Wal Murray is an experienced graphic designer, art teacher and artist – practicing his own unique style of art and offering design solutions to the public in graphics, illustration, printmaking, design and photography.

Early influences began in the late 1960s when a young, passionate – Australian artist – Alan Oldfield spent some time at Scots College teaching art. These influences rubbed off on a boy from Lightning Ridge – and his passion never waived.

Formal training in the art/graphics world began in Sydney’s bustling advertising industry in the early 1970s – with a Cadetship specialising in layout, illustration and typography.

After a stint in the theatre’s backstage world at Sydney University’s Seymor Centre and the Orange Civic Theatre – tertiary education beckoned (helped enormously by E G Whitlams TEAS program.

Riverina College of Advanced Education – Diploma of Applied Art (Graphic Design) – Graphics, Photography, 2D & 3D Design, Silversmithing, Ceramics and Printmaking units were studied and a Graduate Diploma of Art Education followed. 

First position as an art teacher was at St Stanislaus’ College, Bathurst in 1983. The College’s art program was in need of serious repair. A couple of years later the schools art had developed from a subject of little interest – to full classes siting the HSC. Art continues as a viable elective at Stannies today.

I have lived, and raised a family, in Bathurst for more than thirty years. The last thirteen of these have been in Peel, where my partner David and I have been fortunate enough to have custody of the old Peel church.

Currently a registered nurse in the aged care sector I have been a maker & creative talent since childhood. having explored many mediums over the years I seem to have settled with “found and unwanted objects” as the basis of my art. Anything from an old table leg or broken jewel to found bones and scrap metal. I see beauty in these things, with stories to be told in their amalgamation and transformation. Pieces are often functional and inspired by the objects used in their creation and many reveal their name or their story during their making. Others sit for months or even years waiting forthe right part to be found that brings it all together. All pieces are individual and original and made from broken or neglected things (much like us). That however is not how I see them, and it delights me to share my work with others who see it too.

 

Karen works from her Mount Rankin studio/gallery.

From 1983 she was trained in oils under the guidance of one tutor, Australian artist Marjorie Prophet. As Karen’s love of art grew & became a life passion, she was encouraged to spread her wings & attend other artist classes, the most influential being the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney. She worked during this time as a graphic artist at a large printing company for 16 years, leaving in 1997 to prepare for her first exhibition. Shortly after this Karen & husband Bob travelled throughout the U.K. & Europe then spent time in Kenya volunteer teaching.

In 2000 they moved to live in the South Island of NZ to the seaside town of Kaikoura, where they ran an art gallery & tourist accommodation. In 2002 Karen began teaching art to adults & students in her studio which grew into a thriving art school.

In 2018 they moved back across the ditch to settle in the Bathurst area of NSW. Karen’s subject matter is varied as she tends to paint what appeals to her whether it be seascape, landscape, still life, animals or people. She works and teaches in oils,pastels, acrylics & charcoal drawing.

Paintings and a range of cards are available to purchase.

Directions: We are 12km from the Bathurst CBD. From Durham St, which becomes Eglinton, head for Eglinton. Turn right into Rankens Bridge Rd, continue straight. At the second roundabout turn left into wellington st, which becomes Freemantle Rd. Our place is approx 4km from the roundabout & we are on the left – 407 Freemantle Rd, Mt Rankin.

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An emerging artist, living and working across NSW, investigating the dialogue between the figurative aspects of nature and abstraction with a particular interest is finding where the internal and external energy meet.

Career to date includes:  nursing, media (advertising and editorial), senior management in the Not for Profit sector, and Executive leadership.  It was in 2011 that she embarked on a full time career as a practicing artist, and in 2014 completed a BFA at the National Art School in Sydney.

Education

  • 2014 – BFA National Art School
  • Previous qualifications include: registered nurse, certificate and a diploma of interior design graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Graduate of Sydney leadership Program, many short courses.

Commissions

  • 2016 – various private commissions
  • 2014 – De Russi Suites Reception and foyer
  • 2014 – Curator – NAB Camp Quality Art Exhibition and Auction

Exhibitions

Permanent Exhibitions at Rosebank Guesthouse and Gallery, Millthorpe

  • 2017 – Orange Regional Gallery ‘The 2800 show’
  • 2016 – Windows on the Wetlands – Solo exhibition
  • 2016 – Orange Regional Gallery ‘The 2800 Show’
  • 2015 – Finalist Waltzing Matilda Art Show (Winton) ‘Images of the Outback’
  • 2015 – Blayney – Textures of One – First place Dean Mobbs Award for Colourization
  • 2014 – NAS Graduate Exhibition – Painting
  • 2014 – NAS Graduate Exhibition – Drawing
  • 2012 -2014 Group exhibitions in both drawing and painting at the National Art School
  • 2013 – Landscape Exhibition, National Art School
  • 2014 – White Cliffs Underground Art Festival
  • 2014 – NAB – Camp Quality Exhibition and Auction
  • 2014 – Blayney Textures of One
  • 2012 –  White Cliffs Underground Art Festival
  • 2004 – Group exhibitions in Orange (Artrageous)

Tablelands Artists’ Co-operative Gallery (T.Arts Gallery for short) is an artist run, cooperative gallery in the CBD of Bathurst.  Many of its members are members of the Bathurst Arts Trail individually but felt the need for a gallery in town to show off local arts on a more regular basis.

