Current Exhibition

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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