Thursday, May 14, 2015

50 Years for Curdnatta

This year Curdnatta Art Gallery celebrates 50 years.
It has been my privilege to have been involved with the gallery for 41 years. 

In 1965 a group of Port Augusta artists came together to form the Curdnatta Art Group. Originally members met in a shed on Stirling Road and then for a while at TAFE until the Old Railway Station on Commercial Rd Port Augusta became available.

Being able to use the Old Railway Station as an artists' workplace incurred the expenses of running and maintaining the building. Members sold their work to provide a not-for -profit income to meet these expenses and the Curdnatta Gallery as we know it was born.

The Curdnatta Art Group values the unique contribution each member has made to the group . We attracted unique, creative individuals who have a strong sense of community and an ongoing commitment to the Arts.

The group is made up of people who like to “play” with ideas and processes and converse with like-minded artists who enjoy creative exploration in many artistic mediums.
Curdnatta's longevity is probably due to the fact we are a group of people who understand and support each other through the creative process.

We value public opinion of our work and listen closely to feedback from visitors to the gallery and also keep a keen eye on trends and innovation in the ARTS world.

One of the highlights of the year for the Curdnatta Art Group is the Annual May Exhibition which showcases work created by members in the previous 12 months. This year's May Exhibition is the first of a series of exhibitions workshops and events.

This year I included some of my felting for the first time as well as the pastel landscapes that have become quite popular and a range of printed products derived from original art pieces.

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