April School Holiday Programme Familiart Exhibition 11th -27th February 2022

Familiart Exhibition 11th -27th February 2022

Finite gallery is excited to be hosting the ‘Familiart’ exhibition during February.

From The Gallery Director:

I imagine it’s not often that a Family Tree accompanies the artist biographies, but for Familiart it was essential to the understanding of the group of diverse artists coming together for this exhibition. Eight artists with very different practices, of different ages and from different locations, yet all tied by the bond of family. I think this brings something unique to the exhibition. I’m sure you will agree.

The exhibiting artists are:

ROBERT LOUGHRAN (b. 1940)

Robert has lived in Lake Macquarie for over 50 years, and is a keen artist in watercolours and pastels, using his wide travels for inspiration. He is a keen (or tragic) Newcastle Jets and West Bromwich Albion supporter who has followed both teams through thick and (mostly) thin. Robert is a life member of the Newcastle & Lake Macquarie Art Society and enjoys a glass of wine whilst recounting past soccer or cricket glories to his grandchildren.

JULIA LOUGHRAN (b. 1967-)

Julia is a primary school teacher who does quilting and cross-stitch as a way to unwind at the end of a long day at the smartboard. She lives in the picturesque south coast town of Narooma, where she enjoys swimming and gains inspiration from the beautiful natural area in which she lives.

CATHERINE WHITE

Catherine White is a Jewellery designer/maker residing in Warners Bay NSW.Her statement pieces reflect her love of nature, drawing inspiration from the repetitive patterns and textures found in her surrounds. Her works have an industrial yet sculptural form creating functional and tactile pieces for the wearer, being made predominantly of sterling silver and semi -precious gemstones.

VICKI WHITE

Vicki grew up in Taree NSW, & after school left to study Graphic Design at Randwick Technical College. After pursuing a career in Advertising & Corporate Design, she returned to study Fine Art & is a graduate from The College of Fine Art UNSW (now UNSW Art & Design), completing a Bachelor of Fine Art & Master of Art in Painting & Drawing in the 1990’s. She has been involved in Artist Run Initiatives, participates in group shows & self initiated projects, has been a finalist in numerous art awards including the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Portia Geach Memorial Award, The Blake Prize, The Tattersalls Landscape Prize, Fishers Ghost & Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, & has won a number of awards & commendations. She has also worked as an Art Tutor in Aged Care, Mental Health & Childrens’ community services. White works in Sydney & Taree. Her evolving practice includes painting, video & photography, & considers the notion of landscape as a ‘living source of wisdom, beauty & transformative power”. She’s interested in how pictures can convey feelings & embody memories, through our shared experiences of joy, elation, longing, loss & melancholy. The intimate nature of her work is drawn from her own personal story & that of those close to her, but in essence become universal stories, as she invites the viewer to inhabit the psychological space within the images, & to contemplate the references to the delicate shifts & balances of the human condition.

ERIC LÖBBECKE

Eric’s practice his born of his 32 years participation in The Australian media landscape as a political cartoonist and opinion page illustrator on The Australian newspaper. Since 2016 he has completed a Masters of Fine art by coursework at UNSW Art & Design, followed up with a 2 year, Full time Masters of Fine Art research paper on the topic of Disrupting the Cartoonist working model for the digital paradigm. This allowed him to continue his painting practice and conflate his inquiry with traditional painting and time based digital painting, to exhibit his work most recently, within a cultural institution, The Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House Canberra and within a fine Art Gallery context, Stella Downer Fine art gallery 2020. Sydney based artist, Eric Löbbecke, born in Vienna Austria 1966. His family migrated to Australia in 1973, French mother and German father. Finalist in the Dobell drawing prize, Walkley award winning Cartoonist/illustrator on the Australian newspaper since 1988 with three solo shows at NG ART gallery Sydney, and twice showing with another artist in The Holland park Icehouse gallery, London. His work allows a heuristic process to take place with the influence of a gestaltist framework to make additive work in its construction. Open to serendipity and collaboration, the Random Thoughts are easily rendered relying on a visual lexicon practised over many years constrained by media deadlines and a methodology underpinning by foundations for developing narratives contained within his work. “Mother Moon is my visual response, watching my mother inconsolable, diagnosed with a terminable illness and couldn’t tell me, knowing I was going overseas in my early twenties.”

