Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Well it's the end of the year, almost, and so much to still see and do. Our main gallery has a wonderful collection of gifts for that special person in your life! All hand made craft and art works by Australian artists.
There's jewelery, highly individual pieces featuring glass and stone, gems and silver, pieces that you won't see on anyone else as each is individually designed and handcrafted by some of the best, glass works by inspired glassblowers and slump artists, pottery and divine collages, an art book plus paintings all highly collectible pieces from new and emerging artists.
We think this is one of our most interesting shows of the year as it brings all of the artists from our stable together under one roof especially for you to enjoy and collect.
Our sculpture garden is filled with wonderful sculptures, emus and roosters, archways and fish bowls. There's always something new, fresh and invigorating, that special piece to liven the garden.
And here's the piece de resistence! We lovingly call him Steve the Security Guy as we can't find out his name. It is however, a strong sculptural piece from Tim Kyle which makes a statement that pervades the entire gallery. Steve has raised quite a few reactions from loud laughing, through to timid giggles, amazed responses and some embarrassed stares. We're quite fond of him.
If you get a chance, don't forget to pop into Jayes. During 2009, we have had a turnover of over 400 pieces through the galleries, cafes and gardens. Most of these will never be seen again in Molong so if you missed out during the year, well, sigh, you just missed out!
Artworks don't stay long in the gallery, so make it a new year's pledge to get along to Jayes on a regular basis next year. You will be inspired!
Merry Christmas to all of you!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
For pictures of the night, go to THE SHOW
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Out in country NSW, they are racing to get the best sculptors from the region to show their works in a new annual event, Sculptures in the Garden. This year the inaugural exhibition will run over 6 weeks to coincide with Wine Week and National Field Days in Orange NSW, two other well-known and established events.
Hugh and Libby Oldham of Jayes Gallery, owners of a city styled art gallery located at Molong have joined forces with regional vignerons, Ross and Helen Harrison of Orange Highland Gardens to develop what can only be described as a treat. These people have all opted over recent years to make a tree change and they have brought to Orange and Cabonne Country, their skills from city living.
The works of some of the regions finest sculptors will be set in the beautiful gardens and vineyard established by Ross and Helen over recent years and overlooking the vistas of Mt Canobolas and the valleys beyond. A fabulous setting and a great day out!
“Sculpture in the Gardens” will run from Saturday October 10 to Sunday November 22 and entry will be free. There will be cool climate wines to be tasted at the cellar door but bring your picnic baskets along as you will want to stay longer and enjoy a leisurely stroll around the vines and gardens as well as look at what country sculptors can devise.
Judging by the response, it is anticipated many regional sculptors and potters of note will have their artworks on display and for sale. Arrangements can be made to freight the works to your own gardens should you wish to take the opportunity to buy at country prices what could be excellent investments. Visitors will be invited to participate in People’s Choice Voting to select the best and most impressive work.
Ross and Helen Harrison started work on their 50 acres. The property was formerly an apple and pear orchard in 2004. At the time it had just one tree, very few native birds and no earthworms.
Their first priority was to establish the vineyard and this endeavour took a year from the planning phase to planting of the vines. Next they turned their attention to the gardens and these photos show the stunning results. In 2008, the Harrisons received two awards for their gardens…best new garden and best commercial garden.
And as they say “a picture is worth 1,000 words” so with Spring upon us, visitors to the cellar door at Orange Highland Wines and Gardens at Nashdale can view photos which show the growth and development of the gardens over just 3 to 4 years.
An event that designed to please, and with something for all the family, the Harrisons and Oldhams invite you to come and enjoy yourselves and help to ensure this event becomes an annual affair.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It’s all atmosphere at Molong in September!
Grey skies and atmospheric landscapes surrounded by bronze sculptures set the scene this coming September in an exhibition “Journey / Through my hands”. This show consists of paintings and sculptures by artists Aida Pottinger and Brett “Mon” Garling.
Aida’s moody and mysterious explorations of dark and light through landscape forms are part of her very personal journey. They reflect a past ridden with war and migration, as her mother fled from Latvia to England where Aida was born. Her life brought her to Australia and in a life filled with the extremes of dark and light, warmth and coldness, clarity and obfuscation, Aida explores her own personal landscape through these highly internalised works. They are works that invoked the descriptive response from Peter Haynes, Director of ACT Museums and Galleries recently “a highly atmospheric, dream-like presentation with an air of mystery and nostalgia that captures the veils of memory.”
Alongside these works sit the strong bronze sculptures of Brett “Mon” Garling who works from his own foundry at Wongarbon. These are traditional works from a conservative artist who takes pride in achieving excellence both in sculpture and painting as demonstrated in this regional exhibition. His rural scenes show familiar places to a regional onlooker and demonstrate what might be seen by a city dweller visiting the country.
Both artists have strong references in their work to the great British artists of the past as both have been similarly inspired by English past masters, bringing their influences strongly into this show. It is a pleasing and inspiring exhibition and one not to be missed.
