Your Art Collection On Show

The Bass Coast community are invited to come and view the works of four award winning artists at Bass Coast Shire Council’s Your Art Collection (YAC) Exhibition.

Hosted by the Bass Coast Artist Society at the Goods Shed Art Space in Wonthaggi, one piece in the exhibition will be selected to become part of Council’s art collection.

Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine, said the four artists in this year’s exhibition – Bill Binks, Robyn Riley, Kerry Spokes and Ursula Theinert – were extremely experienced and talented, having won their YAC awards at community art shows throughout the year.

“Last year four community shows were registered for the YAC award and this year is the first time in fours years that there is a mixture of mediums,” Cr Neil Rankine said.

“Mr Binks will be showing sculputures, Ms Spokes has digital imagery and Ms Riley and Ms Theinert will show paintings.

“The styles are varied as well, from realism to abstraction.”

Each artist will exhibit up to four works each, with a panel of art professionals selecting one piece from the 14 on show.

On the panel this year is Director of Gippsland Art Gallery, Anton Vardy; renowned Australian botanical artist, Celia Elizabeth Rosser; and contemporary action painter, Kerrie Warren.

Cr Rankine said the Bass Coast Artist’s Society were not only hosting the show, but assisting with hanging, preparation and staffing.

“We appreciate all the time and dedication their members have provided, and I encourage the community to come along and say hello to one of their members during the show,” Cr Rankine said.

The exhibition will run from 6 to 14 September and is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm from Wednesday to Sunday.

The Goods Shed Art Space can be accessed from the Rail Trail, and cars can enter via the Big W carpark.

About The Artists

Mr Binks received his award at the Artist's Society of Phillip Island Cup Weekend Exhibition 2013.

“My work is based on the beauty of nature, the delicacy, the line, the sweep and the power, whether it be a cloud formation, a wave or human form,” Mr Binks said.

“Since living on Phillip Island where everything is shaped by wind and surf, my paintings and sculpture have been influence by my environment.”

Ms Riley received her award the Inverloch Art Show on March Labour Day weekend 2014.

“My strength mainly lies in pencil photo realism, but for variety and to broaden my skills, l also paint with gouache and conte,” Ms Riley said.

“I was thrilled to win the Bass Coast Your Art Collection Award and now look forward to a productive and creative artistic future.”

Ms Spokes received her award from Bass Coast Artist's Society, Easter Art Show 2014.

“For the last four years, I have concentrated on using mobile devices to create imagery (mobile phone and tablet and apps), striving to extend the boundaries of what is possible with digital collage using photographs and apps on my iPad only,” Ms Spokes said.

“The digital medium has become a useful tool for developing and recording ideas and concepts I want to portray, and in turn is informing my latest drawing and print works.” 

Ms Theinert received her award at Corinella and District Community Centre, Traditional Art Show on Queens Birthday weekend 2014.

“My work has always represented the land, a living entity, to create empathy and help the viewer reflect on aspects of our perceptions about the land,” Ms Theinert said.

“I have focused on ‘Erosion’, ‘Forest Management’ and explored my experienced aftermath of Black Saturday in the ‘Fire Series’.”