T.arts Gallery is open 6 days a week, 10am to 5pm on weekdays, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays,usually closed Sundays.  In addition to members’ work being available, guest artist exhibitions are a feature of our calendar.   You can google us www.tartsgallery.com to see what is currently on in the gallery.  Like us on facebook, check us out on instagram.

Our Online Shop is available through our website.

ON TRAIL WEEKENDS, THE GALLERY IS ONLY OPEN ON THE SATURDAY, 10AM TO 2PM.

We are COVID SAFE and request visitors to  scan our QR code and sanitise on entering.

All visitors to Bathurst will be most welcome to call in and see what the artists of this region love to do.

 

BRUCE HOLMES My background has included sporadic study in art courses and workshops including CSU and TAFE.  The preferred medium is oils, though sometimes gouache, acrylic, pastel and line and wash are used.  A general strategy has been to explore, interpretively, aspects of landscape and man’s impact on, and relationship with, this landscape.

Subject matter, based mainly on the Central Western area of NSW, is occasionally informed by items of historical interest.  Variety of subject has led to a variety of treatment and technique, such as the manipulation of perspective and pattern, with occasional forays into accommodating, and hopefully integrating, both the figurative and abstract.

Being a long-term resident in the country, I have come to appreciate the countryside as a source for art in that it’s subject-matter is unique and reflects richly on the human condition – all of which provides me with ample inspiration.

I have, over the years, won a number of awards and prizes.

BARBARA HOLMES

Over the years I have attended various workshops and have studied art at TAFE both in Bathurst and Orange, with painting, drawing, sculpture and art history being my focus.

Painting in oils and acrylics, as well as drawing in pencil, pen, charcoal and pastel are my current tools of trade.  Inspiration comes from the landscape in the Central Western region.  Dramatic landscapes created by changing weather and distinctive seasons west of the Blue Mountains have been the catalyst for my inspiration.  My earlier years growing up by Lake Macquarie have given me a different outlook, with my series of coastal scenes.

I have received a number of awards for both painting and drawing.  My works are in private collections throughout Australia.

I call myself a potter because I greatly value the skilled craftsmanship and heritage of this calling. To make items of beauty, interest and functionality is a privilege. Using handcrafted items daily is a joy.

Making repetitive wheelthrown items may seem mundane to some, but the rhythmic and meditative nature of this process takes me to another world.

Handbuilding is a more contemplative process and draws a more deliberate and creative response to my materials – sometimes taking liberties with my processes.

My work depicts or is suggestive of landscape around me and natural objects found in my garden, on a bush track or seen from a distance where its form can be simplified to form a lovely bowl.

In recent times I have considered it fulfilling to teach others how to create with this craft and hope to instill in them the traditions and understanding about claywork that I have enjoyed for years.  So I have been giving classes for the past year AND NOW I have opened my NEW STUDIO  in Keppel Street, 75 Keppel Street, Bathurst to run my classes.

MY WORK IS CONSTANTLY ON DISPLAY AT T.ARTS GALLERY, 80 GEORGE STREET, BATHURST,  OLDE BRIDGE GALLERY, NEWBRIDGE and ROSEBANK GALLERY, MILLTHORPE.

THIS COMING WEEKEND , MY HOME STUDIO AT 58 DEMPSEY STREET, PEEL, WILL BE OPEN ON THE SATURDAY, TO VISITORS FROM 10AM TO 4PM

Gallery 121 is located on the outskirts of Bathurst, just a short 10 minute drive from town.  Visitors are sure to enjoy the superb scenic views all around, and visit a gallery that is full of interesting works of ceramic art.

The gallery showcases a variety of works featuring many styles and surface decoration.  Currently, works exhibit clean simple lines and minimalist surface decoration.  Many pieces are one-off originals.  The gallery also shows a selection of functional pottery.

Making pottery has been an integral part of my life for so long I can’t imagine life without it, and I love it just as much now as on that first day at Young Technical College (TAFE) more than 40 years ago.

I will be happy to welcome you at Gallery 121.  Visitors are also welcome at other times, however, it is best to call beforehand.  Tel:  02 6337 6682

Address:  121 Clear Creek Road, Bathurst, 2795

Directions:

When traveling from Bathurst: From the Great Western Highway at Kelso, turn left onto Boyd Street (opposite the Kelso Hotel). Continue past Denison College (formerly Kelso High School). Travel 7km from high school to concrete bridge over Winburndale Creek. Then travel 4km from the bridge to the Clear Creek Road turnoff. Turn right onto Clear Creek Road and Gallery 121 is approx. 1.3km on the left.

When traveling from Sydney: Take View Street, first right-hand turn past the Oberon Road intersection. Turn right onto Boyd Street at the t-intersection. Continue to Denison College, then follow instructions as above.