Jenni Nichols (Gallery Owner) - 0407381911

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe

48 Melbourne Street, EAST MAITLAND NSW

We aim to encourage, connect, empower & inspire our local arts community              

Jenni Nichols (Gallery Owner) - 0407381911

    About Us

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    Local creatives

    The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Café is a permanently housed artisan collective, featuring the works of some 30 independent makers from across the Hunter and surrounding area. We encourage creativity to connect, inspire and empower the creative community; this is our simple aim and at the heart of what we do.  All works are FOR SALE. 

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    Home-style cafe

    The small gallery café offers a very simple menu of hearty home-style meals, tasty toasties and home-made cakes and sweets.  As far as practicable, we endeavour to use local produce and 'made on the premises' condiments. We are fully licensed and offer a small range of Hunter wines.

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    More than a gallery...more than a cafe

    'A Creative Space and a space for creatives'. 


    The building, located at 48 Melbourne Street, East Maitland (the former George and Dragon Inn, originally built in 1837) is unique and beautiful and filled with a history that spans across 180 years.  As well as gorgeous art, we have beautiful giftware, jewellery, homewares and vintage china.  Our creative space also offers drawing and other art workshops, special individual and group exhibitions and a wonderful meeting place for writers and poets.

    Gallery Newsletters, Exhibition Brochures & Event Flyers

    For your convenience, to keep up to date with events and exhibitions, you can download information here.

    HUNTER ARTISAN GALLERY SPRING NEWSLETTER 2018 (pdf)

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    The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe Brochure (pdf)

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    Maude's Madhouse Art Workshops 2019 flyer (pdf)

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    FINAL Exhibition Calatogue March to Nov 2019 (pdf)

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    Life Drawing Workshop Flyer (pdf)

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    High Tea @ The Gallery Brochure 2019 (pdf)

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    Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

    'POET IN RESIDENCE' - MOST SATURDAYS

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    Poets have been inspired by works of art for centuries. The art of writing poetry about paintings is known as 'ekphrasis' - which basically means a verbal description of a visual work of art, whether it is real or imaginary. Our gallery is proud to host a poet in residence most Saturdays as part of Maitland City Library's 'Verses' programme. Our poets writes works in response to the art produced by our 'creative collective'

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    HIGH TEA & ARTIST CHAT @ THE GALLERY

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    High Tea & Artist Chat @ The Gallery is a new regular creative event for 2019.

    Join with your friends and other creatives for a fun afternoon indulging in the revival of the traditional high tea and a talk by one of the gallery's artists. Served on funky china, with linen tablecloths and napkins, your afternoon begins with sparkling wine followed by a selection of petits fours and sweet and savoury pastry treats. The afternoon will also feature chat by one of the gallery's creative collective. A great opportunity to hangout with others and find out what they are doing creatively, learn about events and meet new friends. Places are limited to a maximum of 12 and an all-inclusive cost of $25/person.


    The best way to keep up to date with these gatherings is to like our FB page or download  the brochure, which includes 2019 dates, from the 'Gallery Newsletter and Exhibition Brochures' page on this website.

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    'THE ARTIST'S TABLE DINNER'

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    ‘An evening of art, poetry, music & food’…

    An intimate gallery atmosphere, sharing a 3-course communal dinner of delicious dishes, enjoying great company & getting up close & personal with art...

    Featuring: local poets,visual artists, musicians, writers, photographers and story tellers

    Cost: $55/head (includes 3 course dinner and a complimentary drink)  

    THIS IS AN INTIMATE GATHERING HELD EVERY 3 TO 4 MONTHS AND PLACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED TO 20 GUESTS.

    The best way to find out when the bookings open for the next dinner is to like our FB page - The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe

    NEXT EVENT : TBA 2019

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    'ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL, ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL'- By Valerie Maude & Karen Scott

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    A collaboration of paintings, sculpture and drawings in a variety of medium by two local artists, featuring beautiful colours, creatures and subjects from nature.

     

     OFFICIAL OPENING: FRIDAY 29th March 6 - 8PM


    EXHIBITION DATES: 27th March - 7th April, 2019

    Daily 9am to 5pm


    'THE EMERGENCE OF HOPE' - A Solo Exhibition by Sonja Elise

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    I am constantly challenged by my emotions and being able to paint these emotions gives me the opportunity to feel without confronting or offending anyone. Bright colours that contrast and compliment each other bring me great joy.


    OFFICIAL OPENING: SATURDAY 20th April, 2019 6-8PM 


    EXHIBITION DATES 18th April –4th May, 2019 Daily 9am to 5pm 

    'MY MAITLAND'- A Solo Exhibition by David Oberdorf

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    This exhibition of primarily fine ink works by well-known local artist David Oberdorf, features buildings, landmarks and points of interest in and around Maitland. It's aim is to present the strong heritage theme of the city and to highlight the craftsmanship and creativity of our founders.

