About Us

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Local creatives

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Café is a permanently housed artisan collective, featuring the works of some 60 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.


SAMPLE MENU

(Subject to changes from time to time)


  

  

Our little Gallery Café has a tasty menu that changes regularly and comprises delicious homemade sweet and savoury dishes and a selection of Gluten Free, Lactose Free & Vegan treats from Georgie’s Fine Foods….however, please remember, ‘WE DO NOT DO FAST FOOD..NOR DO WE DO FOOD FAST’…so please enjoy your time with us…play a game, read a book, look at the art or most importantly talk to each other.


‘SWEET TREATS’  - Available all day until 4pm  


Raisin Toast - 2 x toasted slices w/ butter $8   

Warm plain scones w/ berry jam & fresh cream $8 (2/serve)

Warm date scones w/ fresh butter $8 (2/serve)      

Apple cake served warm w/ cream $8   

 (GF*, V*) Chocolate brownie warm w/ ice cream $8

 (GF) Georgie’s Fine Foods Florentine  $4  

 Georgie’s Fine Foods Pistachio and almond shortbread  $4   

 (GF)Georgie’s Fine Foods Chocolate, orange and poppy macaroon$4   Georgie’s Fine Foods Date, ginger and oat cookie  $4


 BRUNCH MENU - Available 9am until 2.30pm


  (*GF) Hearty Bacon & Egg Roll - 2 eggs, bacon, cheese, hash brown, spinach & our special tomato relish $15 


(V*) ‘Beans On Toast’ -  ‘Mumma Jen’s Famous Beans’ w/- chorizo, topped w/a poached egg & feta on a toasted English muffin $15


(*GF) Build Your Own – Toasted English muffin  w/ Choose from of the following – bacon, 2 x eggs (poached, fried, scrambled), corn fritter, beef patty, vegetable patty, hash brown, wedges,  2 x sausages, spicy beans  Choose 2 - $15, Choose 3 - $19, Choose 4 - $22, Choose 5 - $25


Fish Cakes - tasty fish cake, served w/- crunchy chips & salad garnish  $16


(V*) Corn fritters w/ smoked salmon or bacon or roasted sweet potato, topped w/ corn drizzle $16


(GF*, V) Vegetable Fritatta – Grilled eggplant, sweet potato, brown lentils, sundried tomatoes, cheddar cheese, w/-baby rocket leaves & balsamic reduction    $16


(GF*, V) ‘Melt of the Day’  Served with salad garnish & sweet potato fries $16


(GF*/V) Haloumi Burger – Grilled haloumi, sweet potato, avocado & lettuce on a toasted roll with beetroot relish & wedges $16


 *Changes can be made to the dishes (within reason), GF bread is available as a substitute 

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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.

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe Brochure (pdf)

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Life Drawing Workshop Flyer - EVERY WEDNESDAY (pdf)

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Exhibition Calatogue April to Nov 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'CHANGE' Catalogue April 8th 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'HARMONY' Catalogue April 15th 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'COLOURFUL' Catalogue April 22nd 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'ELEMENTS' Catalogue April 29nd 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'HOME' Catalogue May 6th 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'WATER' Catalogue May 13th 2020 (pdf)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition 'FEELINGS' Catalogue May 20th 2020 (pdf)

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'FEELINGS' Opening Night Video 20th May 2020 (mp4)

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'SHOW US YOUR ART - Virtual Exhibition, 'TOGETHER' Catalogue May 27th 2020 (pdf)

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Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

Our Life Drawing Sessions provide the opportunity to gain confidence with a life model. 


These sessions are held every  Wednesday evening from 6.30 to 8.30pm and suitable for all levels. 

You will be inspired by a combination of an experienced Life Drawing facilitator (East Maitland local artist and author, Graham Davidson), a wonderful model and the ambience of our wonderful gallery.


 Develop your drawing skills and experiment with new concepts and approaches. Bring along your favourite materials so you feel comfortable. 

Places are limited to 12, so it is important that you confirm your attendance. COST $25 for a 2 hour session.


