20 January 2015


 The Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery is holding an "ART SALE" during January and February.

Local artists' artwork will be on sale at discount prices.  There will be various artists from the Bundaberg Region displaying their paintings, pottery, painted denim clothes and jewellery which are in a variety of styles, media and sizes.

This a great opportunity to support your local artists and purchase some wonderful artwork at reduced prices.  Why not bring a friend or two and have a day out.  Sit on the lovely veranda and have a cuppa.  Then wander through the gallery and view the Art Sale, perhaps you will find just what you are looking for.  Then have a look through our extensive Gift Shop.

If you have any questions ask one of our Volunteers they will be
happy to answer.

18 November 2014

"Wild Boundaries"

The Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery is delighted to present "Wild Boundaries" by Gin Gin Wildlife artist, Gary Woodfield.

Gary writes: I like to think of my art as one continuing mural depicting a never ending story of wildlife scenarios.  I feel more connected to my paintings when I am actually portraying a wild habitat surrounding my chosen subject matter.  I get a lot of inspiration from my local rugged wilderness, which for me is very fortunate for my research into various forms of wildlife. 

NO BRUSHES are used to create my artworks.  I practice ancient traditional techniques such as etching and scratching methodologies onto my canvas.  Using an earthly colour pallet of acrylic paints blended with red soil, allows me to visualize a unique perspective similar to that of animals which see colour in restricted vision.  It is these techniques which draw an audience into the depth of my work creating that instant eye contact.     I rely on natural found objects like bark off trees, pine quills from branches and various other items such as sponges, skewers, cotton buds to create my artworks rich with detail.

Visit the Gin Gin Courthouse Gallery to view Garys artwork from Tuesday 2nd December 2014 to Saturday 17th January 2015.  All work for sale, ask about out layby service.


16 November 2014

Meditation Workshop

Photo courtesy PDPhoto.org
Join us for a day of 
Fun, New Experiences & Relaxation

The Workshop will include:
  • Meditation for beginners to the experience.
  • Introduction to Crystals and how they can help you.
  • Pendulums. How to use them and what they are used for.
  • Introduction to Chakras and Auras. What they are and how they affect our body mind and spirit.
  • Introduction to Numerology and, if time permits, find your Life Plan.
There will be 3 Meditations during the day:
  • Relaxation Meditation
  • Chakra Healing and Aura Cleanse Meditation
  • Meet your Angel or Spirit Guide Meditation
Gwen will be available for short Aura Readings during the day.

WHEN: Saturday, November 29th from 9am to 4pm
WHERE: Youth Activity Centre
       Tirroan Road Gin Gin
COST:  $25
BOOKINGS: phone Gwen - 0402 573 356

Morning and afternoon tea supplied
Please bring a plate of savoury or sweets for an end of workshop celebration.
Also bring a Comfortable Chair with arms
Please arrive in time for a 9am start.

Available for purchase on the day at Special Workshop Price 
  • Meditation CD's and Mp3's (for Mp3 just bring a USB/flash drive.
  • Crystals, Healing Wands and healing Rattles
  • Pendulums.
Great last minute gift ideas for Christmas!
For enquiries call Joanne - 4156 3682


15 October 2014

"An Italian Affair"

This exhibition, “An Italian Affair” with works by the Italian artists:  Marco Miot, Franco Ciot. Stefano Padovan, Loretta Cappanera, Enzo costa and Maurizio Frullani with the participation of Sue Purnell, Deon Hands and Dion Channer will be on display at the Gin Gin Regional Courthouse Gallery during the month of November, with a special V.I.P. Viewing on Friday evening 31st October 2014 at 7 p.m.
Dion Channer lived and worked as a teacher of English in Italy on and off for 30 years until June 2003.  During the latter 20 of those years, he taught English at the University of Trieste as well as privately and made paper by hand in various forms and for various uses.  A large proportion of those uses involved art in one form or another.  Naturally, he met and became friendly with a number of people who are artists, among whom are the six indicated above. 
Prior to departing Italy in 2003 and then again during a visit in 2007, he asked these people if they would like to exhibit in Australia.  At the time, all said they would and so, without obligation he had an event such as this in mind. Awaiting an opportunity to offer itself on their behalf.
An exhibition of the work of three of the artists, Marco Miot, Franco Ciot and Stefano Padovan was held at the Gympie Regional Gallery in November 2010.
Marco Miot (pronounced, me-ot) is an illustrator with a quirky sense of humour who has exhibited widely.  Franco Ciot (pronounced, chot) is an accomplished visual artist specializing in the creation of amazing sculptures.  Stefano Padovan is alsoa sculptor who is highly respected and sought after for commissions both public and private.  He specializes in the use of a combination of iron and stone.    Loretta Cappanera is an artist of long standing who has graced many exhibitions with her exquisite artist’s books.  Dion had the privilege of making the paper for and then binding one such exhibit.  Enzo Costa is one of those people who is single minded in his pursuit of excellence.  Dion was able to ‘pass forward’ the brilliant teaching he received from his bookbinding master, Charlie Zammit by showing Enzo the binding process which he, Enzo, has taken to whole different, higher level.  Maurizio Frullani is a photographer whose camera captures far more than the average person ever sees.  His subjects are exquititely represented in hiswork and many, including Dion, have been captured for all time by his expertise.
It has been decided to include works by three other artists, two are Australian and one, Dion Channer is Australian/Italian/British.

