June Feature Artists – bendee
Iluka Emporium is excited to be introducing our June artists – bendee – a collaboration of work titled Figurative Abstraction series.
“benjamin (ben) mcdouall and djuana (dee) leiselle joined in collaboration in 2019 to create ‘bendee productions’
working with mixed medium they have produced and developed the ‘figurative abstraction series 1’
ben is a multidisciplinary artist combing audio, visual and text
dee is a performance and visual artist with a background in dance and shamanic ritual
our work features heavily in figurative abstraction, reflecting our interest in expressive and innovative mediums and painting techniques and the figure as a symbol of free humanity
our work is created in the moment often capturing elements from the natural environment around us including, ochres, earth, sand, salt, dyes, beeswax, charcoal, natural fibres as well as ink, graphite powder, pvc, plaster and synthetic polymer paint
bendee are representatives of humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century
in our spare time bendee also likes to solve the mysteries of time and space and other fun puzzles
we hope you enjoy the show!”
Iluka Emporium is so excited and incredibly proud to be exhibiting May feature artists Lee Ann Hally, Cath Abbas @catherineabba and Jillian Bowles @jillianbowlesartist .Lee Ann is an @iluka.emporium member, during one of her weaving workshops a couple of years back she shared her knowledge of weaving with Cath. Jillian, a contemporary artist and Lee Ann are friends and all three women are connected and inspired by the coastal and river environment around Biirrinba, the Clarence River.The connection between the women and their environment creates a quirky flow of discovery for the observer. There’s a sense of warmth and familiarity in this exhibition which is hard to walk away from without wanting to take a unique piece of it home with you.This is a stunning exhibition of visual art and natural textile weaving.This exhibition particularly is an expression of the vision of curator Annie Laurie empowering community connections, developed and shared through art and creativity.
May 2021 Feature Artists – Lee Ann Hally, Jillian Bowles and Cath Abbas
April 2021 Feature Artist – Lucy Car
We are excited to introduce our April Feature Artist – Lucy Car
I am a 36 year old artist living here near Lismore and love being in such a beautiful part of the world. I’ve always loved drawing and bright colours and the way colours interact. I have painted on and off over the years, while juggling 5 kids and a large garden (I feel this is an extension of my painting!)
I often use quirky subject matter to delight and amuse, especially animals doing human things or humans and animals doing unexpected things in a narrative style. I have a passion for preserving animal habitat (we are replanting our property as koala habitat) and hence often paint Australian animals to bring their uniqueness and beauty into the mind of the viewer; to engage their emotions in the plight of many of our country’s gorgeous yet vulnerable occupants.
My style has evolved over the years, but I generally use bold, bright colours to immediately engage with the viewer – I have a long-time love of primary colours, but cool blue is also a recurring theme.
I use acrylic paint for the freedom it gives me to pain big and bright, quickly drying to allow me to change colours and layout quickly if needed.
My goal is to amuse, delight and engage the heart of the person viewing.
I have previously exhibited at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Blue Poles Gallery Café, Byabarra, Goondiwindi Art Gallery, Art Aspects Gallery Lismore and Lennox Head Arts Collective
February and March Feature Artist – Kalie Burgis Iluka Emporium is excited to present works by local artist Kalie Burgis.
FIONA NICHOLLS – January 2021 Feature Artist
Iluka Emporium is thrilled to have Fiona Nicholls return as our feature artist. Her stunning works are on display in the main exhibition space as you enter.
ALLY DE LA ROSA
Ally de la Rosa has her Art @ Iluka Emporium for November and December.
Exciting ! Ally is originally from Mexico and you can see the cultural influence in her work.
GECKOS NEW TAIL – Feature artists for September- October 2020
Michelle and Paul Philip – All one off originals. As I may never find this fabric again. The styles might be the same but the garments are all made individually. I am inspired by retro patterns from the 1960’s and 70’s, Japanese styles and natural fabrics. All products are made by hand in our home studio on the north coast of NSW.
July – August 2020
THE ART NOUVEAU PALACE DANCE MYTH – July Feature Exhibition – Richard Moore
Linda Martello & Alyssia Fraser
For the month of March 2020 ILUKA Emporiums feature artists are two ceramicists.
Alyssia Fraser and Linda Martello.
When in High school Alyssia was taught by Linda , however now they come together as two accomplished North Coast artists .
Delicate and whimsical elements of both artists’ work will delight many.
Note : These works are still currently in the Emporium. Please contact us or the artists directly if you are interested in their work.
WESLEY PENBERTHY RETROSPECTIVE January – February 2020
Wesley Penberthy was born in Broken Hill. He grew up in a creative family. It can be seen in his work the influence of the Australian artist Norman Lindsay whom was his tutor at Perth Technical College from 1933-1937.and subsequently a lifelong friend and mentor. Wesley Penberthy’s works are held in Australian and overseas collections. Beleura Homestead in Mornington Victoria boasts a ceiling fresco , which Penberthy was commissioned to do in 1950,s . In 1955 Penberthy won the Sulman prize for Mural Painting. Much of his work echoes the Italianate and Venetian styles. Penberthy spent his latter years in Yamba pursuing his lifelong passion. ILUKA Emporium is proud and excited to be entrusted by his family to exhibit and offer for sale a small selection of Penberthy’s works. Works will be at the Emporium for the month of January and an Opening event held on Saturday 4th January at 11.30 am All welcome
Iluka Emporium is thrilled to announce that our Feature Artist for November is Kerrie Howland. Her Exhibition is titled ‘The Continuous Line.’
