Rae Bolotin, Annabel Butler, Tanya Chaitow, Janet Dawson, Viola Dominello, Merran Esson, Rachel Fairfax, Ashley Frost, Rod Holdaway, Judy Holding, Di Holdsworth, Steve Lopes, Ian Marr, Denese Oates, Liz Shreeve & Trevor Weekes

A Stella(r) Renaissance
17 June - 15 July 2017

Stella(r) - from late Latin stellaris, from Latin stella - star. Firstly, referring to the quality line up of star performers in the Gallery.

Renaissance - from French renaissance - re- back, again + naissance birth (from Latin nascentia, from nasci - be born).

Good things come to those that wait, and A Stella Renaissance throws open the new gallery doors to present work from each artist in a group show with RAE BOLOTIN, ANNABEL BUTLER, TANYA CHAITOW, JANET DAWSON, VIOLA DOMINELLO, MERRAN ESSON, RACHEL FAIRFAX, ASHLEY FROST, ROD HOLDAWAY, JUDY HOLDING, DI HOLDSWORTH, STEVE LOPES, IAN MARR, DENESE OATES, LIZ SHREEVE AND TREVOR WEEKES.

It has been an exceptional year for our artists. Travelling internationally, STEVE LOPES and IAN MARR have walked and responded to the histories of the Western Front in France; ASHLEY FROST explored the scenes of Tokyo; and VIOLA DOMINELLO returned from Europe - a constant source of inspiration.

Immersed in the landscape, ceramics by MERRAN ESSON and sculpture by DENESE OATES have been framed by the mountainous surrounds at Scenic World; JANET DAWSON has been depicting views of the landscape around her home in Victoria; and LIZ SHREEVE tested the limits of her paper sculpture in the natural environment - which exceeded all expectations. Bringing nature under the microscope TREVOR WEEKES presents a sensitive watercolour of a Rosella; JUDY HOLDING paints silhouettes in the landscape; and RAE BOLOTIN returns with her dynamic and fluid apple core sculpture.

Engaging with the social geography of the city, ANNABEL BUTLER reveals patterns of small minutiae in the urban landscape, whilst ROD HOLDAWAY reflects upon the human subject within the urban jungle. In the hustle and bustle of the city, RACHEL FAIRFAX draws upon the tricycle as a reminder of the simple pleasures of young life. Playing with the everyday and the eccentricities of cultural folklore and traditions, DI HOLDSWORTH presents an assemblage that bucks the Greek myth around, and TANYA CHAITOW moonlights with her old friend Ai Weiwei.

Rich varied and full of energy, A Stella Renaissance is an exciting showcase of the now, and a taste from each artist of what is to come.

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Ashley Frost

Chasing the Light
1 August - 26 August

ASHLEY FROST paints at the turning point of each day - capturing the sublime transition of early morning or late evening light. His coastal vistas and urban streetscapes, painted en plein air, are ephemeral observations of the natural world.

In Chasing the Light, FROST shares his vision of the play of light across various natural and urban landscapes as he has travelled across the world. As an avid globetrotter he has painted from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Soho and upstate New York, right down to Antarctica, and also locally in Sydney and along the South Coast of New South Wales. Fluid in form and composition, FROST's paintings engage with otherworldly evocations of light. Often building up thick, viscous layers of paint with a vibrant spectrum of colour that convey the cyclical pulse of the physical world - from the motion of the bustling streets and the long shadow cast by urban high rise, to changing coastal tides between day and night.

Born in Sydney, ASHLEY FROST studied at the National Art School and did his PhD in Visual Arts at the University of Wollongong. FROST has had regular solo exhibitions in Australia, New York and Hong Kong since 1991 and he has shown in numerous group exhibitions around Australia. In 2003 he won the Kings School Acquisitive Art Award as well as receiving an Australian Post- Graduate Award Scholarship. In 2004 FROST received an artist-in-residence aboard the MV Orlova, which sailed to Antarctica. FROST has also received numerous grants from the Ministry for the Arts and has worked on many community arts projects, including Warilla Federation Local History Public Art Project and Heritage Walk Shellharbour. He was a finalist in the Waverly Art Prize in 2012 and The NSW Plein Air exhibition at Parliament House in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 he was an artist-in-residence at Stone Vineyard near Austin, Texas. ASHLEY FROST is a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2017, with his portrait of esteemed artist and Archibald alumni, Janet Dawson.

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Deirdre Bean, Rod Holdaway, Steve Lopes & Ian Marr

Europe is always a good idea
29 August - 7 October

For our artists STEVE LOPES, IAN MARR, ROD HOLDAWAY and DEIRDRE BEAN Europe has held a dominant focus in each of their practices this year. And the result is as successful and rich as expected.

With a deft hand STEVE LOPES responds emotively to his time spent travelling in Europe. Loose and free brushwork blurs the line between realism and abstraction in his poignant en plein air works. Travelling through multiple countries, variations of colour palette and subject change the mood subtly, deepening our experience of the European landscape.

Working with watercolour DEIRDRE BEAN distils her experience into memory laden still lifes. Delicately composed and carefully researched, she creates unlikely, yet considered pairings of symbolic objects that evoke poetic narratives from her travels along the Western Front.

IAN MARR'S colour palette seems very much at home in the European landscape. Working with golden hues, deep blues and greens he creates works of tonal graduations of oil upon copper. What strikes true is his eye for the changing light the landscape, captured with hints of copper glinting through.

Situating himself in France as his place of inspiration, ROD HOLDAWAY embraced the energy and heat of a Parisian summer. Working en plein air with pastel on paper, as well as pen on ipad drawings he challenged himself to respond to such an iconic city of structures. Filled with light and movement there is a rawness that is as fresh as the artist's first encounter with them.

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