PAINT 2007 Opening 3rd February 2007
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Launch of Wilson Street Gallery, Newtown
Wilson Street Gallery
Opening of Paint 2007 Exhibition
Saturday 3 February 2007 4pm ? 6pm
The launch of Wilson Street Gallery and opening of Paint 2007 exhibition highlight the continuing development of the Newtown precinct as a major art and cultural destination.
30-34 Wilson Street Newtown
Special Guest: The Hon. Bob Debus, NSW Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts, Minister for the Environment
Paint 2007, representing nine of the gallery’s artists, will be opened by the NSW Minister for the Arts, the Hon Bob Debus on Saturday 3 February at 4pm. The Minister recently officiated at another major arts event in the district – the opening of the Carriageworks Contemporary Performance Space at Wilson St, Darlington on 5 January.
‘Newtown has always been a vibrant creative community’, gallery owner Janet Clayton said. ‘The performing arts and live music scenes are well developed. For visual arts, top line galleries such as Defiance and Mura Clay have kept Newtown on the map, particularly for the best of Australian sculpture and ceramics. Wilson Street Gallery will be a major venue for quality and intelligent contemporary art.
Artistic Director Joe Eisenberg, currently Cultural Director Maitland City Council and formerly Director of New England Gallery, has invited a number of exciting artists from the Hunter and New England regions to exhibit. ‘Artists of the calibre of Hanna Kay, Daphne Wallace and Fay Porter are collected and admired around the country’, Joe said. ‘Their reputation in Sydney will continue to grow.’
‘We have also attracted some of the Inner West’s most respected artists’, Joe said. ‘Graham Kuo, Michael Keighery, Michelle Collocott, Bronwyn Bancroft, Robyn Gordon, Ben Hall, Michel Brouet and Peter Norton - they have come to us because there is a fresh creative energy in this part of town, an energy which is reflected in the gallery management and direction.’
Two of Melbourne’s most dynamic artists, Asher Bilu and Heather Ellyard will also exhibit, he said.
Works on paper will be a major focus of the gallery. Gallery Manager, Michelle Perry, is one of Australia’s most respected printmakers. She will bring to the gallery works on paper by artists of the calibre of Charles Blackman, Fred Cress, Alun Leach-Jones, Syd Ball, David Boyd, Criss Canning, Ann Thomson and the late John Coburn and Nora Heyson.
‘I am also excited to translate the works of Wilson Street Gallery artists into affordable prints, she said. We are launching with a fine portfolio of silk-screen prints from Hanna Kay’.
For further information about the gallery, contact Janet Clayton on 9516 3144 or 0401 996 990 or firstname.lastname@example.org