Saturday, November 19, 2016

Newsletter and Updates

I thought it worthwhile to post HCAW's President Josephine Blue's Newsletter which relates to our current exhibition and the Piggery Lane Studios.
     What a wonderful Official Opening we had for our Annual Exhibition on Friday night - although it had been such a hot day that evolved into a hot evening, we had a good number of visitors and members in attendance and a friendly ambiance to enjoy. Susan Templeman spoke very positively and from her heart about the value of the arts in society, offering her support to our organisation, and Graham Swain, HCAW Patron, shared his memories of the early days of HCAW. Both Susan and Graham encouraged us in what we have achieved and to look towards the future. 

     The Piggery Studios and Gallery looked beautiful with new artworks on display to showcase members' art making - in the form of painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics and jewellery. It is a visual feast to browse the venue. 

     Lots of hard work and organisation went into the exhibition - preparing the venue, hanging and displaying the artwork, food and drinks, donations, signage, decorations, roster, promotion, invitations, flyers, cleaning and tidying - thank you to everyone who helped in this massive task. The exhibition is open this weekend - some of us had a chance to have an informal discussion around the food table and we agreed that it would be good to somehow get more visitors to the venue, so if you haven't visited yet, perhaps you could call in today (Sunday 20th) 10am - 4pm. Chrissy Goska and Rosa Visciano ventured to Hawkesbury Radio 89.9FM during the week, to be interviewed about HCAW and the exhibition - a new way to promote HCAW to locals. 

     Yesterday (Saturday) we welcomed some special visitors to our exhibition -  Sally and Carl Corte who are executors of Kevin Oxley's estate. Kevin Oxley was the founder of HCAW in 1978. He worked tirelessly for several years to establish a very strong foundation for the arts on campus and in the community. Sally is Kevin's ex-partner, their son is Tim Oxley. Sally and Carl were visiting from Queensland and brought a painting of Kevin's to donate to HCAW as a fitting tribute to Kevin and his work in establishing HCAW all those years ago. We are delighted and proud to have a beautiful contemporary landscape painting as an example of Kevin's work on display at the Piggery Gallery. Sally also gave us a 2017 Calendar which features some of Kevin's paintings. This will be on display and very useful at K13 next year. 

     During Sally and Carl's visit (with Carl's sister as well), we visited K13 and K3 to show Sally the places where Kevin first set up HCAW, the Old Woolshed and Feedshed. Sally had only heard about the places from Kevin so it was of special interest to see the places and take photos. We visited Stable Square and Sally noticed some familiar names on plaques on the pathway of Hawkesbury Foundation from Hawkesbury Agricultural College days. There was a definite feeling of nostalgia during this time.

     While this was happening, preparations were under way for the delivery of the new kiln to K13 where Donna and Oggy were dismantling the old kiln. We are grateful for their tireless work in assisting us in so many ways. The new kiln has come about by the combined efforts of members applying for grants from Club Grants (North Richmond Panthers), Bendigo Bank and others. Thank you to Vicki White for filling in all those application forms and writing the applications. We have changed our banking to Bendigo Bank and have been able to have use of a Community EFTPOS machine from Bendigo Bank, for the exhibition weekend, making sales more convenient for customers who can use a credit card to make purchases. 

     Coming up on Wednesday 30th November at 5pm at K13 is our special meeting to update our Constitution and to come to a final decision about new fee structures and to finalise our Licence Agreement with WSU. Our membership continues to grow which is a positive sign for the future. Malcolm has started up the Life Drawing Group on Thursday nights at K13 which has already attracted a lot of interest and new members. I'm looking for someone who would be able to use the "new" old computer at the K13 office and compile our Membership List in digital format (Microsoft Office Word). Please let me know if you have these skills and would be willing to help in this way. 

With many thanks for your continued support, 

Photos: Graham Swain, Susan Templeman and Del Swain at the Annual Exhibition Opening Night
Myself with Sally Corte, on behalf of HCAW, receiving Kevin Oxley's landscape painting, at the Piggery Lane Studios and Gallery on Saturday

Hawkesbury Artists Fair

The Hawkesbury Artists Fair is on again at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, it was opened November by the new Hawkesbury Mayor Mary Lyons-Buckett and will run until the 4th of December.

The Piggery Lane Studios artists were represented this year by

Kym Morris

Marian Wilcox

Malcolm Robertson

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Piggery Open Weekends

The Piggery Studios on the campus of Western Sydney University were open this weekend  (10th/11th September) as part of the 'Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail' and as part of the Combined Art Societies of Sydney "September is Art Month"

The lambs and Spring Blossoms are out

and we had plenty of visitors throughout the weekend enjoying the artwork, refreshments and company at the Piggery Lane Studios

The Studios will also be open next Sunday 18th September to Join Western Sydney University School of Nursing and Midwifery in celebrating the 125th anniversary 'Back to the Hawkesbury,

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Earthcare open day

 The Piggery Lane Studios were open on Sunday when our Earthcare neighbours had a community gardening meeting with Costa the main speaker, I listened in on a number of talks about what is going on in the world of the environment,  sustainable gardening, social responsibility, effects on society and health etc... a great day weatherwise and a number of visitors were able to share in our contribution to  society through the world of the arts.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Open Weekend

The Piggery Lane Studios and Gallery is a little off the beaten track, being on the sprawling grounds of  the Western Sydney University (WSU as it is now called) but we do have the occasional visitors dropping in when they see the door open.

With the recent 130th anniversary of what was the Hawkesbury Agricultural College we had a number of former faculty and students from the 50's 60's and 70's expressing delight at seeing the Piggery still as it was!
There was a  Function at the Hawkesbury Earthcare Centre the other evening and we had 20+ visitors come across for over and hour enjoying and discussing Art.

This weekend is the annual Hawkesbury Artists and Artisans Trail (HAAT) Open Weekend, and the Piggery will be open for visitors on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April, 10 am -4pm