Art in the Bay – artist interviews

Screen Shot 2018-12-28 at 2.43.14 pmArtist interviews by Jackson Hayat.

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Lorna Pitkethly and Brian Williams: We have lived here for 25 years since 1993, before that we would visit on holidays. One time we were heading back to Melbourne from our caravan trip and stopped out on the Great Ocean Road at the Museum which was newly opening at the Cable Station. This was our original connection with the Art Show as it was formerly run by the Apollo Bay Historical Society. For 18 years we have been part of the Apollo Bay Art Show, both in exhibiting and setting up. Lorna works with kiln-fired transparent and opaque glass to create 2D and 3D artworks, and Brian with a wood turners lathe to create pieces from various timbers. Huon pine and Blackwood are 2 timbers he likes to use, however he uses all timbers and has also used recycled materials.

artshowposterimagesLorna and Brian were both raised in families with artistic leanings. Creativity was encouraged and they have always themselves been interested in attending art exhibitions. Lorna is inspired by the environment, natural world and history of art. Her main interest iis design and colour and the practical techniques of using a kiln and firing and slumping glass.Brian likes to produce items which are needed so that they are useful whilst at the same time ornamental. His inspiration comes from the ideas he dreams up in his mind and then tries to create in the making process. Brian will be entering a framed hand mirror made of Queensland Maple, some lidded boxes of various timbers, and a bedside lamp. The lamp and its shade are made entirely from Huon Pine and rough white linen.

Canola yellow 60x60cm Gayle Seach

 

Gayle Seach: After graduating Art School I worked in Holland and Melbourne in publishing and textiles, then 18 years ago moved to Apollo Bay from the Dandenong Ranges. I then focussed on painting on canvas.I get inspired by the history of places and things, whether it be driving through rural countryside or walking around the block, and usually make works in series to explore a concept. My Hull series was inspired by old boat hulls stored around the corner from my studio. Other subjects include old dairies, Canola fields, silos, the inescapable ocean, landscapes and more, some of which will be shown at the Apollo Bay Art Show.

 

Website: apollobaygallery.blogspot.com

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Cathy Donovan: Being an artist is about being truly myself. My earliest memory as an artist was of painting over other artworks hanging in my home at 12 years old. I had faith in my art. Over my life art was a constant companion, but now it is my passionate focus. I want to support others to take up art too, and give workshops and classes and share resources whenever I can.Until recently watercolour and textiles were my key mediums but since moving to Apollo Bay I have extended to printmaking (intaglio and collographs) and other painting mediums. I expect to showcase printmaking in this year’s art show, but an odd watercolour may creep in!My inspiration comes from birds and the stunning colour and drama in the sea and forest around me.constant companion, but now it is my passionate focus. I want to support others to take up art too, and give workshops and classes and share resources whenever I can.Until recently watercolour and textiles were my key mediums, but since moving to Apollo Bay I have extended to printmaking (intaglio and collographs) and other painting mediums. I expect to showcase printmaking in this year’s art show, but an odd watercolour may creep in!My inspiration comes from birds and the stunning colour and drama in the sea and forest around me.

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