The ever popular Greenwich Village Arts Trail, now in its 5th year, has attracted even more artists with this year 23 artists opening their studio doors to the public across 17 sites. Last year the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Greenwich was part of a creative cluster (and we don’t think they are wrong). Put aside the 5th and 6th November to discover local artists.
One of the new participants is indigenous artist Mclean “Mac” Ryan, a council officer well known to Greenwich residents. She creates her oil and acrylic paintings on corrugated iron and will have them displayed and for sale in her workplace, the Shell Park Sheds.
“My art is a link between the present and my indigenous ancestors. It represents my personal spiritual connection to the land,” says Mac. “I hope to represent the deep connection and interdependency between all living things and the influence each has on the other in my work.
“My work tells stories of people & events that transcend time. Working within the Greenwich Parklands keeps me in touch with the land & keeps me in touch with my indigenous cultural roots.”
Many of the artists on the Greenwich Village Arts Trail have won multiple awards and have been hung and shown in prestigious art events. Susan Rothwell, working in oils and watercolours to create wonderfully vibrant works, has been hung in the Archibald twice.
Lucinda Chambers has had her beautiful floral paintings hung in the Sulman, including “Patch” in this year’s Sulman Prize at AGNSW. Her paintings of gardens contain hidden narratives, and some are stitched and appliquéd.
“I have explored the idea of textiles and surface in my work. I want to reveal the weave, the threads, the warp and the weft. I wash in fine layers of white paint to suggest detail. I have added stitches and appliquéd petal forms as highlights,” says Lucinda. “These remind me of antique samplers and 17th-century stumpwork tapestries. The stitching may also suggest contemporary environmental issues, as it symbolises repair.”
Dana Dion’s art with her contemporary landscapes will be on display. You can read about Dana here.
The Arts Trail represents a diverse mix of cultural backgrounds, with artists having lived, worked, studied and practised in many corners of the world. As well as McLean Ryan with her indigenous background, Dana Dion visits and paints in her native Israel, Gulcin Seven returns often to her birth country of Turkey, while traveller Elizabeth Anderson paints in Italy and lives part of the year in Buenos Aires. Anthea Boesenberg has studied and taught printmaking in America and has hung in exhibitions round the world, including Canada, China, Bulgaria, Germany, Norway and recently in Belgium at the International Paper Art Biennal 2016.
Amanda Harrison is the initiator of the Greenwich Village Arts Trail. Amanda has always been immersed in the creative arts, whether painting, sculpture, photography, film-making or writing. She first studied sculpture in her final years of high school in Sydney before completing a bachelor of arts in film and scriptwriting at university. After travelling for many years, she settled in London and reinvigorated her passion for sculpture at the Kensington & Chelsea College, where she learnt traditional sculpting techniques, including armature building, mould-making, casting and carving.
Back in Sydney, and after studying graphic design and running a small graphic design business, Amanda then started to explore ceramics, learning about hand-building and glazes at TAFE, art colleges and private workshops. She was thrilled to successfully combine her love of sculpture and clay and now creates wonderful contemporary artworks in clay and bronze from her art studio in Greenwich Sydney.
There will be oil, acrylic and watercolour paintings, sculptures, jewellery, pottery, photography, and linen, silk and paper prints on display and for sale on the Greenwich Village Arts Trail.
Visitors can enjoy wonderful bush and waterfront walks as they wander from studio to studio, and choose from four cafes for meals and coffee. Studios are open on the weekend of the 5th and 6th of November 2016, from 10am to 4pm. Train, ferry and bus stops are all within a short distance of the trail and maps are available at the local shops or on the website.
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