Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Melbourne Cup Exhibition - 6/10/10 - 6/11/10

Feature Artist - Helen Krieg
Opening - Saturday 9th October, 7pm
Attended by Mayor Ann Ferguson
Melbourne Cup Mad Hatters - 29th Oct 11am - Light Refreshments
Attended by Mayor Ann Ferguson

All things Melbourne Cup - Racing, Horses, Fashion, Hats etc.

Medium: Mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, whimsy, pastels, jewellery, ceramics and fabrications.Participation welcomed, $1 per week per item 10% commission
Drop Off Art by Saturday 2nd October, 2010
Gallery Hours
Wed-Sat 10-4

'Octagonal' by Helen Krieg

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spring Exhibition 1/9/10 - 2/10/10

'After Birth' by Michelle Willsmore

Feature artist: Yvonne Jaunay
Drop off art: 25-28 August
Open: 1 September – 2 October 2010

Spring, renewal, growth. September is our Spring. Chill winter slips away and our Hills come alive with growth and zing and sunshine comes to stay. Don your artist’s apron now and create a work that sings.
Spring is sprung and things to be done
so paint and make and construct if you dare.

Medium: Mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, whimsy, pastels, jewellery, ceramics and fabrications.

Participation welcomed, $1 per week per item 10% commission

Gallery Hours - Wed-Sat 10-4

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

cricket art prize 2010

The work may be figurative, semi-abstract, still-life or figure-in-landscape.

Acceptable media are: oil painting, acrylic painting, water-colour, pastels or mixed media on canvas, board or artists paper with a cubist, impressionist, tonalist, fauvist, surrealist, pop art, futurist, hard-edge, modern, naïve, orientalist, pointillist, precisionist, regionalist or romanticist style.

A painting or composition that depicts life in and around the game and sport of cricket, in settings of backyard, park, beach, street, local club or social-cricket.

The judges for 2010 are comedian and author Steve Abbott; art collector Dr. Dick Quan; art-critic John McDonald and last years winning artist - Jane Kellahan.

This annual art prize competitjavascript:void(0)ion offers AU$20,000 to the winning artist, AU$2000 for the Highly Commended and AU$1000 to the Peoples’ Choice with international exposure for the finalists in the travelling exhibition.

A wider variety of entries are expected this year due to the Cricket Art Prize being open to all test-cricket playing nations… the closing date is the 1st of September and all artists are encouraged to get hold of an entry form and ‘start putting some runs on the board’.
Closing date 1st of September

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Willard Wigan - Mirco-Sculptor

You have got to check this guy out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Willard Wigan is a "micro-sculptor."
He works under a microscope and mounts most of work inside the eye of a sewing needle or on a pin head.

Arts Laws

Heres a site that covers all legal questions relating to creating, displaying, distributing your art etc. Includes details on.................
  • protecting your ideas and designs,
  • street photographers rights,
  • unauthorised use of your image,
  • copyright,
  • displaying visual arts on the internet
  • advice before entering competitions
  • classification and censorship
  • and just about everything else

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Zine workshop, Murray Bridge, Sat July 10

Zine-making Workshop (Sat July 10 12pm-3pm)
What’s a zine? Why, a zine is a self-published thing. It comes from the word maga’zine (so you know how to pronounce it), and it can be magazine, or a book, or a crafty whatsit, about anything you want. If you’re curious, come along to the zine-making workshop, where you
can browse through selection of zines from the Format Zine Shop (Peel St. Adelaide) and join zine-makers (zinester Simon Gray and Bastian Fox-Phelan in a how-to session. Illustrator, Robin Tatlow-Lord, will also head a comic book /zine-making workshop. Materials supplied,
but you bring the inspiration. The Ripples Office – 14 Sixth St Murray Bridge

Monday, June 28, 2010

Official SALA Program Released

Monday , 28 June 2010

The outstandingly diverse 2010 SALA Festival program has been launched

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Whatever you do, make sure you get your hands on one of this year’s hottest festival programs.

“The record breaking, SALA Festival for 2010, has 518 officially registered venues, exhibiting the diversity, colour and depth of over 3,000 South Australian visual artists throughout our state. This year exceeds all expectations and promises to be the biggest yet in SALA’s 13 year history. For 24 days, the 2010 SALA Festival July 30 – August 22 is going to capture your imagination, inspire you, challenge your perceptions, invite conversation, and ignite your appreciation of the visual arts and it’s completely free”. Penny McAuley, General Manager SALA Festival.

Programs are available from your local cafe, restaurant, information centre, winery, gallery and all registered exhibition spaces to name but a few, alternatively head to our website to view the full program and location maps online.

