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.

The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe Brochure (pdf)

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Maude's Madhouse Art Workshops 2019 flyer (pdf)

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Life Drawing Workshop Flyer - EVERY WEDNESDAY (pdf)

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Workshop Calatogue June to Sept 2019 (pdf)

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The Hunter Artisan Gallery & Cafe EOI for Exhibition 2020 (pdf)

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FINAL Exhibition Calatogue July to Nov 2019 (pdf)

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Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

'LIFE DRAWING SESSIONS' - EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

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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'

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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


'MAREA, BARRY & FRIENDS' - An Exhibition featuring Marea Koczaczynski-McCaig & Barry Brown

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In this exhibition, Marea’s new works have been inspired by the beauty of the garden, especially butterflies. Barry’s new sculptures have been inspired by native Australian plants and birds. 

Marea and Barry have also invited Sophie Abrams, Christine Caldon, Christine Keenan, Robert Dowling, Bronwyn O’Neill, Mary Youman, Jackie Barron, Abbie Ussher, Marie Forbes, Marrilyn Campey & Karen Mayo to join them.


OFFICIAL OPENING:

Saturday 20th July,2019 4 - 6pm


This is a FREE EVENT - light refreshments provided


EXHIBITION DATES:

17th - 28th July, 2019

Daily 9am - 5pm

'WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE' - An Exhibition by Mai-Wel Creative Arts

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 This is a special exhibition by Mai-Wel Creative Arts, featuring works by both individual artists and collaborative works created in the supported studio sessions 'ARTS 4 ALL'.


OFFICIAL OPENING:

FRIDAY 2nd August, 2019  6 - 8pm


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EXHIBITION DATES:

31st July - 18th August, 2019

Daily 9am - 5pm

'SHE RISES' - A Solo Exhibition by Kathie Sarginson

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Like the phoenix, she rises from the ashes of all that has come before. Her face and body bare the deep scars of all that she has experienced, but like the Japanese method of repairing broken pottery with gold (Kintsukuroi), she is even more beautiful for having them.


OFFICIAL OPENING

Friday 6th September, 2019

6 - 8pm


This is a FREE EVENT - Light refreshments provided


EXHIBITION DATES

4th - 15th September, 2019

Daily 9am - 5pm





'DECADENT DECO' - A Solo Exhibition by Judy Duncan

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Th exhibition showcases the unique style of Judy Duncan and her use of pastel and charcoal to portray the female form in an art deco stylization...


OFFICIAL OPENING

Friday 20th September, 2019

6 - 8pm


EXHIBITION DATES

18th - 29th September, 2019

Daily 9am - 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.

Marea Koczaczynski-McCaig

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Marea’s art career has spanned over 40 years. In that time she has won many awards for her art. She has taught students in major Regional Art Galleries, schools and Art Societies. Marea has also been invited to judge many art exhibitions, including the Taree, Dobell and Port Stephens Art Shows. 


She has exhibited widely, including the Barry Stern Gallery in Paddington, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Anne Von Bertouch Galleries and in Japan, just to name a few.


Marea has been awarded art prizes by judges including Joseph Eisenberg, Nick Mitzevich , Bruce Rowland, Trevor Weeks, Andrew Sayers, Margaret Sivyer, John Bradley and many others.

Her works have been featured in many publications including Australian Artists, Artists Palette Artists and Galleries of Australia. Her work is in many private and public collections both in Australia and overseas. 

Marea’s greatest love is teaching and trying to inspire others, as well as her deep connection to her own work and creating.
 

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


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.


Barry Brown

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How many people are aware that there is an award winning sculptor in Maitland whose works have always created great interest and acclaim?


Local artist Barry Brown grew up in the far west of NSW, which instilled in him a love of the outback.  This love has never diminished and can be evidenced in his many artworks.


Although Barry has experimented with pottery and painting, sculpture was always his favourite medium. Collecting old farm implements, old tools and car parts, he then fashions them into award winning sculptures. 


Life sized emus, sculpted from flat car springs decorate gardens from Sydney to Cairns His “Spring-Heeler” dog, created from flat leafed and coil car springs has always been a crowd pleaser and children love it.

'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

4/2/18

'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

18/2/18



'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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