                                                           Dion Channer & Sue Purnell
                                                                       Enzo Costa
                                                                       Franco Ciot
                                                                 Loretta Cappanera
                                                                        Marco Miot
                                                                  Maurizio Frullani

                                                                 Stefano Padovan

30 September 2014

Pastel Seascape Workshop

with Tricia Taylor
We will be playing with different water effects and doing a coastline that focuses on cresting waves and the shoreline to wet sand. Colour mixing theory and application techniques will also be one of the themes of the day.
It will be information packed but focused on having fun as play with pastels.

Materials List:
whatever you have. A standard set of 40-60. Would be a
minimum. Obviously we will be using a lot of blues so a good range from French Ultra Marine to cerulean and through to turquoise in various tones will be handy. Sand will be soft terracotta oranges through to pinks and violets. So variety will be great.

Paper: Artspectrum colourfix paper Terracotta 
Kneadable eraser
Old paint brush
Disposable gloves (optional)
Willow charcoal.
Padded board and bulldog clips to hold paper. ( just a foam core board will do but back it with 4-5 layers of butchers paper and it will make it softer to paint on)
Soft drop mat for under the easel to prevent pastels breaking if dropped.

Reference Material. - We will work from your reference. (I will have some available you can work from if you do not have a photo of your own.)

Saturday 18th October from 9am to 4pm at Bundaberg Art Society shed in the Art and Craft precinct opposite TAFE college 118 Walker Street Bundaberg. A Sunday workshop is possible if enough participants,

Cost: for Bundaberg Art Society Members $60 per day
      for non-members $65 per day.
A non refundable deposit of $20 can be put in to 
Bank of Qld BSB: 124056
            A/C: 21617589
use your name as reference number.

BYO Lunch, morning and afternoon tea. Tea and coffee a gold coin donation.       

21 September 2014

Master Class Workshop

with Lyn Diefenbach

Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September 2014
$25.00 per day
Venue:  Godfrey Wilson Hall
Milden Street, Gin Gin Qld 

Morning and afternoon tea supplied. BYO lunch.

1 x stretched canvas  -  16 x 20 inches

Oil paints (Winsor & Newton if possible:
Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Titanium White, Ivory Black, Naples Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green

Other Brands:
Winton - Soft mixing white,  Grumbacher - Transparent Red Oxide,  Old Holland - Red Umber

Escoda Prado Sintetico series 3160 size 8 (cat's tongue) or a small pointed brush for drawing the portrait.
Neef Indian Sable Filbert Brush - series 460 sizes 8, 10 and 12
OR Art Basics series 877KF - sizes 8, 10 and 12
NOTE: These are the brushes I use. You might have your own favourites.

*Paper owels, *Easel, *Drop sheet, *Willow charcoal,            *Odourless solvent, *Mixing palette knife
*Large palette (eg: white painted MDF) approx 18 x 24 inches)
*Photographs for portrait (make sure these have excellent clarity, a good play of light and dark and are large enough to work from) If you are using computer print-out use photo quality paper not plain.
 Contact Lesley 41576806 
Email: perksridge@westnet.com.au

*Please confirm your booking.

17 September 2014

"Colours - Art In Fabric"

Robyn & Elizabeth Clout, a mother/daughter artistic team show their unique traditional and non-traditional style quilts in a textile exhibition during October 2014.

Robyn has always enjoyed sewing from her childhood.  She would progress from making dolls clothes, to later sewing her clothes and then her children's clothes.  She became interested in traditional quilt making 10 years ago, when she started sewing traditional style quilts using patterns.  It wasn't until 2011 that she started thinking about quilts as an art form.  He style of quilt making changed after attending a Nancy Crow course, and this opened up a way of expressing how she sees colours, shapes and design in creating her own quilts.  Robyn says, "It's the start of my development as an artist, and I am looking forward to the journey I have commenced."
Elizabeth has been working in textiles since 2011 when her mother introduced her to quilting in New Zealand at a Nancy Crow workshop.  This led to finding inspiration with the Elements and Principles of Art.  Her artistic background is in ceramics and so she has found it interesting to use a different media.  Elizabeth says, "My quilting is non-traditional and I do not intend to pick up a pattern (something I have never used).  I like the challenge of 'painting with fabric' a technique that I wish to explore more."