Birds of a Feather

Three Local Birds bringing together a show of their own.

Long-time friends, Susan Bridgford, Helen Swords and Sue Foldhazy have come together once again, to rekindle their mutual love of clay, in their latest exhibition ‘Feathered Friends’.  First meeting each other at ceramic TAFE classes in Mudgee, their collective desire for making in clay is now expressed with birds in focus.


In the early years of their ceramic teachings, all were educated by Claire Locker.  Her precision wheel throwing, hand building techniques and extensive knowledge of ceramics passed on.  With such a wonderful foundation, each of these artists’, now have their own unique style and process.


Sharing their passion for ceramics, the artists have had numerous successful exhibitions together and today look forward to sharing their love for birds with you.

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Opening Night Wednesday 6th November @ 6.30pm

All welcome

Wine by Small Winemaker’s Centre and Canapes by Lesley Byfield Papworth.


Going Wild at Fairview ArtSpace

A great night for the local artists – at Fairview ArtSpace

Margot Stephens, Toni & Warwick (Wok) Behrens bring their work to the gallery.

It was exciting to see such strong support for their show. Sam Paine opened the show with praise for the work and some wonderful stories about the artists and their contribution to the cultural enrichment of our community.

A few images of the night and the work

Exhibition runs till 26th September so don’t miss your opportunity to invest in a quality artwork at very reasonable prices. Put it on lay bye if you need time and get ready for Christmas early.

A huge thanks to Lesley Byfirld Papworth for the sumptuous canapes and The Small Winemaker’s Cellar Door for undying support of the gallery and exhibiting artists.


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“Wild” works by Margot Stephens, Warwick & Toni Behrens

 Wild opens tomorrow evening at Fairview ArtSpace @ 6pm – Wednesday 21st August

Wine sponsored by The Small Winemakers Cellar Door & Canapes by Lesley Byfield Papworth.  Sam Paine will open the exhibition.

Take the opportunity to share the evening and enjoy the experience of talking with the artists.


Breathe Margot Stephens
Ceramic figure

Stephens obtained a Bachelor in Visual Arts at City Art Institute (now C.O.F.A.) Where Marea Gazzard head of the Ceramics department was an inspiration.

Stephens went on to study the Maiolica technique in Italy and returned to Mudgee to establish a professional studio in1988.

 Working predominately in Gulgong’s Puggoon pink earthenware for ceramic sculptures Stephens has pursued an interest in colour with form utilizing a variety of glaze techniques, including under glaze, onglaze and precious metal lustres.

Her work has been exhibited with S.O.F.A. (Sculpture, Object and Functional Art) New York and Chicago, and Art London in the UK. 

  Stephens continues to work from her studio near Mudgee where her time is divided between building a light earth cottage with her husband from locally sourced materials, teaching Drawing and Sculpture through Mudgee Creative Collective, and sculpting on a commission basis.

 “Magical Realism,” is the style of the work she is currently exploring, as everyday events in isolation seem extraordinary and through a drawing or sculpture become allegorical compositions.


Antlers – Warwick Behrens
Graphite on paper

Warwick Behrens  

 After almost a decade of  hermitting away from fine illustration I was inspired to take up a pencil again at the beckoning of an inquiring ram skull. And from the moment I started and through to the end of the drawing I felt at home.

The wild and basic nature of a subject is what I seek to find. If I see it, I draw it.

The large format illustrated works have been drawn onto Stonehenge 250gsm archival paper using Generals 9XXB graphite pencil.


Hullo Spotty Dog – Toni Behrens

 Toni Behrens

        Welcome to ‘the wild’
Ashon & Coby slipped on their new beanies instantly transforming them into a wise
owl and an adventurous little bear. Together they went on a quest to find treasure
they crossed rivers they climbed mountains & fought dragons they built teepee’s
and made swords from the forest tree’s.
Today its a trip to the north pole & tomorrow we might be going on a bear hunt.
New discoveries are never far away! It is this spirit of adventure and connection to
‘the wild’ that has fueled this current body of work.
I enjoy working in watercolour for the freedom of the material and the loose lines I
can create and I love printmaking for the process and the often unpredictable results.
I will often experiment with an idea trying many different mediums till I find
the one that suits the subject matter of the body of work.
I draw from direct influences in my world about me; all that I see, feel and experience
finds its way into my art making. From memories of my childhood, growing up
in Mudgee through to patterns & design that occur in nature. I have always loved
good design. The artists I most admire are Brett Whitely, Russell Drysdale and
Shaun Tan, each having a unique way of recording the world around them.

“Artist’s Imprint – from the City”

Polly Pickles, Mary Cullen and Margaret Fortey bring their printmaking to Mudgee straight from a successful show in Balmain.

The three women have put together a very exciting and diverse collection of works. The works include Lino cuts,etchings, dry point, wood cuts,engraving, works on silk, and screen printing. These techniques shape the works in this wonderful collection and will excite the viewer. The works capture scenes on Sydney Harbour, imagery from toy museums, dreams, farms and waterfalls and many more .

The exhibition opens Friday 31st May at Fairview ArtSpace

4pm – 6pm  Wine & cheese

The artists will be in the gallery at 2pm on Saturday 1st june to share their knowledge and meet the community.

Hope to see you there

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Great night for the Printmakers at Fairview ArtSpace.

Printmakers Miriam Cullen, Kay Norton Knight, Helen Brancatisano & Jutta Fuhrmans are 4 exuberant women with a passion for their art form. The collection of work in Plate, Paper, Block is diverse, exciting witty and technically sound. Well recognized local artist  Margot Stephens opened the show, speaking of  the value of the art form and its role and prevalence over the centuries.

Margot introduced each of the artists and spoke to their work, its strengths and direction

It is an exciting new focus for the gallery and there will be much to offer the viewers throughout the year.

I have added some images from each of the artists on show.

Don’t miss the opportunity to catch the show – in place till Monday 8th April 2013

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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“Downsizing” works by Michael Forster


Michael’s latest show opened on Wednesday 12th December and will run till the 31st January 2013.

As you know Michael Forster has been employed with FAS for the past 4 months as an artist in residency – he has put together some very exciting work in this time and now it is your turn to experience the results.

Alongside Michael’s work will be pieces from the stockroom

Make sure that you catch this show you will be impressed.