Up the Garden Path Exhibition – Shepherd, Cao and Bauer

You are invited to view

Up the Garden Path Exhibition

2 June – 9 July 2011

Pine Rivers Regional Art Gallery
199 Gympie Road, Strathpine. 4500

Celebrate the beauty of the garden with award winning ceramics artist Julie Shepherd, glass and bronze artist Rhonda Cao and painter, Robyn Bauer.

Painter Robyn Bauer (Gallery 54, La Trobe Terrace, Paddington Brisbane) has created a series of twenty six (26) floral paintings for this exhibition exploring the symbolism of flowers each representing a letter of the alphabet.

Robyn Bauer’s book Florilegium will be available in a limited edition of only 100 copies..

“Up the Garden Path” also includes a program of events for your enjoyment

1. Florilegium- Symbolism of flowers

A drawing, painting and collage workshop by Robyn Bauer

Saturday, June 11, 10.30am – 12.45pm

Participants will create a painted and collaged image of a flower of their choice.

Aspects of symbolism, cultural references, meanings and other attributes of the flower will be included in the creative process. Cost $15 Materials included.

2. Process of Creativity

Robyn Bauer and Julie Shepherd give you an insight into their creative processes. Saturday, June 18, 10.30am – 12.30pm. Cost FREE

3. Potting for Pleasure

Making Prickly Porcelain Bowls with Julie Shepherd on Saturday, June 25, 1.15pm – 3.15pm

Participants will be able to decorate small porcelain bowls with dots and spikes. The pieces will also be fired and returned to the gallery for collection after firing. Cost $20 Materials included. Bookings essential

Bookings for Special Events essential (07) 3480 6941
Adults and students over 16 years

For Further Information Contact The Pine Rivers Regional Gallery
Phone (07) PH 3480 6941
Gallery hours Monday to Saturday 10AM – 4PM
199 Gympie Road, Strathpine 4500

Artists Bio’s

Robyn Bauer has an Honours degree in Art History from the University of Queensland, a Diploma of Education from Queensland University of Technology, a Diploma in Design and Decorative Art  from the Academy of Design and Decorative Arts and extensive teaching experience in both Art History and painting. She has worked as Education Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery, has taught at the Brisbane Institute of Art and also at Queensland University of Technology. She has also worked as art critic for The Courier Mail. Robyn is a practising painter, sculptor, curator and writer. She is now concentrating on an upcoming exhibition at the Pine Rivers Regional Gallery in June 2011.

At present her work is exclusively available only at Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery.

Julie Shepherd trained as a Registered Nurse and lived in Central Queensland until 1993. After moving to Brisbane she completed a Certificate in Textile Design at Morton Institute of TAFE in 1996 and an Advanced Diploma of Ceramics at Southbank Institute of TAFE in 1999. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art at the Queensland College of Art,Griffith University. A graduate award, which Julie won at the Queensland Potters Association Graduate Exhibition in 2000 lead to her first exhibition Transcendence in 2000 at Fusions Gallery. She has had window installations Life Forms in 2001 and The Flowering in 2004 at the Craft Queensland Gallery, and has been involved in numerous group Exhibitions. Julie’s first solo exhibition Enlighten was held at Fusions Gallery in July 2003. Her artwork is held in regional Art Gallery Collections as well as numerous private collections. Included in the many awards she has won for her porcelain art is the Memento- QLD Merchandise Awards,Lord Mayor’s prize for best entry in 2002 and 2001.  The 2002,2003 and 2004 Ipswich Annual Arts Awards, prize for works in 3D – The 2002 Stanthorpe Arts Festival ceramics prize. – Pine Rivers Art Award Major overall art prize in 2003.

Rhonda Cao is a Brisbane based sculptor working exclusively with the human form in bronze or glass. She has discovered an original language in her personal response to the male and also female nude form. Rhonda responds to the human body, a subject much explored in the history of art, and manages to come up with something totally new and original. She develops its abstract qualities – reducing it to elegant curves and angles making the bodies appear simultaneously both weightless and grounded. Her figures have the heroic qualities of ancient Greek gods yet are also literally iconic “bronzed Aussies” with such names as Tom, Dick or Harry. The girls are Narelle or Janelle. Her sculptures exhibit a sense of humour and while the titles say “Don’t take me seriously” there is an underlying strength of intention. Rhonda’s works are regularly on display at: Robyn Bauer Studio Gallery Paddington, Martin Galleries,  Nundah and The Gallery,  Eumundi.

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