Some 40 CABBI members, friends and visitors came to The Gallery on the balmy evening of April 11 to celebrate the FOUND OBJECTS exhibition. Gallery Coordinator, Laureen Phillips, officiated and spoke of the ideas behind the concept of the exhibition – to encourage exhibiting artists “to think outside the square”, “outside their comfort zone”. The results, many and varied, are there for all to see. Everything from 2 dimensional artworks drawing inspiration from objects “found” on local beaches – some becoming mixed media by actually utilising those “found objects”, to 3 dimensional works using “found” chicken wire and others drawing on ideas formed from objects “found” in kitchen cupboards.
Guests milled around, viewing both the entries in the exhibition, taking in regular CABBI members works that are on show daily while enjoying the company of the artists and partaking of light refreshments . Exhibitors were on hand to explain their thoughts leading to their entries and the processes journeyed through to achieve the final entry.
The entries were judged by local artist (Cobargo) Doris Hoyne who also attended the opening and the winners of the two categories were announced by Laureen ably assisted by CABBI Vice President Lin Barnes and Gallery Committee member Janet Kininmonth. The winners were: Maggie Brennan, Highly Commended in 2D for her entry “Tasting Plate”; Laureen Phillips, 2nd in 2D for her entry ”Lost and Found“; Adrienne Conway 1st in 2D for her entry “Shields of Time”, a mixed media painting using found metal scraps; Hazel Hofmann, Highly Commended in 3D for her entry “Lake Eucembine Tides”; David John, 2nd in 3D for his entry “A Most Unlikely Pair”, a sculptural assembly utilising a “found” workboot coupled with a Hebel carved woman's high heeled ankle boot and Lin Barnes, 1st in 3D for her entry “Dogone Days”, a chicken wire sculpture of a playful dog on it's back.
The Gallery is a co-operative venture of the Creative Arts Society Batemans Bay Incorporated (CABBI), a society open to local arts and crafts practitioners. People interested in finding out more about CABBI should drop in to The Gallery at 2/52 Sydney St MOGO, or phone 02 4474 2243