Brickbats and Bouquets

Thursday 26 August 2010

Ross River Crossing Judi Power Thomson, acrylic on rag paper

We recently received this message from one of our existing customers from Binalong, NSW regarding our recent mail out of brochures for our current exhibitions Hot Colours and Cool Waters.

"I really enjoy receiving any news from your Gallery. It is a wonderful place to stop on our way to the Coast. Your works of art are fantastic and I have found some really wonderful pieces. I often send on my exhibition notices to others heading your way.

Congratulations and keep up the good work - the BEST in the country and by far the most interesting and professionally run Gallery in this part of the world."

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Richard Morecroft photograph purchased by Federal Government

Thursday 24 June 2010

Richard Morecroft is well known in Australia for his work as the news presenter on ABC Televison for over 25 years. More recently he has been producing digital photographs which create a sense of immersion in the natural landscape with extreme depth of field points of view in a narrow vertical format and in part reflect his ongoing experiences during the filming and presentation of his wildlife documentaries.

A new work in the gallery, titled: "Black Swans," has been acquired for the art collection of the Federal Parliament. Richard’s photographs which are taken from the South Coast of NSW and around Australia are regularly exhibited on the Gallery's walls and in Café Wood Works

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Prime Minister visits the Gallery

Friday 18 June 2010

Sat 22/05/2010

It was around 11:30am on a chilly Saturday morning when one of the gallery’s Customer Service representatives thought she saw a very familiar face perusing the items in the gallery. About ten minutes later the lady returned with an even more familiar face, one that we see on the news daily. Mrs and Mr Kevin Rudd entered the gallery, with a multitude of onlookers in tow. They stayed for 20 minutes and Prime Minister Rudd bought a range of business card boxes and a beautifully polished yin-yang candle holder.

Another staff member informed the Café Wood Works staff that the Prime Minister was visiting. Something went wrong in the communication lines, as one of the waitresses thought that John Howard was here!

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Burning of the Totems - Fireside Festival 2010

Thursday 17 June 2010

Now in its 6th year, the Fireside Festival is well on its way to becoming one of Canberra’s most popular winter events. The month-long festival, will be held in August and hosted by members of The Poacher’s Way consortium across a diverse range of lifestyle, food and tourism venues. The Fireside Festival is a Canberra and Region Poacher’s Trail initiative. Bungendore Wood Work’s contribution to the Festival was a “Burning of the Totems” in front of the Gallery on Saturday, August 6.

Seventy people, mostly from Canberra, as well as locals out for a walk, and passing travellers, stopped to cluster around the totems. Marshmallows were toasted over an open fire and all watched in awe at the spectacular effect as the chainsaw carved totems were burnt using a large gas torch.

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Our Tess a Winner in the 2010 Waterhouse Prize

Thursday 17 June 2010


Tess Barker, Customer Service Representative and recent exhibitor at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, has been accepted by the South Australian Museum as a finalist for the 2010 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize. This is the richest natural history prize in Australia, encompassing sections dedicated to works on paper, sculpture, painting, and since 2009, the youth art prize, in which Tess is a finalist.

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Dinner and Jazz with The Kevin Hunt Trio

Saturday 08 May 2010


Saturday 29th MAY from 6.30pm

A Night of fine foods and fine Jazz with Kevin Hunt (piano), Hannah James (Bass) and Ed Rodrigues (Drums)

Special Menu

ENTREE - Roast Vegetable Soup
MAIN - Slow Braised Lamb Shank with Sweet Potato Mash & Greens
DESSERT - Steamed Date & Apricot Pudding Coffee & Corkage included BYO
Vegetarian options available

Bookings essential $65 per person 6238 1688

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An Evening with Richard Morecroft

Friday 09 April 2010

Saturday 24th April from 4.30pm.

RICHARD MORECROFT has been one of Australia's most visible personalities appearing as the ABC Televisions News Presenter for 25 years. Since retiring from that role Richard has pursued other Media interests including Television Documentaries and Corporate media events. His main passion is Photography and he presents an amazing approach to the unique Australian Landscape. Richard will be presenting a talk on his life in the Media and in the Arts through his photography at Café Woodworks on Saturday 24th April.

