We had a fun time making imaginery wine label imagery for the Open Cellars weekend at Richard Stockman's Winery in Nilumbuk shire.
What- An exhibition by Samantha Thompson utilizing mixed media and lino print.
When- Thursday 1 Oct - 6 to 8 pm- Running to Sat the 17th October 2015
Where- Firestation Print Gallery - 2 Willis Street, Armadale, Vic
Boxes of colour and energy typify this new series of work by Samantha Thompson, this being her 12th major exhibition, where we are again confronted with the variety of her palette. From the gracefulness of swans and women swimming to flying frogs and dragonflies these works present us with colour in motion. This dream world is constantly evolving and changing.
The variety of media utilised by Samantha in this collection allows her work to take on an almost dance-like quality. Yet these figures seem to float in isolation, captured as they are in a variety of three dimensional spaces.
The layering of this dream world adds sophistication to her already compelling work. By placing together the organic natural image with the abstract method boxed in as one, her use of form has entered a new level of density that begs us for our involvement as voyeurs to her reverie.
The works will be displayed, as is traditional, between 6 and 8 pm on the opening Thursday night, along with complementary wine. All are welcome
During my short two months I feel as if I have gained a lot and I have the staff at the studio to thank for that. My responsibilities were wide and varied but there is always something to do if you have the will to look for it. I found what struck me the most when I first came to the studio was the sense of community that is fostered among its staff and its members. I then began to learn about all the work that goes into the running of the studio where fundraising is a constant battle. Also how to improve myself as a printmaker through various workshops the studio runs. Now as my time at the studio nears its end I find that I have learned much to improve myself as an artist in my stay at the Firestation.
That's Life 2015 was a tour de force! Ably curated by Sue Top again, the works were strong and interesting. Whilst the core of the exhibition comes from the Firestation Print Studio's Life Drawing group who meet every Tuesday at 7-9pm, many others entered works based on the human form.
Edith May is manager of FPS. For blogs prior to 2015 click here