Masa biz…

29 02 2012

Thanks to La Groppa for pointing us in the direction of this article in the Sydney Morning Herald.


Jas pumping…

28 02 2012


Natalie Mather

jas hugonnet gallery


Sabotage is a new series of works by Mather focusing on impact: literal collisions, grand apocalyptic blasts and crashes in space achieved through line and colour.

The paintings’ images are inspired by geological formations, folded paper sculptures and Soviet science fiction films while the small-scale sculpture showing combines concrete with enamel and folded aluminium to resemble the lost detritus of a neon apocalypse.

This exciting work reveals the possibilities of construction and destruction in painting, an imagined future, both glittering and synthetic in a state of toxicity and decay.

To arrange an appointment to view or for media images, please call 0417 235 916 or contact the gallery via the website.

Image Natalie Mather don’t fall, OH GOD! don’t fall 2012 oil, enamel, spraypaint and acrylic on plywood 100 x 80cm

Bob goes bloggo…

27 02 2012


One of our fave, though reclusive, local artists Bob Georgeson has kicked off into the bloggosphere. Keep up at

In the beginning…

27 02 2012

there was the Bega Valley Art and Craft Society…

…which was founded in 1946 by three local artists, Jack Kirkland, Silby Mc Neil and Charlie Deacon (all associate members of the Royal Art Society in Sydney.)

After much consultation, including advice from the then serving Director of the National Gallery of NSW Hal Missingham, a constitution was drawn up to create a society (the first of its kind outside of Sydney)…‘to develop public interest in fine arts, to promote exhibitions of a cultural nature, to encourage the practice of fine arts and – moreover – to provide by purchase or otherwise works of art for a public collection.’

This was the start of a 65 year Odyssey that still continues to this day. Over the years the successive membership of the society has worked tirelessly to nurture and promote artistic practice both in the valley and beyond. 

From the outset they ran a program of workshops, given by prominent Australian artists, the majority of whom were members of the Royal Society of Artists (in which regard they were very progressive for their time.) But underlying the artistic pursuits was always a strong social component – a continuum of fundraising events to provide money for the purchase of paintings for the people of Bega.

The collection, perhaps less than a third of which is on show in this exhibition, is made up of works donated by members of the society and visiting artists, as well as purchased works and bequests. The most significant works are those by Hilda Rix Nicholas who lived and painted, during her later years, on a property not far from Delegate.

The other perennial focus was ‘the search for a home’ for a permanent exhibiting space. The Society’s inaugural exhibition was held in the Balmain Motors showroom. The following year the Bega Valley County Council (which in those days was the local electricity supply company) made its boardroom available in the County Council Powerhouse. This arrangement stood for 10 years, after which the Society was bumped in and out of various municipal buildings, on the tide of competing demands.

Commitment paid off after a bi-centenary grant of $500,000 (applied for by the then President of BVACS ‘Curly’ Annabel) eventually pushed the scales BVACS way and in 1988 this gallery, in a complex that included the Library and the Council administration, was opened by the then premier of NSW Nick Greiner. Initially it was run by the Society membership  – until, in 1995, it gained Regional Gallery status and a Director was appointed.

The Bega Valley owes a debt of gratitude to the dedication of this culturally aspirant group who persevered so diligently for the future benefit of generations of our regional community.


We’ve been a tad slow posting the coverage of Genesis: celebrating 65 years of the Bega Valley Art and Craft Society featuring selected work from current practicing members hung alongside a curator’s choice from the BVACS Permanent Collection.

It’s avery sweet show, attracting a deserved share of interest – especially at last week’s floortalk given by ceramicist Margaret Brown and lacemaker extraordinaire Rita Roberts (who had also just taken the gong as Supreme Champion at the Bega Show)…



For those of you who can’t make it to the gallery (it closes this coming Saturday), here’s a quick whip around.

The week that was…

27 02 2012

It’s been such a week at the Hideout, unbelievable. And we’ve been swapping computers so you’ve been spared some visuals, including Granny’s arrival with all those ubiquitous food and champers shots. And Benny and Jael and Olive dropped through for lunch. And all manner of other excitements. Never mind – we’re back on the diet anyhoo.

But Megsie’s had a lovely time doing the studio rounds…



…starting with Craig (who has an exhibition with Harry Townsend at the BVRG in April), and then Mattie (whose exhibition is next cab off the ranks at BVRG)…



…and who, incidently, has the best drop-cloth in his studio…



And finally the Public Programs Co-ordinator position at the BVRG was filled…



…by a fabulous sheila called – wait for it – Megan! What can we say, except dear oh dear. It will be a tad confusing but doesn’t matter. Perhaps we can use it as a tool to train peeps in the correct pronounciation of Megsie’s name; as in Megsie being a ‘may’ and Megan being a ‘mee’. One can but hope.

Meanwhile, Ging has been down and frollicking in the Bodalla lillies, which are getting taller by the year…



…and it’s been cocky-o-rama for days…


Nooks and crannies…

14 02 2012

A reminder from Annika Harding at CCAS Manuka…


Nooks and Crannies, an exhibition by 2011 CCAS Studio Resident Jonathan Webster, opens at CCAS Manuka this Thursday at 6pm Thursday.

We’d travel for the title alone.

Jas biz…

13 02 2012

Andrew O’Brien

 jas hugonnet gallery

 media release

jas hugonnet gallery is pleased to announce that Andrew O’Brien has joined the galley. O’ Brien creates a narrative through collage highlighting society’s neglected issues through the mediums of flotsam and jetsam. Inspired literally by archeology of the inner urban lane-way and the process of hiding and removing, he mines the past exposing delicate cultural issues.

 A selection of works are available via the artist’s tab on the home page.

With considerable interest from collectors and the media, O’Brien is proving to be a solid investment in the Australian art market. To arrange an appointment to view or for media images, please call 0417 235 916 or contact the gallery via the website.


Image Andrew O’Brien Consumption 2011 mixed media 120 x 90cm