Alluvial Contemporary Gallery is a multi-arts space in the heart of Gympie created by Creative Arts Gympie Region, offering creative studios, coworking space and a modern exhibition gallery.
3/39 Monkland Street Gympie Qld 4570
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 3pm
Still Place 1 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Still Place 2 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Still Place 4 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Still Place 6 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Refuge 1 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Refuge 2 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Refuge 3 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Refuge 4 Oils and cold wax medium $450
Understory 3 Oils and cold wax medium $450
These STILL PLACE paintings speak to me of quietness and breathing spaces, evoking pathways through a forest of calm. They evolved naturally out of the process of doing the painting, adding and subtracting layers of oils and cold wax, digging in and mark-making. Each one is a long slow meditation really. Requiring solitude, focus, listening and following. It also means that when I start, I have no idea what they will look like in the end. It can be an intriguing adventure as well as a puzzling challenge. But, paradoxically, that’s when I feel most alive!
Kym Barrett is an abstract landscape painter living and working in open bushland at Chatsworth near Gympie. This environment, its imagery and ambience, inevitably influences her work.
Barrett is interested in the complex entanglement between the creative process and the spiritual path. Memories of external landscape imagery and internal states of being are entwined in the process of each painting.
She has had 18 solo exhibitions and her work is contained in numerous public and private collections in Australia and internationally. She recently won the Qld Regional Arts Award.
Barrett graduated in Fine Arts (painting and drawing) from Brisbane College of Art in 1975.
S. Zela Bissett
Flaming Flower Cast paper with watercolours and inks $450
Insect Queen Cast paper with watercolours and inks $450
Triumphant Flame Cast paper with watercolours and inks $450
Hatching Siren Cast paper with watercolours and inks $450
My interest in the natural environment is evident throughout in the diverse media in which I work. Materials drawn from my permaculture garden and rural surroundings are used to make botanical papers, inks and brushes. My long-term advocacy for native flora and wildlife is reflected in my subjects and my materials. My work also pays respect to the First Nations Custodians of the Country on which I live and work. Recent works deal with the resilient forces in the nature world, particularly the mystery of germination and regeneration after fire. My arts practice features materials made from first principles combined with an observant eye for the generous offerings of nature.
Zela Bissett grew up during the 1960s on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and Hervey Bay. Her family were somewhat bemused by her inclination towards the visual and literary arts but tried to be tolerant. Through the intervention of her “Uncle” Gough she was able to attend university, become a teacher and foster similar leanings in other unlikely young people. She makes art works, writes poetry, prose, plays and polemic, occasionally published. She regularly deconstructs her life via speeches for her Toastmasters club, shows work in art galleries and other locations, and has taken part in numerous panel discussions, conferences and pecha kucha evenings. She is
currently a doctoral candidate with the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Polka Bum Watercolour and pen on paper $160
Benny’s Bum Watercolour and pen on paper $180
Man Watercolour and pen on paper $160
Widow’s Peak Paint and pen on paper $90
Butt-erfly Paint and pen on paper $90
Anna likes bums, so much so that she asks people to send her photos of theirs so she can draw and paint them. She also draws and paints people she finds intriguing. Occasionally, as with Benny’s bum, she gets to do both at once. That was a good day. Anna believes anyone who wants to be an artist is an artist, and anything anyone finds beautiful is art.
Anna Brennan is a stand-up comedian, writer, producer, button badge business owner, aspiring podcaster, average painter, loud drunk and cuddly mum. She has undiagnosed ADHD that she self-medicates with bouts of enthusiasm and a healthy dose of procrastination.
Big Stan, The Tinnaroo Bus Scrap metal and machinery parts $2,900
Big Stan, The Tinnaroo Bus is a barramundi. Tinaroo is a Lake in The Tablelands where they catch massive barra. Stan is made out of tractor and machinery parts that were dug up beside a shed on an old gold mine in Yungaburra.
Robby Brownlee is an artist, or so he’s been told. A fitter machinist by trade, he accumulates bits and bobs until they form a picture in his head and he makes a thing. Often a biggish, mostly metal thing. He also does lighting and furnishings and commissions. Robby started creating when he was told to stop working due to having an alien in his stomach and not being able to cut it as a dancer in Melbourne. He is currently living in Curra with his wolfhound Mac.
In Suspension Acrylic on Canvas $1,250
My major medium is acrylic painting, the subject mostly relating to the landscape.
I sometimes use quick ink drawings as a starting point and then let the painting take over.
