LEONGATHA ART AND CRAFT SOCIETY, INC
The Leongatha Gallery, in South Gippsland only two hours from Melbourne, features a mixture of traditional and contemporary local artworks and crafts, many of which are for sale, as well as changing exhibitions. The Gallery is managed and operated by all volunteer staff of the Leongatha Art and Craft Society (LACS) Incorporated which as a non-profit organisation has supported the local community since 1972. LACS is very grateful to the Citizen Advice Bureau and the South Gippsland Shire Council without whose assistance the Gallery would not be able to operate. The Gallery is also very appreciative of donations of display stands etc. by local businesses.
The Gallery features:
Annual membership subscriptions of $25 are now due
Two specialty groups within LACS are the Painters and the Woodworkers.
The Woodworkers meeting is at 7.30pm on the second Monday of each month and there is a 'hands on' meeting on two Tuesdays each month at 7.30pm. New members and visitors are always welcome. The Woodworkers membership annual subscription is $45 including the LACS $25 subscription.
Award of Life Membership to Heather Bruce
At a special luncheon on Thursday 22nd October 2016, Heather Bruce was awarded Lifetime Membership of the Leongatha Art & Craft Society, in recognition of her wonderful contribution to the Society, in particular her recent term as Treasurer for nearly 5 years. Congratulations and thank you Heather.
These low resolution photos show some of the huge range of beautiful original hand made art and craft items produced by our members for display and sale - as of 11th May 2017 (click on the small image to view the photo)
MONDAY - 10am to 4pm
TUESDAY - CLOSED
WEDNESDAY - 10am to 4pm
THURSDAY - 10am to 4pm
FRIDAY - 10am to 4pm
SATURDAY - 10am to 2pm
SUNDAY - CLOSED
Summer closing time is 5pm
EFTPOS, cash and credit card (Visa, Mastercard but not AMEX and Diners Club) are accepted. ATM machines are within 100 metres of the Gallery.
Location - see on the map
The Gallery is located at the main round-about in Leongatha, on the corner of McCartin Street and Michael Place, opposite the Post Office, in the historical building of the former shire offices next to the Citizens Advice Bureau (including tourist information). The main entry is up the steps and through a charming courtyard. Access by a ramp is about 50 metres along Michael Place.
Member activities and notes
March 2016 . Irene McConville had an exhibition of watercolour paintings at Jindivick through to March 30th. Also holding an art exhibition at the moment with her sister is Pauline John. A few of our members entered the Inverloch Art Show (March long weekend).
February 2016 . Congratulations to some of our members (and Florence’s students) who had some success at the recent Korumburra Art Show.
January 2016 . Tric Hill of Moondani Art and Glass Studio ran day classes in glassfusing and lead lighting during January. For more details please contact Tric tel 03 5664 3259, mob 0408 816 683, email email@example.com, and facebook Moondani Art and Glass Studio.
Term 4, Oct - Dec 2015. Pat Dale taught a Basketry Workshop - Circular Woven Wall Piece, at Leongatha Community House (tel 03 5662 3962) on a Saturday 10:30am - 1:30pm.
August 2015. Jenny Jensen and Marlene Houlden demonstrated wet felting over the two days of the Country Womens' Association State Exhibition at Yarram. They also ran a one day basic wet felting and nuno felting workshop at the Leongatha Community House.
July 2015. The Painters group enjoyed a visit to the Camberwell Art Show.
May 2015. Irene McConville and Robyn Henn both enjoyed sales of their paintings at the Mirboo North Art Show over the Mother's Day weekend. On the 23rd May Robyn Schmidt, Theresa Bateman, Olive Omerod, & Robyn Henn had a very enjoyable day at the Sale Gallery for an art (Watercolour) demo and exhibition by Louis Brown.
March 2015. Some members entered work at the Inverloch Art Show, (7th, 8th & 9th March). Irene McConville and Peg Elliott sold paintings.
February 2015 - At the Korumburra Art Show, our member Flo Stone won Best Local Artist.
The July 2017 newsletter (see section under LACS Newsletters) features exciting upcoming events. As has been the case for many years the Gallery will have a special place in the Leongatha Daffodil Festival, Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd September 2017.
May 2017. The Gallery had a special exhibition of Irene McConville's beautiful water colour / mixed media art from 2nd May to 30th May.
Exhibition opening with some of Irene's watercolours in the background - from left: Patricia Hill, Irene McConville, Alysia Norton
April 2017: Prints and Colours from Nature. Marlene Houlden and Jenny Jensen exhibited their latest textile art of eco printing and eco dyeing using native and garden plant materials, and rusty metal items, to create prints and natural colours on textiles such as silk, wool, cotton and paper. Pieces for sale, and on display, included scarves and other clothing accessories and paper products. Their previous exhibition at the Gallery, which was wet-felted wool and silk, was in February 2011.
