MEGALO OPEN DAY

Thanks to absolutely everyone who helped make our annual Open Day on 22 September so fantastic!!
We had an absolutely brilliant day - so many visitors, so many members and so much printing! Open Day is one of our very favourite events of the year as we get the opportunity to show off our fabulous studios and showcase the work of our members and fabulous team. It was a beautiful way to spend a Spring Saturday.

This year we ran demos in Lithography, Etching, Screen Printing on paper and fabric which kept studio managers John Hart and Estelle Briedis very busy + we were also thrilled to be joined by some of our incredible members who printed up a storm. Board Member John Pratt worked on his amazing woodcuts and Surya Bajracharya and Pieta-Rae Laut were working in lithography. Peter McLean and Clare Jackson were showing off their skills in etching and relief, with Peter coordinating Print Your Own Engraving.

Our International Artist-in-Residence Mehdi Darvishi from Iran joined us in the Press studio to work on his incredible Mezzotint plate and share some of his print works with all the visitors. Mehdi even took time out to visit the screen studio to pull his very first screen print! The screen studio was also jam packed with Megalo members including Marilou Chagnaud, Giancarlo Savaris and Ellen Gunner all working hard screen printing on fabric and pape. We were also thrilled to have former screen studio manager Jemima Parker back in the studios to demonstrate some CMYK printing too. Our badge maker may never have had such an intensive workout. Our smallest visitors were eager to draw their own masterpieces and have them turned into wearable works of art. It was also great to see so many people sporting their Megalo Totes.

At 2pm we had drinks and nibbles as part of a closing event for the Megalo/GOST exhibition From Small Things Big Things Grow which showcased works by artists across Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and GOST Gallery in Watson concurrently. We were delighted to have some of our interstate artists turn up for Open Day + the closing event - big shout out to Pia Larsen, Nina Juniper + friends, it was great to see you!!

Again, a huge thank-you to all who helped make Open Day so great this year. There’s not much we love doing more than sharing all things PRINT + we’re already working on ideas for next year’s Open Day xx


MEGALO OPEN DAY 2018

 
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SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 10-4PM
21 WENTWORTH AVENUE, KINGSTON ACT


PRINTMAKING ALL DAY

  • PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS

  • MEMBERS + STAFF BREAK OUT THEIR SKILLS
    Including: Surya Bajracharya, Estelle Briedis Marilou Chagnaud, Ellen Rosalie Gunner John Hart, Clare Jackson, Pieta-Rae Laut Alex Lundy, Peter McLean, Jemima Parker John Pratt and Giancarlo Savaris

  • PRINT SALE

  • PRINT YOUR OWN TOTE BAG

  • PRINT YOUR OWN CARD

  • PRINT AN ENGRAVING

  • SCHEDULED DEMONSTRATIONS
    10.30AM ESTELLE BRIEDIS
    Repeat screen printing on fabric
    11.30AM JOHN HART
    Lithography
    12.30PM CLARE JACKSON
    Copper plate etching
    1.30PM ESTELLE BRIEDIS
    Screen print on fabric

  • EXHIBITION CLOSING EVENT
    2PM 'From Small Things Big Grow'
    Join us for drinks and nibbles in the Megalo Gallery with some of the artists as our joint exhibition with GOST gallery draws to a close.

    ....... AND LOT'S MORE!!

MEGALO OPENS PASSENGER

What a fantastic opening night we had for Surya Bajracharya's Passenger. Opened by Emeritus Professor Patsy Payne (ANU Printmedia + Drawing). Thanks to all who braved the chilly night to come along and see this wonderful body of work consisting of stunning monotypes and lithographs. There's plenty of time to catch this exhibition which runs through to Sat 28th July - don't miss it!

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Surya Bajracharya’s Passenger comprises two individual bodies of work– a series of lithographs, and a series of monotypes – created in parallel and in response to the same subject. The lithographs depict snatches of scenery and features of the landscape; the monotypes are more elusive, all light and shade, push and pull, vastness and obscurity. The lithographs, with their exacting, intricate mark-making, seem to disintegrate a moment travelled in time while pulling it into myopic focus. The monotypes project – and elicit – an emotive response. Side by side in diptychs they resonate and reflect, form a rhythm and pulse. Two portraits, monotypes of the artist’s children, like pin-drops or anchors, are deeply personal markers of the artist in these visual documents of an otherwise unspecified journey. Bajracharya’s duplicity of approach presents what is seen in real terms, as well as what is felt and can be taken with us, to capture the feeling of being pulled along through life, aware that the path is beyond your control. Ultimately what we see is processed through the lens of individual experience and a reflection of inner lives – the metaphoric peaks and horizons, skeleton branches and billowing cloud of places real or imagined, familiar or unknown. - Yolande Norris, 2018

 

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