Long-time Arts North member Steve Oatway has also elected to have a 'Gallery' page on this website.
Beyond sharing his works, Steve gives an insight to his considerable interest in fostering art in the community.
Gerhard Ritter now has an Arts North 'Gallery' page, also with a clickable link to his blog page. This has come about, as much as anything else, due to the 'overwhelming' number of successes his works have enjoyed in recent weeks .. outstanding!
(Please click below to visit Gerhard's new 'Gallery' page)
Wednesday 16th May, we were lucky to attend a demo at Arts North by multi talented pastelist, Joe Dennis, a lovely down to earth lady eager to share her tips on improving our prowess at pastel painting. In the three hours Joe painted two beautiful landscapes which were amazing.
A great day appreciated by all who attended.
Thank you to Joe and to Colleen who organised the day.
Once again we have manned our pop-up 'gallery' to do the Arts North week-long (membership) promotion at the Munno Para Shopping Centre. Time will tell the effectiveness.
Many thanks to all who gave their time and effort; a special thanks, too, to Hans Koppan who gave not only time and effort but also again donated the raffle prize .. his painting of the Murray (Swan Reach?) shown above. (The raffle was won by Sandra B., a member of the public who was very quick off the mark, coming to claim her prize within no time at all - may she long enjoy it.)
This contribution from Joy Wright:
"So good to have the Messenger covering exhibitions lately, especially getting exposure prior to the event.
Good luck and best wishes to all Art North members taking part in The Watershed Art Prize."
.. and 'Good Luck' to Joy!
(can't make the photo any larger .. click 'Ctrl' '+' to enlarge yr computer screen; 'Ctrl' '-' to return to normal)
Just in from Gerhard Ritter:
"I am delighted to report that the current issue (May 2018 issue 407) of The Australian Artist magazine contains my eight page article detailing how I paint watercolours on brown packing paper.
I hope it will prove enjoyable to readers."
Well done, Gerhard! (This weekend coming, Gerhard will be presenting a two day workshop at Adelaide Art Society - just more indication, if any needed, of the value that Gerhard brings to Arts North on a day to day basis)
The Arts North exhibition 'Northern Creativity' opened at Birdwood on Sunday 25th of March with members and their families in attendance.
It was a diverse exhibition with 32 works in oil, acrylic, water colour and pastel and three metal sculptures.
Gerhard, who opened the exhibition, spoke of the artistic creative process, being "in the zone", and how art "bares something of the artist's soul".
The work exhibited in this show reflected the passion of 17 different artists, and is testimony to the great diversity of the Arts North group, and was skillfully hung (as usual) and harmoniously brought together.
While speaking of Gerhard - there will be a 'Multi-Artists' Demo' held at Campbelltown:
The date will be 19th of May between 1-3pm, and will feature Alan Ramachandran and Gerhard Ritter using water colour, Mike Barr using oil (and possibly acrylics), and Bill Truslove using pastel.
This group always put on a great turn and your effort in getting there would be well rewarded!
News for the new month (I could say "..for the new Season", but Gerhard would pick me up on that) - anyway, new News:
Gerhard has had another couple of wins, this time at the Tea Tree Gully Lions Club 2018 Exhibition which is in the Tea Tree Gully Library. Congratulations Gerhard !
His work, oil on canvas, "Fortyniner" was awarded 1st prize in Category A , Oil and Acrylic - the second time Gerhard has won 1st prize here in this category.
His free form ceramic, "Evening Bath" was awarded 2nd prize in the Free Form Ceramic category.
First prize for Free Form Ceramics went to Belinda Martin for her giant hand giving the Churchillian salute (the tall person in back is Mayor Kevin Knight of the Tea Tree Gully Council).
The exhibition closes this Sunday.
A very informative Arts North day. Gerhard Ritter probably doesn't have every framing answer, but he has all the practical answers that matter! Works on board, stretched canvas, paper .. he demonstrated the lot in the space of a few hours.
Gerhard demonstrated not just mat cutting, but glass and acrylic (perspex) cutting as well. Lots of tips - eg how to hang an unframed board without framing; or, mounting canvas board in a (subsequently matted) foam board sandwich. He passed on tips on what to buy and where; what you need - and what you might get by with.
He dealt with basics (the difference between various D rings) and the technical (perspex saw teeth; multi-points drivers and cost of same; the distance that a Vee nailer feed spring can travel unobserved).
Great day! Good stuff! Thanks Gerhard.