Whether you are a local or a visitor to the region, if you are looking for something else to do besides the usual Australia Day festivities of lamb chop barbies, beach cricket and waterfront fireworks, there are plenty of art exhibitions to see this weekend in Geelong and the coast. And if the weather gets too hot, the cool sanctuary of an art gallery is a great way to while away a few hours. Here is a list of what’s on offer.
Down the Great Ocean Road
Art in the Park at Aireys Inlet
Head down the Great Ocean Rd to Aireys Inlet to see Art in the Park. It is a lovely outdoor art walk through the bushland in the Berthon Reserve, with all the work on display by local artists. Works include mosaics, paintings, jewellery, photography, wood sculpture and other handcrafted items. On for one day only, 25 January 2014.
Conundrum at Eagles Nest Gallery, Aireys Inlet
Conundrum features the latest work by Aireys Inlet artist Susan Romyn at Eagles Nest Gallery. The exhibition is on until 28 January 2014.
Qdos Arts at Lorne
Plenty happening further down the coast at Qdos Arts in Lorne. Don’t miss the quick pop up art show by Reg Mombassa and Peter O’Doherty from 4-8pm. After that they will be rockin’ out with their band, Dog Trumpet, from 8 til late. Bookings essential through www.trybooking.com/eawv.
Then tomorrow, the ever creative Jiri Tibor Novak will be exhibiting his quirky illustrative works, along with sculptures by Zoe Snyder. The exhibition launches tomorrow and will be opened at 2pm Sunday 26 January by writer and composer, Gregory Day.
Art to see in Torquay
On the Bellarine Peninsula
Two of a Kind at Tussock Upstairs in Pt Lonsdale
Tussock Upstairs in Pt Lonsdale is currently showing the work of Keith Smith and Jenny Laidlaw.
Land and Sea at Salt Contemporary in Queenscliff
Salt Contemporary Art in Queenscliff has a big weekend coming up with the opening of Land and Sea, an exhibition of paintings by David Beaumont, Joanne Sisson and Greg Mallyon.
Emma Hack exhibition at Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff
Make the most of the free parking in Geelong and visit some of the galleries in town (although sadly most are closed Sundays). However, Geelong Gallery is open every day over the long weekend and has a interesting range of exhibitions on offer.
Stephen Bowers: Beyond Bravura—JamFactory Icon 2013
On until 16 February, this is a rare opportunity to view recent works by this master craftsman. Visually seductive, flamboyant and exuberant, the 30 large-scale works on display demonstrate the artist’s longstanding fascination with, and appreciation for, the alchemical nature of clay and the act of painting on ceramic objects. Using an array of large vessels and other objects made by various collaborators—including wheel-thrown plates, vases and mugs as well as handmade surfboards—Bowers creates images and stories on ceramic surfaces that blend art historical references with Australiana motifs and icons from popular culture. These highly decorative objects express a love of the Australian bush, its flora and fauna whilst reflecting on Australia’s place in the world.
Stephen Bowers, Blue chintz, 2013, wheel thrown earthenware, underglaze, clear glaze
Reproduced courtesy of the artist. Photography: Grant Hancock
Pure bewdy—recent acquisitions 2012–13
An exhibition that reveals the quality and diversity of the Gallery’s acquisition program: from the finely-detailed engravings of early 20th century British printmaker Robert Austin and the modernist linocuts of George Bell, to the abstract sculptural forms of Lenton Parr and contemporary artist Jon Campbell’s neon work celebrating the Australian vernacular (from which the exhibition title derives).
Oriental odyssey—decorative arts from the Far East
Drawn from the permanent collection, Oriental odyssey demonstrates the taste for all things Eastern that flourished in the Western world during the 19th and early 20th centuries through trade, tourism and international exhibitions. This special exhibition includes Indo-Persian parade armour, bronze Japanese samurai warriors, various depictions of the Buddha, golden Satsuma vases and other artefacts gifted by some of the Gallery’s earliest benefactors most notably Oswald Gibson and Mrs John Biddlecombe. On until
From the formidable cliffs of Cape Otway to the calm waters of a Cornish fishing village, the coastal vista has long been a popular subject for artists. This display of depictions of coastlines near and far includes works by Will Ashton, Lily de Crillon Berthon, Brookes Photographic Union, Rupert Bunny, Harold Herbert, Walter Withers and his daughter Margery Withers. On until 18 May.
Waves And Water – Australian Beach Photographs at the National Wool Museum
See some of Australia’s best beach photography from over the decades in the Waves and Water exhibition at the National Wool Museum. Featuring work by Max Dupain, Ray Leighton, Jeff Carter, Roger Scott, Ian Lever, Anne Zahalka and Narelle Autio, as well as photographs depicting iconic beach locations from Geelong, the Great Ocean Road and the surrounding regions. Don’t miss it!
Little Gems at the Wintergarden gallery, Geelong
Little Gems is an exhibition featuring over 100 small works from more than a dozen regional artists at the Wintergarden Gallery. While you are there, pop in for a coffee and cake.
Metropolis Gallery – Summer Salon Show
Metropolis Gallery has an eclectic salon show with many artists represented from their stable. Paintings by Philip Adams, Mark Cairns, Leigh Chiller, Bruce Earles, Peter Ferguson, Michael Gromm, Ludmilla Meilerts, Richard Morrison, Linda Robertson, Robyn Rankin, Clive Sinclair, Judi Singleton, Susan Sutton, Gail Willoughby, Sisca Verwoert and a selection of works from Indigenous art centres including Papunya Tula Artists, Tjala Arts and Tjanpi Desert Weavers, and the Utopia region and Torres Strait Islands. There is also a selection of collectable edition prints including Dean Bowen, Jazmina Cininas, Graham Fransella, David Frazer, Anita Iacovella, Deborah Klein, Adrian Lockhart, Marco Luccio and Joel Wolter providing affordable art options alongside designer jewellery and art glass by Denizen, Brian Hirst, Amanda Louden, James McMurtrie, Keith Rowe and Phil Stokes.
Terrafirm by Ngaio Lenz at Boom Gallery
We recently featured the paintings of Ngaio Lenz on the blog here. Ngaio’s work continues on exhibition at Boom until 1 February. The cafe has delicious food too.
The Haves and Have Yachts at ETCH Gallery
The Haves and Have Yachts at ETCH Gallery features a range of works depicting Geelong waterfront scenes. With the exhibition of work by regional artists coinciding with the Festival of Sails, this is a great opportunity to purchase a work of the Geelong waterfront.
So there you have it people. Get out there and enjoy all the art on offer! I know I will.