The Artists


Ann Carpenter – Painting and drawing

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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Kaye Riley – Ceramics

Kaye 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.

Sally OConnor

Sally O'Connor – Drawing, Painting, Printmaking

Sally was born in Adelaide and grew up on a farm at Meningie. She studied Science and has worked as a teacher and in aviation maintenance. Since retiring, Sally has actively pursued art by attending workshops in drawing, oil painting, watercolours and printmaking, including Japanese woodblock. Inspiration from nature and studies in Botany have fuelled her imagination. Her work is contemporary, mostly semi-abstract, incorporating simple line drawing of nudes or development of themes and design.

Sally is an active member of Gallery 54 Collective Inc., Artsparks Art Therapy, Thumbprint Workshop Inc. and Life Drawing Mount Gambier for. She has exhibited locally and in Adelaide. 

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Diana Wiseman – Painting, Printmaking, Mixedmedia

Diana was born at Naracoorte but grew up and was educated in Adelaide before settling in the Limestone Coast in 1971.

She has had a lifelong passion for the arts, particularly contemporary painting. Diana completed the Art Certificate course at TAFE in Mt Gambier, majoring in drawing, painting, design and printmaking. She has exhibited regularly in group and solo exhibitions since 1982 in the Limestone Coast, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. Diana has artwork in numerous private collections, the Riddoch Art Gallery, Country Arts SA and has been commissioned to complete two public murals.

"My memory and love of the Australian rural and natural environment continues to inspire me. The colours, the space, the marks and the textures motivate me to experiment with new ideas and techniques which evoke the landscape I love."

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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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Jean McArthur – Mixed Media, Printmaking

Jean grew up the second of four children on a South Eastern Farm. Her primary education was evenly divided between correspondence. Furner and Hatherleigh schools then boarding 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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Joann Fife – Textiles, Printmaking, Jewellery

Jo Fife is a South Australian textile artist based within the Limestone Coast region, living on Boandik land. Jo has worked as a professional artist for 25 years, exhibiting locally and interstate, taking out awards for textiles and painting.

In this time Jo has curated exhibitions, tutored school and adult groups, mentored young emerging artists and disability groups, worked on community art projects, facilitating the Multicultural Art Project and lectured in textiles and printmaking at TAFE SA.
Jo’s works are held in public collections; Riddoch Art Gallery, The City of Onkaparinga and as well as private collections.

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Sue Shaw – Drawing, Printmaking, Origami

Sue was born in Gippsland, Victoria and grew up in Geeveston, Tasmania moving to Mount Gambier at the age of nine. On completion of high school, she was equally drawn to study art and science. Pragmatism won out and she studied Science at the University of Adelaide, majoring in Botany and Zoology. Subsequently she completed post-graduate studies in Entomology through the University of Queensland. Sue has worked in a variety of positions in palaeobotany, natural resources and forestry research. Throughout her working years she pursued art as time and circumstances allowed, attending workshops that aligned with her interest in the natural world and love of paper, light and printing. Sue loves playing with paper: folding and cutting it, drawing and printing on it. Light and shade have always been a fascination: initially through black and white photography and, more recently, through solar plate etching, cyanotype and other printing techniques that incorporate sunlight in the process. The patterns, colours and textures found in nature, especially when observed close up, feature in her work. 

Sue is a member of Gallery 54 Collective Inc. and Thumbprint Workshop Inc. and lives in Mount Gambier.

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