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John Edward



May 2015 exhibitions

Jacques Callot
Jacques Callot, 1592 – 1635 Man in Military Costume, etching, 1624 Daniel Gift Albury City Collection. Image courtesy Albury City
Jacques Callot

28th Feb > 2nd May
Main Gallery

Jacques Callot was one of the great artists of 17th Century Europe and the one most responsible for turning the technique of etching into an art. Callot was born in 1592 in Nancy, the capital of the duchy of Lorraine, then an independent republican state bordering on France. Defying his father and proving the validity of art as a career, in 1608, at age 16, he left his hometown for what is now Italy, with a group of gypsies. He spent the next 12 years mastering his artistic skills.

Callot was one of the very first artists to become an exclusively graphic artist with no known paintings attributed to him. While in Rome he studied for a short time with Antonio Tempesta, an Italian painter and engraver, before becoming an assistant to Philippe Thomassin; also an engraver and writer. Callot went on to become his own master under the patronage of the powerful Medici family which contributed to his celebrity-like status.

In 1621, following the death of his patron Cosimo II de' Medici, he returned to Nancy. On his return, Callot was commissioned to create prints for the courts of Lorraine, France and Spain, and for publishers in Paris. The subjects of his engravings ranged from everyday scenes from real life, such as beggars, drunks and gypsies, to topics of historical significance such as court scenes, religious depictions and soldiers.

The most famous of Callot's works, however, are his depictions of war and suffering. The Miseries and Misfortunes of War, published in 1633, contained two series of Callot's prints depicting the invasion of his republican homeland of Lorraine by the French monarch. Jacques Callot died on 24 March 1635, at the age of 43. His artworks are known to have influenced Francisco Goya in terms both of printmaking technique and themes. Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn was also known as an avid collector of his work. Drawn from the AlburyCity collection, this suite of etchings were collected by the foremost authority on Jacques Callot, Howard Daniel, who gifted the work to the Albury Art Gallery in the 1990's. The exhibition contains over 50 works from all his major series including the Miseries of War, Commedia dell'Arte and the Medici Landscapes and runs until 2 May 2015.

HSC students
Lily Craig, Bat Man (We Can be Heroes) 2014, Photomedia 42 x 59.4cm © courtesy of the artist, St John the Evangelist High School, Nowra
HSC students

4th Apr > 2nd May
Access Gallery, East Gallery

BOW WOW is a professional exhibition of selected HSC visual art works from the Shoalhaven. This exhibition aims to showcase the innovative subject matter and quality work produced by local HSC students. This program is a joint project with the Australian Decorative and Fine Art Society, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and the Department of Education and Communities. The schools participating this year are Bomaderry High School, Kiama High School, Nowra Anglican College, Nowra High School, Shoalhaven High School,  St John the Evangelist  Catholic High School and Vincentia High School.

Elizabeth Elder
Elizabeth Elder Ann and the Investigator 2012 pastel and acrylic 46 x 61cm courtesy of the artist.
Elizabeth Elder

4th Apr > 2nd May
Foyer Gallery

An allegory on explorer and navigator Matthew Flinders, based on a true story adapted into a book by Ernestine Hill <i>My Love Must Wait</i>. In the cold eternal bronze of statuary he watches over the destinies of the continent he named.  The young explorer, once human, now immortal. Every school-child knows his history, sketching the first outline of the Great South Land.  But few know the story of his life-long love that is one of the world's greatest tragedies; of a life's unending labour of discovery, of the persecution of a cruel fate that gave all only to take away, and sent a broken cripple to an unknown grave, and crowned the ruin with undying fame when a century had gone.

Various Artists
Emily Duncan, Working Drawing 2015 Watercolour, ink and acrylic paint on paper 40.5 x 29cm © courtesy of the artist
Various Artists

18th Apr > 2nd May
Side Gallery

Working drawings and preliminary paintings form this exhibition of ideas generated during a recent 3 day Youth Week 2015 workshop focusing on the environment, creativity and perceptions of place.  Reading the Land / Landcare specialists (Jacob Chant-Murray, Eric Zarella, Graeme Gibson) guided five young, enthusiastic participants across the trails of Bens Walk and into the currents of the Shoalhaven River. Specific information on local aboriginal culture, geology and conservation provided source material for a direct creative response and the resultant display of artworks in progress. A Youth Week 2015 partnered event between Shoalhaven City Council Community Development, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and Reading the Land.

Various Artists
Michelle Ashby Untitled 2014 acrylic on particle board 235 x 86cm © courtesy of the artist. Depth, tone and colour of words. Dark moving into light, light moving into dark, and dark moving back into light. These are a reflection of the issues spoken of by our local youth.
Various Artists

18th Apr > 4th Jul

Directed by the theme for Youth Week 2015 - It Starts with Us - the panels have been designed and implemented by TAFE Bomaderry Visual Arts students in collaboration with local youth. The designs were created in response to interviews with youth by TAFE Bomaderry artists. Interactive artwork involving QR codes and blackboard paint call for young people to complete the artwork by adding comment and drawing directly onto the surface. A partnered event for Youth Week 2015 between councils Community Development Unit, Shoalhaven City Arts Centre and TAFE Bomaderry.

Shoalhaven Art Society
2014 Shoalhaven Arts Society exhibition at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre & Regional Gallery
Shoalhaven Art Society

9th May > 30th May
Launch: 9th May 12 > 2pm
Main Gallery, Foyer Gallery, Access Gallery, East Gallery

This large annual exhibition, coordinated by the Shoalhaven Art Society, draws entries from the local area and Australia wide. Prize money totals in excess of $8000. The exhibition features many aspects of paint media and a variety of prizes are awarded including an acquisitive prize of $2500. All works are for sale in this unique showcase of talented artists. Contact for the Shoalhaven Arts Society is (02) 4422 1794. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at Berry School of Arts, Alexander St, Berry from 1pm.