  

ALL BOOKINGS TO BE MADE DIRECTLY WITH THE GALLERY:

PHONE 0407381911

EMAIL: jenninichols1963@gmail.com

Or message our Facebook page: 

The Hunter Artisan Gallery and Cafe

'PAST LIFE DINNER with KT'

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

If you love good food, interesting company and stimulating conversation, why not join us for a past life dinner experience?  over the course of your meal you can learn fascinating insights of your previous lives and that of your dinning companions.
Tickets per person include an introductory glass of wine, a set  two course meal, tea and/or coffee and an insight into one of your past lives.All other beverages (alcoholic or non alcoholic) are  available at your own expense. Numbers are capped at the Hunter Artisan Gallery and cafe  venue  for a max of 16 per evening, so grab your friends, workmates or relatives and join us for a night out of the ordinary!

  

     For upcoming dates and  bookings please contact Kim Willis directly by   phoning 0447 480 130 or head to her Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ktwillis13/?eid=ARDsZnXjEAepAEedvXRO_YbUwk9_omoNr5DAxx9vKlMuqvwyzKnaaH6RDRN-e1sNVawh8ltb9L5eJGzz



'FABRIC PRINTING WORKSHOP' - With Amanda Donohue

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

'FEATHERS AND FUR' - A Solo Exhibition by Debra Spence

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 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19    


COST $85 (all materials incl. light lunch ) 

  

Impress your friends by printing and stamping tea towels and other fabric items to give as gifts or to keep. Suitable for beginners.

PRICE INCLUDES: Two tea towels to personalise as you wish, assorted fabric scraps to practice/print/keep. Paints and tools, stencils and linos.

More items can be purchased for personalisation if required on the day or you can bring along your own fabrics to work on.
Light lunch included .
Wear 'old' clothes.
Book at www.amandadonohue.org/workshops www.amandadonohue.org/workshops 

Amanda Donohue Artist has over 20 years experience creating contemporary prints, specialising in etching, linocut, dry point, silk screen and collographs.

'FEATHERS AND FUR' - A Solo Exhibition by Debra Spence

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

'FEATHERS AND FUR' - A Solo Exhibition by Debra Spence

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This is Debra's first solo exhibition and reflects her passion for animals and the natural world.  It will focus on the diversity, beauty and detail of nature.  Her story will be told through a series of realistic animal portraits, of a variety of wildlife in different mediums and will appeal to those who love realistic and emotive artwork.


OFFICIAL OPENING:

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 


This is a FREE EVENT - Light refreshments provided


EXHIBITION DATES:

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

Daily 9am - 5pm

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

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Beauty in the natural world comes in many forms.  From the hidden treasures found in the decomposing leaf litter, to the curious creatures of Australia's iconic wildlife, there is beauty in the detail.  


This exhibition of works in watercolour and scratchboard, aims to draw the viewer in to examine these detailed artworks, to bring a renewed appreciation for slowing down and observing the natural world in all of its incredible wonders.


OFFICIAL OPENING

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

6 - 8pm


This is a FREE EVENT - Light refreshments provided


EXHIBITION DATES

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

Daily 9am - 5pm





'SIMPLY CHILDREN' - A Solo Exhibition by Michelle King

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

'BEAUTY IS IN THE DETAIL' - An Exhibition by Lynda McPherson & Linda Lunnon

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This is Michelle's first solo exhibition.  There is something so timeless and simple about a photography portrait.  As Michelle says, " It's about capturing the person in front of me, their essence and being connected in the image.  It's not about the pretty background, the amazing backlight evening light.  They are the star of the image and everyone has a beauty to tell in these images."


OFFICIAL OPENING

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

6 - 8pm


THIS IS A FREE EVENT - Light refreshments provided


EXHIBITION DATES

 CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 

Daily 9am - 5pm

Featured Artists

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Jennifer Nichols

Deborah Van Heekeren

Jennifer Nichols

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.

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Sharran Makin

Deborah Van Heekeren

Jennifer Nichols

Sharran Makin is a multidisciplinary award-winning artist. She is best known for her photography, print making and painting and loves working with many different mediums. Her work is often inspired from nature, the land and the Ocean, which has been an important part of her life.

