Current Exhibition

After 18 years our Exhibition Space has closed

The organisation lives on

Our lease has ended, the building has been sold

On Sunday December 18th our final exhibition The Last Show ended, and we closed the doors of the gallery.
After 18 years this iconic Artist Run Space has closed.

The organisation lives on, and will be looking for new ways to draw artists together and contribute to the arts scene in 2017 and beyond.
Watch this space and our social media sites.

Last Show
01 December to 18 December

Opening Saturday Dec 3rd, 4pm -8pm

Our Last Show at 69 Smith St Gallery

Works by 69 Smith St Gallery Members

After 18 years at 69 Smith St Gallery we bid farewell with this last show by members past and present.
Please come and join us in our final celebrations on Saturday Dec 3rd
The building has been sold, but out organisation will live on.

Auction of TEMPLE by Andrew Salgado

Andrew Salgado, an internationally recognised artist, donated this print to 69 Smith St Gallery.

His intention was for the print to be used to raise money for the gallery after its funds were depleted.

By donating this print to raise funds for this Artist Run Initiative, Andrew Salgado showed generosity and solidarity at a time when gallery members were despondent and feeling betrayed.

We encourage you to bid for this work, showing appreciation for his act of generosity, and also contributing to the future of this organisation.
Bids will be taken at the gallery over the curse of the Last Show.
The highest bid as of Sunday December 18th 3pm will be the winner of the auction.

Medium: archival pigment print on Hanemühle
Edition of 25
Size: 50x40cm

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09 November to 27 November

Opening Saturday Nov 12th, 4pm - 6pm


Martin Tighe |

I am a Melbourne based artist who has focused on exploring stories important to Australia’s culture and identity. This series of paintings explores how people communicate. Handwritten letters, once a common means of communication, ten years ago, has become increasingly rare and nowadays they are almost non-existent. Electronic and digital communication methods have replaced the handwritten document. Inspired by compositions of pre-20th century European paintings, my works will depict these changes; people using modern technology. This juxtaposition of slow, quiets settings with the new and the fast, makes for thoughtful works.


Georgina Campbell, Geri Barr & Gair Miller

Georgina Campbell: There are special places, landscapes and buildings that grab me. I try to capture a little bit of them and the way they impact me visually and emotionally. The paintings are often multi-layered with more abstract images underneath that provide something to break down, or to support the new work, or even something to work against

Geri Barr: The intention of my art is primarily to explore and express ideas and concepts with different media but mostly to enjoy full immersion in the creative process. Many ideas come to me just as I’m trying to go to sleep. It’s annoying. Other pieces evolve in the act of making the art and come from I don’t know where, but none of that matters, I just enjoy creating.

Gair Miller: Mystic Landscapes. My artwork intends to take the viewer into a calm and ethereal world. These paintings do not represent reality but more a dream state. I have painted like this for the past two years. I take photographs of places I have seen in Australia and the Orient. I do not reproduce the photo onto my painting but instead try to create a sense of place and feeling. I believe it is my dreamscape. Much of my work features tree’s, mountains and clouds. I only paint in oils.


Mark Cowell

Pseudo Ego is a series of paintings that are a powerful response to the beauty and tragedy of creating, curating and sustaining personal identities in a hyper critical environment. Incorporating experimental use of spray-paint alongside traditional mediums to produce vibrant Post-Graffiti Expressionist pieces, Mark works through several stages of creating a finished piece, then destroying it and rebuilding it. Each painting is essentially re-created several times and reflects the way people recreate their identities through processes of change. But, Mark seeks to retain and show-off the errors or mishaps that we would ordinarily want to hide or change.

GALLERIES 4, 5, 6 & 7 / EXIT 16


EXIT 16 is an exhibition of graduating regional art students from Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s (GOTAFE) Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

This years’ cohort of students consists of a group of ten unique artists, travelling from all over the state. Working across varied media, their completed and exhibited artworks serve as a unique showcase for practising and up and coming local artists. On offer are explorations in Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Print Making, Photography, Collage, Contemporary Jewellery and Sculpture. Students have worked conceptually through-out the year to produce a body of highly relevant, often socially cutting, but ultimately exhilarating work. Individually and collectively they have proven to be a very talented group of artists who have all produced a very interesting, exciting and professional body of work.

19 October to 06 November

Gallery 1 / BACK IN 5 MINUTES

Silvia A Sellitto

In my self portrait series, “Back in 5 minutes” (2016), I explore the interchanging roles and rituals of everyday life that I throw myself into - motherhood, artist, lover, wife, Art educator and employer (amongst others).

Each collage is a reminder of the interludes of daily life required to help us reconnect with our current, often depleted selves.

Each self-image depicts a transformative state, a frozen moment in time, contemplating what is happening to me, trying to feel human again and the idea that I can pin “me” to the wall.


Regina Dudek

The Mad Queen Presents is an eclectic, energetic and whimsical exhibition that promises to deliver more than the odd surprise. Artist Regina Dudek draws inspiration from everyday items often deemed well past their use-by date. Where others see junk, she senses beauty and a rich history expressed within decay and decline.

To source the appropriate 'treasures' to include in her metal and wire sculptures, Regina scours op shops, garage sales, junkyards, second-hand e-stores and roadside chuck-outs.

She's even been known to pick up old bottle tops from the footpath
Each discovery - delicate teacups, crystal glasses, a bent spoon, some rusting wire, old pressed metal, handcrafted tapestries cut from ancient cushions, etc - is as warm as a reunion of two old friends.

And then comes the challenge of building each sculpture (the work is unashamedly low tech) to a form that is both elegant and robust.

The result is a quirky and delightful body of work that can be summed up no better than by another queen - the queen of the screen, Ms Marilyn Monroe - who once said: 'imperfection is beauty, madness is genius'.

Witness The Mad Queen Presents and, no doubt, you will agree.

Instagram: @reginadudek: The Mad Queen
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Roseanne Nettleton

A series of paintings in gouache and charcoal on wood panel, and linocut prints on paper, which document my attempts to connect with the right side of my brain, the creative side, after many years of left-sided activity as a lawyer.

These paintings and prints evolved from a series of drawing exercises undertaken to free my eye and hand from the analytical constraints of my left-sided vision of the world.