November 2016. The Gallery showcased the textile work of Gwen Young.
August 2016. The Gallery was open during the 60th Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show and Festival (25 - 27 August) at the Leongatha Memorial Hall next to the Gallery. On exhibition and for sale was a wide range of beautifil original art and hand-made craft items. Once again the wood workers demonstrated their skills and fine art work in the courtyard between the hall and the Gallery.
May 2016 . Leongatha Art and Craft Society celebrated some of the district's young and emerging art during the Creative Gippsland initiative during May 2016, "Come and Play All of May". A number of local secondary school students contributed to this exciting event. This vibrant and energetic work was launched on Friday 20th May at the Leongatha Gallery and Meeting Room 1 at Memorial Hall, cnr of McCartin St. and Michael Place, Leongatha. The Exhibition was also open on the weekend Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May.
March 2016 . The Woodworkers held a working exhibition and display table at the Korumburra Working Horse and Tractor Rally on March 19th and 20th. Members operated the wood lathe and scroll saw. Visitors were encouraged to create their own Pyrography masterpieces.
December 2015 - January 2016. Kellie Smith, one of the gallery's young members, had a very well received Pencil Portrait Art Exhibition of her work, attracting younger visitors into the gallery.
Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September 2015. For the 59th Leongatha Daffodil and Floral Show and Festival and the Australian National Daffodil Championships at the Leongatha Memorial Hall, the Gallery was 'full of Spring' with a wide range of beautifil art and craft items on exhibition and for sale. Once again the wood workers demonstrated their skills and fine art work in the courtyard between the hall and the Gallery.
May 2015. On Friday night 8th May LACS members and life members celebrated the society's 43rd birthday with an Open Gallery Night to coincide with the “Creative Gippsland Festival" and to share in the festival's theme of "swap and exchange" creative ideas. The exhibition team led by Alysia Norton and Karen Pendretti set up a fabulous display of members pieces of art in many media, with some pieces from the Gallery and others made especially for the event. In opening the evening, President Noelle Walker and former President Tric Hill highlighted the important and growing part that art and galleries have in many Gippsland communities and in particular the success of the LACS Gallery in Leongatha. Tric then introduced Pat Dale, a present and original member in 1972, to give a first-hand potted history of the society in Leongatha. With Noelle and Pat by her side, Tric's creative flair came to the fore with the clever quip of the night about their three surnames - 'Walker is going up Hill and down Dale' - much appreciated by the laughter and applause from the crowd. Tric also introduced the accomplished South Gippsland based artist and art educator Bob Hickman, who praised the work of LACS and reinforced the great value that art plays in any community.
Noelle Walker and Tric Hill, Pat Dale and Tric, The trio enjoying Tric's witty quip 'Walker is going up Hill and down Dale', Bob Hickman and Tric
February - March 2015. For the Horse & Tractor Rally at Nyora in March 2015, the woodworkers made bird boxes, boot pulls, boot stand, pot plant stands, spinning tops and rejuvenated the display signs. Members worked on the scroll saw and lathe at Korumburra Show on February 14. Newer members are receiving tuition in wood turning and the use of machine tools.
December 17th, 2014 – January 29th, 2015 four of our members exhibited A Day at the Beach. This group exhibition was by four artist friends, Julia Hancock, Noelene Henson, Sue Gaffy and Jenene Evans who have been meeting for many years each Wednesday at Walkerville North to paint and talk. For this exhibition the artists concentrated on flora, fauna and the amazing scenery at Walkerville to inspire their paintings and 3D works in their individual style and medium to show their day at the beach.
August 2014: The floral show of the annual Leongatha Daffodil Festival was held in the Shire Hall next to the Gallery from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th August 2014. The Gallery opened for display and sales over the three days of the festival and many of the festival visitors took the opportunity to visit the Gallery with the attractive displays of the diverse range of quality art and craft. The Woodworkers demonstrated woodturning and scroll sawing in a tent in the courtyard between the Gallery and the hall.
March - April for Easter 2014: Over Easter the Leongatha Embroidery Group once again showcased their beautiful work.
December 2013 - January 2014: Congratulations to Noelle Walker who was the feature artist for December and January. Noelle, who is the LACS President from Jumbunna, had a very successful exhibition of her beautiful and inspirational embroidery and jewellery 'Through the Point of a Needle' (see photographs below). Two centrepiece items were counted cross-stitch embroidered computer generated images from photographs of Noelle's mother and father. Noelle started using beading as detail in her embroidery but beading has now taken over. She runs a business selling her beaded jewellery on-line. Noelle's exhibition was featured in one of the local Leongatha newspapers.
