Gippsland Art Goes to Canada

 

Gippsland Art Goes to Canada

On July the 8th  2011,an exhibition of art from around West Gippsland is opening in Quesnel B.C. Canada. Its title is “Here come the Australians… Laurie Collins and Friends.” The exhibition includes about 34 of Laurie’s pieces and also work from Laurel Billington, Lucy Chapman, Marian Collins, Noeleen Downie, Anita George, Lisa Kurec , Jessie McLennan, Gary Miles, Sue Osborn, Adam Price, Joan Price, Helen Timbury ,Ingrid Thomas, Kerrie Warren and Travis Wiltshire.

The picture on the left shows Helen Timbury, Laurel Billington, Laurie Collins, Gary Miles, Noeleen Downie and Joan Price.

The idea developed when a teacher exchange occurred several years ago. A teacher from Quesnel ( Jim Benson) came to Drouin Secondary College and swapped with Rob Monk for a year. In that time a friendship developed between Jim and another teacher then at Drouin, Laurie Collins. Jim came and worked at times in Laurie’s shed and Laurie taught him the basics of wood turning.

 

.When Jim returned to Canada a sporadic correspondence was maintained until the idea of taking an exhibition of Laurie’s art was suggested. The Gallery in Quesnel were delighted and as Laurie’s work is mainly sculptural, he thought he would ask a few of the other artists in the area if they might like to send a piece or two to help represent Australia in the “wilds” of Canada. They have contributed about 35 pieces of work so the show should show a good range of styles and concerns of Gippsland artists. The Baw Baw writers network have also sent over a number of copies of their latest publication, “ Pre scribe” to link to a local writers network.

 

The show has been packed into two large crates (that had previously done service with the “Wild Dogs “ exhibition of a few years ago ) and these were shipped off at the start of May to Vancouver and Quesnel... via Korea! Laurie and his wife Marian board a plane at the end of June to fly over and set up the exhibition at the Gallery. Laurie also has a few speaking engagements and Laurie and Marian will mainly be enjoying the western side of Canada until it is time to pack up the exhibition and bring back what has not sold.

“It should be a fascinating experience said Laurie..we have not been in Canada before and we hope to make links with artists and other communities there.”

Follow Lauries Exhibition through his online blog

Summary!

We shipped over a range of work. Everyone kept the prices down so the work had a chance of selling. We had a lovely opening night and people were interested to see the stuff but lots said it was too dear and we didn't sell much at all. Still me and Marian got to go to Canada and that was quite an experience.

Here is the article from the Contemporary arts society website.Gippsland art in Canada

Quesnel B.C. Canada July 2011

 

 

Adam Price`s work - 2011
Adam Price`s work
Adam Price's piece "A small step backward" part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Anita George`s pieces - 2011
Anita George`s pieces
Anita George's pieces, "Struth" 'Bonzer" and "Mate" part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
crowd at opening - 2011
crowd at opening
the crowd at the opening of the canadian exhibition in Quesnel
Display Front of the gallery - 2011
Display Front of the gallery
The window at the front of the gallery showing part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Dragon - 2011 (Recycled)
Dragon
This piece went to Canada too. It is like a dragons tail and is an extension of the forms I developed from the New zealand trip.
flag girl - 2011 (SOLD)
flag girl
Another girl on a windy day! again determined!This actually sold in Canada!
Gary Miles` Preservation Creek piece - 2011
Gary Miles` Preservation Creek piece
Gary Miles' piece from the Preservation Creek series,part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Helen Timbury`s work - 2011
Helen Timbury`s work
Helen Timbury's works part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Ingrid Thomas` s piece - 2011
Ingrid Thomas` s piece
Ingrid Thomas's piece part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Jessie McLennan`s small watercolours - 2011
Jessie McLennan`s small watercolours
Jessie McLennan's small watercolours part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Joan prices pieces - 2011
Joan prices pieces
Joan Price's pieces, part of the work we took to canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Kangaroo - 2011 (SOLD)
Kangaroo
Given to the Bensons in Canada.

