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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.

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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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Dagny Strand - Painting, Drawing, Sculpting and Jewellery making

Dagny was identified as a standout in art at Primary school and was awarded a school art prize in her first year at the age of 5. Since then she has won many art awards. Her work is often evocative in a narrative style depicting realistic figures or forms that play with the idea of being human. She makes use of any and every medium often using discarded materials to transform one life into another. Always her work displays a level of drawing, painting and sculpting skill that only comes from a lifetime of practice. Dagny studied life drawing at the Shaftesbury Centre, London in the 1980s,  completed a four year visual arts degree at Adelaide University, and later studied painting at the Adelaide central school of art. Dagny works from her studio in Petticoat lane.

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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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Bruce Kennewell - Blacksmith

Born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, Bruce got a taste for the rural life on family holidays to a friend’s farm. This led to university degrees in agriculture and natural resource management. He continues to enjoy rural life working across the south east doing soils and agronomy work for the primary industries department. However, Bruce’s real passion is blacksmithing. This began when he ran his own farm in the Southern Flinders Ranges.  After attending a blacksmithing workshop some twenty-five years ago, he has developed his own processes of working with hot metal. Bruce started with making repairs and functional pieces for his farm and has now moved into creating both non-functional art works as well as traditional items. Working at his 120-year-old anvil in Petticoat Lane, Penola, Bruce likes to explore the boundaries of what can be resolved from stock metal and found objects that he collects in his travels around the state.


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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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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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Chrissy Pudney - Textile, ceramic

Chrissy Pudney - Textile, ceramic

Chrissy loves to combine ceramic and basketry techniques, and continues to refine her handmade paper studies. She works on her theory of “Touch & feel are the basis of forming shape”. Chrissy has exhibited her artwork in and around Mount Gambier and conducts workshops for all ages across the region. She has gained knowledge and experience working in art galleries and with art groups in this area.

Chrissy has brought together her passion for basketry and ceramic in her original and sometimes quirky designs and draws inspiration from the myriad of images and materials abundant in the Southeast.

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