She is an international award-winning artist. Her work has been exhibited in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Bathurst. Her art and photography has found its way into many homes and organizations and is also owned by a number of art collectors and is admired by many.

She turned to art, photography and nature to help with her healing journey after suffering from PTSD, to help deal with stress and improve her cognition and memory. She hopes that by sharing her art and photography with the world, that it might encourage others who are going through a difficult journey or illness to turn to art as a form of therapy to help with their recovery and also encourage health professionals to consider art as an option to assist with their patient’s recovery.







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Deborah Van Heekeren

Deborah Van Heekeren

Deborah Van Heekeren

  

Deborah has a passion for the traditional method of oil paint on canvas, with an experimental edge. Her figurative works are often enhanced with collage and mixed media treatments and display the sensual pleasure that comes from making one’s mark. Deb’s practice extends to works on paper. dimensional pieces and an occasional poem. 

Deborah has a strong desire to contribute to the creative life of Maitland and many of her most recent paintings have echoes of the Australian figurative artists of the mid-twentieth century and European Modernism . Characterised by idiosyncratic use of colour and imagery that evokes dreams and distant memories, her works are aptly described as dreamscapes. 




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Jillian Rapley

Jillian Rapley

Deborah Van Heekeren

      

I am a purely   self -taught t artist inspired by the very fragility of our frivolous and   fleeting joys. Capturing a memory or spark in time and translating that brief   moment with an extraordinary array of colour, texture and energy.
 My art comes from my happy place and I think it shows. My art is ever   evolving and comes from an understanding of nature's intention for everything   to eventually disintegrate. From the biggest tree to our own building, I   understood at a very young age that ultimately the entirety of our universe is   constantly changing.
 I am a purely self taught artist, with influences such as Donna Downey, Tracy   Verdugo, Starla Michelle, Nika Rouss, Renata Loree, all of whom are all      brilliant modern artists who express their joy of life in their gorgeous art.  



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Kay Sparkes

Jillian Rapley

Annie Palmer

Kay was born and grew up on the land near Gulgong, Central Western NSW. Music has always been a major part of her life. When she moved to Sydney she worked in the music industry and sang professionally.

Kay moved to Maitland in 1996 where she began to explore her love of art and in 2006, friend and artist James Casey introduced her to canvas and oil and the use of the old master’s techniques – light and shadow ( the chiaroscuro technique). Kay loves painting and stuff we eat, touch and use everyday and those things become the subjects of her still life artworks.

Kay has won many prizes including the Maitland Art Prize and Newcastle Art Prize. Kay has also been a finalist in the Bowral, Hornsby and Mortimer Art Prizes and the prestigious EMSLA at Coffs Harbour. 

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Annie Palmer

Jillian Rapley

Annie Palmer

  'Earthiness   is at the core of Annie’s paintings. She combines colour and movement to   express changing experiences of landscapes and contemporary visions’

In my   endeavour to produce a diverse range of visual paintings formats and   subjects, I am continuously challenging myself to develop a combination of   numerous styles and textures. These are created by including techniques   incorporating acrylic, mixed media, collage, inks and watercolour. 

I have   been painting for over 40 years and for the past 20, I have been a member and   tutor for the ‘Society of Artists Newcastle Inc’ as well as teaching private   lessons. I am proud to have sold many paintings here in Australia and   overseas, having successfully displayed and sold in several exhibitions and   galleries. I am also a member of Hunter Women Artists.

 

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Karen Malmgren

Aaron De Friskbom

Karen Malmgren

  

I have lived in the Hunter since 1987 and am an artist who is inspired by the beauty of Australian landscapes and seascapes, as well as pet portraits. I work in oil, watercolour, acrylic and pastel. Art has always interested me, as a child I was always drawing, but as an adult could not find the time for this pleasure, since semi-retiring in 2008 and full-time retirement in 2014, I have at last made the time and WOW…I am so enjoying putting paint to canvas.

I have been fortunate to secure several awards at Exhibitions and have sold many paintings, and I enjoy doing commissions, mostly animal portraits.