SHANNON BAKIC

Shannon is a primary teacher living in Newcastle. She grew up in Laurieton and was always drawing house plans growing up. In 2020, she moved to Wickham to a terrace house and noticed on her many walks around the area that the houses were so unlike the next one that sat beside it. As well as this, she had always noticed that at her Nannas house on the top of the fridge, was a black and white painted tile of a terrace house, quite like the one she had moved into. Her Nanna had told her that it was the only purchase her late Poppy had bought at the many garage sales she took him to each weekend when garage sales were the ‘it’ thing. She began drawing houses to pass the time throughout lockdowns. Now, Shannon’s friends often ask her to draw their grandparents homes for sentimental gifts as most of these houses were built during the prosperous post war period of the 1950s. When she isn’t teaching she enjoys camping, travelling and the beach. The tile on top of her Nanna’s fridge now resides on a bookshelf in Shannon’s home.

IVAN ARMSTRONG (b. 1995)

Ivan is a forest firefighter based at Narooma on the south coast. He has travelled extensively overseas, with his trusty camera always at hand. Ivan had a ringside seat at the Black Summer fires, and managed to capture some images for posterity when he wasn’t squirting water or saving houses. Ivan has plenty of future trips on his bucket list and hopes to take a few more good pics along the way.

NIAMH ARMSTRONG (b. 1998)

Niamh is in her final year studying Fine Arts at ANU. If Niamh had more spare time she would be a prolific artist, but with studying, part time work and riding her bike to and from lectures she has only been able to devote a little time to her passion of painting. Niamh lives in a creative share house in Canberra which is adorned with multiple artworks.

 

Please join the artists for the Opening Event on Saturday 12th February, from 2-4pm. Current Covid-19 protocols will be in place.

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January 2022 School Holiday Workshops

January 2022 School Holiday Workshops

Summertime means school holiday fun at Finite Gallery.

There are lots of workshops for the kids during January, so escape the heat and book them into their favourite workshop! Parents/carers can join in the fun too, so why not make it family activity? Places need to be booked for each participant.

Follow the links for more information.

Monday 3rd January

10am – 12pm: Charcoal Drawing

1pm – 3pm: Paint a Masterpiece

Tuesday 4th January

10am – 12pm: Oil Pastels

1pm – 3pm: Clay Creations

Wednesday 5th January

10am – 12pm: Drawing from Life

1pm – 3pm: Tie Dyeing 1

Monday 10th January

10am – 12pm: Watercolour Painting 

1pm – 3pm: Monoprint Portraits

Tuesday 11th January

10am – 12pm: Tie Dyeing 2

1pm – 3pm: Pastel Drawing

Wednesday 12th January

10am – 12pm: Fabric Painting

1pm – 3pm: Clay Creations 2

Monday 17th January

10am – 12pm: White and Black Drawing

1pm – 3pm: Tie Dyeing 3

Tuesday 18th January

10am – 12pm: Polymer Clay Models

1pm – 3pm: Painting

Wednesday 19th January

10am – 12pm: Printing 

1pm -3pm: Junk Sculpture

Monday 24th January

10am – 12pm: Stocking Sculpture

1pm – 3pm: Artist Books

Tuesday 25th January

10am – 12pm: Mixed Media

1pm – 3pm: Rock Painting

 

CHANGE OF DATE:

There is also a workshop for the adults on Friday 28th January Felting with Amanda Donohue. Follow the link for details.

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Patchwork 5 Exhibition

Patchwork 5 Exhibition

Now in its 5th year, the Patchwork 5 exhibition features the work of 70 artists.

Each work is created on a 15cm x 15cm canvas purchased from the gallery so that they are all the same. The artist decides on the subject, medium and the selling price of their work.

The Patchwork exhibition is a great way to start a collection, or for finding a unique gift. Buy one, or buy many! Warning: It is addictive once you start collecting!