The objects and interiors are given a new role to play in the experiment of freeing up my right-sided vision.


Bernadette Boundy

These works are about the transitions that we experience as a result of interactions. The landscape cans influence our mood, and our mood influences how we perceive the landscape ‘

The landscapes may be literal or metaphorical – the edges blur.


Jade Thompson

I have been to Paris a handful of times. I am drawn to Montmartre. There was a week when I spent with my now wife, walking the streets, drinking the wine and eating the cheese.

These works are based on some of the walks, and architecture we saw. I think they capture one of the best things about Paris. Just going for a walk.

Gallery 6 / WORKS ON PAPER

John Ross

Gallery 6 / John Ross WORKS ON PAPER
I have always had an interest in drawing and various forms of media. Initially I experimented with oils and acrylics but ultimately found that painting in watercolours more challenging and more satisfying.

The works on display represent a part of my journey through watercolour landscapes and into more detailed botanical works. I am attracted to the beauty of plants and
the challenges they create as I attempt to accurately represent them on paper.

Gallery 7 /

Hans Eftermeyer

These paintings were originally informed by the nighttime advertising vistas such as Swanston Street but have evolved into wordscapes where the subject is more lyrical than representative.

28 September to 16 October

Opening Saturday October 1st, 4pm - 6pm

Gallery 1 / THE REAL THING

Steven Cole

I am pleased to exhibit a collection of works, mixing symbolic & illuminate art pieces.
My proudest work is a dedication to my father the original neon maker of the current
Skipping girl “little Audrey” model which has dawn the Melbourne skyline for many decades
I am constantly inspired by the endless possibilities for experimentation in the medium of neon and its illuminating qualities
Steven Cole - Neonist

Galleries 2&3 / JAPAN, HERE, & THEN

Darron Davies

This exhibition of photographs, by Darron Davies, is based on several trips to Japan over the last 8 years. Predominantly set in the Kansai area (Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto) this exhibition documents small, everyday and reflective moments glimpsed in Japanese culture


Marianne Little

The works in CITY EXPLORATIONS were inspired by my continuing fascination of big cities, their congested appearance, overcrowding in the upper spheres, the design qualities of the windows and architectural feature and how parts lead very easily to abstraction.
I am interested in the upper areas of the city and how people might connect or isolate themselves, and how this can be represented in paint.
Sometimes, often, the painting takes over and what I start out to say changes quite a bit.

Gallery 5 / IMAGES OF HOME

Zdenka Pavic

With elements of traditional Croatian Naïve Art, my paintings often depict fantastical scenes from the landscapes and places of my childhood. The winter months evoke memories of frost, snow covered windows and trees, the smell of roasted chestnuts, and the warmth of home.
I was awarded second place in the People's choice awards at the 69 Smith St Gallery Group Exhibition "Connecting".
Currently I work as a full time school librarian in Melbourne.


Roza Ganser

I am a legally blind visual artist. My show is about the hollows and mysteries of the rainforest. I use lots of colour in my interpretation of the forest.

My exhibition is about orientating one's self in time and space. I chose the rainforest because of its beauty, dramatic lighting and constant change. Finally, for me it represents a personal struggle I face every day.


Carolyn Davis

From the beginning, even as a child, I always felt that the hardest thing to do was to truly see something as it really is. I’ve since discovered that it is much more difficult than I had imagined.

Working exclusively from life, I take my inspiration directly from the subject, while being mindful to not be enslaved to it. The painting serves as a reminder of the subject and all its qualities, which accumulate on the surface in the form of colour, line, and tone.

These paintings are the result of the personal process of concentrated observations and visual research, a record of all things considered along the way

07 September to 25 September

Opening Saturday Sept 10th, 4pm - 6pm


Jacquie Hacansson

The emotive ability of colour to lift the spirit and give joy, is the keystone to my work. Surrounding me in my bush studio, is myriad natural inspiration- my recent favourites are, of course, Red Hot Poker. Fabulous curves, craggy textures and , in all their glory, that colouring which lends itself so divinely across my mediums.
Often, whilst imagining my next artwork, a unique swirl, or the perfect shard of colour in a piece of glass will spring to life and the vision emerges and unfolds.
The idea of “Art imitating Art” appeals to my sense of creative fun, and is apparent in a few of the recurring themes on display .Art is quite simply a large part of my life. Please enjoy sharing “My Life”.


Sudhakar Chavan

My ideas come from variety of social, political and cultural issues experienced in everyday life, my professional exposure to my lifelong passion in researching tribal art and child art and my travels within India and overseas. A reflection on these experiences and stimuli help me create my drawings usually involving a placement of figures and props in a multidimensional landscape. My materials vary to suit my subjects or stories but my methodology is consistent. This show at 69 Smith Street is made up of my narration of stories from the Jatakas tales contrasting with a collection of mindscapes. I’ve chosen to use thin pen lines on paper to create the uplifting philosophical stories from Buddha’s life which are eternally relevant to humankind. On the other hand I’ve chosen charcoals to create my mindscapes, reflecting on different shades of the human mind and complexity of thought.

Gallery 3

Tribute to Merle Parker by her friends

It is fitting that this tribute to Merle Parker by her friends is in gallery 3. For many years this was the heart of the gallery, and was where Merle sat and welcomed members new and established. The longevity of 69 Smith St Gallery as an Arist Run Intitiative is due largely to her leadership. For close to 16 years she was supportive of individual artists – encouraging new and emerging artists.
She was a tireless chairperson, working behind the scenes, encouraging, coordinating, networking and making things happen through a myriad of challenges. Her indefatigable enthusiasm and encouragement were contagious.
She promoted the gallery proudly, welcomed innovative artistic practices and was a proud champion of independent artists. Many artists benefited from her generous and sustained support, and are grateful to her for her mentoring.


Fayez Assaf

I use the term META-REALISM to identify my Art as an Art of a logical forms that communicates a transcendent metalanguage that been directed to touch smoothly the deep subconscious.

I use the common human simple connotations as tools to form a language that can translate the transcendent messages that hold the spiritual social antithesis.