One of my paintings has been chosen by a Theatre Company Off Broadway New York to promote their upcoming production. The painting will appear on all their publicity promotions as well as the programme 

 

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Sonja Elise

Aaron De Friskbom

Karen Malmgren

  

I have lived a tumultuous life, and recently was diagnosed with the trifecta of mental illness. Bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and C-PTSD. Since this day, I have fought with everything I have to become well again. I have had a lot of support, but ultimately I did it on my own, and I am so extremely proud of myself, because I can honestly say, that not only am I surviving, but I am thriving. 

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 complement each other, bring me great joy. I love to create bold works in acrylic and symbolism plays a big part in my work. I delve into the spiritual realm often, as I have spent many years thinking deeply on life after death and learning to process the grief that all people will feel at some time during their life. 

I want to be an artist who is remembered for her contribution to art therapy as a style in itself. I want the world to see me, for the sunshine that now lives in my soul. I pray that my work reaches you and gives healing where it is needed.

 

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Aaron De Friskbom

Aaron De Friskbom

Aaron De Friskbom

  

Aaron de Friskbom is an emerging artist in the Hunter Valley of NSW. His passion is watercolour and landscapes. He enjoys painting en plein air and takes every opportunity to combine family outings with painting.

Aaron’s most recent success was at The Maitland Region Society of Artists Annual Exhibition in August 2017, where he won First Prize for Works on Paper.

‘Although I have had a life-long appreciation of art it wasn’t until my mid-forties that I was encouraged by a fellow artist to ’pick up a pencil and give it a go’. Initially I started drawing everyday objects found around the home and in nature, it wasn’t long before I wanted to add a splash of colour.

Watercolours seemed to be the right place to start, though little did I know that I would become so engrossed in trying to perfect the various techniques, whilst developing my own style of painting, that I am yet to try another medium such as pastels or oils.’ 

 

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Adrian Raysmith

Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

Aaron De Friskbom

  

Adrian was born in Newcastle, however he now lives in the Hunter Valley.

Working as a traditional artist, Adrian is exclusively an oil painter and draws on a wide range of subjects including landscapes, portrait, still life, birds and animals.

He is currently an active member of the Maitland Region Society of Artists.

 

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Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

   

Artistic inspiration comes from a myriad of sources. Some of my inspiration came while reading my grandmother’s collection of old English ladies magazines. Now I am lucky to live surrounded by lush cottage gardens which creates the perfect peaceful creative ambience.

I’m a pretty prolific exhibitor, and my works are often seen at major shows held throughout the region and I also love my work as a workshop tutor, travelling around the state sharing my skill and knowledge and inspiring others to greatness. I am also asked to judge many exhibitions.

As a child, I was always drawing and I spent a great deal of time staying with my grandparents who encouraged my creativity. During these visits, I would love working with pen and would spend hours copying and sketching from the fashion pages depicted in my grandmother’s English Women’s Own magazines.

The legendary artist Margaret Olley once told me ‘be true to yourself and paint what you like: be challenged and use your imagination.” This philosophy has always reflected in my style. 



 

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Valerie Maude

Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

Marea Kozaczynski-McCaig

   

Val’s Rules for Art

1.  Create with love

2. Use all the colours

3. Laugh a lot

4. Break the rules

5. Make mistakes

6. Start again

7. Teach others

8. Experiment

9. Stay real

10. Share art.

Creating since 1957 with pencils, pens, photography, paints, papers and ink



 

'SHOW US YOUR ART' - VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS 2020 (THE COVID-19

'CHANGE' 8th April, 2020

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

'HARMONY' 15th APRIL, 2020

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Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery’s Show Us Your Art ‘Virtual Exhibition’, based on the theme of

‘CHANGE’.

When I was deciding on the theme for our very first online exhibition, all I kept hearing in my head were the words of David Bowie’s song ‘Changes’…..

“Ch-ch-changes
Don't want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There's gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can't trace time”

Throughout our lives we are constantly changing…we change how we look, our lives, our loves, our partners, our homes, our careers, our dreams, our friends…we adapt, we evolve, we move forward, we move backwards, we change…it’s part of life! When you think about it, we’re all different people throughout our lives and that’s ok...it’s good…you have to keep moving…but you also need to remember all of the people that you used to be…It’s what makes us who we are.