The exhibition catalogue will be able to be viewed here on Friday 3rd December at 10am.

Please note: There may be a slight delay in marking items sold on the webpage.

All purchases may be taken from the gallery immediately. A coloured print of the sold work will be displayed, so you can still see the entire exhibition.

Purchases may be made over the phone by calling Leslie at the gallery on 0419471660. Please have your credit card details handy, or alternatively, Leslie will give you bank transfer details. Please note: Sales will not be finalised until transfer is made and receipt sent to the above phone number or emailed to the gallery.
Purchases made over the phone may be posted at the buyers expense.

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Classes resume!

Classes resume!

Adult classes have resumed at Finite Gallery for all fully vaccinated students!

Join the Tuesday Painting Group, or the Friday Drawing Fundamentals class.

Please book a space, as numbers are strictly limited to allow social distancing.

Masks must be worn indoors.

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Take Home Workshop Packs Now Available

Take Home Workshop Packs Now Available

Looking for something creative for the kids to do in the holidays?

Each pack contains all you need to start creating. There are several to choose from. Why not get a few?

 

All packs are $30 each. I’m sorry that the website shopping cart is not set up yet. Please email: info@finitegallery.com or call  0419471660 to make a purchase

 

Acrylic Painting Pack:

Acrylic Paint set

Brush set

Double Thick Canvas

Chalk stick

Worksheet

Watercolour Painting Pack:

Watercolour Paint set

Brush set

A4 Watercolour Pad

Worksheet

Craft Pack:

A3 Paint & draw Pad

A4 Coloured Paper pad

Coloured Pencils

Scissors

Pencil, Sharpener, Eraser

PVA Glue

Worksheet

3-D Modelling Pack:

Beige Poly Clay 400g

Poly Clay Multi Pack

Modelling tools

Baking paper sheets

Worksheet

Watercolour Pencil Pack:

A4 Watercolour Pad

Watercolour Pencils

Wash Brush

Worksheet

Portrait Drawing Pack:

A4 Sketch Book

Sketching pencil set

Skin Tone Pencil Set

Worksheet

Paint & Crayon Fun Pack: (suitable for younger artists)

A3 Paint & Draw pad

Gouache Paint set

Hobby Brushes

Plastic Paint palette

Jumbo Crayons

Fabric Painting Pack:

Fabric Paint set

Brush Set

Calico bag

Baking paper Sheets

Worksheet

Drawing Pack:

A4 Sketch pad

Sketching Pencil set

Sharpener, Eraser

Coloured Pencils

Felt Tip Markers

 

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September School Holidays

September School Holidays

Unfortunately due to the current lockdown, the usual school holiday programme cannot go ahead.

The gallery will be offer Take Home Workshop Packs which can be obtained via contactless delivery to the local area, or pickup from the gallery at Caves Beach.

Packs are $30 each. I’m sorry that the website shopping cart is not set up yet. Please email or call to make a purchase.

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June/July School Holiday Workshops

June/July School Holiday Workshops

Are you looking for something to keep the kids entertained during the holidays?

An art workshop at Finite Gallery might be just the answer!

There are a variety of workshops on offer. Each is held in the air-conditioned gallery, so even if the weather is not so good, the workshop area will be cosy.

Please click on the links in the timetable below for more information on each workshop.

Monday 28th June

10am -12noon: Drawing from Life

1pm-3pm: Clay Creations

Tuesday 29th June

10am – 12noon: Wire Sculpture

1pm – 3pm: Tie Dyeing

Wednesday 30th June

10am – 12noon: Pastel Drawing

1pm – 3pm: Scarf Weaving

Monday 5th July

10am – 12noon: Paint a Masterpiece

1pm – 3pm: Drawing Big

Tuesday 6th July

10am – 12noon: Make a Kaleidoscope

1pm – 3pm: Printed Portraits

Wednesday 7th July

10am – 12noon: Tie Dyeing 2

1pm – 3pm: Through the Window

All workshops are suitable for children aged 6 years and over. Children under the age of 6 years may attend if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Parents/Carers may also join in any of the workshops.

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Kitchen Collection Aprons by Leslie Duffin