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Walsh Bay Arts Table 2014



Almost 200 people enjoyed a fabulous five course degustation from Walsh Bay restaurants, regional wines from Canowindra’s Pinnaroo Estate Wines, entertainment from South Coast’s Heath Cullen and Tamworth’s, Rita Walford and a silent auction of artworks donated from regional artists.

The dinner was held to raise funds to assist Regional Arts NSW to deliver the Regional Arts Australia national conference and arts festival, Artlands Dubbo in 2016. It was also an opportunity for Sydney based residents and representatives from kindred organisations to meet with the Executive Directors from the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations.

Read a full report of the event.

Regional Arts NSW thanks all the artists for the generous donation of their artworks

Artist and artwork details

Tia Gabriellah   Crystal Waters  Oil on Canvas
101cm x 102cm            Value: $800                                Arts Upper Hunter

At the age of 47, Tia picked up a paintbrush and found that through painting she was able to take herself to the beautiful colourful worlds she created. Painting in a subjective rather than objective manner she draws from an emotional state to create a painting that will evoke the viewer’s own sense of feeling. The Muswellbrook painter says she prefers not to overthink her artwork, but leave a feeling of spontaneity in the work.

Darren Moffitt  Sea Life. Acrylic on canvas
65cm x 69cm  Value:$250                                                         Murray Arts

Darren is an Aboriginal visual artist, born in Sydney who currently lives in the Albury Wodonga region. He started painting in 2000, after being inspired by the artwork of a relative from La Perouse. His contemporary approach to his art incorporates traditional styles using modern techniques and materials and vibrant colours.  Many of his works, including the painting he has donated, include sea themes, which he attributes to his coastal heritage.

Angela Coombs Matthews   Flight   Photogravure
Image: 20.5cm x 14.5cm Frame size: 47cm x 40cm      Eastern Riverina Arts   Value: $350

Since completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Canberra School of Art in 1997, Angela has worked as a professional photographer, picture framer and tutor of art and photography. Landscape underpins Angela’s creative output.  In her photogravure work, Angela is enjoying incorporating the photographic and printmaking processes to generate moods, spatial relationships and re-imagined landscapes.

Ann Rayment  Rio – City of God  Oil on board
50cm x 100cm                                                              Western Riverina Arts
Value:   $650

Ann’s works hang in both private and public collections around Australia. Ann’s love of colour and texture has led her to experiment with many mediums, including oils, pastels, acrylics, and mixed media. She looks at everything with a view to painting it, and enjoys using a palette knife and her hands. Her travels to different countries have also inspired a lot of her work, as is evident in the piece donated for the auction, Rio – City of God.

Anthony Walker Grandfather Increase Song Cycle  Acrylic on canvas
100cm x 150cm                                                    Regional Arts NSW

Anthony L Walker, (Yiman, Gurreng Gurreng) subtly engages with issues regarding identity and country. Proudly dedicated to exploring his cultural heritage, Anthony reinterprets stories from his grandparents’ country through works that are light hearted in design while maintaining a sense of power through dimensions and movement. He was recently a finalist in the Parliament of New South Wales Aboriginal Art Award and is the Aboriginal Arts Development Officer with Regional Arts NSW.

Marika Bryant –  Walking the Dog Down Under
Mixed media (acrylic, oils, stick, glaze) collage on canvas
40cm x 40cm
Value: $250

Marika is a process worker, learning and creating from a ‘painterly’ continuous process. Excited by the richness of texture, colour, light and movement, she endeavours to create works that don’t state the obvious. She loves to breathe life into a painting: an emotional endeavour to create a visual that in turn creates an emotion. Art is communication and Marika loves to speak.

Jan Lawler – In Flight Oil on linen
60cm x 90cm                                                        South West Arts
Jan is a highly regarded artist from Balranald, South West NSW. She is a traditional painter of still life, people and landscapes. Her passion for drawing and pastels has led to many awards over her career, including winner of the prestigious Victor Harbour Corporate Prize (1991 and 2000), St Kevin’s College Pastel Award( 1998 and 2005) and minor awards at the Camberwell Rotary Art Show.

