SUMMER is the most wonderful time of the year, and the Port Stephens Community Arts Centre couldn’t be more excited to share with you their artist’s impressions of sun-soaked adventures.
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The exhibition reflects the relaxed Australian way of life and emphasizing the environment of unique colours surrounding us during our holidays in the Bay.
Meryl Miller told News of the Area, “Our Artists Paintings are like the weather Hot! Hot! Hot!” she went on to say that “The temperature within the gallery is always a wonderful break from the heat or cold – “Summer in the Bay” and “Holiday Jewels” run until 14 March.
The centre’s current feature artist is Kathleen Murray whose works will be on display until 19 February.
Kathleen has seen a fair bit of eastern Australia, having lived in parts of Victoria, Queensland and NSW.
She developed her love of the countryside at their home in beautiful Glenquarry near Bowral in the Southern Highlands.
Seeing magic in the colours of nature, Kathleen grew a passion for capturing wildlife by any means possible.
Kathleen started China Painting, where she had her first real lesson in how to paint using the colour wheel.
Since then she has dabbled with oils, acrylic, water colours and even folk art.
In 1999 Kathleen was introducing to Ceramics.
By 2000 Kathleen had bought many moulds and start a Ceramics business, she completed the Duncan Teachers Course and opened a studio in Bowral with students and thriving green ware retail sales.
Kathleen developed her signature “Sunset” and “Wild Life Animal” vases, selling them to exclusive galleries in Bowral and Berrima.
In May 2014 Kathleen and Stephen decided it was time to retire the Ceramic business and pack up their country life for a sea change and moved Port Stephens.
Kathleen enjoys volunteering in the Gallery and the Garden Café is always a rewarding experience.
Admission to the Gallery is free and the gallery is open to the public 10-4 pm daily.
By Marian SAMPSON