City Light – Maynard Waters

Wednesday 30 July 2014

9 August – 9 September 2014
Meet the Artist Saturday 9 August from 2pm

An exhibition expressing a visual storyteller’s passion for the omnipresent and vital light that brings the city of his upbringing to life.

Maynard Waters was born in Sydney in 1936. His father was a carpenter who travelled and worked throughout Australia and Maynard followed as a construction worker. During his travels he met many different characters amongst his workmates and the people of the many towns he visited. His mind stored up pictures of the various facets of Australian life, which later appeared in his paintings of country towns and vignettes of city life.

He had always had the desire to paint. His first attempts were tentative representations of the Australian life he knew so well. Soon, as he offered paintings to galleries and they sold, his career as a painter was born, and in due time became an established painter and muralist.

After training at East Sydney Technical College and an overseas study tour he garnered greater technical ability and maturity.

For a period Maynard taught at the Canberra National Art School. He soon decided that he could not paint and teach and do both well, so he dropped teaching and made painting his work.

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Mistique – Chan Dissanayake

Wednesday 30 July 2014

9 August – 9 September 2014
Meet the Artist Saturday 9 August from 2pm

An exhibition resulting from the study of the effects and plays of light under misty atmospheric conditions.

Chan Dissanayake was born in Sri Lanka to an artistic family, his father an internationally acclaimed film director and his mother an art teacher. He migrated with his family to Australia in 1986.

A talent for drawing was recognized in pre-school days and a passion for art, especially for watercolours, kept him actively involved in it. Having studied watercolour painting with renowned Australian artists, he had embarked on a journey of self-discovery.

Achieving rapid success and winning many major awards, he has gained a considerable reputation as an outstanding watercolour artist. His solo exhibition ‘Cool Waters’ held in October 2010 at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery was a sell-out. Since being invited as a guest tutor at the Summer Art Experience by the Artists society of Canberra 2011 and 2012, he now conducts workshops throughout Australia and is a well sought after tutor. In August 2014 he will be featuring as a tutor at ASOC startART programme.

Chan is a multi-award winning artists, he created history in 2013 by winning the overall prize on both major art exhibitions in Canberra, where he was named the winner of the Agricultural Heritage Prize and the overall Champion Exhibit at the Royal Canberra Show in 2013; and Best of Show and People’s Choice Award at the Artists Society of Canberra Spring Exhibition 2013.

His works are highly sought after in local and regional galleries.

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The Yarralumla Cabinet - Geoff Hannah

Wednesday 09 July 2014

Geoff Hannah demonstrates his master piece "The Yarralumla Cabinet"

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The Hannah James Trio

Tuesday 08 July 2014

Jazz at the Wood Works

Saturday August 16 from 7pm
3 Course Dinner and Concert $70
Limited Bookings at Cafe Wood Works 02 6238 1688

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Fireside Festival – Viewing of the Hannah Cabinet with Fire Twirling & Mulled Wine

Tuesday 24 June 2014

Put this date in the diary – Friday 8 August – for a winter-themed evening at Bungendore Wood Works.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and take in some fire twirling at 5.30pm before the viewing of The Hannah Cabinet . A masterpiece, the Hannah Cabinet was made by Geoff Hannah over a six year period using 34 different Australian and international timbers, 4 species of shell and 17 varieties of precious stone. Featuring extensive marquetry inlays on its doors and 140 drawers – it must be seen to be believed.

Bookings are required for the Hannah Cabinet viewing. Contact the Gallery on 02 6238 1682 to reserve your place.

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Tuesday 24 June 2014

Ken Knight, Don Burrows, Nicole Scerri, Robert Simpson, Stephanie Corkhill Hyles & Lynne Tinley

Exhibition runs from 28th June until 28th July

An exhibition by six artists who express their individual emotions through their art-making that may reflect that emotion, and/or make images that create an emotional response in the viewer.

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Queen Bed

Friday 30 May 2014

Gallery Artistic Director, David Mac Laren has been hard at work over the last few months working on two queen beds – one for a comission, the other for sale on the floor of the Gallery.

More images and information to follow shortly.