Al Phemister –  Moth   Paint and Copper   Southern Tablelands Art      

From his workshop in Yass in in regional New South Wales, artist, Al Phemister, creates decorative forms from everyday and industrial objects. In his hands, delicate natural forms morph into giants of the landscape. His recent dandelion series, each made form up to 400 concrete bar chars welded together, stand more than two metres tall in the landscape and appear to gently move in the breeze.

Chris Kunko Catcher – Oil on canvas
60cm x 45cm                                                                            Orana Arts
Value: $450

Chris moved to Dubbo NSW in October 2013.  He received his Bachelor in Fine Arts form Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and in 2009 the Eckersley’s Visual Arts Award of Excellence. He has been exhibiting in group shows since 2008 including the Regional Arts Australia National Visual Arts Showcase “Place and Practice” in which he was selected by Jenny Watson to be her mentee. His rich colours and heavy brushwork add mystery to his work.

Jacek Wankowski Pana 6 – Stainless steel
20cm x 28cm x 24                                                                    Arts Upper Hunter
Value: $950

Based in Sydney and the Hawkesbury River valley of NSW, Jacek originally trained and worked internationally as a marine biologist, is a keen SCUBA diver and international traveller and draws upon these experiences to inform his practice. He has exhibited his large-scale outdoor sculptures and smaller, intimate indoor pieces internationally in five solo exhibitions in London and Sydney. His work has been in group shows in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and throughout the UK, and is in private collections in Australia and the UK.

Kim Perfrement Be Not Nobody Graphite pencil
79cm x 79cm                                                                           Arts Upper Hunter
Value: $450

Kim’s love of the medium of graphite pencil combined with her fascination of faces means she seldom works in other mediums or other subjects. ‘I can control the pencil far more than the paintbrush.’ When selecting an artwork for the auction, Kim sought the opinion of friends who voted for her chosen work. Kim has completed many portraits and also commissions that can be viewed on her Facebook page.

Kevin ‘Sooty’ Welsh   Coolamon and digging stick – ceramic
Size in total: 50cm x 17cm x 5cm Value $450                             Outback Arts

A proud Wailwan man, from Coonamble, Kevin ‘Sooty’ Welsh’s creates his works in reference to his identity, country stories and Wailwan ancient marks and tree carvings. The inspiration for his donated work has come from the traditional use of coolamons by the Wailwan people. The design carved into the coolamon references the tree and ground carvings of his people’s area.

Heather Cohen Lady in the Window  Charcoal mixed media on paper.
155cm x 175cm. Value: $2250

Heather has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in her local area – Glen Innes, Inverell, the New England Regional Art Gallery as well as Walcha, Sydney and Newcastle. After being a designer in Johannesburg and Sydney, and teacher at the New England Institute of TAFE, Heather is now focusing on her own vision. Her themes of fragility and love, loss and beauty are responses to her life journey.

Tim Winters To the Dark River  6/10 Collagraph / oil based printing ink on rag paper
Image: 56 cm H x 56 cm W Framed: 73 cm H x 73 cm W
Value $675.00                                                                           Arts OutWest

Tim is an award winning artist working across various media: drawing, painting, printmaking.  He is based at Stuart Town near Wellington in the NSW central west. His works are in the permanent collections of Artbank, AGNSW, regional galleries, Print Council of Australia, Australia-Japan Society, ICOMOS Victoria and numerous corporate collections including Resmed Australia. His major career survey exhibition will be at the Orange Regional Gallery in 2015.

James Giddey The Pinnacles   Oil and acrylic on canvas
60cm x 60cm Value $400                    West Darling Arts

James has had a broad and distinguished career as an artist, lecturer, curator and arts administrator working mainly in regional NSW. He holds and MA, SCU, BA First class honours (UNE) and a Diploma of Arts from Alexander Mackie College CAE. His contribution to the arts in NSW has been significant including positions as the inaugural director of the Tamworth and Moree Plains Regional Galleries. He was appointed to set up West Darling Art RAB in 2002 as the inaugural RADO, a role he is retiring from at the end of this year to concentrate on his art practice. His work, The Pinnacles, is a depiction of a rocky ridge just outside Broken Hill, and reflects his enduring passion for the landscape of outback NSW.