Maria Paterson and Jay Foley to Exhibit at Byron’s Lone Goat Gallery

Well-known and respected Ocean Shores pastel, oil and new mediums Artist Maria Paterson kicked off 2017 with a bang, being one of only 94 candidates selected from around the world for the Paris-based FID drawing competition, and she follows this with a three week art exhibition at Byron Bay’s Lone Goat Gallery, opening this Friday, April 21.


Maria says her re-emergence follows a three year period of extreme change and transition: “Sometimes we need time to make sense of our world, and this is what I have been doing through my art.”

The Construct , graphite ink watercolour on paper, 60cm x 80cm

The Construct, graphite ink watercolour on paper, 60cm x 80cm

 Her style has changed along with her technique and use of a more monochromatic palette.  “I can communicate more depth in my emotional responses to the environment around me, allowing more scope to create contrasts, emphasising the lights and darks. I use the materials in an intuitive sense, sometimes pulling apart and reconstructing the work, letting the work dictate direction,” she says.

Pastel Artist and respected judge Leoni Duff says of Maria’s work: “Maria demonstrates a masterful understanding of pastel techniques using the translucency of an underpainting overlaid with a variety of opaque pastels to create a scintillating surface to the painting.”

Joining her at Lone Goat Gallery is fellow artist Jay Foley, who works with paint and printmaking mediums, and is known for his printmaking workshops at the Tweed Gallery, where he says he finds inspiration and enjoyment in the very process of feeding other people’s creatively.

“It’s an inspirational, and yet humbling experience,” he says, having taken the decision to stop teaching and focus on creating his own exhibition work.

Jay Foley’s inspiration comes from tending his rural garden. “My sense of place here on the North Coast is my inspiration. Home is my studio. The gardens and orchard are like a love story that I then record. It nourishes my soul”.  Having taught visual arts in high school for 22 years, Jay exchanged inspiration with his students.  Now retired, he sometimes teaches adults at Tweed Gallery, in the sense that the tradition of teaching means transmission, reception and adaptation in learning.

Sense of place is the common thread that weaves through Maria Paterson and Jay Foley’s art works in this exhibition Between. What is and what is imagined - evoking the thoughts and feelings of the artists using a variety of mediums and techniques such as paint, drawing and collaborative printmaking.

View more of Maria Paterson's work here.



Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Retrospect Gallery Exhibition

Fishing Line by Ally Mansell

Fishing Line by Ally Mansell

Pipefish by Kaitlin Beckett

Pipefish by Kaitlin Beckett

Minions by Sergei Inkatov

Minions by Sergei Inkatov

RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER is a treasure-laden exhibition at Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. There has been an extraordinary response by artists, from around the region and over the seas, to a siren call by Retrospect Galleries for artworks focused on stories of the ocean.

“We were spoilt for choice!” exclaims exhibition coordinator Tegan Bell. “This is a richly textured event, with the layers of stories and images made tangible in the materials used - from canvasses and delicate embroidery to found objects, wood and mixed media diorama the variety of works is truly astounding.”

Rime of the Ancient Mariner (as well as being a very cool Iron Maiden song) is an English poem written in the 1790s by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. It is the tale of a sailor who has returned from a long and perilous sea voyage. It's a story that has to be told - an epic tale of elemental and karmic monstrosity. The wizened mariner regales a passerby with his haunting tale of the sea, its dangers, serenity and supernatural experiences. Like the songs of sirens, the tale of the mariner captivates and enchants the listener.

“Nostalgia plays a big role in our stories of the seas and sometimes this has very personal elements as well as a cultural element, as in the work of Ally Mansell remembering her grandfather’s sailor stories while working with popular images of fishermen and mermaids”, describes Bell.

“My love for the water, along with my Pop's stories of what he saw out at sea as a young sailor in the Navy, inspired me to create these collages” explains Ally Mansell. “They are exaggerated, the sea creatures are out of scale, some mythical and dreamlike, just like Pop's stories. I always knew his stories were probably embellished for the purpose of his grandkids' entertainment, but I didn’t mind. In fact, I loved it!”

From the majestic grandeur of Sergei Inkatov’s maritime oil paintings to the delicate detail of Leigh Newell’s painted shell or Marley Myles embroidered Sea witches, the exhibition encompasses the vastness and the minutiae of oceanic life.

The 3D objects in this exhibition are particularly exciting for their novelty and beauty. Danielle Schlunegger (from U.S.A.) creates exquisite dioramas of coastlines and ships, Bodhi Del Mar’s etched glassware is luminous and Kaitlin Beckett brings her steampunk style creations out of the canvas with metal sculpture.

Featured Artists: Adam Harriden, Ally Mansell, Bodhi Del Mar, Danielle Schlunegger, Gabriel Moreno, Hilary Hermann, Isabel Heiss, Jessica Watts, Kaitlin Beckett, Leigh Newell, Leigh Robinson, Leith Walton, Lucinda Wolber, Marine Edith-Costa, Marley Myles, Sergei Inkatov.

15 -29 September 2016
Retrospect Galleries, 52 Jonson St Byron Bay

Lay Down Your Swords by Kate Hallen opens today

Lay Down Your Swords, an exhibition of artworks by Kate Hallen, opens today at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

From the Gallery: "An exhibition investigating acceptance and humility in the face of difficulty. Hallen brings a visual description to the “feeling of” panic when we find ourselves in this space, from the experience of having nowhere to go, to one of surrendering into weightlessness."

I want that you are always loved  2016 oil and charcoal on canvas 12x60cm

I want that you are always loved 2016 oil and charcoal on canvas 12x60cm

The exhibition runs until August 13, 2016.

Lismore Regional Gallery
131 Molesworth Street
Lismore NSW
02 6622 2209