Valley New Art Group's 'Symposium' at Wollombi gallery

IMAGINATION: Some of the artists on the opening night of ‘Symposium’, Patricia Francis (rear) and at front from left, Gayle Banfield, Judi Stemp, Mike Fahey, Stephen James, Maureen Farrell, Peggy Parsons and Wendy Fursdon.
IMAGINATION: Some of the artists on the opening night of ‘Symposium’, Patricia Francis (rear) and at front from left, Gayle Banfield, Judi Stemp, Mike Fahey, Stephen James, Maureen Farrell, Peggy Parsons and Wendy Fursdon.

Cutting-edge works by the Valley New Art Group are on display at Wollombi Cultural Centre’s Old Fire Shed Gallery until August 31.

‘Symposium’ – an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by 13 artists – launched at the gallery on August 15.

Senior artist, teacher and mentor of the group, Stephen James said the exhibition was inspired by the philosopher Plato’s classical text ‘The Symposium’.

According to James, in ‘The Symposium’, Socrates meets with fellow Athenians for a drinking party or symposium to discuss philosophy and life.

“It is not that different to an art exhibition opening or our regular art group gatherings each Monday, though coffee, not wine, is the more usual beverage,” he said.

The exhibit includes artwork that is original, imaginative and diverse in style and media.

Abstract, figurative and mixed media art, ranging in size from intimate to large scale are represented.

The Valley New Art Group’s members bring to their art rich life experience from other fields and professions. They have all come to their art in adulthood and are pursuing their passion.

Among the exhibiting artists are well-known mosaic artist Mary Francis and Cessnock artist Gary Hamilton.

‘Symposium’ will be on view the Old Fire Shed Gallery 10am to 4pm every Saturday and Sunday until August 31.

COMING UP AT THE OLD FIRE SHED GALLERY

Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm

- September 6-21, Graham Williams ‘Lightscape’

- September 26-October 12, Emerging Artists Awards

- October 17-November 2, Paintings & Mosaics

- November 8-23, Sculpture in the Vines (small sculptures exhibition)

- November 29-December 14, Michéle & Dorothée Heibel

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