Christmas greetings to you and your family and our best wishes for the New Year from all of us here at the Gallery.
2014 was a big year that ended on a high! We won a tourism award, two of our makers won prestigious awards and the Cafe concerts/dinners were a big hit Read more about these stories and more in out 2014 Christmas Newsletter.
We are proud Tourism Award winners! In early December the Gallery was awarded an ACT Tourism Award for Visitor Experience along with Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Four Winds Vineyard.
We are in good company and this award is much appreciated because it is based on actual ratings from visitors who rate their experience and was sponsored by ACT Tourism. We were very pleased with our submission, feeling it told our story well, and that it was a good story to tell.
An exciting and rewarding project initiated by Gallery Artistic Director, David Mac Laren, was the design and build of Bungendore village bridge timber benches. Partnering with Fresh Landscape Design logs from a recently demolished historic local bridge were salvaged to make 18 benches placed around the village.
Congratulations to good friend to the Gallery Per Brandstedt on winning a National Swedish award for design with his concept for a grave memorial and seating in solid Swedish Oak, titled “Sitting together”.
The very talented Doug Collins has been whittling away creating charming miniature owls and mice. The Mice are made from Jelutong and come in two designs, one to sit on your desk and the other to hang from a screen or ledge. The Owls are made from Huon Pine. $46 per mouse or owl.
We have two new Playing Card Boxes by master box maker Bill Burgher. Crafted out of NZ Beech, with space for 2 packs of cards and with a simple inlay strip these boxes would make the perfect christmas gift for the passionate card player.
Meredith Hinchliffe, freelance arts advocate and writer reviews Home with Wood.
Furniture defines and structures the space in which it is located. It can make a room inviting, beckoning us to be comfortable, and can show our discernment, even when it is a production piece.
13 September – 20 November 2014
Home with Wood is an exciting exhibition that considers how people live and what they need, by providing innovative works that will enhance our contemporary domestic environments. Featuring work by more than 20 acclaimed wood designers, makers and artists, all accredited members of Studio Woodworkers Australia.
Saturday 17 January 2015 from 6pm
One of Europe’s most acclaimed composer/performers playing music from his new CD ONE on the Yamaha C7 Concert Grand Piano
We are very excited to announce that after a break in production due to injury, and just in time for Christmas, Michael Koren’s beautiful carved spoons are back in the Gallery! Made from Queensland timbers and priced from $15 – $35 they make a great gift for someone special or even for your good self.
George Chirnside’s playful segmented fish have a new companion, a Segmented Platypus! The cleverly segmented Platypus wriggles like the real thing. Available in medium and large in Redgum and Jarrah.
Take a close look at this matching set of marquetry panels by master craftsman Michael Retter. The 32x46cm panels were commissioned late last year and were recently photographed by the owner. Exceptional work and artistry.
A new addition to the Gallery, Garrick Blue’s Playing Card Boxes are the perfect gift for the passionate card player. The boxes are available in Jarrah or Jarrah and Tiger Myrtle for $182 – playing cards included!
For over a decade two distinctive sculptures carved with chainsaws by Remo Vallance have stood on the Gallery lawn.
Sadly, one has fallen. Hopefully, after a visit to the workshop, it will shortly return.