‘In Suspension’ has a floating abstract shape indicating Indecision, which at this point in time, relates to life as we know it.
Off the grid 1 Acrylic on canvas $250
Off the grid 2 Acrylic on canvas $250
Is a group of intersecting parallel lines and shapes – a physical network of sorts.
Born and educated in Townsville I completed a Diploma of Fine Arts and Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education through Monash, and now reside in Southside, Gympie, where I have set up a studio for my own work and
education of others. Because of my depth of skills from years of studying and teaching, I have worked with acrylic, watercolour, ceramics, fabric, printmaking and collage. My paintings mostly relate to the landscape, not in the usual sense of copying nature, but minimalizing the compositions by using a strong colour palette that is rich and iconic. Whilst working loosely with large brushes, I mostly enjoy the underpainting, building up layers and then resolving the work to my satisfaction. I try to build a strong composition in a painterly way, not impressionistic, but minimal and abstract. Knowing when I’m happy and when to stop is the challenge. Of course, sometimes I change my mind overnight. Trips to France, Scotland and Australia’s Uluru, have been inspirational, culminating in bodies of work for exhibitions in Townsville, Brisbane, Tasmania, Pomona and Kenilworth.
Protectors of the O.O.D.
Known as the ones that stand free
Found timber and objects $3,500
Cherryl Chamber Williams
Local Landmark I Charcoal on paper $270
Standing proud on a hill overlooking the town is the Catholic Church. This drawing in charcoal was started in a workshop held by Miriam Innis, and finished over many months. This drawing is a new direction, an addition to my art practice, an ongoing exploration of the dialogue between ourselves and our surroundings; a visualisation of connections in our everyday life.
I am interested in finding a way to make materials that lack intimacy, become vessels for emotion, reconstructing the familiar and using the process to generate narrative within the work.
Endangered Gympie clay, stoneware $160
My art practice in ceramics comes from my close affinity with the land, the people and the stories from within the place where I grew up. Each of my Ceramic pieces tells a story, developing a sense of place in this changing world. At what peril do we allow any part of Country, Knowledge, or the Animals to be endangered – extinct.
My work highlights the fauna and flora endemic to Australia, using a time old technique _ Sgraffito.
The clay used in creating this piece was harvested from the Mary River in Gympie and fired to stoneware.
Display #1 NFS
¨ Painting #1 – Untitled – Acrylic binder, verdigris paint and hand ground pigments on linen support
¨ Bowl #1 – Untitled – coil built, modified by hand with crater glaze
¨ Bowl #2 – Untitled – coil built, modified by hand with crater glaze
¨ Vase #1 – Untitled – pinch pot, modified by hand with crater glaze
¨ Vase #2 – Untitled – ‘white clay slip’ soaked sponge, modified by hand with crater glaze
Display #1 NFS
¨ Framed Triptych of ceramic tiles #1 – Untitled press moulded recycled clay with crater glaze
¨ Inspired by the skin of the Australian ‘Thorny Devil’ Lizard (moloch horridus)
¨ Bowl #3 – Untitled – coil built by hand using recycled clay, finish with iron oxide rub and crater glaze
I am interested in process and experimentation, I don’t limit myself to any particular art form.
This has led to my work with clay and an interest in different firing methods and their suitability for the types of clay bodies I work with. I will often utilise additions, enabling investigation into deeper textures creating more interesting work. I prefer to use recycled clay or ‘wild clay’ dug from my local area.
I find satisfaction in the more physical aspect of the processes involved, but particularly in opportunities to create work that is unique and more ‘accidental’.
With painting I am constantly working with experimental techniques and like to leave a certain amount of ‘chance’ to the finished outcome.
Born in Dudley, West Midlands, UK 1967. Arrived in Australia in 1997 with the intention of riding from Perth WA to Sydney NSW on a bicycle!
After working in the UK as a builders Labourer, a Driver, an Outdoor Education Instructor and a few years as a Support Worker for the National Schizophrenia Fellowship. I had definitely had enough and needed to travel again for my own sanity, first stop Australia.
I’m still here and very much happily settled in the beautiful Mary Valley with my wife and very active 8 year old son.
Ameula 2 Local botanical links on 300gsm paper $1,500
The Wallum banksia or Aemula was one of the first banksias taken to England to be cultivated, and is common down the east coast of Australia from Bundaberg to Sydney. It was called Wallum by The Kabi Kabi people of the Sunshine Coast.
