Wednesday, November 24, 2010

OTR Gallery Presents: Judy Warne

Judy Warne will be presenting some of her latest work in her evocative and thought provoking 'rabbit series'.

This half life size, hessian covered, rabbit figure - burdened by a bundle of sticks is just one of the works Judy will be showing at OTR Gallery on the weekend of December 4 & 5. Opening times 11am - 5pm.

These works were recently shown at the Briget McDonnell Gallery, Hampton.

Join Judy and other friends of OTR Gallery at a special opening event at OTR Gallery at 7.00pm on Friday December 3. Judy's exhibition will be the last one for the year. We look forward to doing it all over again in 2011.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Wire It Up: Community Sculpture Project

Following a very successful weekend workshop over the Discover Dunkeld weekend (October 22-24, 2010) Hamilton Artist Alison Eggleton wired together countless sculptural pieces, created by the community from household waste, to construct a finished installation which can currently be seen at OTR Gallery, Dunkeld.

This interactive project brought the wider regional community and me as the artist together to collaborate in the art making process. The sculpture installation which invigorated the gallery space was a culmination of everyones efforts to explore working with wire and recycled materials. Thankyou to all of the approx 130 participants. A free postcard of the installation is available from Off The Rails Gallery.

Alison Eggleton, Visual Artist.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wire it Up this Weekend!

Wire it Up community Sculpture Installation, will be happening on October 22 & 23 at Off the Rails come on down and get amongst it!

Alison Eggleton led a fascinating afternoon workshop at OTR Gallery on Saturday.
Participants had the opportunity to get stuck into the piles of recycled materials that Alison provided, and began working on sculptural ideas in the lead up to this weekend's Discover Dunkeld Event.

Wire it Up is made possible by the Australian Government regional arts program, the Regional Arts Fund, which gives all Australians, wherever they live, better access to opportunities to practice and experience the arts. The Regional Arts Fund is administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Thanks Alison!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Group Show

Visitors to Off the Rails Gallery, had the opportunity over the weekend to see some recent works produced by members of the OTR Gallery committee. Artworks on display included sculptures by Judy Warne and Trevor Flinn, paintings and a ceramic piece by Anne Fleming, a large tapestry work by Jan Leishman and a series of photographs by Pru Saimoun.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Making Paper Workshop

Visitors to Off the Rails Gallery had the opportunity over the weekend to participate in a special paper making workshop. Pru Saimoun was on hand to lead enthusiasts through the process of creating hand-made paper using recycled paper pulp and plant fibres.

Participants had the opportunity to get creative with moulding or dlumping over objects. A number of visitors to the space either took part in the workshop or marvelled at Pru's collection of paper creations, which were on display around the gallery.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tree Drawing Competition, 2010

Off the Rails Gallery, Dunkeld, once again played host to the International Tree Drawing Competition, a unique event that asked artists to email in an A4, black and white tree drawing to go into the running to win $300, courtesy of Glenelg Hopkins CMA.

The director of the Hamilton Art Gallery, Danny McOwan, had the difficult task of selecting the prize winners, which were announced during a special opening event on Friday evening.

• Judy Warne, was awarded 1st prize ($300 courtesy of Glenelg Hopkins CMA) for her pencil drawing of a pair of boab trees.

• Valerie Alexander’s pencil drawing was highly commended, and was awarded a $100 Wannon Water prize pack.

• Jed Gleeson was awarded the junior tree drawing award ($50 courtesy of Kelspec Services Pty. Ltd.) for his drawing of a copse.

• Rhys Poe, from Hamilton, was awarded the Wannon Water encouragement award, and received a $50 prize pack.

• Anne Fleming was awarded the people’s choice award (a selection of native trees courtesy of ERA Nurseries) for her drawing of a eucalyptus forest.

Off the Rails Gallery would like to thank Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Wannon Water, Era Nursery, Corea Wines, Kelspec Services, Nerrissa Major for creating the red-gum trophy and Danny McOwan for judging the 138 entries.

The annual International Tree Drawing Competition is an initiative of OTR Gallery to promote interest in drawing, National Tree Day, and creative community activities.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Exhibition Opening: Friday August 6, 7.00pm

Celebrate National Tree Day by attending the opening of the 2010 International Tree Drawing Competition this Friday at OTR Gallery, Dunkeld.

Admire the numerous A4, black and white entries, cast your vote in the peoples choice award and enjoy some light refreshments.

A free tree seedling will be given away to the first 50 visitors!

Special thanks to Danny McOwan, Director of the Hamilton Art Gallery, Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, Wannon Water, ERA Nurseries, Corea Wines and Kelspec Services.

Friday, July 16, 2010

International Tree Drawing Competition 2009

In the lead up to the 2010 International Tree Drawing Competition/Exhibition, which opens at OTR Gallery this Friday at 7.00 pm, whet your appetite by checking out a selection of entries from 2009!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Grampians Piecemakers at OTR Gallery

Diana Webster, detail from a sewn carrier bag.