For this exhibition, I asked our artists to explore ‘CHANGE’…does it mean to make something different, or change direction, to replace one thing with another, to change seasons…or is it simply that small change in the bottom of your wallet?

Thank you to our 20 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

ALICE SCARDONE

AMANDA DONOHUE

ANNIE PALMER

DENISE DUFFY

DOROTHY COMPTON

EMILY HAMMOND

GRAHAM DAVIDSON

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JUDY CONNORS

KAREN SCOTT

KIMBERLY SWAN / AWKWARD GRETA

LINDA LUNNON

LINDA PARKINSON

MAREA KOZACZYNSKI-McCAIG

MARIA BARNES

REBECCA WOODS

SALLY REYNOLDS

SUE RAY 

TANIA WEEKES

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interest in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

'HARMONY' 15th APRIL, 2020

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

'HARMONY' 15th APRIL, 2020

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Welcome to the Hunter Artisan Gallery's Show Us Your Art 'Virtual Exhibition'  based on the theme of

‘HARMONY’.

One of my favourite definitions of ‘Harmony’ as it relates to art is that it is the combination of seperate but related parts in a way that uses their similarities to bring unity to a painting, drawing, or other art object. In musical terms it refers to a pleasant musical sound made by different notes being played or sung at the same time. In social settings it refers to a situation in which people are peaceful and agree with each other, or when things seem right or suitable together.

In the words of the great Albert Einstein, “In art, and in the higher ranges of science, there is a feeling of harmony which underlies all endeavour. There is no true greatness in art or science without that sense of harmony”.

It has been interesting to see each and every submission and how our artists have interpreted ‘Harmony’ into their works. Virtual Exhibition artist, Donna Nipperess, for whom this is the first time she has publicly shown her work, explains it like this…”In the context of the chaos of today’s world it is crucial to find our own sense of harmony from within ourselves and our own lives. To find the inner peace, beauty, balance and connections that we need to get through. Harmony means many different things to people but overwhelmingly the message of balance and connections “. 

Graham Davidson’s interpretation goes like this… “When prompted to create a piece inspired by the word Harmony, I found myself thinking of the forms I see within the trees and the way they harmoniously cling to each other. “ 

Kylie Bradford simply says…”To me everything natural is in Harmony.”

Thank you to our 19 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

ADRIAN RAYSMITH

ANNA EGGENHUIZEN

ANNIE PALMER

CHRISTELLE GREY

DEBBIE BARRY

DONNA NIPPERESS

DOROTHY COMPTON

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

GRAHAM DAVIDSON

JENNIFER NICHOLS

KAREN SCOTT

KIM LUNDY

KIMBERLY SWAN

KYLIE BRADFORD

LORRAINE TINDALL

REBECCA WOODS

SUE RAY

VALERIE MAUDE

YVONNE BARNETT

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

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Welcome to the Hunter Artisan Gallery's Show Us Your Art 'Virtual Exhibition  

based on the theme of

‘COLOURFUL’.

The power of colour is inescapable. It can affect our behaviour, moods, and thoughts.  Our reactions to colours are often deeply personal and rooted in our own experiences. 

A certain colour may have the ability to calm our frazzled nerves, agitate a hostile adversary, motivate and empower us to take action, and also to bring healing energy when we need it. 

An artwork will create very different energy depending on whether it contains all one colour, a few colours, or many colours. And then the type of energy they emit will depend on what exactly those colours are. For example, a monochromatic painting that contains seven different tints and shades of off-white will look and feel entirely different than a painting that has the exact same composition, but is painted with every colour of the rainbow.

As Wassily Kandinsky proclaimed, “Colour provokes a psychic vibration. Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body.”

Thank you to our 21 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

ADRIAN RAYSMITH

ANNA EGGENHUIZEN

ANN MAREE BIGGS

CHRISTELLE GREY

DEBBIE BARRY

DONNA NIPPERESS

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JENNY DIMMOCK

JUDY CONNORS

KIM LUNDY

KIMBERLY SWAN

KYLIE BRADFORD

LENORE ROBSON

LORRAINE TINDALL

MEGAN NIPERESS

SKYE STEPHENSON/JADE DEACON-STEPHENSON

SUE RAY

TINA WHITE

VALERIE MAUDE

YVONNE BARNETT

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…

'ELEMENTS' 29th April, 2020

'ELEMENTS' 29th April, 2020

'COLOURFUL' 22nd April, 2020

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Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery’s Show Us Your Art ‘Virtual Exhibition No. 4’, based on the theme of

‘ELEMENTS’.