By limiting my colour range to that of botanical inks I am more aware of its impermanence, and state of transience, going through the rites of birth, maturity and destruction or death on a daily basis.
I love its warty, gnarled orangy-brown corky bark and its inflorescence which attract so many birds and insects instrumental as pollinators.
From making models for Playschool, tombstone art, graphic design, paste up art, tutor, set design, community art, desktop publishing, papermaking and basket making to Director of the Gympie Regional Gallery for 23 years, Joolie Gibbs has over 40 years’ experience in arts related industries.
Joolie completed her Masters of Art in Fine Art (MAVA) at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane.
Joolie portrays her environmental message of the local/regional environment, through large and small drawings, printmaking and papermaking from natural fibres, and now Stop Motion animation. She uses botanical inks made mostly from trees on her property.
Rocky ridge Oil on canvas $750
As a painter and drawer who is most inspired by being in the landscape, this work was undertaken in my studio from memory and sketches of my time in western Queensland. I am drawn to the ongoing vista that this environment provides, and the feeling of being completely enclosed by the landscape, yet if appears empty.
Painting in situ is not necessarily the most important part of plein air painting – it is being there for long enough to feel the place. We so often disregard the land we are on and traverse it without thought. It is something that we move through on our way to the end destination, without thought to a deeper connection with what actually sustains us.
Nicole Harper has always had art in her life, however did not pursue art seriously until living on a remote cattle station with her family where she felt the desire to create something for herself. It was the landscape that instigated the return journey into art and is still the inspiration for her work.
She is influenced by the landscape that surrounds her and extensively explores the theme of the ongoing vista in her work. Landscapes without human interference are her preference and she paints these in a spontaneous execution, primarily en plein air and from memory. Artists that Nicole take inspiration from are those who interpret the landscape in their own way, finding a unique code or calligraphy that captures the scene.
Nicole prefers a loose approach to the subject and ideally the scene is created wet in wet, striving to quickly capturing the emotions and feeling of the landscape.
Sterling silver hand fabricated pendants
Hand fabricated silver pendants. One is based on the famous pre-Roman Battersea shield from the river Thames, the other two are fabricated from silver wire with hinged sections. One has a central panel made using cuttlebone casting texture, set with a solid natural Australian opal. The largest one has a central panel that is a development from the shield design of the ‘Battersea’ style
#1 Silver wire pendant with cuttlefish cast central panel set with opal $320
#2 Large silver wire pendant with silver panel decoration in centre $320
#3 Silver shield pendant $200
Queensland boulder opal hinged drop pendants
Boulder opal from south west Queensland, set in sterling silver with hand fabricated and reticulated hinged drop features.
#1 Boulder opal pendant with cuttlefish cast silver drop $200
#2 Boulder opal pendant with garnet $280
#3 Boulder opal pendant $260
Pierced bone pendants
Hand carved bone set in sterling silver
Copper fan pendants
Hand pierced copper and brass with sterling silver and semi precious stones. (Garnet and malachite)
#1 Small brass pendant with garnets $140
#2 Large pendant with garnet $130
#3 Large pendant with malachite $130
I’m a self taught jeweller working mainly in silver, opal and semi-precious stones. My studio is on 30 acres in the bush near Imbil in the Mary Valley, in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland where I live with my family and an increasingly varied collection of animals.
Originally from Yorkshire in the north of England, I mostly grew up around the medieval city of York, and later moved to Canterbury to study medieval history at university. Being surrounded by medieval art and architecture has been the greatest influence on my artistic outlook, and I come from a family that has always dabbled in arts and crafts.
The design of my jewellery is hard to describe, but is a fusion of different influences, which I try to balance together to achieve my own individual style.
My interests in history, archaeology and their relation to art jewellery have led me to look for elements in old art forms that still strike a chord, that trigger a deep reaction in the modern mind and speak of ancient archetypes. Most of my pieces have a strong reflection of the past in them, some more direct, some more distant and evocative. The use of alternative materials is something that I keep coming back to in my search for a certain feel or look. Bone, slate, copper, horn and wood have all been on my list. Since moving to Australia I’ve discovered a passion for the natural resources that Australia holds, in particular the Boulder opal that is found in western Queensland.
