At the Gallery: Workshops under way for budding artists

Come have a go: Charlie McNamara's self-portrait from the portrait painting class at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Come have a go: Charlie McNamara's self-portrait from the portrait painting class at Orange Regional Gallery. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Our summer school holiday workshops are in full swing.

This year we held some classes before Christmas, which proved to be very popular. We will repeat them again next year.

We still have some places available in the following classes:

MOSAIC with Catherine Bennett on Tuesday from 10am to 1:30pm.

KOKEDAMA with Botanica Flora on Wednesday from 10am to 11:30am. Kokedama is a style of Japanese bonsai, where a plant's root system is simply wrapped in sphagnum moss and bound with string, transforming it into a sculptural art form. Loosely translated, ‘koke’ means moss and ‘dama’ means ball. Plant choices can vary from orchids, grasses, ferns, houseplants, citrus trees, herbs, annuals, perennials or even bulbs.

MIXED MEDIA MADNESS with Matt Caulfield on Thursday from 10am to 12pm

This is a new and exciting workshop that will engage you to create a wonderful artwork using several techniques and materials. You will be drawing, painting, manipulating and layering a final artwork based on your personal interests.

RELIEF ANIMAL SCULPTURE with Bill Tink on Friday from 10am to 12pm.

Please ring the gallery on 6393 8136, if you wish to make a booking.

This weekend is your last opportunity to see our major exhibition Scanlines. The Alan Sisley Gallery will be closed for maintenance from January 16 to February 3, when we open again with the popular The 100 Kilometre Art Exhibition.  

Traditionally, visitors are not in the habit of touching exhibits in an art gallery, which is a reason some people have missed the opportunity to explore these works. Those that do take the initiative to engage with these works, are considerably rewarded.

Scanlines is a comprehensive group exhibition that surveys the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s. It has an interactive exhibition design that gives you access to video interviews with the artists and studio tours from the comfort of the gallery space.

Drawing on media works created over a 40-year period, the exhibition traces the influence of one artistic generation to the next and traverses a wide range of tools, technologies and unique creative ideas.

You can visit Scanlines.net and explore Australia's largest online new media archive.

A reminder to all local artists, who live within a 50-kilometre radius from Orange Regional Gallery, you are invited to submit work for The 100 Kilometre Art Exhibition, which will run from February 4 to March 19.

The exhibition is open to all artists working in sculpture, painting or printmaking. Artworks must be delivered by January 22. They must be clearly labelled, with artist’s name, title of work, media and date, and have D hooks attached for hanging.

For further information call Orange Regional Gallery on 6393 8136 or visit www.org.nsw.gov.au.