One Stroke Painting
A selection of paintings showing traditional Chinese brush painting techniques by local resident Stephen Cassettari. An exponent of the art of Chinese Painting since 1979, Stephen Cassettari is a full-time artist, poet and calligrapher, as well as a teacher of Chinese brush painting. Having studied Chinese brush painting for over 34 years, he is conversant in the Southern, spontaneous, single-stroke style and also the lesser-known Northern, slower outline style. Stephen is a specialist of Bamboo painting, the most difficult category of the Chinese Art. Stephen has written over 10 books on the various aspects of the techniques of Chinese Painting. He has produced four books of his poetry combined with calligraphy and Chinese Painting. He operates from the Morning Lake Studio, on beautiful Lake Macquarie. Stephen is providing three free workshops during the exhibition, please contact Belmont Library staff for details and to book your place.
Students from Warners Bay High School Students were tasked to design and produce a "Fantasy Teapot" with a concept of the student's choice. Students researched teapots and practising artists and explored personal themes which they then transferred into 3D teapot forms. Teapots could be functional or sculptural. The only pre-requisite was that each teapot must have a handle, lid & spout in their design.
Lets Not Waste Our Words
Jen Denzin, One Thousand Leaves: A Space Odyssey, 2020, 1700 x 1500mm, mixed media including decommissioned library books. About the project: Lake Mac Libraries discard over 20,000 books annually in order to provide the community with a diverse selection of new titles. While this is a necessary part of managing a contemporary library collection creativity is needed to ensure we are re-using and recycling books where possible. Artist Jen Denzin was asked to work with community members to create art using books as her inspiration and medium. Artist Statement: One Thousand Leaves: A Space Odyssey is an interactive visual novel. It connects a little over one thousand years of literary heritage, after the first novel The Tale of Genji written by Murasaki Shikibu in 11th-Century Japan, with ideas about what happens to our brains and bodies when we read. Viewers are encouraged to 'choose-their-own-adventure' to determine a different outcome of the artwork with each interaction. Like an antique block puzzle, different combinations of cube faces will create unique results.
'Ouvre' compiles a substantial body of work by Goya Torres constituting her artist vision and style, a result of her past ten years in Australia as a professional artist. The exhibition showcases a mix of original paintings, print-making pieces and 3D work. Goya Torres is a visual/street-artist and muralist originally born in Mexico, now based in Lake Macquarie. Her work moves towards blurring the separation line between fine arts, street-art and illustration in order to develop a visual contemporary language that encapsulates reality nowadays. With 25 murals under her belt and counting, Goya has been involved in group exhibitions, live-painting events, street-art festivals, mural and public art projects in Australia, Mexico, Latino-america, USA, United Kingdom and Europe.
Come and watch Goya paint live on Saturday 10 April from 9.30am - 11.30am.