A Landscape Near the Sea Mixed media $350
Marching for Climate Change Awareness Mixed media $350
The Journey of a Creek Mixed media $350
Fishing Hole Mixed media $350
The View from Here to There Mixed media $350
Looking for the Trees in the Forest Mixed media $350
I feel that the more you look the more you see. This is observation has come to me through drawing in front of a subject. It is amazing the difference between looking and seeing. Sitting in nature and recording my observations informs my mixed media works that are imaginative and playful. I use art diaries to record the world around me and to practice my skills. I feel my work allows me to share my observations with the viewer. Using acrylic mono printing as a springboard for further development, I work into the print with different materials such as felt tip pen, graphite, paint and water-soluble pencil, while adding details and enhancing or subduing the colour.
Keith Kuchenmeister is a retired Architect, who as a student in the early 1980’s developed an interest in art and enrolled in the University Art School in 2D and 3D studies and life drawing.
Keith has been immersed in the art world though his late wife’s family, especially her sister, who is a well-known Australian Indigenous artist. Over the years Keith has attended numerous high calibre exhibition openings in the top art galleries in the country and has enjoyed conversations and discussions about art and culture.
Over the last six years, Keith’s interest in art has been ignited and he has re-engaged with drawing and painting while travelling and walking. He is interested in the impact humankind is having on the natural world.
Currently Keith and his partner share a studio where he is working towards an exhibition of his latest work early next year.
Mourning Still Watercolour NFS
Mourning Eucalyptus oil transfer print on rice paper NFS
In these pieces I am exploring the rituals surrounding Victorian-era mourning. Mourning is a eucalyptus transfer print made from a processed image of one of my gravestone angel photographs. I find funerary symbols and icons evocative and emotive and have photographed Victorian-era gravestones for some years. Mourning Still is a watercolour which reflects feelings of grief and engages with the Victorian-era fascination with death and the spirit. The face sits amid a swirl of inky darkness, intentionally created using an extremely wet watercolour technique, which was chosen specifically to give an effect responding to spirit photography.
Dr Janet Lee is an award-winning Queensland writer. She won the Emerging Queensland Writer category in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards and her winning historical fiction manuscript was published as The Killing of Louisa, by University of Queensland Press (2018). She completed a Doctor of Creative Arts (USC), and also works in other creative art forms including printing, artist books, life drawing and watercolours. She was selected as an artist in the 2021 Duets program and has exhibited her work in group exhibitions. One of her pieces, Teabook, was chosen as a finalist artwork in the 2021 Du Reitz Awards.
Banksia Lino-cut $300
Happy Goats Reduction lino-cut NFS
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright Reduction lino cut NFS
The 3 works I have chosen for the members exhibition are all original prints. They are linocuts – also called relief or block prints. The banksia is a simple block print, cut only once. The goats and the tiger are called reduction linocuts – a technique invented by Picasso. Each colour is printed separately. The lightest colour is cut first and an edition is printed, followed by the next colour and so on for each colour. It is a challenging process.
I have always been interested in visual arts but started to work as an artist since my retirement. I love to paint and draw and print and try all sorts of media. I especially like colour and line and draw inspiration from the world around us.
I have lived in Gympie for almost 50 years and worked as a high school teacher. I have a bush property just out of town. I enjoy travelling, reading, planting trees, my friends and family and the world of art.
14 large 2001- 2015
3 medium 1999, 2016, 2017
9 small 2012 – 2021
Quiet River, 2006
MAVA notes, 2008
First 3D print, 2018
Assorted natural objects
My sketch diaries are an extension of my mind. They are a place for quiet contemplation and for scribbling notes and ideas. I test colours in my sketch diaries and play with collage and paint. I take them on journeys and sit in a place for a long time drawing in situ. Sketching is a way for me to make sense of the world and develop a repertoire for imaginative drawing.
This installation shows a plethora of personal significant objects arranged on a piece of furniture from my beautiful studio. My well-worn sketch diaries are the focus and are particularly important to me and fundamental to my practice. They show my thought processes from different times in my life and trigger memories of where I have been, both physically and metaphorically.
It’s an intimate act sitting with one of them and flicking through the pages. Feel free to do so.
Sandra Ross is a visual artist who primarily works in 2D media. Her paintings and mixed media works examine the feeling of loss and grief, by inviting the viewer into a landscape that is both transcendent and mystical. She uses the natural form as a metaphor to express this in a poetic and lyrical way.
Sandra believes drawing from life is fundamental to her art practice and maintains this through studying nature. Her many small sketch books are filled with snippets of places she has visited and speak to her dedication to her art practice.
An educator for over 35 years, Sandra encourages others to develop their own art practice by offering short courses and workshops in various subjects and media.