Gallery 5 / INNER CHILD

Liza Posar

As children we paint with our mind and heart, our thoughts and feelings are expressed with no fear of criticism or what others think of our art. We paint sheerly for pleasure, it pours out onto the canvas or paper, free from any influence.

Our paintings back then were honest, fresh, full of vitality, exploring the world around us through our eyes as children.


Tomboy Bill

Creatures of the sea have been the focus of TomboyBill’s most recent works.
The artwork takes the viewer on a journey into the underwater world, with an exploration of our subconscious mind.
The deep sea reveals to us all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures – more than our conscious mind could ever imagine!
The process of painting intuitively brings about imagery that often appears in the form of both human and sea creature, creating a strange fusion between the two species.
TomboyBill sees beauty in the lost, broken and unloved; she sees light in the dark – a glimmer in the depths.

With these paintings we are able to view the unexpected beauty in dark and hidden things...
TomboyBill, Artist online gallery:


Tamara Russell

Tamara Russell is a textile artist based in Melbourne, Australia.
'I aim to make a connection with people through my work, to transport them to a place and a moment in time. I am inspired by the details in nature, the patterns, rhythms and textures. I want to create an emotional response in the viewer to the landscape that is important to me.
I aim to capture moments in time as an artist who has colour, line and texture to play with. I consider myself a painter that uses threads, an artist that draws with a sewing machine.
For this exhibition ‘ Stitch by Stitch’ I have used photography and machine stitch. This creates depth, perspective and richness to the work and combines effectively with stitch to give detail and texture. The works develop stitch by stitch.

17 August to 04 September

Opening Sat August 20th, 4-6pm

Gallery 1 / ALPHA

Helene Athanasiadis

In her first solo exhibition, Helene continues her long standing exploration of abstract forms within the landscape. Through the medium of photography she captures the mystery and stillness of the Central Victorian interior. These photographs are modified by incorporating illustration and paintwork . Densely rendered in deep muted tones and textured finishes, Helene transforms the photograph into a single work of art.

Gallery 2 /SHIFT

Manningham Potters

SHIFT: verb: To move, transform, transfer, change.
These works represent the notion of change, transference or transformation and are also a reflection of the different stages and situations of the diverse group of participants.

Gallery 3 / OLD RUSTY

Karen Price

This is part of a series called ‘The Eye of the Beholder’. Painting has allowed me to see beauty in things that I previously considered ugly, ranging from a rusty piece of machinery to a cluster of dead gum leaves.
These acrylic paintings were inspired by a burnt out rusty car found in scrub on the banks of the Maribyrnong. I’m sure that the person who dumped the car had no thought that it would provide artistic inspiration. The shapes and textures and the contrasting colours caught my eye. Several years later I decided to create a series of paintings from my source material. When curiosity led me to search for the car again I found that it had been cleared away by those who viewed it as an eyesore rather than a thing of beauty.


Bill Lane

An extended dialogue with the late Lewis Baltz’s seminal 1974 work "The New Industrial Parks Near Irvine, California" that inverts Baltz’s stark Californian minimalism into an ethereal antipodean nocturne.

Baltz’s spartan boxes manifest a common American theme : the promised land defiled. The response to Australian landscape is quite different. While Baltz documents the short term impact of money Lane’s project explores the impact of people after the event. Lane and Baltz’s aims may seem different and yet they are very much connected. Both projects are deeply rooted in an exploration of place and time, there and here, then and now.

Galleries 5 & 6 /GLIMPSES

Volunteers Past & Present 1st Prize

This Volunteers’ Exhibition showcases a fraction of the diverse talent and creative output from this artist-run gallery.
A few of the many volunteers, who over the past eighteen years have made 69 Smith Street Gallery a success, present personal works and memories:
Aneta Bozic, Betty Nicholson, Birgit Kreuzkamp, Carol Rowlands, Di Cunningham, Erin Round, Felicity Gordon, Helen McPherson, Irene Amorosi, Justine Cromb, Julie Harmsworth, Liza Posar, Marianne Little, Marija Newbold, Merle Parker, Michael Cuthbert and Trish Round.

Gallery 7 / Like a Lingering Silence

Louise Tate

Seeking the boundaries between durational and momentary time, Louise's work is an investigation into the delimited spaces of time and memory. The paintings hover between fixity and flux, loosely referencing imagery sourced from old family photographs. Fragments of sourced photographs are fluidly rendered in paint in order to move beyond categorical representation. The works act, rather, as abstracted representation. Empty spaces (or absences) within the paintings speak of absences within memory and of the fractured nature of remembered time. Rather than being bound to a photographic record of the past, nostalgic memory is experienced in the presence of the paint itself. In painting that lingers now, then and later.

27 July to 14 August

Sat 30th July (4-6pm)

Urban Musings: Singaporean Cityscapes

Beck Sandford | Gallery 1

Whilst I was so excited to have an opportunity to move and live in another country, I was surprised at how lost I felt for at least the first 6 months of my time here in Singapore. So much was different and I really did not know many people at all. I would walk around various areas of the city and take in the noise, smells and the buildings. The constructed landscape of Singapore is so layered and filled with a number of cultural heritages as well as contemporary structures. I started to admire the more colonial buildings, like the Old Parliament house with its lovely dome filled by curves and shadows. I started to realise that the this historical link between Singapore and Australia, that both our beginning of architecture came from the British influence, it was an architectural bloodline imprinted onto old worlds to turn them into part of colonized history. Now these buildings are a reflection of the past for both countries, yet I am so drawn to them that I had to paint and draw the special buildings, the ones I still visit time and time again.

Day Night Travel

John Quirk | Gallery 2

The artworks in this exhibition have been created during the past two years and are the result of combining a range of found and collected materials for collage. They reflect my interest in the spontaneous combination between colour and shapes. Themes explored in my artwork include the interaction between the physical body and our spirit, what is our essence? I am also interested in exploring the connection between people when they are communicating and the journey involved in living each day. My method of working involves trying to trust and enjoy the creative process, freeing myself to interplay and respond to the materials I am using. The search to express some of these ideas remains unresolved, which is a good thing!

