From the mountains to the sea

October 15, 2015

For the last show of 2015 Ceramic Break Sculpture Park is delighted to have ‘..from the Mountains to the Sea’ by Guyra artist Kay Smith, along with a number of excellent oil paintings by Castlemaine artist Leslie Thornton and from Moree, Natasha Carlin’s graphite, watercolors and felt tips.

Doors open at 12 noon on Sunday, October 18 at Ceramic Break, which is located just outside Warialda on the Bingara Road. Entry is by gold coin donation and there will be lunch, refreshments and the excellent Green Prize Raffle. Everyone is welcome.

‘From the Mountains to the Sea’ is Kay Smith’s first solo exhibition and first show at Ceramic Break. From a talented family of visual artists and opera singers Kay has always been passionate about Art, entering her first Art competition at age 10. Marriage and children put her art on hold but since moving to Guyra Kay has been inspired to paint again, completing several private commissions.

Kay works in acrylic, pen and ink and pencil and her twin passions, rural life and the ocean, are evident in her detailed depictions of each. Growing up on a rural property in Camden, Kay’s love of the bush shines in her subject matter, from broad landscapes to carefully detailed bush icons such as saddles and boots.

The Border Collies - art piece by Kay Smith.
The Border Collies – art piece by Kay Smith.

In ‘The Border Collies’ her love and understanding of life on the land is warmly reconstructed in the recognizable mannerisms and demeanors of the dogs and the animals they are working. Her landscapes include dogs, horses and riders in rivers and you can practically feel the water. Her skill in capturing the wet stuff can also be seen in a magnificent study of a humpback whale, as ‘the ocean is another inspiration for me, painting humpback whales and seascapes’.

Recently Kay worked with another Guyra artist, Brian Irving. Their paintings superbly combine the characteristics of Aboriginal Art with Kay’s realist style and they held a very successful art exhibition in Armidale. We are lucky to have two of these paintings in our show.

Leslie Thornton is a very talented and experienced artist, musician and lighting designer. His perceptive comments on humanity and our world amuse and reward the viewer. ‘The Brisbane River Experience’ is a selection of paintings of his hometown.

These exquisite pastel studies in oil on linen identify Brisbane as a city of water and business and each work rewards careful perusal.

Natasha Carlin teaches Visual Arts in Moree and works in graphite, watercolor and felt tip. Two of her smaller pieces ‘A Lady I am’ and ‘It took me hours to get my hair like this’ are delightful studies of two cockatoos that she intended to affectionately illustrate certain teenage traits.

All are invited to come to Ceramic Break Sculpture Park for a day of culture, exercise and fun. They continue their efforts to encourage the reduction of plastic waste and anyone who brings their own utensils, plates or glasses will go into the draw to win a Green Prize.

For more information call Ceramic Break Sculpture Park on 6729 4147.