The Artists


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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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.


Joann Fife – Textile artist

Jo was born in Penola, South Australia and has lived most of her life in the region.

Jo has worked as a professional artist for the past 30 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, disability groups and worked on community art projects. Jo’s passion is with textiles but also works in many mediums.

Jo is a member of the Gallery 54 Collective in Penola and Thumbprint Workshop Incorporated, a printmaking group based in Mount Gambier.

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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.


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.