We are proud to be offering four outstanding artists demonstrations for the Kinglake Art Show. This year's artists have all been residents of the Kinglake Ranges and are looking forward to sharing their art methods.
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Saturday 18 November - 10.00am
Saturday - 12.00pm
Saturday 19 November - 2.00pm
GRACE PELAG - Still Life Pastel
We are offering an opportunity to watch a talented, award winning artist at work.
Grace’s pastel skills have earned her a number of awards spanning 30 years, and she is a Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia signature award recipient.
Grace has 50 years experience in the art world., having studied Graphic Design at Swinburne and oils with Allan Martin and Lesley Sinclair of Montsalvat in Victoria. A change to pastel in 1988 was the beginning of a long love affair with the medium. Grace began teaching in Victoria in 1991.The Grace Paleg Fine Art Studio Gallery was opened in 1995 at Batemans Bay on the South Coast of N.S.W. and it is from there that Grace continues to teach local students as well as instruct groups who incorporate a holiday with private tuition. Grace travels widely instructing at workshops and Art Festivals and Societies as well as judging throughout Australia and NZ. Awards have been many and varied with over 200 prizes including six times best pastel at the Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary art Show, twice the Ming Mckay award ,three times best in show from the Victorian Pastel Society of Australia and recently the major award at our local South Coast Pastel Societies National awards. Grace is a past president President of the South Coast Pastel Society and committee member of Perfex. She is a regular contributor to the International and Australian Artist Magazines as well as the French Practique des Arts
- Portrait of Life
Barbara Hauser was born in Germany in 1965 and studied art and graphic design in Munich, painting her medium of choice.
Inspired by travels to Indonesia, Africa, Holland, Italy, USA, Bali, Mexico and Australia. She has a voracious curiosity for the world and its people leading her to observe humanity at close quarters. She is especially interested in the dispossessed, the vulnerable and minority groups within communities.
Subjects vary from prostitutes to strippers to participants in the London Carnival. Her often enormous canvases leap off the wall demanding attention, leaving the viewer in no doubt about the intrinsic importance this painter places on all of humanity.
Here in Australia, she became interested in its indigenous people and the lives of St Kilda’s Street Sex Workers.
Barbara was invited to participate in life drawing classes at Dunmoochin which lead to a residency at Montsalvat. In both places, Barbara quickly became a respected member of the arts community. Her diligence and commitment to her arts practice is exemplary.
At Montsalvat, Barbara painted a portrait of Montsalvat’s long term resident Damien Skipper. This gritty portrait demonstrates Barbara’s ability to capture the soul of her subject in a ‘no nonsense’ honest way. It was shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Nillumbik Prize.
Barbara now lives and works in Australia. Through works such as the portrait of Damien Skipper she adds her unique vision to Australia’s identity.
For a list of her exhibitions, art fairs, affiliations, media attention and images of her artwork, visit her website:
HERMANN SCHWAIGER -Landscapes
Hermann was born in Germany. His family moved to Australia and settled in Melbourne in the late 60s. He studied Fine Arts at RMIT, but spent the following decades as a professional Jazz double bass player, working with Vince Jones, Jane Clifton and Wilbur Wilde to mention a few. He has appeared on television in shows such as The Don Burrows Collection (ABC) and Good Morning Australia. His performances include appearances at the Melbourne Concert Hall and productions with the Melbourne Theatre Company.
Having returned to his first love, painting, Hermann has emerged as an accomplished artist enjoying considerable success in the last few years. Represented in several galleries and various cafés and restaurants, his paintings often centre around celebrated bayside views and the inner inner city suburbs. Also on display are sea and landscapes, often painted at twilight conveying a sense of serenity.
Hermanns’ paintings will be familiar to Kinglakers with his depictions of local landscapes producing works full of light and depth that draw the viewer in.
He will also impress you with his magical paintings of scenes such as Flinders street Station urban and cityscapes, beach scenes, the canals around Elwood, portraiture, abstracts and a whole lot more capturing the enchanting glow.
His works are displayed in a number of cafes, restaurants and galleries throughout Melbourne and enjoy depicting contemporary life, be it the hustle and bustle of Melbournians hurrying home to dinner on a wet, winters evening or the lone fisherman with his dog strolling along the shore.
Sunday - 10.00am
MASON REED -Potter
I first discovered pottery through stumbling across wheel throwing videos of Korean and Japanese potters on Instagram. They could produce such fine and large work on the wheel it inspired me enough to try a class and I took a 10-week course with Linda de Toma at Clay Dreamers in Eltham. The initial interest was in wheel throwing but as I got deeper into the craft I discovered the chemistry behind pottery, this is what really got me hooked. A lot of chemistry goes into the process of turning soil into something as basic as a cup. I spent a lot of time researching soil types, geology, glass and glaze chemistry to better understand how the materials in nature around us can become functional pieces of tableware or sculptural pieces.
I’m currently researching the development of glazes and clay bodies made from entirely collected materials found around Victoria. Recently, I have been using clay from Kinglake and Philip Island for a lot of my work and have collected materials such as granite, basalt, calcite and wood ash which can all be used to create functional glazes. Currently, I have made pieces with around 90% foraged materials but I intend to further develop my glazes so that pieces can be made entirely from foraged materials. To expand on this glaze research I plan on building a gas kiln in the coming months. In a gas kiln the different oxygen environment will allow me to achieve better colour and texture of both glazes and clay bodies which are unattainable in an electric kiln. If the construction of the gas kiln goes to plan I hope to develop a more defined style to my work based on foraged local materials, particularly with Kinglake clay and wood ash of native trees.
Throughout the year we host workshops in and around Kinglake.
Come along and be a part of our great arts community.
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