The exhibition opens on Saturday September 5 at Jayes Gallery in Molong and closes on October 4.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The opening night for Di Smith and Edwina Riddell's latest artworks was a resounding success with many attending and several works now sold.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Smith paints with loose, vibrant colours her new works of interiors and rustic farm life. Whilst Di is still developing her own ‘language’, she has executed these works deftly with expressive brushstrokes and strong colours straight from the palette.
Di says of her work “My approach to creating a painting is to capture the way a scene or setting affects me.
I like to represent this with robust and colourful strokes in a form of realism. In this way I show the energy and beauty held within a scene as well as the unique completeness that is often overlooked in that scene. My travels have shown me that people have always sought comfort and order, so my subjects - whether life or still life – are simple things we choose to spend our lives with or to see.”
Riddell’s works are painstakingly put together in watercolours and pencils. These works explore the dancer Nijinsky and the energy contained within his dance set against everyday objects.
The artist states “I have been drawing forever and illustrating for many years but felt I needed more room for self-expression.
I enjoy the spontaneity of watercolour, the richness of oil paints and the subtle depths of blended colour that can be achieved with coloured pencils which is what I have used here.
In these works I'm exploring the concepts of life and still life. The dancer Nijinsky fascinates me. No film of his dancing exist, only still images attempt to capture his vitality, a legendary life frozen in time He is juxtaposed against the vibrant presence of still life subjects.”
We invite you to join us at the opening at 6.30 pm on Friday July 31 and meet the artists in person for what will be a delightful show. The exhibition closes on August 30.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Jayes Gallery won a prestigious award at the Cabonne Country Daroo Business Awards last Friday night! Libby Oldham, Gallery Director, was speechless at winning the award after entering for the last 10 years! So it was appropriate that she walked to podium and then jsut couldn't find the words that she needed to describe her delight.
Husband, Hugh Oldham has been etching the glass plate awards for the last 10 years and has plenty of rejects on the studio floor, but now both of them are pleased to be able to display one in their own premises.
Well done! Jayes Gallery is a definite bright spot in rural NSW and something we, the staff, are very proud of!
Hope to see you in the gallery soon and why not pop in for coffee and a light lunch in the cafe/restaurant with Grant Chef!
Posted by Joy (curator)
Everyone was warm in the gallery even though it was a chilly evening in Molong. But it was an enthusiastic and eager crowd that took in the evening's celebrations. Inferno glassware by internationally renowned artist, Keith Rowe glowed throughout the night providing a very suitable foil for Michael's grey works of the Maoi and earthy rocky landscapes.
Inferno glassworks glowing in the afternoon sun! It would be wonderful to have these on a glass shelf in a winter's window. They would brighten and warm any room.....fabulous!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
A recent journey by well-known and respected Molong artist, Michael Carroll, to the Andes and South America has resulted in a collection of powerful and intriguing works. These depict his journey where he reconnected with the primal forces of nature. These works can be described as atmospheric and volcanic. The intense moods of the region’s volcanic substratum are reflected in emotive abstract works.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
James work looked great in gallery 2 and we were pleased with the number of people who came to support him on the night. His works are strong and commanding. They hold your attention and encourage you to look deeper for the meaning of each individual piece.
Katie had a wonderful response to her bright and cheerful works in gallery 1. Many works sold on the opening night but there are still excellent works to be had if you are quick. Her works are free and colourful, with iconography drawn from her everyday experiences living in the region.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Well a right pair of larrikins have been very successful in their latest show of humorous works at the Jayes Gallery. A lovely crowd turned up on the night with over 50 attending the opening of this uplifting exhibition.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Nyree's strength lies in her ability to tell a story and many people were saddened by what they read, many viewers expressed their concern for the past and the lessons we all need to learn and remember.
This is indeed, an exhibition well worth coming to see......it ends soon so don't take too long to come out to Molong and visit the gallery!
Nyree's Peter with the children! They were very well behaved on the day and obviously much loved......
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
A wonderful opening for the Denis Bradley exhibition with over 40 people attending. A surprise on the day for exhibition goers was a concert from the the Orange Male Voice Choir!
Music filled the gallery on this hot and sunny afternoon as laughter and fun greeted Denis and his paintings! What a grand way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon......the paintings were scrutinised, several sold and everyone left late feeling quite content....
The show continues for a couple of weeks so there is still time to catch a glimpse of Denis's world if you hurry!
The next exhibition begins on March 8th so we hope to see you there! Remember, Jayes Gallery is a just a short drive west of Orange and is a great way to speand an idle afternoon! Lovely drive through the Australian countryside.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Our first solo show for the 2009 season will be from artist, Denis Bradley. Although this is Denis's first solo show, he is no newcomer to the arts with a long career spanning many years.
What a great startup to the new year! "Director's Choice" has been well received and an exciting exhibition from our regular exhibiting artists. We have had an influx of people from far and wide over the holidays, all interested in what we have achieved so far. Many have promised to return for our exhibitions.