Reflecting on Little Things

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan | Gallery 3

Draws from past connections and experimentation with crockery, collage and sculpture via a brand new series of work inspired by her recent participation in the annual Dandenong Ranges Open Studios Exhibition. This series of new work began with a reflection on a song lyric ‘Feeding the Birds & Hoping for Something in Return’ and grew into an idea about tiny hummingbirds. A few small sketches later… giant flowers started to sprout and bloom and a reflection on the currency of symbiosis in which organisms coexist and thrive from a symbiotic relationship developed.

Landscapes and Mindscapes

Darryl Tilson | Gallery 4

I attempt to use the viewer’s imagination as well as mine, not in a figurative way, even when I haven’t met the viewer. The time spent around a picture can help certain thoughts to pop into mind, others to be discarded, like looking into clouds and being lost and relaxed, to suggest things, to get away from where words reside but still remain in the space where poetry and feelings exist.

“I once read somewhere that ‘our capacity for experience far exceeds our linguistic ability to describe those experiences’”
Trevor Vickers

“All Cretans are liars”
Helen Daniels (quoting Epimenides, a Cretan)

Articulated Perspective

Abbey Peng | Gallery 5

Abbey Peng brilliantly executed creative photographs are inspired by Mother Nature. She is focusing on ordinary subjects such as morning dew, autumn leaf, plant seeds and spider web etc. With consistent passion for photography, she used the special technique to capture unique images created by nature. The concept she believes is that beauty is everywhere; all an artist needs to do is discovery, with keen eyes.

Mixed Lollies

Jan Herrera | Gallery 6

On show is a variety of mixed media work, from photography, encaustic, mixed media, acrylic painting and oil painting. Over the years I have experimented with many styles and media, I have a love of the process which drives me to create ever different works that often challenge my perception of what it is I am after.

Acts of Interpretation

Jangle DeGabriele | Gallery 7

Acts of interpretation is the act of simultaneously creating a two-sided object questioning the commonly characterized right or wrong; working with one surface the development of the underside is unknown and inevitably forms instantaneously. 

Passively working with the material (plaster) and focusing on the inherent qualities through patterns and repetition an understanding of the materials abilities take shape. The initial act of disregarding any previous knowledge for handling the material ultimately forming a shift from play into a logical building of structures conceived by time, memory, repetition and reading patterns.

Winter Exhibitions
06 July to 24 July

Opening Sat 9th, July 4 - 6pm

Colloquium – Lake Merrimu

Julie-Anne Armstrong-Roper |GALLERY 1

I am attracted by the physical beauty of the Victorian landscape but when I come to express this in paint I find it is light and atmosphere that become the key elements. For me they evoke a strong emotional reaction and my aim is for the viewer to be drawn into the images I paint and experience the same.

I often find subjects in the most unlikely places. The series of works, Colloquium – Lake Merrimu, depict a location just outside Bacchus Marsh. It is a Melbourne Water site and at first glance it seems unremarkable but look past the safety fences, picnic ground and warning signs and it has a quiet beauty. You can go up there mid-week and be the only person for miles, and as a bonus it’s close enough to Melbourne to be able to go and paint each day. Inspired by this atmospheric location I have painted a series of small studies and large panoramic views expressing a feeling of intense isolation and a sense of the frailty of humanity exposed to the elements.

Hide & Seek

Elena Leong | GALLERY 2

In this, her first solo exhibition, Elena's obsession with intricate images is explored and realised in this collection of little creatures hidden in complex mazes of twisty branches and fronds.
Each image invites the observer to look closer and find new things with every scrutiny, bringing them back to the delights of the counting picture books of their childhood.
How many of each creature can you find? Can you find them all?
Elena Leong is a Melbourne based illustrator and artist. She has a Diploma in Visual Arts at NMIT (now known as Melbourne Polytechnic). She is inspired by the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements as well as the natural world.


Melbourne Artists for Asylum Seekers (MAFA) | GALLERY 3

The exhibition is inspired by individual unique character of colours, combined by a master artist to harness the power of communication and understanding. In this exhibition the four artists, each representing unique colours, are painting simultaneously together over a period of time.
MAFA aims to cross over the language barrier through art and delivers the message of perfection through unity of diversities.
Featuring paintings by Shirin Mahmoodi, Leila Ashtiani , Maryam Sepasi and Samaneh Malekshahi.

Wild things: a brief retrospective

Dominique Dunstan | GALLERIES 4 & 5

I have always been attracted to the living world, had pets and visited wild places. This exhibition is a chance to reflect on two major influences in my life, art and nature, and to consider the intuitive and enduring relationship between them and their effect on my life so far and into the future.
The exhibition will draw on media and imagery from childhood to the present, including photographs, sculpture and drawing, exploring the themes of flora, fauna and landscape. References are drawn from life in the suburbs, holidays in national parks and material from books and the internet. Our affinity for the natural world can be described, documented and deconstructed but above all it is felt. So this small exhibition is about empathy, care and love.

Dead Lines

Aneta Bozic | GALLERY 6

Dead Lines continues on a long-standing theme, referencing death, dying and grief. Journeys that are often a very complex and personal process that have many layers.
Taking its visual inspiration from bones and chrysanthemums, the traditional Croatian funeral flower, Dead Lines is a collection of abstract drawings and paintings, representing the sometimes vague and chaotic nature that accompanies this part of life’s cycle.

Reclaiming This Moment

Michele Harris | GALLERY 7

Mindfulness sustainability and attention to space are central to the development of my work. My practice is a quiet and reflective process where each element morphs into the next. Current inspiration for my work include the writings and work of Kathleen Kamarre Wallace, women paper bark painters in Omie PNG, Agnes Martin, Yvonne Audette, the Slow Art Movement and the writings of Rilke.

15 June to 03 July

Opening Saturday June 18th 4pm - 6pm

Emerging Art Australia

Gallery 1

Hand selecting 23 emerging artists from across the country to exhibit in this dynamic group show, it will feature the works of Alison Ferret, Betty Holloway, Brooke Amanda Goddard, Caroline McGrath, Chalie MacRae, Erin Macartney, Felix Atkinson, Gillian Jackson, JB Knibbs, Jordyn Harris, Lara Chamas, Lawrence Tan, Leo Flander, Marina Rolfe, Megan English, Monika Feuerstein, Nic Malacari, Nicola Stephenson, Sam Reiher, Stephanie Kam, Steve Hamilton, Viky Berry and Wendy Pepyat.

