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Eight gallery artists finalists in Goulburn Art Award

The Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Goulburn Art Award 2020 received the highest number of entries this year with 49 being selected as finalists. Karen Quinlan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery is this year’s judge.

Of the 49 finalists, eight have exhibited in either curated exhibitions or as solo artists at Helen Stephens Gallery over the past two years. While the gallery doesn’t represent artists as such, handling their work exclusively and restricting their access to other galleries, we do have many artists who exhibit regularly and whose work we hold in our stockroom.

Here is our list of exhibiting artists and finalists in the Goulburn Art Award – Julie Bradley, Lynne Flemons, Alison Ford, John Hart, Robbie Howard, Ian Jones, David Ryrie and Peta Thurling. Congratulations.

On March 15, we opened our current exhibition, Australian bushlands. Up to 60 people enjoyed the fine sunny day and by 2pm were mingling in groups in the garden and the gallery. Colleen Worthy, general manager, Upper Lachlan Shire Council came over from Crookwell to open the exhibition. Robbie Howard’s small paintings, oil on paper, were a big hit on the day – all four sold. Her large screen print, May’s Lane, Collector (d. 120x80cm) was selected for the Goulburn Art Award. All this before self-isolating and social distancing.

Colleen Worthy opening Australian Bushlands. In the background, Robin Howard’s, print, May’s Lane beside two oil paintings and to the left Lynne Flemons, Evoke, acrylic on canvas. D. 150x105cm. This is a particularly beautiful painting of Cataract Gorge, Launceston, Tas. It has a mate, Suspend, also from Cataract Gorge – a steal at $3000 ea.

John Hart, a finalist in this year’s Goulburn Art Award, has two screen prints in Australian bushlands, which he has titled, There but for an imperfect symmetry, Fyshwick and Falls.

John was president of the Southern Highlands Printmakers and worked for several years at Megalo Print Studio in Kingston, ACT and now runs the Belconnen Art Centre.

It was a pleasure to deliver Alison Ford’s painting, It’s a jungle out there to Grag for the Goulburn Art Award.

Alison Ford, It’s a jungle out there, oil and acrylic on canvas.d.74x69cm.

We have another of Alison’s paintings in the stockroom. One of my favourites. Soltice, oil and acrylic on unstretched linen.d.49x46cm hung on a cherry wood branch. I like it’s domestic feel. I can imagine hanging it in my bedroom and sitting up in bed examining the colours and shapes. Yours for $400.

Alison Ford, Soltice, oil and acrylic on linen.

Julie Bradley, Trewyn, composition on board.

Both from our stockroom.

Now, the job is to keep the gallery open online. This blog is the start and this week I will start doing videos of the current exhibition and focusing on individual paintings.

The gallery is open at weekends as usual – there is plenty of room for social distancing here, but I don’t expect many, if any visitors. Collector is so quiet these days with Some Cafe, Collector Wines Cellar Door and the Farm Fresh Shop we all loved so much has closed shop and moved interstate. However, Collector Wines is doing home deliveries which is a god send.

So, stay tuned and stay safe.

Helen Stephens

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