 1983 for woodworkers to display their works; where diversity is encouraged and fine craftsmanship essential.
Friday 24 August 2012
There have been some recent furniture additions to the Gallery. We love the new pieces so much that we wouldn't wait to update the furniture catalogue and share them with you.Read more
Thursday 16 August 2012
Master cellist David Pereira recently teamed with visiting US cellist Michael Haber and members of The Cello Tragics Cello Choir in one of the most outstanding concerts heard in the Octagon Artspace. The first half saw Pereira and Haber playing cello duets by composers Dominic Gabrielli, Luigi Boccherini, JB de Boismortier and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
They were joined for the first piece of the second half by Canberra’s Kinga Janiszewksi on bass for a premiere performance of an arrangement of J.S Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto VI for two celli and bass. The arrangement was by Joseba Berrocal, Ass Prof. University of Zaragoza, Spain, 2012.Read more
Thursday 16 August 2012
American jazz legend Bennie Maupin visited the Gallery recently. Bennie was in Canberra for the Capital Jazz Project, a series of concerts and workshops held at the Street Theatre in conjunction with the ANU School of Music Jazz Department.
Bennie’s highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Jack Johnson, as well as recordings with Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. The multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Marion Brown, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few.Read more
Wednesday 15 August 2012
View select works from the exhibition below. Click on thumbnail for work details.
Read more about Maynard Waters ExhibitionRead more
Thursday 02 August 2012
Interesting article by Paul Downs comparing a Dubai woodwork factory with low cost skilled labour to his own custom woodwork shop in the US.
Increasingly the craftspeople of Australia will be facing competition from overseas. Only by sticking together and creating quality, well designed and unique works will craft and woodwork remain a viable way of life.Read more
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Staff at the Bungendore Village Leather recently found a stack of old Gallery Brochures (most likely pre 1990) in a storage shelf. The Bungendore Wood Works Gallery moved from what is now the Bungendore Village Leather store in 1994.
The brochure reads:
"Where Woodworks display their Works. Where diversity is encouraged & fine Craftmanship is essential"
It is reassuring that after 29 years we are still doing exactly what we set out to do.Read more
Wednesday 25 July 2012
We couldn't be more excited to have our new website live. It's been in the works for a while and we think you are going to like it. The new design is functional, clean and sophisticated displaying the amazing work of the makers, designers and artists we represent online in the best way.
For those of you are unable to visit the Gallery we know offer online purchases for select gifts on our website. Visit and browse our catalogue to find the perfect gift and if you see something you like, simply add it to your cart, pay using PayPal and we it will ship it to you promptly.Read more
Monday 23 July 2012
August 11 – September 30, 2012
Opening and meet the artist Saturday 11th August from 2pm
Maynard Waters is an exceptional artist capturing the essence of an Australia that he chooses to view with an intentional selective blindness. In doing so he presents a nostalgic and romantic viewpoint of the country and city through the workingman’s eyes.
His characters are dressed in the dark blue singlet of the chesty-bond-man whose chest has slipped more than a few inches. His women wear simple one-piece dresses often adorned with the ubiquitous apron. The kids wear shorts and T-shirts and are almost always barefooted. And then there’s the omnipresent dog, man’s best friend.Read more
Wednesday 18 July 2012
Prime Possum and his buddy Doofa Dog, together with a Prime 7 television production team, paid a visit to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery recently to talk to Gallery artistic director David Mac Laren about the Gallery and how young people could get a start in woodworking. The segment will be an upcoming Prime Possum on-air presentation.Read more
Wednesday 11 July 2012
This collection of knives by Steve Stafford are a recent addition to the gallery. The blades are imported from Japan and Australian figured timbers are crafted to create the handles. The interesting blades and figured timbers are balanced and compliment the other perfectly.
The Knives are priced from $110 to $375.