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Mirrors and Masks

Betty Nicholson |Gallery 4

A history of the mirror is a history of looking, and what we perceive in these magical surfaces can tell us a great deal about ourselves - whence we come from, what we imagine, how we think, and what we yearn for. The mirror appears throughout the human drama as a means of self- knowledge or self delusion. (Pendergast, 2003, p.ix). Her exhibition Mirrors and Masks explores the concept of looking, and what we might reveal or conceal from ourselves.

Looking and Seeing

Michelle Thompson |Gallery 5

A selection of photographs from Western Victoria - showing the beauty and details of where we live.

Painting Maribyrnong Group

Gallery 6

Painting Maribyrnong is a group of artists who meet to paint and draw in a variety of mediums at the atmospheric Sea Scout Hall on the Maribyrnong River. Featured artists in this exhibition are:

Eveline Aeschlimann, Helen Bender, Kay Bloxom, Nella Charles, Joy Dench, Annette Gibbard, Diane Gulbis, Marena McFarlane and Carly Ross

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Violins & Things

Robert Babic

Traditionally the Still Life was considered one of the lowest genres of painting and far removed from the higher echelons of history painting, biblical scenes and portraiture. Yet it is precisely because of its lack of pretensions that I find the Still Life such an appealing subject to paint. Inspired by past masters of still life such as Chardin, Manet and Morandi, my aim is simply to convey to the viewer a poetic feeling. If a painting goes some way towards achieving this feeling, then I think it is a success. In the end it is all about the poetry. I use oils for their sheer lushness and use oil primed linen as a support for its strength and durability.

25 May to 12 June

OPENING Sat 28th May (4-6pm)

'Sistas' in Art and Culture

Amanda WRIGHT, Aunty Daphne MILWARD & Aunty Irene NORMAN | Gallery 1

Amanda is a proud Palawa woman and mother of 4 beautiful children. Her passion for art and everything creative inspires all those around her. Amanda's artwork is unique and striking and at times features local community and family members. Her work has been featured and admired in many community forums and public settings and in 2014 she won the EMR NAIDOC Ball Arts Award.

Aunty Daphne is a strong Yorta Yorta woman and a positive role model for all within the community. Aunty Daphne is an amazing artist and story teller and possesses a strong sense of cultural connection. She values the community and shares her cultural knowledge through encouraging artists to express themselves, providing support through her role as community Elder and her love of music has shined through with her involvement with the MMIGP Community Choir.

Aunty Irene is a Wailwin Wiradjuri passionate about her art and culture. Aunty Irene has used her creativity to produce some powerful and moving pieces of art and poetry. Her life's journey and connection to culture have inspired her artistic expression. Aunty Irene has shared her art work and love of music throughout the community and her exceptional talent won her the EMR NAIDOC Ball 2015 Arts Award.

Touched by Voice

Wayne O'FARRELL | Galleries 2 & 3

In December 1978, I travelled to America for the first time. Before leaving, I just knew I would be spending a lot of my time seeing bands that might never actually make it to Australia, so I determined to take as many photos as I could. On that trip I saw Johnny Winter, the Grateful Dead, David Johansen, George Thorogood and early Ramones, amongst others. Encouraged by the results (raw as they were), I quite unintentionally spent the next 20+ years taking photos of Australian and international acts, both here and overseas. This exhibition is a small selection of some of my favourites. Hopefully these photos might bring your own memories flooding back...


Girija KULKARNI is an artist by mind and birth... Even before she could do math she had better grasp of the addition of colours and their outcomes. Girija was born and brought up in western Indian city of Pune which is blessed by many artistic traditions. Girija completed her formal education in a reputed College of Arts in Western India and graduated in Commercial Arts. She firmly believes in rendering the figures and forms present in her mind in abstract form to a more concrete physical medium in various art forms and styles; she terms the activity as “Chitra”.

Mayur GANGASAGAR. Horses were historically used in warfare, from which a wide variety of riding and driving techniques developed using many different styles of equipment and methods of control. All the works are created with acrylic knife painting style. I studied in the design VFX & Animation in Pune. I am working with Hollywood based studio in Pune on movies at a Sr. Stereo compositor. Always painting through my feelings and perspective about topics of my life. Lover of dramatic personal stories, music and perfectionism; inspirations for the free drawing, technical drawing, history, nature, modern art and abstract. He is influenced by his artist father and grandfather, who still to date create Ganesha idols and Goddess Idols in India for festivals.

Nancy MORRISON, Associate (AAIPP), is an award-winning photographer with a career spanning over 20 years. Nancy is known for having an eye for detail in natural light and her style is individually nuanced as her subjects from her hugely dramatic, award-winning illustrative works in dance and narrative, through to emotional and tasteful birth captures and playful, love-filled family portraits. Nancy’s work is an expression of passion or essence of the subject to be treasured. I am a self-taught photographer. Recently I earned my Associateship with the AIPP, and I now look forward to my next goal, achieving my Master of Photography.

Sujata DHARAP. Architectural structures have always fascinated me. Openings in architecture are like pores that make the structure breath. Bring in the elements of nature that make the space alive. they connect the outside to the inside making it an experience that is complete. Painting is like a dialogue with me and myself with every work I understand myself better a kind of self-revelation.

Blue Haze

Carol ROWLANDS | Gallery 5

Eucalyptus trees, shrouded in a blue haze. The words conjure up a very Australian vision. Take a walk through the You Yangs nature reserve and admire the eucalyptus scent, the rocky landscape and native trees which have survived for hundreds of years despite fire, drought and storms. The patterns, marks, shapes and shadows provide an inspirational landscape.


Claire FLINT

Claire sees resin works as purely irresistible and are an abstract form of reflection, colour and movement, all of which interest Claire. Resin allows Claire to explore her instinctive creativity and works evolve from being “in the moment” and are a combination of inks, powders, acrylic in resin. Originating from Yorkshire in England, Claire studied Fine Art & Design in the UK and moved to Australia in 2008, where she continued to study Art, via a Fine Art & Visual Culture double degree at Curtin Uni.

