What is Talking Art?
Presented by the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network BMCAN, Talking Artz is about providing events and functions to enable artists to gather both formally and informally to support creative practice across diverse arts modalities in the Blue Mountains. It is a regional social and cultural network, to provide opportunities to empower artists to build and develop their practice with the support of others within their community.
Talking Artz will take place in the gallery every 1st Saturday of the month.
Starts at 3pm, with a break around 4pm for drinks and nibbles by donation.
All Welcome. Come and join us and bring your friends!
November – John Ellison and Wendy Tsai in conversation
Our next Talking ArtZ event at NOL Gallery will be a conversation with the well known wizard of art, John Ellison. Wendy will be probing the depths of John’s contribution to the arts in the Blue Mountains, and what has shaped his art practice. John has several art and literature heroes, so it will be good to explore his influences, especially as it will be in the gallery with his latest drawings and paintings.
You must come along!
SATURDAY 2nd November at 3pm.
Bring your friends.
John Ellison – Unsolicited Portraits
John has lived and exhibited in the Blue Mountains since 1982.
From 1984 -90 he wrote some 40 articles for the Australian Artist Magazine.
He became the Cultural Development Officer BMCC in 1992; and in 1994 initiated the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival which is now in its 25th year.
John wrote the Blue Mountains Cultural Vision Statement which resulted in the Blue Mountains being made the Inaugural City of the Arts in 1996
In recent years John has painted full time and together with his partner Lyn Harrison exhibits annually at the Nolan on Lovel Gallery
His main interests outside painting are poetry, literature and yogic breathing techniques
Wendy is a BMCAN Committee Member and facilitates the Talking ArtZ program at NOL.
She is a local artist who has been painting and exhibiting since the early 1990s. After completing a Masters of Art Therapy at Western Sydney University (2003) Wendy was a practicing art psychotherapist until recently. Since graduating with a Masters of Philosophy in painting through the School of Art at Australian National University in Canberra in 2015, Wendy has been working full-time in her Katoomba studio. Wendy was selected for the Kedumba Drawing PrizeCollection (2015), is a regular exhibitor in the annual Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Gallery Collectors edition, was a finalist in the Parliament Plein Air prize(2018), the Waverley 9×5” Exhibition (2018), and the Blue Mountains Portraits exhibition(2019). Wendy’s work is in both local and interstate collections. Her recent solo exhibitions include ‘Cultivate’(2018), and ‘Warriga via Kedumba’(2017) at GalleryONE88 in Katoomba
December – Informal gathering