What springs to mind when you think about the word ‘ELEMENTS’?

For me, the first idea is that of the four substances of earth, water, air and fire, which are regarded as the fundamental constituents of the world in ancient and medieval philosophy. Also, as these elements are quite tangible, they form relatively easy and identifiable images that, as artists we can translate into visual works.

I think the second concept is that of nature, or a living-things’ natural or preferred environment. How many times do we make the comment that someone looks ‘in their element’, usually referring to the fact that they look comfortable, or at home?

For anyone with a scientific background, maybe your mind immediately goes to thoughts of the ‘Periodic table’, which lists the substances that occur naturally and are the primary constituents of matter.

However, it is that you think about ‘elements’, the main thing with art is that it is your interpretation, and then the interpretation of the public in viewing your art. The real beauty of creating an artwork is that there are no right or wrong interpretations and if you are enjoying creating, you are ‘in your element’.

Thank you to our 20 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

ANGELA WOODRUFF

ANNA EGGENHUIZEN

DANIEL COURTNEY

DEB ANSELL

DEBRA VAN HEEKEREN

DEBBIE BARRY

DONNA NIPPERESS

DOROTHY COMPTON

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JUDY CONNORS

KAREN SCOTT

KATHLEEN SARGINSON

KIMBERLY SWAN/AWKWARD GRETA

KYLIE BRADFORD

LORRAINE TINDALL

MARIA BARNES

REBECCA WOODS

SUSAN RAY

VALERIE MAUDE

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…


'HOME' 6th May, 2020

'ELEMENTS' 29th April, 2020

'WATER' 13th May 2020

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Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery's Show Us  Your Art 'Virtual Exhibition No. 5'  

based on the theme of

‘HOME’.

The definition of the word “home” means different things to different people, but at its heart, it means the same thing: that soft place to land that supports us, our shelter that is our oasis of comfort.

Home can mean and do much more for us than that, and in doing so, provides us with a greater source of strength and well-being not just for ourselves, but for everyone that lives in it and who visits it.

Home is an Oasis, a place to renew and indulge our senses, provides safety, gives ultimate comfort and luxuriation. Home is our soft place to land, to prepare us to tackle the world outside our door. It is much more than four walls: it is a place that surrounds us with beauty, feeds and nurtures us.

Thank you to our 21 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

ANNE GAZZARD

BILLIE MOSMAN

CHRISTELLE GREY

DEB VAN HEEKEREN

DEBBIE BARRY

DONNA NIPPERESS

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JOANNE CONDER

JUDY CONNORS

KAREN SCOTT

KIMBERLY SWAN

KYLIE BRADFORD

LINDA LUNNON

LORRAINE TINDALL

MICHELLE REIDY

REBECCA WOODS

SKYE STEPHENSON

SUSAN RAY

TINA WHITE

YVONNE BARNETT

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…


'WATER' 13th May 2020

'ELEMENTS' 29th April, 2020

'WATER' 13th May 2020

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Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery’s Show Us Your Art ‘Virtual Exhibition No. 6’, based on the theme of

‘WATER’.

Water is probably the fundamental reason for sustenance of life on Earth. Every living thing depends on it to survive which is why water is so important.

With regards to art, seascapes, harbours, and beach scenes sell particularly well, probably because of their association with holidays, vacations, and relaxation. Many who have beach homes choose to decorate those walls with beachy art, and many buy seascapes to remember their vacations.

Water is the most important substance in our evolution and our daily lives. Without water, life as we know it would not have been possible.