Postcards from Hockney and Other Paintings

Olga TSARA | Gallery 7

Taking visual prompts from pink flamingos and the vivid blue skies of mid-century Nu-Colour-Vue postcards, there paintings present views of buildings in Melbourne and beyond. If David Hockney created postcards, this is how they might look. These are paintings of soul building, representing some essentials of life – water, food, shelter, belief, charity and fantasy.

04 May to 22 May

Sat 7th May (4-6pm)


Peter COUGLE & Alison PARKINSON | Gallery 1

Alison and Peter have been focused on Life Drawing for many years. These artists create their own unique interpretation, often observing the same model. The media are graphite or charcoal on paper sometimes with a dash of colour – the images sensitive and sensual. Their focus is on the beautiful and whimsical and does not aim to disturb. Some images are off the easel with exploratory and construction marks remaining. Others are more considered paying fleeting homage to classical drawing. Alison, a portrait painter, teaches drawing at The Art Gallery of Ballarat and Peter is an exciting draughtsman.

It's About Time

Georgina CAMPBELL | Gallery 2

Georgina has been a practicing artist all her life. Her works often incorporate a fundamental trio of shapes, familiar symbols, words, and elements of landscape. Back in 1981 Georgina created her own symbols for our alphabet which she employs in words and phrases layered through paintings and drawings. With a love of old fabrics imbued with personal histories, recent soft sculptures of a figurative nature have been included in this, Georgina’s first solo exhibition.


Jan HERRERA | Gallery 3

Jan's work is a fun glimpse at the world of flowers. Hardly serene subtle strokes, but more energetic splashes of colour that are in contrast to a flower, which is a soft and gently subject matter. Jan has showcased the flowers as abstract and surreal, some of which are of majestic proportions with a hint of the jurassic about them. The basis of the series is: let's have a bit of fun, the world is way too serious.

DOUBLE TAKE | Southern Coastal Visions

Debra PECK & Pierrette BOUSTANY

Wilsons Promontory & the Inverloch coast offer an encounter with elemental beauty in all it’s sublime primal power. It is timeless, grounding, invigorating, inspiring, expansive. Wilsons Prom in particular, is an experience of deep time, analogue time, an encounter with the slow, silent, seemingly eternal….a sensory experience of tea tree scent, light, darkness, shadows, wind, and sounds….a total sensory experience…elemental. It is something of the eternal now, and stillness distilled that I seek to capture in my photographs. A resolved image for me holds these qualities, which also hopefully expresses some essence of beauty and the sublime.


Graham JONES | Gallery 5, 6 & 7

“Artscape” is an exercise in freedom and experimentation akin to beginning a long journey without any travel plans. The wonderment is in where that journey takes you, the magic is in the realisation that your map has no boundaries. The coping mechanism is in the ability to reinvent oneself in order to reach the treasure at the end of the rainbow. Acrylics are the choice of weapon for such a trek into the unknown as they have the ability and flexibility to be all things to all men... reversal of failure is imminent, if only life could imitate that!

UPCOMING... Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place

Amanda WRIGHT (Gallery 1 | May 25 / June 12)

13 April to 01 May

Exhibition Opening Sat 16th April (4-6pm)

Don't tread on the cracks! - Jeff FitzGerald, Narayani Palmer & Sujora Conrad

Galleries 1 & 2

'Don’t tread on the cracks!' The title of this exhibition is a reflection of the fact that art may be both dangerous and delicious at the same time. The danger in any art that attempts at beauty is that it might well create a crack down which the viewer simply disappears. Gobbled up by the sheer joy of the experience. The three artists represented in this exhibition attempt beauty. And so, beware.

The Hills Have Eyes - Annabelle Wass

Gallery 3

Annabelle Wass (born Sydney NSW, 1991) is an emerging artist currently living and working between Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. Annabelle graduated from the National Art School in 2015 with a degree in Fine Art, majoring in Painting. Annabelle uses an intuitive play with colour and composition within a suggested, abstracted landscape. She is influenced by interiors/exteriors, and the sublime elements of nature.

Member Show - Connecting

Galleries 4, 5, 6 & 7

23 March to 10 April

Opening Saturday March 26th 4pm - 6pm

You can't sit with us

Noah Spivak

Noah Spivak is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University for Art & Design, who majored in photography and sculpture but retains heavy interests in installation and curatorial practices. Born and raised in Vancouver, Spivak’s works offer no personal autobiography. They do not reference photography’s most commercially embraced and socially trusted function: to preserve moments, to invest in memories. Spivak’s current processes rely not on image but material, producing work that serves as a reminder of the physical and chemical processes of photography allowing the viewer space to consider the value of image in our visually saturated culture.


Bernadette Boundy

These works are part of an ongoing series about looking back, looking closely and looking from afar.
In a world subsumed by technology, it is essential to take time out to raise one’s eyes and focus on the natural world. I have selected different views of the natural world and using pigments, charcoal and chalk to represent the near and far.


Sean McDowell

The title of the exhibition refers to my exploration of grayscale tones combined with a singular colour. The series of artwork has been inspired by our architectural surroundings and movements such as Geometric Abstraction. I have aimed to examine the relationship uniting form, line, tone and colour through the creation of three-dimensional wall assemblages. The overlapping of alternative elements may provoke a sense of chaos from within the viewer, as angular shapes and lines travel horizontally, vertically and diagonally throughout the various compositions. The work has been created using materials including wood, ceramic tiles, acrylic, oil and aerosol paint, which I have employed to construct subject matter that is purely non-objective.


Keith Melder & Jeff Paine

Immerse yourself in the surreal world of CTRL-0 from artists Keith Melder and Jeff Paine. This series reinvents the traditional beauty of still-life imagery through the application of unconventional constructs. Using high speed photography the artists capture the ephemeral beauty of flowers shattering or dissolving into liquids.
Demonstrating both technical and creative ingenuity CTRL-0 delivers an exhibition that is electric and visually stimulating.

Keith Melder is a highly motivated digital artist and has been pursuing photography as a creative medium for over 12 years. His dedication and high degree of discipline always delivers a professionally crafted image.