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Two of a Mind, Partners in Time

Wednesday 20 May 2009



Celebrating over 50 continuous years of Don Burrows

Duo Don Burrows and George Golla were Duo partners for 38 years and Kevin Hunt is currently Don's Duo format partner. This will be a rare opportunity to hear the music and story of the Don Burrows Duo in the intimate space of Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

Tickets will be limited and can be secured on 02 6238 1682 or by email on or by fax on 02 62381817

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Two of a Mind Exhibition and Partners in Time Concert

Thursday 16 April 2009

Some Lovely Feedback from the Two of a Mind Exhibiton and Partners in Time Concert evening on Saturday 18th July


Just a quick line to thank you very, very much for such an enjoyable experience. There we were, my wife and I looking at one of Don Burrows pictures (twin swans) when I heard over my right shoulder, Don's voice explaining how he waited in the hope of gaining such a shot and he was suitably rewarded as were we the viewing audience. Don and I then discussed our respective initial photograhic experiences with box brownies and actually using chemicals in development tanks to obtain final grainy prints. He stated he missed the days of 'hands on' with chemicals compared with today's computer processing and special effects.

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Studio Furniture 2010 Winners

Thursday 16 April 2009

1st Prize: Alby Johnston's Rainforest Rocker

At the exhibition opening the winners of various prizes were announced.

1st prize went to Alby Johnston's Rainforest Rocker

2nd to Neil Erasmus's ELL Cabinet

3rd to Tony Kenway's Cunji Dining Suite

4th to Adrian Potter's Ned's Chair.

A special Acquisition Award went to Des King for his Shoji Screen and the works of Frank Wiesner (Cabinet), Myles Gostelow (Roo Chair), Simon Ramsey (Music Chair), Darren Oates (Hall Table), Fukutoshi Uneo (Dress Code Table), Will Marx, (Ulysses Chaise Lounge) and Anton Gerner (Cabinet) were Highly Commended by Judges David Boucher (Boucher & Co), Evan Dunstone (Dunstone Design) and Will Matthysen.

You are able to see a full catalogue of the works in this extensive exhibition in the February Edition of Australian Wood Review magazine, available from your newsagent from February 25.

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New Furniture from David Emery

Thursday 12 March 2009

Renowned Victorian furniture maker David Emery has recently shipped two tables to Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.

David Emery's professional interest is in making furniture of a clean uncluttered nature, with an emphasis on balance and proportion. His skills are mainly in the use of timber, with an emphasis on veneering as this allows greater flexibility in design avoiding the limitations of solid timber construction. All veneers are pressed in his own workshop, after components have been cut to size and had timber lippings applied to their edges.

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Signatures - Review

Monday 24 November 2008

by Meredith Hinchliffe
October 1, 2008

SIGNATURES – 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1983-2008, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Kings Highway, Bungendore, until November 19, 2008. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

A signature is defined as a person’s name or initials, as a mark or significant appearance. The title of this exhibition has been chosen deliberately – eleven fine woodworkers, most of whom who have been associated with Bungendore Wood Works Gallery throughout its existence, make significant and exceptional work – and generally it is recognisable.

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Signatures Review

Friday 17 October 2008

SIGNATURES – 25th Anniversary Exhibition 1983-2008, Bungendore Wood Works Gallery, Kings Highway, Bungendore, until November 19, 2008. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

A signature is defined as a person’s name or initials, as a mark or significant appearance. The title of this exhibition has been chosen deliberately – eleven fine woodworkers, most of whom who have been associated with Bungendore Wood Works Gallery throughout its existence, make significant and exceptional work – and generally it is recognisable.

Bungendore Wood Works has a strong altruistic streak to its commercial activities. All those who work there are committed to bringing the narrative of the making of a piece – small or large – to the purchaser. Who made it, where it was made, what timber is it made from: these questions form part of the story behind a work. The Gallery is imbuing the work of its makers with the notion of a ‘signature’.

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Signatures Exhibition Opening

Thursday 25 September 2008

Senior Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, National Gallery of Australia, Robert Bell officially opened the Gallery's Signatures 25th Year Exhibition at a special function on Saturday 20th September. (see Current Exhibition for details of participants and works in the exhibition).

Robert Bell opening the Signatures exhibition in the Octagon ArtSpace. Left to right Robert Bell, David Mac Laren, Stan d'Argeavel, Phil and Jo Telford, Frank and Joan Wiesner.

Maker John Comacchio tries out Robert Howards Rocking chair at the Signatures opening. Left to right Robert Wilson (editor Capital Magazine), Robert Howard, John Comacchio and partner Melissa.

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Collecting Gershwin

Tuesday 16 September 2008

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Meet the Artists

Saturday 23 August 2008

Photographer/Artist Robert Billington and Writer/Musician Tim Gooding will be in the Octagon ArtSpace to discuss how the art of photography and story telling can be combined into an intriguing exhibition.

An event of the Vivid National Photography Festival

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