Drawings + mixed media works on paper.
Kerrie will be present @ Emporium this Sunday 3rd between 10 am and 2pm to ‘meet the artist’ .
Kerrie says “Drawing is fundamental to my artist practice. Recently I’m enjoying the use of contour drawing, a continuous line, as it is fun and relaxing. Plus exploring mixed media drawing like charcoal and water colours with collage. I think I have always found drawing techniques & methods to be the most enjoyable part of my art making process and I continue to revisit & explore contemporary drawing ideas in my art practice.
This exhibition is made up of recent works on paper of varying sizes. And as always the subjects are a celebration of life and personal connections with the natural world and it’s ancient wisdom. Having grown up in Iluka and being surrounded by a landscape where sacred spaces of natural beauty exist I have been in awe for sometime and thus influenced creatively. As an artist my life revolves around capturing moments, emotions, memories & quite often figures in the landscape. “
TONI-JAYNE NORTHCOTT AND MICHELLE ANSOUL
The feature artists @ Iluka Emporium for October are local Textile Artist Toni-Jayne Northcott and Photo Artist Michelle Ansoul and their collaborative
exploration of dyeing with plants and making photos using the sun.
These two long time friends are artists / crafts women who have often collaborated in their art making and processes. They are both also mothers, wives, employees, committee members, and involved community members.
Often, their time to create is hugely compromised by their commitment to these other roles.
As well as presenting this exhibition of ‘Mother Makers – Mothers at Play’ they are both open to instigating a conversation about busy women and how best to make available time to create.
Come enjoy and add to the conversation.
MATT BAKER – September 2019
RIVER TO THE SEA is an exhibition encompassing our love of the water and surrounds. Works by Iluka Emporium artists Karin Brear, Belinda Laurie, Michelle Philip and Linda Frylink Anderson.
ELAINE MARY LEONARD
Jan Hudson May 2019
OFFICIAL OPENING – SATURDAY 4th May 1pm Champagne and fingerfood on arrival. ALL WELCOME
Jay Foley March 2019
BEACHY REFLECTIONS – February 2019
Michelle Ansoul – PHOTOARTIST
I grew up in the beautiful holiday town of Byron Bay. It’s my home.
I studied a visual arts degree at Q.U.T back in ‘92
and loved the photographic process.
Films, layering transparencies, studios & darkrooms is where I started experimenting with photography & art mediums.
Placing images on ceramics, glass and textiles…anything.
… loved it & do miss that naive exploratory curiousness.
Since those creative youthful days, I travelled, around Australia & parts of the globe, gathering a stock of images with my eyes’ mind…and on film.
For many years the buzz, adventure & excitement of weddings & events captivated me and capturing precious life moments for people
genuinely warms my soul.
My ‘mirror prints’ began with a birthday present
for my brother 15 years ago.
From an up-cycled mirror, I printed my photo designs…
creating original phOToArTworks.
I like to think that my mirror prints bring the viewer into the scene. Reflecting the light & sharing the ‘beach-love’.
I’m a natural light photographer, an image-maker…always visualizing.
Enjoy… love… life…
You can see more of my phOToArT & photography
Commission work always welcomed, as creativity is a melding of minds
KIYA SAFFIGA January 2019
Iluka Emporium is very excited to host the September Feature Artist Exhibition “Common People” a life more ordinary by Kiya Saffigna with live music by Finn O’Neill. Exhibition Opening at Iluka Emporium September 8th at 3pm.
This will be an afternoon not to be missed, come along and share the joy of Kiya’s work while reflecting on life, art, home, family, love, women and community and what it all means to you! Enjoy mingling on the sunny Emporium deck listening to talented, local, emerging musician Finn O’Neill. See you there.
A life more ordinary
For this collection, Brooms Head Artist, Kiya Saffigna explores the concept of “coming home”. This body of work is a representation of the monotonous joy in each day and the acceptance of the simple and domestic existence often brought about by Motherhood. Instead of approaching her work with resentment of seemingly mundane experiences, Saffigna chooses to capture unremarkable content from her rural home, where she lives with her husband and three children, in the hope of giving the everyday a sense of enlightenment. Her developing impressionist style heavily references Australian symbolism, often with humour and sarcasm. The aesthetic is not modern, which touches on drawing comparisons between pre-feminism and contemporary ideas of the role of women. “Common people” is a visual narrative about coming home: to acceptance, to love, to letting go, and mostly, coming home to self: to painting, after 15 years.
Entertainment by Finn O’Neill
KARIN BREAR December 2018
October Artist 2018 RUPERT LEWIS JONES
Christmas Cornucopia by presented by Emporium Artists