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Feathery Things

Friday 09 May 2014

Feathery Things – a group exhibition of Wildlife Art

Joanne Barby, Jan Barnett, Wayne Byard, Helen Fitzgerald, James Luck, Janet Matthews

Exhibition opening & meet the artists 2pm Saturday 17th May
Exhibition continues until 24th June 2014

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Robin Cromer - New Maker

Thursday 01 May 2014

Toona Pod #3 – Turned & carved in Red cedar $380

We are now exhibiting and selling work by ACT Wood Worker Robin Cromer.

Robin's interest in woodcraft began in his teens, first making wooden skis with his father, both for personal use and for sale in local Canberra sport stores. He went on to have a successful career in forestry research, initially with private enterprise and later with CSIRO. During the 1980s he was involved in establishing the ACT Woodcraft Guild. After retirement, Robin found time to re-join the Guild (2005), becoming Vice President and President for two years (2009-10). And in 2013 was made a life-member of the Guild.

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Mark Hailston Document Boxes

Thursday 01 May 2014

Two new document boxes by Mark Hailston arrived recently at the Gallery recently. They look great!

Check them out in our online catalogue.

Wenge & Blackwood with Louis Cubes Document Box

Jacaranda & Blackwood Document Box

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Pen Collectors Box

Thursday 01 May 2014

Alan Walker was commissioned to design and create this very special Pen Collectors Box, the two top draws store and display 24 pens. 

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Commemorative Anzac Kip

Tuesday 29 April 2014

For the Anzac Day commemorative rugby match between the Brumbies and Chiefs we were commissioned to make a bespoke Kip to fit two Anzac Centenary commemorative coins from the Royal Australian Mint.

In lieu of the coin toss, a quick game of two-up was played to decide the kick off.

And well done Brumbies! It was a great win:)

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Woodcarving Classes

Tuesday 15 April 2014

Enjoy learning the skills of woodcarving & sculpture from Grant Vaughan, a wood artist with over 30 years experience. The classes are held in Grant's studio which sits on 85 acres of tranquil bushland in the foothills of the Border Ranges in Northern NSW.

Grant's personal tuition in small classes and well prepared projects will ensure you enjoy a memorable and unique creative experience. All skill levels catered for. Minimum age 16 years.

You will learn the processes to create a new piece from initial concept through to the final product. Each participant is supplied with the timber to carve a sculptural piece to a set design. The design has a similar aesthetic to Grant's own work.

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John Sharman

Monday 31 March 2014

Gums Mandamora, oil on board 290x240 mm $460

Painting from Nature – the 2014 Collection

Opening and meet the artist – Saturday 5th April from 2pm

Exhibition continues until 13th May 2014

John Sharman is one of this Gallery’s most prolific artists, not only in terms of the large body of work he has produced during a professional career spanning some 35 years, but also in terms of sales.

His followers are usually not satisfied with just one piece and return each time John exhibits here, to catch up with his latest artistic ventures into the Australian landscape. One of his most recent trips was to the Flinders Ranges in August 2013, staying two weeks at the Rawnsley Park Station that faces the southern slopes of Wilpena Pound.

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Timeless trophy

Tuesday 11 March 2014

Now that the Gallery is over 30 years we art noticing how many ultra long term clients we have. Twenty years ago we customised our Burl Penny Paper Weight product to be a Golf Trophy for a client. This last christmas that same client dropped in with that same Trophy and asked us to make another one to match.

We think the result is timeless.

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An evening with Geoff Hannah and the Hannah Cabinet

Wednesday 05 March 2014

Join us on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March at 6pm with Master craftsman Geoff Hannah for a magical evening of insight into the man and his masterpiece of Australian Wood Craft.

On the evening we will also be launching a Prospectus for the possible public purchase and permanent placement of the cabinet to be available to the public to enjoy for many years to come.

A limited number of places are available.  Phone 6238 1682 to reserve your place.

The Hannah Cabinet is Geoff Hannah’s masterpiece and was made over a six and a half year period between 2001 and 2008 using 34 different Australian and international timbers, 4 species of shell and 17 varieties of precious and semi-precious stones with extensive marquetry inlays on 18 doors and on, and in, 140 drawers.

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