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The Great Alpine Gallery celebrates 20 years this October and is one of the longest running volunteer run galleries in Victoria, if not the oldest.
Started up by local artists to provide an outlet for creative people in the area, the gallery began life in Omeo, before moving to Swifts Creek, where it has flourished and continues to provide a valuable outlet for East Gippsland artists and crafts people.
To celebrate GAG are launching their 20th anniversary exhibition 20 YEARS: WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE on Sunday October 14th, starting with a champagne brunch at 11am. The work of the founding group will be acknowledged with founder/artist Deirdre Jack doing the launching honours. As well as a photographic display of the past twenty years, the exhibition will showcase current members' high quality art, crafts and artisan works.
The exhibition runs from 3 - 28 October and all are very welcome.
The Wolfensohn Gift will be at the Great Alpine Gallery on 15 August from 10am to 2.30pm, for a special one off exhibition, courtesy of the National Gallery's touring program, and the East Gippsland Shire Council.
In 1988 Jim Wolfensohn (the Australian-born former president of the World Bank) and Elaine Wolfensohn generously donated funds to enable the National Gallery of Australia to buy museum-quality works of art to travel Australia as part of a unique exhibition program. In this program, a wide range of audiences, including those living with disability, are able to experience art first-hand in a compelling way.
The Elaine and Jim Wolfensohn Gift comprises three art-filled suitcases and the 1888 Melbourne Cup. They have travelled to schools, libraries, community centres, regional galleries and nursing homes since their development in 1990. In this way, the Gift is enjoyed by both children and adults in remote, regional and metropolitan centres across Australia. This distinctive travelling exhibition has a strong educational function. The valuable artworks have been carefully selected to be both interesting and resilient; so that they can be handled and enjoyed by young and old for many years to come.
Join us for a conversation with Ceramic Artist Heather Leatham about how we, as artists, engage with the natural environment and the elements.
Originally from Orbost, Heather nursed in a variety of settings including Melbourne, Katherine and remote areas of the Northern Territory. In this time she worked with many diverse groups carrying out health promotion and project management. Heather went on the explore art, studying Fine Arts majoring in Ceramics. She completed her Honours in 2017 and is currently studying Information Management at RMIT. Since 2011 Heather has exhibited her work and won the Victorian Ceramic Award at RMIT in her final year of study.
Heather would like to chat informally and provide a forum for discussion. Her wealth of knowledge will be so valuable to us all.
Wednesday 29th August 5pm at the gallery followed by dinner at the Albion Hotel for those who would like to join Heather.
Please RSVP to Anne Richardson M 0408 523 498 or email the Gallery on firstname.lastname@example.org
Five artists from the Great Alpine Gallery spent a fabulous and productive two weeks at the Falls Creek Artist-in-Residence Program in February, with visits by an number of other Gallery artists.
Deirdre Jack, Penny Carruthers, Anne Richardson, Tiffany Forster and Tracey Johnson will be exhibiting work produced during the residency at the Gallery from 8th June, with works by special guest artists Lynn Lochrie, Jenny Coy, Ann Bingham and Carole Pepper also on display.
Come and celebrate the exhibition opening on Friday 6th June at 6pm, when the artists will share brief reflections on their time at the residency. Any artists interested in applying for the residency, please come along for some more information, and see https://www.fallscreek.com.au/arts-culture/#residence
Thanks to Falls Creek Alpine Resort for their generous support in hosting the residency.
The Great Alpine Arts Trail, held on 5th and 6th May 2018, was enormously successful for artists and visitors alike. Full of new venues and surprises, see the Alpine Arts Trail page for more details.
The Gallery's Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, November 9. What a great year it's been for the Great Alpine Gallery! Read about the highlights in the President's Report, which was released at the AGM:
If you are crafty or arty we want you; please click on the link below:
One of our valued artists Gordon Bain is moving to Sydney, and has generously offered to raffle one of his large paintings in the Gallery. This fabulous artwork could be yours for just $2 (or 3 tickets for $5.) Tickets available at the Great Alpine Gallery, drop in to have a look at this gorgeous work on display there, or you can make a direct deposit into the Gallery's account: Great Alpine Gallery Inc, BSB: 083 868, Account No: 7946 21465 with your name and “raffle” in the details. The raffle will be drawn at the opening of our Christmas exhibition in December.The Raffle was won by one of our prolific artists from Swifts Creek- Carole Pepper!
We are very pleased to announce visual artist Sofie Dieu as our artist for the Great Alpine Artist Residency. Sofie will be with us from 22nd August to 5th September, and will be exploring The Geographic Self using inks and other media.
We will be welcoming Sofie for dinner at the Albion Hotel from 6.30pm on Tuesday 22nd August - please come and make her feel welcome!
Sofie will be presenting workshops for the community in Benambra and Swifts Creek, see Workshops page, and also a workshop at Swifts Creek School. She will be presenting an artists talk at the Great Alpine Gallery on Sunday 3rd September with an exhibition of work in progress made during her residency, including work made by the community.
The Gallery will be hosting an artist residency in August 2017. Supported by East Gippsland Shire Council's Arts & Heritage Grants, the residency will provide accommodation, work space and other resources for an artist for a period of 9 days to two weeks in August 2017.
The residency will be open to all artists - local or interstate national and international artists, both emerging and established, practicing all forms of creativity. The residency will provide an opportunity for artists to take time away from their own commitments and environment to reflect, research and develop creative ideas, responding to this new context.
It aims to bring new creative energy and skills into our region by hosting a creative with “fresh eyes” – new ways of seeing and interpreting this environment. The it aims to encourage and develop the skills of local artists and the community, through informal interaction with the artist, workshops, and exposure to the work produced.
