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JULY 5-21

RENEE GAY FORD – KAYLENE BROOKS – ELLY JANE CHATFIELD – SONIA COX – JO ALBANY – NICOLA MASON – JESSICA ANN LEFFLEY – PETER SWAIN – CHERYL McCOY – NYREE RENOLDS

A beautiful and diverse collection of works by Australian and First Nations People

OPENING EVENT – Saturday July 6th from 2pm

Officiated by Hill End Artist, STEVEN CAVANAGH representing Arts OutWest

Meet the Artists in the Gallery Dates:

RENEE GAY FORD – TBA

KAYLENE BROOKS – TBA

ELLY JANE CHATFIELD – TBA

SONIA COX – TBA

JO ALBANY – TBA

NICOLA MASON – TBA

JESSICA ANN LEFFLEY – TBA

PETER SWAIN – TBA

CHERYL McCOY – TBA

NYREE REYNOLDS – TBA

RENEE GAY FORD – Weaver

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KAYLENE BROOKS – Weaver

A multi media artist living and working in the picturesque Kanimbla Valley where inspiration is plentiful. “Shape and form is explored in this collection incorporating natural fibres, textures and of course drift wood with a muted pallet of colours with a whimsical twist, no prethought was put into each piece, like driftwood I let each work dictate its own design and form. I really enjoyed the relaxed process this allowed.” 

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ELLY JANE CHATFIELD – Painter

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SONIA COX- Painter

We all inherit some traits from our parents but how these develop and shape the person we are to become depends on how well we are loved, how safe we feel and how much we are encouraged to be our best self. I believe we are the sum of our spiritual, emotional and physical experiences. Our earliest memories and our perception and the feelings we attribute to them leave a road map or, perhaps, a life map, in our minds. How we choose to use this map, and what directions we choose to take, will depend on how safe, supported and loved we feel at any given crossroad. I have been extremely lucky to have always felt loved, safe and encouraged to be the best I could be.

I am a local woman who proudly embraces both my rural and Wiradjuri heritage. My artworks reflect the importance of nature to my own wellbeing. Both my painting and sculpture depict native flora and fauna. The paintings are imbued with vibrant colour that represent my emotional response to the subtle tones of the Australian landscape and the subject matter I have chosen. The artworks are painted directly onto layered paperbark that I have collected from a variety of sources. They have inbuilt texture and depth. Images appear and disappear through colour and pattern prompting the viewer to spend time with the painting. This time is not dissimilar to the mediative qualities of nature.

The bronze sculptures have been cast using the lost wax method. Their construction generated sensations of play reminiscent of a happy childhood and the simple joy of creating and being.

I have a strong interest in the connection between the healing qualities of nature, the act of creating and our own sense of wellbeing.

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JO ALBANY – Painter

Jo is an Iningai Kalkadoon woman living on Dabee Wiradjuri Country.

Jo is the First Nations Curator for the Cementa Festival.

Jo studied Visual Art at Southern Cross University Lismore and in Italy. Jo has worked as a Curator and Artist in the Aboriginal Community of the Southern Highlands for 20 years prior to moving to the Central West. Jo works using collage, found objects, installations, weaving and painting.

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NICOLA MASON – Painter

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JESSICA ANNE LEFFLEY – Painter

Jessica Ann Leffley is a Lithgow based Wiradjuri woman, both an artist and primary school teacher, who expresses her imaginations and interactions of Australian native birds through drawing and painting. Her birds have been exhibited at various galleries and to her delight, have found homes throughout Australia.

Leffley sees her birds as her friends, she talks to them as she peers outside her studio window admiring the Black Cockatoos, King Parrots and Rainbow Lorikeets that sing to her while she creates. Her birds bring her comfort and joy, while also challenging her to explore her creativity and to appreciate the landscapes she knows as home.

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PETER SWAIN – Painter

Peter Swain is a Dabee Wiradjuri Man, he is a direct Descendant of Peggy and Jimmy Lambert from the Dabee people of Rylstone.

Peter was born on Country in Rylstone Hospital and moved to Cooma for school where he grew up. He has continuous Cultural Connections to Rylstone and Ganguddy (Dunn Swamp).

Peter has been sharing his Aboriginal Culture and expertise in Schools for the last ten years. He is a practising Artist having exhibited in Galleries across NSW the A.C.T and Victoria showing works of Mixed Media and Sculptures in wood. Peter has been playing the Didgeridoo his whole life, he performs and instructs students in making and playing.

Peter makes tools, Artefacts and teaches Boomerang making and throwing. Peter has completed seven Public Space large scale Murals.

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CHERYL McCOY – Print Maker

For some people weaving is simply a process, the making a functional item but it is so much more. For Cheryl McCoy, a printmaker living on Darkinjung Country, weaving is symbolic of the role of Aboriginal women’s responsibilities to share cultural knowledge and nurture the health & wellbeing of Community.

Women over the various stages of life teach their families about their responsibilities, language & culture. They also teach us about the harvesting of materials when Country is ready to provide. The importance of this process should not be understated as it builds a strong sense of humility, gratitude & respect for every living thing. Women’s role is essential to the survival of culture of which the woven basket is simply a metaphor.

In this work, Cheryl attempts to capture the essence of our ancestral threads and the reciprocal relationship necessary for the continued existence of Country and Community. As an artist she draws her inspiration from her own ancestry (Gamilaraay, Dharug, Scottish & Irish descent), her connection to Country and her cultural mentors.

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NYREE REYNOLDS – Painter

As an Aboriginal woman of the Wiradjuri Nation I like to tell stories through my paintings.

As part of my art practice I paint the Aboriginal children of the Stolen Generations blending into the landscape, their own Country from which they were removed. My hope is that when people view my work they will leave with a new understanding of people who have been taken away from their family, home and Country. That they are real people with real stories to be told.

Then I know my painting narratives have achieved what I hoped they would.

 

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