Blue Series

Casey Freeman

Casey’s ink paintings are an exploration of the colour blue as it appears in nature. Depicting moody cloudscapes, ocean currents, and mountainous silhouettes, this series features ambiguous forms that evoke simplicity and purity. Casey’s ink washes develop a certain visual presence, which act as an invitation to engage–to feel, to react, to explore the how the ‘blue’ resides within us. A minimal selection of materials are used to create 'The Blue Series'. Locally sourced ink, water, brushes, and card bring to life ambiguous forms from nature. Casey's creative process involves pouring ink around acid free card while methodically adding water and salt to the drying artwork. The end result is distinct from watercolour and other waterbased mediums; and it is felt that the meditative nature of Casey's creative process can be re-experienced in viewing the tranquil blue images.

Mirror Images

Rachel Jones

In this exhibition Jones conveys her concepts considering aspects of anxiety and gender with the use of performance and sculpture, in photographic and video form. The sculptural forms seen in the video work, Anxiety in Slow Motion, have been created to have a relationship with the body. Here the artist is using objects and the tick of a metronome, moving around the space and relating to the objects, as if relating to waves of anxiety. The photographs on display are part of the series titled Mirror Images. These convey the idea of how 'we' play a role, how 'we' choose to dress, behave etc, how 'we' perform for others. Considering gender, and the anxiety related to how we wish to be perceived by others, Jones has created several personas that can be recognisable as well as fanciful. The use of personal experience, societal discourse and reference to art history build a layered narrative within these works.

Flowing On

Sue Lock

These works reference and extend previous experimentation with sumi ink and handmade natural materials and brushes.
They move from abstract graphics to images more open to interpretation both emotionally and as representation of possible concrete realities.

Full House
02 March to 20 March

Opening Saturday March 5th between 4 and 6pm


Elaine d'Esterre / Gallery 1

Artworks in an exhibition titled "Littoral " by Elaine d'Esterre consist of oil paintings, gouache, mixed media and etching. They are about her response and interpretation to aspects of the rocky promontory and seashore of Point Roadknight along the Great Ocean Road.

She observed within this "petrified forest" rock formation shapes that suggest ancient ruins, she recorded their erosion and partial loss of rock face and reflected upon this site in a way describing metaphorically the nature of her creative process.

It’s in Our Nature

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan & Katherine Reynolds / Gallery 2

“It’s in Our Nature” is the next phase of the collaborative efforts between Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan and Katherine Reynolds. The last twelve months have seen the two Dandenong Ranges artists develop both their individual and collaborative practices, each spring-boarding off the other’s ideas and adapting their modes of working. Through each of their various work styles, this exhibition is a visual exploration of mimicry and camouflage and nature.

Katherine Reynolds is currently a student at Monash University studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and is also an active participant in the arts community in the Dandenong Ranges. Her practice currently revolves around concepts of mimicry and perception.

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan is a French and Australian artist and formally commenced her Art studies in France at a National Ceramics School, where she specialised in the traditional Decorative Arts of Ceramic Painting. In Australia she pursued further undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the Visual and Fine Arts. Her current sculptural mosaic work reflects and draws from past connections and experimentation with Crockery, Collage and Sculpture.


Bianca Falconieri / Gallery 3

My paintings are a personal expression based around form, colour, gesture, experimentation and passion.

My goal is to express how powerful the mind can be in relation to the production of an artwork as I set out using my instincts, grabbing the first color I am drawn to and building upon that colour with what works in relationship to it. Acrylic has become my material of choice because I love how rich and thick in texture it is and it allows me to work quickly and spontaneously.

To me, the way in which the human eye reacts to colour is a magical expedition; therefor I tend to focus on the more uplifting and beautiful aspects of colour, creating a positive energy and environment for others and for myself.

I believe producing art does not always begin with an intended meaning, each viewers perception is correct and there is no wrong response.

I aim to achieve subtle reaction and evoke an emotional or visual response. There is no representational narrative and no boundaries to my work, it is simply the viewers response and interpretation that gives the work its meaning.

Rhythmic Transference

Peter So / Gallery 4

Following the success of his first solo exhibition, ‘Bodily Dialogue’, the artist Peter So, is engaged in a logical follow-up and creates an expansion of his ‘bodily’ series in this ‘Rhythmic Transference’ exhibition.  It is a culmination of his philosophies, the inner dogmatic reach for freedom, and the spiritualities of the dualistic self that presented in raw forms of aesthetics and symbolic ‘nudes’. It is beyond the surface, the physical ‘Gaze’, that the symbolic, freedom, and inner spirituality becomes obvious in his works.

Dreaming (a poem)

Patricia Goldby / Gallery 5

"Perpetual movement means perpetual change.
New rhythms, new colours, new thoughts, and new stories."

These paintings are part of a series which have been inspired by my photographs of Australia, looking down from up above. I am in constant awe of how spectacular the Australian landscape is. The colours, the patterns, shapes & forms. The diversity of the natural and man made landscape, for me, is incredibly mesmerising. Trying to capture the feeling of extreme heat, the gusty winds, the peaceful sounds of water & the layers of history that lay beneath the surface has been an enjoyable challenge. It has been one of my most physically artistic experiences... so far!

Like the land and sea, these paintings have also been at the mercy of the sun, the air and water.

Patricia works as an Artist, teacher of Art & is currently assisting Artists curate their exhibitions. She has worked as an Art Director, Director & Designer in various creative fields including television, film, theatre, advertising and print. With over 30 years working experience in Australia, Singapore and The Netherlands, she has returned to her painting, with a collection of works dedicated to the landscape of Australia seen from up above.


Marija Newbold / Gallery 6

This body of work is about observing and being observed.
We see the world and the world sees us, this interaction is a two way reflection.

We face the world, and the world in turn faces us.

Sometimes we see great beauty, happiness and grace.
Other times a more pensive and at times disquieting feeling is pervasive.
These works have been inspired by meditations on this experience.

The painting of night reflections shows night emerging displaying off its own beauty shimmering elusive colours slowly fading into the darkness that is night. We can relate this in the way in which our true selves are glimpsed shining through our marks.