To apply for the residency please download the residency information here.
The enormously popular Open Studios Weekend will be held again on 6-7 May - but this time with a foodie twist. Now the Great Alpine Arts Trail, the route will stretch from Bruthen to Omeo and includes galleries, studios, pop up art spaces, art in pubs and cafes, and great local food and wine. To see the full program go to Great Alpine Arts Trail.
We have a fabulous new exhibition coming up - “Unearthed - lost things found” from 23rd April to 31st May. This is a theme sure to get your creative juices going – we would love lots of innovative new work, any medium. Drop off work to the Gallery on Wednesday 19th April. The exhibition will open on Sunday 23rd April at 9.30am in conjunction with a (f)route breakfast at the Great Alpine Gallery - served with some fresh fruit-flavoured kombucha brewed by Judith Wong! Judith, unearther of many Alpine marvels, will open the exhibition. Then head over to the Albion Hotel for the Harvest Exchange to swap some local produce - what a fruity feast!
A very special exhibition is on display at the Great Alpine Gallery, Swifts Creek. After decades packed away, the Swifts Creek Puppet Theatre collection has come out to play once more.
The puppet shows were established by Edna Gale and Pat Oram in the 1970’s and the plays and puppets brought interest and enjoyment to many community events and organizations through the 70’s and early 80’s both in the Omeo Shire and as far away as Bairnsdale and Paynesville.
Edna Gale wrote the scripts and Pat Oram created the puppets. Both of them and other community members were involved in the actual running of the shows.
The puppet shows on display at the Swifts Creek Gallery include: • Punch and Judy • The Littlest Pig of All • Goldie Locks and the Three Bears • The Enchanted Island
There is also a collection of ‘Political Figures’ puppets including Gough and Margaret Whitlam, Bob and Hazel Hawke, Billy Snedden, Malcolm Fraser and Justice Lionel Murphy. A script was never written for these puppets.
The scripts were recorded and a tape of the script was played during the show. Edna and Pat moved the puppets on and off the stage as prompted by the script. Pat usually had a puppet on each hand and Edna had a puppet on one hand and kept the other free to open or close the curtains or attend to other technical details.
The puppets were constructed from sawdust and glue, and formed into the shape required before being baked in the oven. They were then carefully sanded and covered with small pieces of tissue paper to form a surface on which they could be painted into the likenesses visible in the puppets on display.
The exhibition will be on display at the Gallery for the next month.
Join us for the fabulous (f)route breakfast Sunday 16th October from 9am at the Historic Cassilis Cemetery. Bring a plate or $5 donation for brekky. Special guests, founding (f)routists Andrea Lane & Josephine Jakobi, bearing gifts and sharing news from Far East Froutevilleans.
Weird and wonderful interpretations of 'clothing' … anything that can be worn on the human (or non human) body … using any medium – weaving, knitting, crochet, painting, drawing, welding, clay, photography, and of course those weird old things at the back of the wardrobe … all as seen through an artist eye.
Drop off work to the Great Alpine Gallery on Wednesday 7th September
Opening Friday 9th September, 6pm - wear that thing from the back of the wardrobe!
East Gippsland Art Gallery is proud to announce that Jennifer Sharpe, a renowned and highly experienced tapestry weaver will travel to East Gippsland and over ten workshop days create a tapestry with members from the community based on a gridded map of East Gippsland, weaving a total of 40 squares or bands that will be stitched together to form the finished piece. Participants can pick a square/band, personalise it and weave it.
Tapestry weaving is a weft faced weave which is woven on upright looms, an ancient method but very meditative. Jennifer will teach the basic techniques and participants can be a part of the project while learning a new skill. The finished Love East Gippsland Community Tapestry will remain in East Gippsland and has the potential to travel the region and be on display at various venues throughout East Gippsland and possibly beyond.
Jennifer will be at the Great Alpine Gallery on 18/19/20th August. People can book in to come for an extended sessions or they can just drop in.
Proudly supported by East Gippsland Shire Council Arts and Heritage Alliance and Regional Arts Victoria Regional Arts fund.
As part of Creative Gippsland's Come and Play, All of May initiative, six artist in residence opportunities across Gippsland were advertised nationally. Textile artist Wanda Bennett from QLD was selected for the East Gippsland residency, which will be located in the shopfront opposite the Golden Age Hotel in Omeo.
Wanda will be conducting workshops in the community and in the shopfront. Call in and say hi, have a cuppa, get creative and do some weaving!
Please join us on Saturday 28th May in the shopfront for the Week of Weaving Celebration from 11am-2pm - all the works created during the week will be on display, light refreshments served.
Sponsored by Omeo Ski Hire, East Gippsland Shire Council and Creative Gippsland, hosted by The Great Alpine Gallery.
See our Workshops page for more information.
Bookings are now open for the Weekend Workshops taking place on 28 - 29 May as part of the Come and Play All of May exhibitions and events.
See our Workshops page for more information and to make bookings.
Unfortunately we weren’t short listed for the Regional Arts Victoria Small Town Transformations. I’m sure all our work won’t be wasted, there were many great ideas and initiatives that I’m sure will find another way to grow.
Thanks so much to everyone who put their heart, soul and time into this project, what a great group of people you all are and such a positive and supportive community. Maybe we can have another go next time round!
The Great Alpine Gallery was awarded Community Group of the Year at the 2016 Australia Day Awards in Omeo.
The Gallery can be very proud of this and it is due to the great volunteers who keep the gallery running day to day. Thank you to everyone who supports it as it is a wonderful spot to drop into in our small town of Swifts Creek.
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