The Art Gallery opened in the Grenfell Community Hub Building in March 2009 and has regular exhibitions on display. Exhibitions feature local and regional artists and sculptors. The gallery adds a professional venue for the arts community of Grenfell. The large light towers in the gallery mean the room is full of natural light and is an unexpected delight behind the building’s heritage exterior.
'Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group'
22nd November 2016 – 8th January, 2017
Grenfell is proud to showcase the recent works of our highly regarded local arts group. For many years they have been meeting at their Rose Street Rooms and enjoying friendship and art tuition.
This collection showcases their more recent works. These include still life, landscapes of local scenes in pastels, watercolours, acrylics, oils, fine sketches and charcoal works.
This group was established by Neva Napier in 1978 and has given considerable pleasure to the Grenfell community by offering displays of both art and craft during the past 38 years.
At present, the art group has thirteen active members who use a variety of media in which to express their talent. These include oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, charcoal and graphite. There are also many different styles of work, and this can often be dictated by the type of media used. The subjects come from 'plein air,' still life, live models and photographs. In addition, information regarding techniques in brushwork and use of palette knives is supplied by current publications of Art magazines as well as the internet. For the computer literate, this is a valuable resource for ideas, inspiration and motivation. The group meets every Monday at the Rose Street Studio.
Group members include Pat Brus, Jenny Hetherington, Myrle Hughes, Sally Jackman, Gai Lander, Bev Lappin, Susie Mc Collough, Neva Napier, Pam Peirce, Lynell Reeves, Judy Spedding, Anita Williams and Kathy Williams.
Weekly tuition is offered by Neva Napier however, members also use the opportunity to attend workshops often held by other art groups in the region. These include Forbes, Harden, and Young.
The Grenfell group have also played host to visiting artists and their workshops over past years. For 2017, John Wilson, a well known oil landscape artist, intends to hold a working with oils workshop in April.
Over recent months Neva Napier, Judy Spedding, Pat Brus and Kathy Williams have won awards in the Henry Lawson Festival, Harden Murrumburra and the Grenfell Show Society Art exhibitions as well as having some commercial successes.
"Indigo Blue" by Maureen Locke-Maclean
10th January - 26th February 2017
Exhibition by Kathleen McCue and Anda-leigh Reilly
28th February ‐ 16th April 2017
"Painting From Nature" - The Central West, by John Sharman
19th April ‐ 1st June 2017
"Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Exhibition"
8th June ‐ 18th June 2017
20th June ‐ 30th July 2017
The Gallery is also the home of the Grenfell Community Curtain which permanently occupies the northern wall of the gallery. The vision for the curtain was ‘a visual representation of the essence of the Grenfell community’.
The curtain began its journey in 1990 and its evolution meandered along until 2000 when the deadline for completion was set- the Centenary of Federation, September 2001. The curtain is 14 feet high comprises five panels each of which is five foot wide. There was a team of 17 volunteers working on the project with funding coming from the Grenfell Dramatic Society. The curtain has been constructed on fire resistant canvas.
The curtain serves as a tourist drawcard as it gives visitors an opportunity to view local sites and past events in the richly textured artwork. The curtain is for the community and its location ensures that everyone has an opportunity to view and appreciate it. A watercolour of the design hangs in the Weddin Shire Council Chambers and a ceramic version is mounted on the wall of the Grenfell Motel in Main Street.
Images featured on the curtain include The Caragabal silos, the George Street fires, the Grenfell Court House, the Weddin Shire Council Logo, Iandra castle, The Blue Church on the Cowra Road, St Josephs Church, Uniting Church, The Holy Trinity Anglican Church, The Flour Mill, the Quandialla Railway water tower, the Grenfell Railway Station, the Grenfell Record Office, The Odd Fellows Hall, The Henry Lawson Obelisk, gold mining history complete with Chinese workers, indigenous culture, native flora such as eucalyptus leaves, paper daisies, hardenbergia, autumn leaves, vast bird life including cockatoo, kookaburra, galah, magpie, rosella, blue wren, superb parrot, silver eye and kangaroos and emu. These are not all of the images on the curtain and you are encouraged to visit the curtain and identify even more featured scenes.
A book called ‘Painting with Thread’- the story of the curtain is available for purchase from the gallery.
The curtain is accessible to all with wheelchair access and disabled toilets conveniently located.
Practicing Artists Register
Here is a list of practicing artists in Weddin Shire
|Patina Art Gallery - Kathleen McCue||Sculpture, Painting||Welded metal found objects & Botanical paintings||166 Gooloogong Road, Grenfell
P: 0419 149 372 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
|Paul McKnight||Painting||Realism||E: email@example.com|
|Neva Napier||Painting||Landscapes, Traditional||6347 6256|
|Jan Armstrong||Painting||Landscapes, Traditional||02 6343 2693|
|Judith Spedding||Painting, Ceramics||Oils, Traditional||02 6343 4121|