Thank you to our 30 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

AMANDA DONOHUE

ANNA EGGENHUIZEN

ANNIE PALMER

CHEZ ANSTISS

CHRISTELLE GREY

DANIEL COURTNEY

DEBORAH VAN HEEKEREN

DEBBIE BARRY

DEBRA SPENCE

DIANNA KELLERMAN

DONNA NIPPERESS

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

GRAHAM DAVIDSON

HELEN ELPHINSTONE-KING

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JILL CAMPBELL

JUDY CONNORS

KAREN MALMGREN

KAREN SCOTT

KERRIE SWAN

KIMBERLY SWAN

KYLIE BRADFORD

LINDA PARKINSON

LORRAINE TINDALL

MEGAN NIPPERESS

MIA CARTER-SWAIN

REBECCA WOODS

SKYE STEPHENSON

TINA WHITE

VALERIE MAUDE

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…


' Feelings' 20th May 2020

' Feelings' 20th May 2020

' Feelings' 20th May 2020

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  Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery’s Show Us Your Art ‘Virtual Exhibition No. 7’, based on the theme of

‘FEELINGS’.

There are so many wonderful ways that we are able to experience feelings, from love, care affection or fondness to the feeling which maybe an idea or a belief, notion, inkling or a hunch. Maybe it’s a physical feeling of sensation, touch or a ‘sixth sense’ feeling or intuitive feeling.

Ahhh...that would our lives be like without feelings? Whether it’s the physical pain of stepping on a piece of lego in the middle of the night, the feeling of absolute love when you first lay eyes on your newborn child, the magical feeling of when you see the ‘love of your life’, or the emotional pain of grief, heartbreak or loss. 

The thing is with feelings is that they are completely ours and ours alone. No one else can experience the same feelings as you…

Thank you to our 20 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 


Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

ANNA EGGENHUIZEN

CHRISTELLE GREY

DEBORAH VAN HEEKEREN

DEBBIE BARRY

DEBRA SPENCE

DONNA NIPPERESS

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

JENNIFER NICHOLS

JILLIAN RAPLEY

JUDY CONNORS

KAREN SCOTT

KERRIE SWAN

KYLIE BRADFORD

LINDA LUNNON

LINDA PARKINSON

LORRAINE TINDALL

MEGAN NIPPERESS

SKYE STEPHENSON

SUSAN RAY

TINA WHITE

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…

'Together' 27th May 2020

' Feelings' 20th May 2020

' Feelings' 20th May 2020

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Welcome to The Hunter Artisan Gallery’s Show Us Your Art ‘Virtual Exhibition No. 8’, based on the theme of

‘TOGETHER’.

Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

The last two months has certainly shown us the importance of community…of being together. Whether it’s our wonderful and essential frontline workers who have ‘together’ worked hard to keep us safe and healthy, or being isolated ‘together’ with your family, it has reinforced our basic need as humans to seek social companionship and understanding.

Even people we like the most can drive us crazy, but at the end of the day, there’s no truer adage than “can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.”

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to our ‘Virtual Exhibitions’ over the last eight weeks. For me, it has been a way of keeping In contact with our fantastic creative community…a way of staying ‘together. As we move towards the gallery re-opening and life finding it’s new ‘normal’, it is now time for me to concentrate on the re-emergence of our ‘face to face’ presence. It’s not to say we won’t do these again, just probably not for the next few weeks or so. 

To finish up, I’ll quote the words of Mother Teresa…

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.

Thank you to our 18 artists who took up the challenge…all of your works are beautiful and unique. 

Take a look through the catalogue and if there’s anything that you are interested in purchasing, please contact the artist directly, via the details provided, to arrange payment and delivery.

ADRAIN RAYSMITH

BILLIE MOSMAN

CHRISTELLE GREY

DEBBIE BARRY

DEBORAH VAN HEEKEREN

DIANNA KELLERMAN

DONNA NIPPERESS

GABRIELLE TAYLOR

HELEN ELPHINSTON-KING

JENNIFER NICHSOLS

JUDT CONNORS

KAREN SCOTT

LORRAINE TINDALL

MARIA BARNES

REBECCA WOODS

SUSAN RAY

TINA WHITE

VALERIE MAUDE

*The Gallery is not taking an exhibition fee, nor it is taking any commission for any of our online exhibitions…these are purely to keep our Creative Community in the public eye and to continue to provide a space where our artists can get there art ‘out there’…


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