Faye Gordon, All Squared Out

Faye Gordon, No Rhyme or Reason, made from scraps

Geraldine Bradshaw, Hands, Based on the Aten, The Egyptian Sun God, worshipped by the Heretic Pharoah Akhnaten.
Wholecloth quilting, white on white, silk wallhanging.

This month members of the Grampians Piecemakers organised a special exhibition featuring a variety of their hand and machine stitched quilts.
Vistitors to the exhibition had the rare opportunity to meet with members of the group and discuss the various techniques and designs on display.

For more information about The Grampians Piecemakers Quilting Group contact Diana Webster on 5577 2500.

Tree Drawing Comp on Again

Sunday, June 20, 2010

June Draw Club

The Dunkeld Draw Club meets at OTR Gallery for three hours of unstructured drawing on the third Thursday of every month. BYO paper, pencils, refreshments etc. For further enquiries call (03) 5577 2624

OTR Gallery on ABC local radio

Click here to hear about the show.


Visitors to OTR Gallery over the Queen's Birthday weekend had the opportunity to see an array of new and exciting artworks by local artists.

Anne Fleming showed four recent paintings, which all depicted lone figures, lost in the Australian landscape. Her latest tiny painting of a figure on a park bench was created by Ann during a recent trip to Western Australia and is particularly evocative.

Pru Saimoun displayed numerous two and three dimensional paper sculptures, created using found and recycled materials, with a focus on natural, plant materials and traditional paper making processes. Her site specific installation utilised text as a means of navigating through the works.

Judy Warne unvelied the latest addition to her 'rabbit series'. The half life size, hessian covered, rabbit figure is burdened by a faggot of sticks, and lurches forward, frozen mid-journey. A dynamic and evocative piece.

Jan Leishman displayed more pieces of her massive woven tapestry, which is slowly gathering shape. This colourful and beautifully designed work is a response to the intriguing life cycle of the tiny, indigenous, (and critically endangered) Golden Sun Moth.

Keith Arnold created an amazing, interactive sound work (titled: '3,5,7..') that was designed to involve the visitor in an auditory journey into the unknown. The visitor had the rare treat of participating in a kind of musical experiment, that resulted in the creation of a bizarre, and quite eerie, ever-changing soundtrack...

.... perfectly complementing Trevor Flinn's latest sculpture; a recreation of Brion Gyson's infamous Dreamachine. The Dreamachine is quite simply a stroboscopic flicker device, designed to produce visual stimuli- thus sending the viewer on a kind of inner journey.

T, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Journey Begins

Photo: Jo Grant

Join local artists at OTR this weekend for an exhibition devoted to the idea of Journeys.

Paintings, drawings, sculpture, woven tapestry, as well as a light and sound installation will feature in this special temporary exhibition.

Open from 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Also open over the long weekend (June 12 & 13 - 11am-4pm)

For further enquiries call 5577 2624

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Alison Eggleton: A Working Pattern

Discover the incredible world of soft-sculpture through the work of award winning Hamilton artist Alison Eggleton.

Alison has cut and sewn dozens of grey blankets to create a variety of sculptural forms which occupy the gallery space.

Join the Artist for a special opening event Friday 23 April, 6pm-8pm

Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 April: 12 noon to 5pm

Friday 30 April – Sunday 2 May: 11am -5pm

Friday 7 – Saturday 8 May: 12 noon – 5pm

Or by appointment: 0438 516 150

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Naup Waup's Dunkeld Opening

NAUP WAUP at OTR from Trevor Flinn on Vimeo.

The first weekend in April saw the long awaited opening of Naup Waup's first exhibition at Off the Rails Gallery; the culmination of 12 years of research work with a remote tribal community called Pariet Amam.

"My art is a personal reflection of a journey defining myself, who I am as a male, a black indigenous tribal person from the remote Amam tribe of Papua New Ginea. I intend to make my art be a tool and venue for creating discorse and sharing of ideas and creating bridges between the oral world to the digital and the printed society.Creating paintings and drawing images is a way of sharing my soul searching story and knowledge in defining my place, history and my rich cultural heritage."
Naup Waup, April 2010.

Naup's ongoing research project is called "Pariet Project"; a social-cultural mapping and community empowering Project initiated with the intention to empower remote and marginalised tribal communities.

Visitors to the exhibition had the opportunity to hear Naup speak about both his art practice and his ongoing project work. Naup was accompanied by his wife and three children, during his stay in Dunkeld, who all assisted with making the show a great success.

"Prophecy", goldleaf, ink on paper, Naup Waup, 2010

"Free Spirit Dancer" and "The Keeper", Naup Waup, 2010

"Seven Heads", ink on watercolour paper, Naup Waup, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Special Opening: Saturday, Apri 3 @ 5pm

Visit OTR Gallery on the weekend of April 3 & 4 for your chance to see the unique work of Naup Waup, a talented contemporary artist who grew up in Papua New Guinea.

His latest body of work focuses on his own journey towards better understanding and interpreting his culture in today's age of uncertainty.

The exhibition will be open over Easter Weekend from 11am to 4pm with a special opening event on Saturday April 3 at 5pm.

Naup Waup will will be giving a gallery talk on Sunday April 4 at 2pm.