Kangaroos - 2011 (SOLD)
Kangaroos
The Kangaroos.. I did three pair over the year.. the first went to Toorak rd Exhibition and sold, the second was for a lady who had been burnt out and the third pair went to Canada. I gave the tall one to the Bensons who we stayed with and the bending one came home. I made a new taller one and that sold at the Victorian Canada exhibition.
Kerrie Warren`s "Firebug" - 2011
Kerrie Warren`s "Firebug"
Kerrie Warren's painting "Firebug" part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Laurel Billington`s work - 2011
Laurel Billington`s work
Laurel Billingtons prints and etchings part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
leaving home - 2011 (SOLD)
leaving home
I saw an image in a Leunig cartoon book of a sad little man leaving home with a swag on his shoulder. I liked the idea and liking my girls better I thought that they might be more positive.. stepping out with a jaunty step. Hence here is leaving home..( it might have odd resonances with the old beatles song “She’s leaving home” but my girl is certainly not British with a suitcase and a grey coat!)
Lisa Kurecs pieces - 2011
Lisa Kurecs pieces
Lisa Kurecs pieces" Ukranian mans shirt" and "Summer fields" part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Lucy Chapmans work and Travis wiltshires piece - 2011
Lucy Chapmans work and Travis wiltshires piece
looking down the wall showing Lucy Chapman's work and Travis Wiltshires piece that was part of the canadian exhibition in Quesnel
man of flowers - 2011 (SOLD)
man of flowers
I have been making larger flowers for the market and they just vanish!. I thought I should explore using the idea with my small pieces too.
maple Leaf - 2011 (SOLD)
maple Leaf
I wanted to do a piece appropriate to Canada.. this one is going there too. .. so I chose a maple leaf form. Simple but seemingly appropriate
Marian Collins` Photos of New Zealand - 2011
Marian Collins` Photos of New Zealand
Marian Collins' photos of New Zealand part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
My small ink drawings - 2011
My small ink drawings
The three small pieces part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel. The one of Marian sold.
part of the room - 2011
part of the room
part of the room of the canadian exhibition in Quesnel
pat Wahlstrom at the opening - 2011
pat Wahlstrom at the opening
Pat wahlstrom , the gallery manager at the opening of the canadian exhibition in Quesnel
Sue Osborn`s work - 2011
Sue Osborn`s work
Sue Osborn's work, part of the work we took to Canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Travis Wiltshires piece"Drawn to the flame" - 2011
Travis Wiltshires piece"Drawn to the flame"
Travis Wiltshires piece " Drawn to the flame" part of the work we took to canada for the exhibition in Quesnel
Prickly - 2010
Prickly
In all the games we play most of the times other people join in happily. However, we all know characters that are “prickly” who can’t seem to join in easily and this is part of the learning process, figuring out how to negotiate with these people. Certainly playing with someone who is prickly often leads to lots of changes in the rules …. or maybe just taking your ball and going home!
Pushing against the rough stuff - 2010 (SOLD)
Pushing against the rough stuff
I had an idea of combining a grater with a form and this is the result.�"Pushing against the rough stuff" is another in the series using different utensils and human characters to represent different ideas.
In this case I had the idea of using a grater and the girl and when you think about the image it can represent a reaction against all the rough stuff�. whatever you think it is!
Skates - 2010
Skates
I had a pair of skates as a kid but motion was never my strong point. I just would not practice enough and I didn’t have great balance. I dreamed of being able to skate fast and graceful but it was not to be. I can at least appreciate others doing it and I am always amazed at skaters or skateboarders…no fear is their motto … and I was always fearful of falling over! Wouss!!!
( my girl figure allowed me to get a bit of motion in there by the way her hair and skirt work… a guy figure has not so many fun bits to play with!( well to me!!)
wobble - 2010 (Withdrawn from Sale)
wobble
I saw this lovely Picasso piece with an acrobat balancing on a ball. I remember trying to do something similar but I don�t have a great sense of balance so I never really worked hard enough to get this right. However, I have always appreciated those kids who do work at it and many of my students have shown themselves to be competent at doing this sort of thing.( no thanks to me!)