Jo Ryan / Gallery 7

In 2003 I was walking down Collins Street on my way to work as a graphic designer and I looked, as I always did, at the advertising trends and shop windows along the way. Then I realised, as a designer I viewed the world in a unique perspective – I don’t see the buildings, objects, people, etc. I only look at the words. The objects were just a support structure for the communication and I’ve been exploring this view of the world ever since.

10 February to 28 February

Opening Saturday February 13th 4pm-6pm

Ne-Art Colective

Ne-Art Colective is the first Australian Exhibition of its kind that allows artists and designers to conceive their ideas and concepts in the brilliant light of an art form that is rich in both its historical and cultural significance.

The work exhibited showcases home grown talent with artists varying from internationally recognised artists, architects, designs and aspiring young graduates.
This is a collective of brilliant minds illuminated in neon.

Fais le Chien

The collective “Fait le Chien” can be characterised under many domains; literature and poetry written by Leon, an artist hailing from France, his work has artistically been enriched through collaboration with a Belgian artist, Auto.
They have creatively joined forces having had previous experience working as video directors in big screen projections and performance respectively. With a critical eye, they rewrite and repaint the world in their own light. Thus, they place themselves ahead of those who wish to avoid exploring taboo subjects.

Wielding contradictory mediums, creatively these artists compliment and collaborate with one another brilliantly.
Considering the vastness of this world, they attract themselves alternately towards different feelings, their preferred theme being, human interaction.
In each of their creations of which they are “principle protagonists”, they involve themselves with their actors. They immerse themselves completely in life, they observe it: one writes, the other paints so that finally an entire work can come to fruition. Just as the universe holds polarity between positive and negative, Leon’s creations cannot reach maximum potential without the works of Auto.

“We represent the large degree of feelings experienced in the world”; Carol Lallemand enjoys fear whilst Loic Servat prefers to toy with love. We cannot compare the two nor place them as one, but imperatively, either cannot go without the other. Thus, they assemble themselves easily under the question of identity.
Not hesitating to take a stand, they have brought to life the performance of all performances. So as to perplex the daily life of the public, they shout their story in the centre of a crowd but again, arm their camera placing it in unknown territory. They hope to collide with their biases in simplicity. Their approach is as powerful in the sense that where they always return to is the despised and crushed values, using unique words and paintings to convey meaning.

Midsumma at 69 Smith St Gallery
20 January to 07 February

Queer Country opening June 20

Queer Country

Wednesday January 20 - Sunday February 7

Queer Country will feature ten GLBTI artists from Bendigo and across Victoria. The exhibition gives visibility to the artistic concepts, practices and experiences of the artists through sculpture, photography, painting and mixed media. The artworks address issues such as gender, sexuality, isolation and self within a rural environment.

The presenting artists are Chelsea Arnott, Denis Chapman, Yvonne George, Catherine Johnston, Rohan Morris, Gavin North, Tom Pender, Tashara Roberts, Kate Tellefson and Rynelle Walker.

To mark 10 years of this annual exhibition and its presentation in Melbourne for the first time, the Mayor of Bendigo, Cr. Rod Fyffe, will officially open the exhibition at 4pm on Saturday January23.

A curator and artist floor talk will be held at 4pm on Sunday 7th February. This is a great opportunity to hear about the concepts and motivations behind the artworks on display. or

'Male, Female, Freak.' by Tashara Roberts 2015

The Inaugural Australia Post Art Prize

Midsumma Festival 2016 proudly presents from Jan 23rd

The theme for the 2016 Australia Post Art Prize is Identities. The exhibition will focus and examine the relationships between socio-political issues and personal experiences within the queer community. The works will illustrate a unique vision on queerness, while offering a critical tool for the reformulation of normative social and art historical ideals.

Finalists /
Adam James David Anderson / Alison Bennett / Megan Beckwith / Daniel Burke / William Eicholtz / Emma Ferguson / Jessika K / Ying Huang / Matto Lucas / Jake Preval / Frances Sergi / Issie Soudy

We are on holidays!
23 December to 20 January

Happy Holidays & Thanks

We were very busy this year with a great range of art and artists exhibiting.

If 2015 was anything to go by, 2016 will be a bumper year.

A huge thanks to all the people who have worked long and hard to make the year such a success. Every contribution counts.

Make sure that you support the art shops that give 69 Smith St Gallery members a discount: Riot Art & Craft, Dean's Art and Art Stretchers (Northcote).

See you all in 2016 when we reopen with Midsumma exhibitions from Jan 20 to Feb 7.

End of Year Exhibitions for 2015
02 December to 20 December

Opening & prize announcements December 5th 4pm - 6pm

Congratulations to our Winners and Honorable Mentions

Winners of the End of Year Prize show

Members Winner
'Ground Untold' Darron Davies

Highly Commended
'Still life in Motion' Roseanne Nettleton
'Flowering Gum’ Karen Price
'The Boat' Tamara Russell
'A Book with a Tail' Marianne Little

Open Winner
'The Butterfly Effect' Steven Cole
Highly Commended
'tip, tip' Liz Caffin
‘Exploring Louvre’, ‘Treasure’, ‘Wonder’ Seera Rytkola

Student Winner
'A Need for Silence' Louise Tate
Highly Commended
'Eddy (After Edouard)' Leigh Hewitt
'Roxborough Carwash' Amanda Watson

The winners of each section will have a solo show at the gallery in 2016. Honorable mentions received a voucher from Riot Art and Craft Stores who we thank for their generous donation.

Over 150 works by more than 100 artists

End of Year Prize Show

To celebrate the end of a successful year of exhibitions, artists were invited to submit work into a competition to win a free exhibition space at the gallery in 2016. There are three categories: Open, Members and Student.
There is an amazing range of work on display - showcasing work from emerging through to well established artists. Winners will be announced at the opening between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday Dec 5.

Original Art by Carol Zsolt

Carol Zsolt

Carol Zsolt is a Melbourne based artist. She creates artwork using different tools such as sponge, brush and a scraping technique using a pallette knife to develop original artwork that is colourful and dynamic.


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8 November, 2016

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Last Show at 69 Smith St Gallery

14 June, 2016

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3 February, 2016

Members – make sure you buy your art materials from our supporters: Art Riot, Art Stretchers, Deans Art, and Eckersleys