The General Store Community Arts Centre - 21 Exhibitors

Susanne Elborough, Jim Filmer, Peter Gower, Sue Hamilton, Liz Hirstle, Janet Hawtin, Jenny Howells, Chris Jeffrey, Vitas Jurevicius, John Mangal, Delphine Massey, Greg Mill, Keri Petersen, Dez Pullin, Pamela Pullin, Janice Schiller, Ann Shegog, Maxine Taylor, Michelle Willsmore, Wendy Wilson, Liz Yelland.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Newsletter @ General Store - 21 June 2010

News from Michelle

Name Change
If you havent heard the gallery is now called "The General Store Community Arts Centre." We wanted the name to emphasize that we are here for the whole community of artists, beginners and art lovers etc

View to Merge with ARTVAN
ARTVAN invited us to join them. This will mean we will become a part of their already established incorporated body. When this gets underway, a public meeting will be called to form a committee. A President, Treasurer, Secretary, committee members etc will need to be elected. You will all be notified when the meeting will take place. This will also give us legitimacy with Centrelink, an will enable our unemployed volunteers to use the Arts Centre to do their volunteer hours.

Susanna and I have submitted a grant form to the council for funds. We expect to hear news in the new financial year. I am also in the process of submitting a grant form to Bunnings. Also, several local businesses have been approached for sponsorship - for heating etc. Not sure how this will go, but its worth a try.

Our Sala Festival opening is Friday 30th July at 6.30pm. The gallery will be heated for the evening and will be opened by Annie Fox, attended by Joan from The Courier, and will include a short skit starring Susanna and Greg!!!!
SALA - 31st July to 22nd August
Gallery Hours - Wed-Sun 10-4

Heating during SALA
If anyone has a spare heater the gallery can continue to use throughout winter we will love you forever. If you or your friends need seating for some of the night it would be a good idea to bring your own.

Leaflet Distribution for SALA
We want to do a letterbox drop to local businesses and residents to advertise this event. This proved to be quite successful for the sale we had in May, where there were visitors to the gallery in response to receiving one. Any help with this would also be appreciated. If everyone could drop some around where they live it might make some difference. We are looking to do this in the last two weeks of July. Leaflets will be available from the gallery. Please drop in and get some. Thanks

School holiday sitting
Susanna is going away and we are going to be short for sitters for the Wednesday and Saturday afternoon for two weeks. (School holidays Mon 5th-Fri 16th July) . If you can, there's a roster drawn up on the kitchen wall at the gallery for you to put your name down. Any help would be appreciated.

SALA sitting
Through the SALA exhibition, all exhibitors will need to do their bit of sitting. We are also going to be open Sundays for this event. Please come in to put you name on the roster.

Sitting after SALA
When SALA is finished, after 22nd August, we will be looking for sitters
for Wednesday and Saturday. Volunteers are the glue that keep the Arts Centre together.

There are a few artists with outstanding hanging fees. Please ensure that you are paid up to date as this pays the rent. If you were given a receipt with your last payment, it should tell you when you are next due. Otherwise, please contact me, or I will send you an invoice and take your art off the wall. Sorry to seem harsh. I know sales are low. If anyone has some advice on this their input will be welcomed.

Current and Upcoming Classes

Mixed media for children -
Currently there are places available for children in Susanna's class on Saturday mornings. There wont be any classes running through the school holidays, however. If you are interested, please contact Susanna through the gallery email.

Jim Filmer has Photoshop classes as well.
Please contact him at

Visual Journalling with Julie Montgomery
starting Monday 19th July 10am.
email Julie at

Lino Printmaking with Janet Reid
starting Monday 19th July in afternoon
email Janet at

Sculpture classes Tuesdays
starting 20th July.
Contact Susanna via the Gallery email

Youth/Young Adult Art
Coming soon we will have a permanent space for youth/young adults who will be exhibiting works such as Manga art and visual slide shows. We are looking for this to start after SALA - after 22nd August
Please contact Michelle if you know anyone who would like to be a part of this via email

New Classes
If you would like to teach or know somebody who does, the space is there to use. All rooms are available to teach in on Sunday(except through SALA), Monday and Tuesdays, as the gallery isn't open on these days. Space is also available on Thursday and Friday. The large back room near kitchen is available for this. Once off workshops are also encouraged. A Data Projector can be provided. If you think you have something to contribute, then you are most welcome

Art Supplies/electrical required
If anyone has the following they no longer have use for we can use these for classes
- coloured pencils etc (including watercolour)
- coloured, black and white paper and card
- acrylic/watercolour/fabric paint (including house paint)
- art/craft books/magazines
- lino squares
- fabric offcuts
- printmaking ink
- printmaking/lino cutting tools
- clay
- brushes of any kind
- wooden frames
- glues
- easels
- canvas
- any other useful art supply items
- kettle, heaters, iron, hairdryers, vacuum cleaner
Does anyone know where we can get a press for printmaking?

Best wishes from Michelle

Friday, June 11, 2010

New to Blogging

Ok Michelle,
I'm here & ready with no idea what to do really....
There are no posts (that I can find) so I guess I must be the first.
I really have no idea what I should write, so I'll just let you know that Daniella didn't know about "" so she will check it out, as will I. She did tell me that "Deviant Art" is the same in that you can sell your work in the same way.
So that's interesting. Did you know that?

I'm getting excited but nervous about the SALA exhibition. Nervous, because I have yet to commit any paint to canvas.....I think I better hurry up & make a start..
I do work best under pressure!

Well that's all for now.....Someone else write something....pleeeeese?