Christmas 2013: The Christmas gallery exhibition included sections with beautiful gift items hand-made from various art and craft media. Click on the photo to enlarge:
Leongatha Daffodil Festival: 29 - 31 August 2013. Once again the Woodworkers Group took the opportunity of the Leongatha Daffodil Festival to demonstrate their art and craft to festival visitors who also took the opportunity to browse and purchase the hundreds of diverse and beautiful art and craft items in the Gallery.
South Gippsland Gem Club: 6 March - 9 April 2013. The South Gippsland Gem Club celebrates 40yrs this year and arranged a display at Leongatha Gallery of about 40 pieces to show the range of gemstones that can be found. The display included some special ‘Gem Trees’ made from different types of wire such as copper or silver, to present a display of gemstones such as Crystals, Jade, Paua shell, Amethyst and other such gem chips that members have available. The club has its own website and the President, Janice, can be contacted on 03 56622088 (click on the small image to view the photo).
Leadlight: December 2012 - January 2013. The guest artist over the holiday period was Donald Wellard from Koonwarra with his exhibition of amazing leadlight clocks (grandmother, mantlepiece, school house) and lamps. Don has been producing leadlight works for about 10 years, having been influenced by his father who was well known in the Leongatha area for his leadlight work.
LACS 40th Anniversary 2012 - 'Liberated Books' Artist's Book competition and exhibition: 1 September - 27 September 2012
The LACS 40th Anniversary was celebrated on Sunday 2 September 2012, at the opening of the 'Liberated Books' competition exhibited at the Meeniyan Art Gallery, with the cutting of the birthday cake by four members who were all original members of the society in 1972.
This exciting exhibition of contemporary artistry was new to the South Gippsland area and after an introduction by the then society president Tric Hill, the exhibition was officially opened by Mohya Davies, Deputy Mayor of the South Gippsland Shire Council, who congratulated the president on the excellent competition and exhibition. Tric thanked all of the entrants for making the competition the success which it was noting that for many of the artists this was their first attempt at making an artist book for exhibition. Thirty-five artists from Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia submitted forty-eight entries for judging and exhibition. Exhibition artists were:
Judges Eileen Thurgood - Director East Gippsland Art Gallery at Bairnsdale, and Dineke McLean - Melbourne paper artist and sessional art tutor, praised the artistic concepts, content, quality and diversity of the entries emphasising that the competition shows that books may not be just a collection of words and sentences on paper. Awards were:
Major award: Leslie Monahan for Four Decades - a mixed media sculpture, all recycled materials, metal, fabric and fibre
South Gippsland Resident's award: Grant Flather for About Face - abstract faces coloured in Photoshop, coupled with words/quotes
Leongatha Gallery / Meeniyan Art Gallery member award: Sue Gilford for Jacobs Ladder - canvas wood pyrography, eight canvas and wood 'tablets' tied with leather contained inside a wooden box telling a story through 'images'
The opening of the exhibition was reported in the Leongatha Great Southern Star Newspaper.
Photo gallery of all of the entries - link to entries with artist names (some difficult to read)
This project was made possible by the Australian Governments regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians, wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.
Woodwork: 23 August - 22 September 2012. Commencing with the Leongatha Daffodil Festival (23-25 August) the Gallery featured a one-month long exhibition of finely crafted woodwork models of cars, tractors, planes, child's rocking horse and rocking chair by Reg Marshall; ducks, turned owls and eggs by Glennice Emmerson; and blackwood chopping boards by Eric.
Embroidery: 2nd - 14th May 2012. Embroiderers Victoria - Leongatha Country group celebrated their 25th anniversary with a two week exhibition. This group are now setting a superb standard-do not miss the opportunity to see their wonderful stitchery.
Miniature paintings: December 2011 - February 2012. Kathy Salmons was our feature artist with her beautiful small and miniature paintings of 'Seldom seen Fantasies'. Mermaids, unicorns and fairies are some of the subject matter she displayed. Her medium was acrylics for this series.
Felting: January - February 2011. Sisters Jenny Jensen and Marlene Houlden exhibited a stunning wide-range of wet-felted items made from fine merino Australian wool and silk. Items included: landscape scenes, bags, scarves including nuno-felting, cushion, pot holders, purses, cards, baby booties, glasses cases, sewing kits.
Prom Country Regional Tourism http://www.visitpromcountry.com.au/towns/leongatha
South Gippsland Shire Council http://www.southgippsland.vic.gov.au/
Coast Magazine http://coastmagazine.net/
South Gippsland Citizen Advice Bureau http://sgcab.org.au/CAB_ContactUs.htm
Meeniyan Art Gallery http://meeniyanartgallery.com.au/
Creative Gippsland http://creativegippsland.com.au/
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