Gallery to host art workshops

Aselection of art workshops for beginners and experienced artists will be run over two weekends in August at the Naracoorte Regional Art Gallery.

Building on the highly successful Exploring Drawing workshops is one to explore Mono Printing on August 22, hosted by tutors Kay Hole and Julie Earl. 

Mono-printing is the process of drawing on an acrylic sheet, painting then pressing onto paper resulting in a beautiful impressionist art work. 

Balinese sculpture by Wayan Dudug will be the new exhibition in the gallery with opening night on August 27 at 6pm.

Mr Dudug is well known in the Naracoorte community following his work on a limestone sculpture in Memorial Park and his carvings at the Sheep’s Back Museum’s new Children’s Museum.

“When I was 12 years old it was necessary for me to leave my family and enter the community of artists in Ubud in the uplands of Bali,” he said.

“I lived there with one of Bali’s leading artist families.

“I went to school to learn wood carving, ceramics and sculpture and after school I carved items to sell to enable me to buy food and pay for my education.”

In 1994, after 15 years of wood carving, Mr Dudug was a guest artist at the Adelaide Festival and afterwards moved to live there.

He has spent 18 years sculpting in stone including Mount Gambier stone and Naracoorte stone.  

The subjects he carves are self-conceived and expressed and have no influences from other sources. 

His exhibition is entitled SEENAR, which uses the Balinese SINAR meaning radiance of light from the sun and moon and SEE, to look.  The exhibition of sculpture and painting will run from August 25 to October 3.

The exhibition will be opened by artist Rod Bax, who is well-known to Naracoorte art enthusiasts after working as an artist for over 30 years. 

He works in a variety of mediums but is best known for his gouache and watercolours of the wetland areas of the region.  

Both artists will run workshops over the weekend of August 28-29.  On both days Mr Dudug will run traditional Balinese carving workshops using traditional tools, while Mr Bax also run a masterclass in Gouache Painting on August 28.

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