THE ARTISTS

Artists Profile

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Robert Miles - Sculpture

Born in the first half of last century, Robert developed an early interest in art, studying under Lawrence Daws, David Dridan and Charles Bannon during his school years. He later attended the South Australian School of Art where John Dowie and Alex Leckie introduced him to sculpture.

Over the years Robert has combined his work as an architect in Mount Gambier with that of a sculptor, and has worked in a variety of mediums, including galvanised sheet metal, stainless steel, wire, wood, limestone and found objects. He has conducted numerous workshops and demonstrations and his contemporary sculptural work has been exhibited and sold widely. Robert has been involved in many community based public art projects.

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Kaye Riley - Ceramics

Kay studied Ceramics at the Mount Gambier TAFE SA providing an environment which has stimulated and developed her creative skills in wheel throwing and hand building forms in clay. Drawn to simplicity of form, she has enjoyed experimenting with decorating techniques and surface treatments and been justly rewarded with many colour combinations which then inspire her to expand and develop her knowledge of ceramics even further.

Apart from TAFE studies Kaye has attended many workshops and exhibited throughout the state of South Australia.

 
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Anne Miles – Painting, drawing and printmaking

Anne Miles grew up in Adelaide and studied at the South Australian School of Art during the early 1960’s

After experimentation in many fields of art, she now concentrates on painting in oil and gouache, drawing and printmaking. Her works which are contemporary in style, are inspired by the landscape and momentary observations of life, incorporating a strong design element. Anne has exhibited her work widely since 1986. Over the years she has taught art, co-ordinated exhibitions, held workshops and been involved in public art projects, as well as being an active member of Gallery 54 in Penola and Thumbprint Workshop in Mount Gambier.

Anne’s works are held in public collections - Riddoch Art Gallery, Naracoorte Art Gallery, The City of Onkaparinga and the University of South Australia as well as private collections. Her other interests include reading, history, geology, gardening and sewing. Anne lives and works in Mount Gambier.

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Kay McDonnell - textile artist

An interest in textiles began at an early age for Kay, being exposed to many crafts, both at home and at school. This interest has continued over the years but it wasn’t until 2007 that a workshop in Robe sparked her passion for felting.

Kay enjoys the tactile quality of wool and the creativity that the ‘wet felting’ technique allows, being able to incorporate other textiles such as fabric, silk and yarn into her works and being able to manipulate the felt into shapes and forms. She particularly likes the challenge of creating 3D pieces, both functional and decorative.

Her knowledge and skills in felting are being continually enriched and expanded through attending workshops regularly. Kay also enjoys running workshops of her own in the local area.

 
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Lauren Minge - Drawing and Painting

Lauren was born in Mount Gambier, experiencing a love of art from a young age. She now works as a graphic designer and previously spent a number of years studying at TAFE SA in Mount Gambier, completing Certificate 4 in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft as well as Certificate 4 in Multimedia. She creates her artwork using a variety of mediums including pastel, watercolour, oil and acrylic paints. The medium she is most passionate about, however, is coloured pencils and the effects that can be created from such a basic medium.

Most commonly she incorporates landscapes and flowers into her artwork, but also enjoys experimenting with different styles and subject matter.

 
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Kate Czaban - Ceramics

Kate Czaban arrived in Australia from New Zealand in 1976 and has been living in Mount Gambier since 2000.


Kate started working in ceramics in the second half of 2004 when she became involved in the “pit-firing” course at Mount Gambier TAFE SA and has been making pots, expanding her skills and making art connections ever since.

Kate considers actively participating in and presenting her art work is very satisfying and stimulating. She likes the personal connection and being able to acquaint visitors with what they see at the gallery and establishing the origins of the art works.

Her hand built and wheel thrown works have been in many exhibitions throughout the Limestone Coast of South Australia since 2004.

 

 

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Diana Wiseman - Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

Diana was born in Naracoorte, but grew up and was educated in Adelaide. She moved to the South East after training as a Junior Primary teacher and has lived there ever since.

Diana has had a lifelong passion for the arts, particularly contemporary visual art. She completed the Art certificate course at TAFE, Mount Gambier in 1979 and has exhibited in either group or solo exhibitions every year since that time.

Diana is currently a member of Thumbprint Workshop and Gallery 54 Collective. Her work is held in many private collections and the Riddoch Art Gallery in Mount Gambier.

“Finding new ways to capture the patterns, textures, space and light is what inspires me to paint and print.”

 
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Ann Carpenter - Drawing And Painting

Ann is a New Zealand born painter who is now based in the rural town of Glencoe in the south east of South Australia.

Ann’s work has featured in Adelaide galleries such as Gallery M and the Royal SA Society of Arts for the Solar Art Prize. Locally, she has exhibited at the Riddoch Art Gallery and the South East Art Society in Mount Gambier, as well as Gallery 54 in Penola, where as a collective member she displays her work and has also had regular solo exhibitions. 

Ann worked for fifteen years in the Visual Art Department at the Mount Gambier TAFE and now teaches privately from her Artshed in Glencoe.

 
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Andrew Miles - Jewellery

Andrew grew up in Mount Gambier, attended Mount Gambier High School and later graduated from the University of South Australia with a degree in Electrical Engineering with Honours.


He lives in Adelaide and his interests other than work and family include growing bonsai and making jewellery.

Andrew’s jewellery is continually evolving as he hones new and exciting techniques working with silver, gold and precious stones.

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Kingsley Marks - Drawing

My earliest memories of involvement with art were at primary school where I attended Saturday morning art classes. During high school I attended evening class at the Art School.At the South Australian School of Arts, whilst majoring in drawing and painting for my Diploma of Arts, my involvement with clay began. After a few years teaching art in secondary schools I became a lecturer in drawing and pottery at the School of Art. Working with clay for the next 25 years was always supported by drawing.

During this time I had many solo and group exhibitions. My work is represented in the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Regional Galleries and Private Collections in Australia and overseas.

In recent years I have focused on expressing my ideas through drawing, this process being basic to visual communication.

 
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Sandra Heenan - Textile, Mixed Media

I like to describe myself as a mixed media artist unable to stick to just one medium for long. I use painting, ceramics and sculpture but textiles is where my greatest body of work lies, including freehand machine embroidery, jewellery making, felting, dying and doll making. Quite often a piece may incorporate one or many techniques to bring it to life. Works include wearable art, wall art and garden art.

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Jean McArthur - Painting, Drawing and Printmaking

Jean McArthur grew up the second of four children on a South Eastern farm. Her primary education was evenly divided between correspondence, Furner and Hatherleigh schools; she then boarded in Millicent for high school.

Although Jean spent most of her time working as an Operating Theatre or Recovery nurse, this has been interspersed with packing potato chips in Brisbane, operating PMG telephone switchboards down by Sydney’s Quay, wool pressing, live-in home help for sick parents in Millicent, frying Sunday breakfasts at a milk bar then writing requisitions in eight-plicate for Northern Territory Administration stores branch in Darwin and dabbling in Art

Jean has wandered around Australia, the Pacific, Asia and the Americas and is still having trouble deciding what to do with her life. Jean has exhibited her works in mixed media and printmaking in group exhibitions throughout South Australia since 1986.

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