      

    OFFICIAL OPENING: FRIDAY 24th May, 2019 6—8PM

     

    EXHIBITION DATES 22nd May - 2nd June 2019 Daily 9am to 5pm 

    Featured Artists

    Jennifer Nichols

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    My fascination is with the human form… with people and their stories. My work takes form utilising different mediums, particularly charcoal/pastels, inks, ceramic and acrylics, combined with the techniques of painting, drawing, ceramic-work, sculpture and print-making. I use whatever medium is appropriate to transform my ideas into reality, with a preference to using multi-medium, often with the combination of natural and man-made materials.

    I am fascinated by the process of how we transform throughout life, the journey more so than the destination and how the stories of others can change us, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

    My personal life journey has given me much insight. It has taken me from the depths of despair to the heights of happiness and peace and it is these constantly changing transitions between emotions that direct and inspire my work.

    I love the beauty of the broken, the lost, the damaged, the forgotten, the sad, the disenfranchised, the imperfect… the perfection of imperfection.


    My work is inspired by photographer Diane Arbus and painter Alice Neel, both of whom also embodied this narrative. Diane Arbus once said ‘The subject is more important than the picture’...a statement that I fully endorse.

    Lee Pigott – Pappigo Images

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    A self-taught photographer, I bought my first DSLR just over two years ago and have never looked back. To practice and learn, I started walking around, camera in hand, wherever I happened to be and this developed into a real passion for street photography. In street photography, I draw my inspiration from photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thomas Leuthard, Marcus Anderson and Lee Jeffries. I endeavour to express myself through photography, not to just capture a moment but to create a work of art. 

    I am a local photographer, I grew up in Maitland and still live here. As a member of RAW Artists, an international organisation aimed at promoting creative arts, I have showcased my work at their Newcastle events. My camera lens also turns towards other areas of interest to me such as events, surfing, sport and portraiture and I currently cover events for local company H Events producing their social media images. People fascinate me so you’ll often find me at local events looking to capture images that present viewers with my interpretation of the events atmosphere.

       

    David Oberdorf

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    Artist David Oberdorf was born in Maitland, NSW. His artistic skills were recognised at high school when chosen to illustrate and draw cartoons for Maitland High School’s weekly news sheet, which extended over a two year period.

    Following school he worked for 22 years as a press photographer before pursuing his passion for art full time in 1994 when he began drawing house portraits. An exhibition of his work was held at Maitland City Art Gallery that year.

    Since this time demand has grown significantly for David’s house portraits, which he draws by hand in fine ink from photographs. Many requests are made by proud home owners or people wishing to give their favourite relative or friend a lasting and unique portrait of their home. Orders are also often taken for church portraits, to become a timeless gift and celebration of the wedding for the bride and groom.

    David has completed numerous commissions for Maitland, Newcastle and Blacktown City Councils which included public buildings, hotels and tourist sites.

    David’s photographically accurate and highly detailed house portraits have been featured on NBN television and in Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

    'The Art of Words...Words in Art'...

    'Change' - (suiga) (Mixed media ceramic, natural bark & wood by Jennifer Nichols

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    'Shouldering the burden

    of wings emerging-

    fear having bled the past-

    hope now sends ripples

    into a future bending

    to the winds of change,

    the power of flight.'


    Poet in Residence

    Pip Sheehan Lowther

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    'And Lemons' acrylic on canvas by Janelle Goldman

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    The Lemons


    'They hang over the fence

    I watch the globed fruit

    hang into the sunlit air

    with an assumed sigh 

    of disinterest

    that belies the acid

    juicing beneath

    the tough skin.

    I watch out the kitchen window,

    I want them to ripen.

    My iced water needs

    something extra.'


    Poet in Residence

    Pip Sheehan Lowther

    11/2/18


    'Kinship' oil on linen by Skye O'Shea

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    The Shapechanger


    'Sleeping, drifting, dreaming

    Fey, virgin, vixen mother

    leaning back into the earth.

    Signs autumn before the winter'


    Poet in Residence

    Jan Iwaszkiewicz

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    'Drifting' mixed media on canvas by Bev Leggett Simmons

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    'Small grains of minutes

    seconded from life's flow

    drift past.    here were are

    at bedrock we think


    but large chunks of reality

    break off the continents

    of family, work, friendships.


    as mothers, days are measured

    by skin-smell and small steps.'


    Poet in Residence

    Pip Sheehan Lowther

    17/2/18


    'Vineyards Slab Hut' acrylic on canvas by Renata Daniel

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    'Grandpop's barn

    was made of

    logs rough hewn and primitive

    and corrugated iron rusted

    to a piebald roof-skin


    Grandma's roses

    are long since overtaken

    by prolific purple thistles.

    Thinking of her scones,

    sponges, lemon curd, and

    fresh buttered mushrooms,

    I am surprised

    by a saliva rush

    half a century later.'


    Poet in Residence

    Pip Sheehan Lowther

    24/2/18

    'Pauashell' Limited Ed. photographic print by Marie Foster

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    'Weeping

    marine waves

    leeched from the oceans

    of light,

    swim across

    my soul's

    salty pools.'


    Poet in Residence

    Pip Sheehan Lowther

    24/2/18

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    The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe

    48 Melbourne Street EAST MAITLAND NSW 2323

    0407381911

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    9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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