Well not quite because the gallery is a work of art in itself – but following are just some of the works on display in the gallery at the opening. A large amount of work is still coming in and a lot of work sold both on the opening night and the day after, so keep in mind the selection will be constantly changing.
After the dedicated work by an army of volunteers over a number of years, GalleryOnTrack is now officially open. The gallery was opened last night by the Honorable Pru Goward, Member for Goulburn in front of a large crowd. Pru has been a wonderful supporter of Galleryontrack and gave an inspiring speech about the need for community. Gallery Treasurer & Project Manager, Robyn Primrose entertained us with the history of how we got from no building to an amazing arts & crafts centre. Goulburn Mayor Geoff Kettle also lent his valued support, as did Matthew Lawrence from IMB Building Society. A great night was had by all and many talented local artists sold their work.
Local wines donated by the local wineries were thoroughly enjoyed by the guests. A special thanks to Kingsdale Wines just outside of Goulburn (on the way to Crookwell), .Yarralaw Springs Wines at Quialigo and Lerida Estate wines (near Collector). After sampling what the local wineries have on offer I’m converted! When local produce is so good why buy outside of this great area!
A very special thankyou to all the committee heads – Robyn Primrose (Treasurer and project manager), Lynette Brown (Secretary & operations), Anna Shead (Fundraising), Diane Sanna (General committee), Marolyn Turner (General Committee), Carol Divall (Display), Elaine (Selection Committee), Linda Hong (Garden Committee). Each of these wonderful women have contributed in their own wonderful way with their own time, strengths & talents. Galleryontrack has gotten where we are now because of them all!
Thankyou to those who have tirelessly given their time generously to make this centre for community creativity happen – Brian Dival for years of coming to the gallery and tirelessly being our handyman – hanging tracks, doing skirtings, painting, lighting etc. Anna Pye for her enormous help with funding applications & the garden committee. Daphne Gooley for moulding & casting the vents, tiling, grouting, assisting in every way she can. To Perc Carter for the ongoing photography & powerpoint presentations. Ekaterina for her desktop publishing, those who have worked on the logos. To the many who have come to working bees, committee meetings, and general cleanups. To recent past president Mary Ferguson, for her assistance as well.
Thankyou to all those who helped out on the night, from Trevene Mattox for organising all the catering, to her band of helpers ; Dot Ellaray, Heather Kerr, etc, to her daughter Trassa & friend who manned the bar. Fiona Hammond who sold raffle tickets, Kathy Geurts and friend who manned the cash register. Thankyou Angela Saliba who braved the cold to direct cars in the car park. Anna Pye & Rachel Mayne who put up the signage. Also thankyou to the many who made the donations for the raffle – $200 gift voucher from Arthead in Goulburn, Walter Brecely – earrings, Brenda Clough – silver pendant, Kevin Dwyer – timber box, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery – pair porcelain beakers, Linda Hong $100 & $50 gift vouchers, Bruce Pryor for pottery, Kathy Geurts - brooch.
To all the tradesmen who cheerfully worked hard on the building and contributed beyond what they charged Galleryontrack – a huge thankyou. As I get all their links will post and add - Divalls Earthmoving,
Many thanks to Roadwatch Australia who generously donated the wheelstops for our car park. To Telstra CEO Mr David Thodey who helped expediate our phone connections. Last but not least Goulburn Woolworths who also contributed $30 to our opening.
A special thanks also to many of those who helped instigate this special project. Elizabeth Brown from STARTS has been incredibly helpful with setting up GDAC with a business plan & constitution.
If you didn’t get to the opening last night Galleryontrack is open from 10am – 4pm today. Please drop in and have a look, the building is beautiful and the artworks amazing. If you are not a member there are membership application forms available there (ask at reception). If you join now you get 13 months membership (till the end of the 2012/13 financial year) for the price of 12 (only $30). If you are a member please put your name on the roster as we need more people to help operate the gallery. As well as supporting a great community enterprise, by being on the roster you get a discounted commission on the sale of your artworks (20% instead of 35%). The gallery will then be open Wednesdays to Sundays on a weekly basis, from 10am to 4pm each day.
We are pleased to announce that potter Bruce Pryor is Gallery on Tracks first artist of the month. Bruce has on display a collection of over 100 pieces of work for display and sale.
Born in New Zealand in 1951. Bruce pursues his dream to become a Potter & arrives in Sydney in 1970. Bruce establishes “The Martinville Pottery” near Newcastle in 1972. Totally self taught at Martinsville, Bruce made his own clay & glazes from local materials & also built a gas fired kiln, and then in 2006 built a large, two chambered, wood fired kiln.
Bruce shifted to his new studio in Bundanoon in 1988, where he works in both stoneware and porcelain using both gas and wood kilns.
Bruce has exhibited widely over the years and is represented in both regional gallery and private (both here and abroad) collections.
Married to Fiona, they have two highly creative daughters Kate (Fabric design) and Zoe (Dancer and teacher).
Come along and see Bruce’s wonderful work, all of which is for sale.
Exciting times as artwork from members comes in and the gallery starts getting fitted out. We have a photographer coming tomorrow so some of the displays have been set up temporarily for the photo shoot. The proper fitout by Carol and her team will begin next week in time for the opening.
A reminder to all that Galleryontrack will finally be open on Sunday the 27th of May 2012 from 10am – 4pm. Please come and have a look around we have a lot of great works by members that will be up for sale.
Thereafter the gallery (in Blackshaw Rd) will be open on a weekly basis from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 4pm. We still need lots of members to contribute their time in helping run the gallery. Please contact Lynette and let her know of your availability. If you help staff the gallery then discounted commissions can apply to the sales of your artworks.
If you are a member and want your work in the gallery for the opening next week please delivery your works to the gallery in Blackshaw Rd by tomorrow morning at the latest (Friday 17th May). If you are not a member then please join the gallery and enjoy the many benefits that are available to members. Membership forms are available here. Alternatively you can email Robyn Primrose on firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 0417 750 717
The official opening of the gallery is on Saturday 26th May 2012. If you would like to attend the opening please contact Lynette Brown – phone 48211959 - email email@example.com in the first instance and RSVP so we know numbers for catering.