Currently living in Gympie, Sandra completed a Bachelor of Education (Art) from City Art Institute (formerly Alexander Mackie CAE) Sydney in 1982, and a Masters of Art Visual Art (MAVA) from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University Brisbane in 2002.
Heart Matters (Of the Land) Clay, slip, oxides $680
Securing the Land (At What Cost?) Clay, slip, oxides $680
Both these works encourage the viewer to consider aspects of the landscape and how the actions of humanity impact the natural environment. The symbolism of the heart represents relationship, not only our relationship to our natural environment but also the heart centre of our land. The dollar sign symbolises our need for financial security and how we interact with the landscape either responsibly or irresponsibly to achieve that goal. Both works are sculpted with a rough landscape inspired texture creating a thoughtful discourse between the environment and humanity.
Prue McLeod is an experienced artist and educator who runs her own creative business, PesArt and Ceramics. Each week she teaches approximately 30 students, both adults and children who participate in clay and art classes. Her aim is to empower individuals through creativity.
In her own work, Prue is inspired by nature, symbolism and colour. She enjoys creating brightly coloured functional ceramic pieces which are for sale through Coco Blush in Mary St. Prue loves the challenge of creating hand built abstract pieces which combine colour, texture and symbolism. A clay surface often becomes a canvas on which she can confidently express ideas.
Words and music by Darren Hanlon
Filmed and co-produced by Leeroy Todd
Filmed in Gympie region
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Words and music by Alicia Todd
Filmed, edited and produced by Leeroy Todd
Filmed in Gympie region
Leeroy Todd first found his feet in the creative industries first with photography and learning to use light and perspective to create powerful images. He has now discovered the beauty of filmmaking and telling great stories through moving imagery. The storytelling and creativity involved in building a captivating film really excites me and I enjoy every step along the way.
Go There Digital print on aluminium $900
This valley rolls away from my home toward the east. It captures many changing seasonal colours.
As the valley lays in the softness of sunset each day, it beckons my eyes to savor the muted undulations in the lays and leans of the grasses on the valley floor.
In the distance, shafts of light separate the tree canopies on the top escarpments.
For the briefest of moments, the valley is fractured into light and shade, day and night, rise and fall.
My digital artwork, presented on aluminium, invites you, shows you the way, gives you the vehicle to ‘Go There’.
Julie Trott spent her childhood in a house with a darkroom, she stood beside her father in that room and watched magic happen as he developed negatives.
Julie’s interest in art grew with adult life, living on cattle properties, surrounded by Australian bush, its dress and moods.
The failing of straight photographic images to satisfy her creative need resulted in photographic digital manipulation, the ‘Pandora’s Box’of interpretive delight she enjoys today.
Having no formal training has not hindered Julie’s portrayal of connections with the land as they manifest themselves in the colours and textures of her Digital Art.
Silk Twinset Upcycled Lamps/ Silk $500 set of 2
From a young age I was captivated by the costumery featured alongside pop music, the two together took my breath away, I wanted in on that world. I now thrive as a professional creative working predominately with female music artists at the intersection of costume design, fashion, sets and production design.
Experimenting further of late with photography and activism, while constantly pursuing an upcycling commitment to reduce waste in all my production practices. These found thrift shop lamps have been restored lovingly with their very own quality silk fashions and trims, taking on catwalk appeal as chic little light installations.
From Lady Gaga to the country’s fastest rising music stars, Australian fashion innovator and designer, Cindy Vogels, dresses the music, with a difference.
Founder and director of slow fashion label, Racy & Lucky, Cindy creatively collaborates with artists on one-off, obscure and beautiful garments, with her costumery and fashion featured on screens, stages and red carpets across the world, including London Fashion Week, the ARIAs, Eurovision Australia and a Christian Louboutin campaign with guitar-slinging artist, Jaguar Jonze.
Winning awards and launching her first fashion label at just 16 years old, Cindy Vogels was cast into the international spotlight when her handcrafted feather crown was worn by pop sensation, Lady Gaga in a 2017 performance with the inimitable Tony Bennett.
Cindy has since dedicated her unique talents to the music industry, growing an enviable portfolio of strong, striking designs, including the eclectic outfits for iconic rock band, Regurgitator’s 25-year anniversary tour.
A multi-talented creative, Cindy is also an event producer and creative director, founding both CollabAnation, a live arts performance movement promoting creative collaborations across Australia, and Space Girls Festival, a vibrant event committed to delivering 100% female programmed events.