NEA members visiting Wangaratta are finding time to pop in to see the new 'Art Gallery on Ovens', a wonderful initiative involving a cooperative of twelve fine artists who live and work in North East Victoria. It's a beautiful space in the blue stone lane way beside Where's My Coffee (formerly Gloria Jeans) in Ovens Street, Wangaratta near the bridge. Congratulations to all concerned, including NEA exhibitors Janet Leith and Joan Mullarvey, and past exhibitor Kate Jenvey.
Photos - Annie Longmuir, Bev Lee, Simmon Tan; Cooinda, with more to be added.
I first became aware of Kate's work when volunteering at NEA's original home at 90 Bridge Street. I would find my eyes drawn to a wonderful painting of a little white chook preparing to forage in the soil titled 'Combing' . I imagined it on the brick wall in my kitchen, but sadly it disappeared. I was thrilled when it emerged again again after our move to 122 Bridge Street. and decided that I didn't want it to disappear again, I wanted it on my wall! It now sits there happily, welcoming me into the kitchen.,
Kate Jenvey's 'Combing' and 'Munchin', on display at NEA's first home 90 Bridge Street, 2015
Since then I have enjoyed monitoring Kate's work through her changing exhibits at NEA; often chatting to her when she volunteers or calls in to restock her cards, through Facebook and her web page. Kate's January workshop on drawing birds proved to be a nostalgia trip, taking me back to primary school and the drawing tasks suggested by the Gould League of Bird Lovers. It was therapeutic, being quietly guided by Kate as I drew my first bird for many years.
Like other NEA members, I greeted news of Kate's preparation for an exhibition at the Benalla Art Gallery in February 2017 with great excitement. 'Drawn to the Wild' was a beautiful exhibition and extremely well received in our community. From a busy opening, attended by many NEA members, Kate went on to take a drawing workshop 'Depicting the Wild' and to speak to a number of groups, including U3A Benalla.
Photographs: Kate at Exhibition Opening - Tim Bowtell;
Depicting the Wild Workshop and presentation to U3A Benalla - Benalla Art Gallery.
Kate's website www.katejenvey.com recently included news of her Highly Commended award in the inaugural National Equine Art Prize for the painting, 'Thundering Hooves'. This new national art prize, auspiced by Manfield District Racing Club, was a great success, attracting entries from all over Australia.
Kate, pictured with artist Tony Pridham, receiving her award....
Photograph: Melissa Crow (Youlissys Creative)
Kate's drawing, "Leopard on the Move", has been selected for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year to be held at the Mall Galleries in London this June.
Kate is increasingly part of the 'world stage' in her genre. I continue to follow her career with interest and to enjoy and treasure her painting of the little white chook 'combing' on my kitchen wall..
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The January workshop program is almost over. With so much on offer it felt rather like a 'summer school program'.! Marg Zaal's concept of running simultaneous drawing workshops to small groups in the events room gallery worked really well and was received very positively by both presenters and participants. Thank you to Marg and all NEA artisans who presented these workshops.
If you would like to develop your drawing skills using colour pencils, then come along to this session. Bring your smile and your pencils and learn how to mix colours, layer and blend to achieve stunning results.
SIMPLE TOOLS ... LOTS OF FUN... GREAT RESULTS
North East Artisans, Saturday 28th May, 10 am to 1 pm.
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