The skillful art of printmaking comes alive on the Redcliffe Peninsula during September 2021

Kathryn Coller | 18-Jul-2021
Moreton Bay Printmakers formed in 2013 by Malcolm Cassidy and Maureen van der Zalm are joined by accomplished printmakers and teachers Ellie Neilsen and Wayne Singleton to present Moreton Bay Printmakers and Friends Reflections' during September 2021. Making their mark through printmaking, four highly accomplished artists come together for a combined exhibition which runs throughout September 2021. Not only will their work be displayed, a weekend workshop introducing skills in Relief Block Printing will be available [ bookings essential]. Each artist has come into this field with a different story but similar desire to make sense of their world and better understand the living components that make up their environment.
Venue: Redcliffe Art Society Inc Old Fire Station Gallery
Address: Redcliffe Art Society and Old Fire Station Gallery. 395 Oxley Avenue
Date: September 1 - 26 2021. Official Opening Saturday September 4 at 2pm
Time: 10:00 am to 3:00pm
Ticket: FREE
Call: 732840852
The skillful art of printmaking comes alive on the Redcliffe Peninsula during September 2021
Road through the Granite Belt Original Print courtesy of Wayne Singleton Photo by Wayne Singleton
Ellie Neilsen: Isolated and living with a husband managing a cattle property in country Queensland, was no impediment, in fact it only appeared to spur her onto achieving excellence in traditional printmaking. Because of lack of access to commercial products she improvised while also raising 4 children and finding time to serve the in local community. This hard work, commitment, and dedication to building an art practise paid off when she was offered a fellowship to attend a master printmaking workshop in Tuscany, Italy, tutored by Luis Camnitzer. The Elfreda series was was based on another participant with whom a friendship was formed even though one only spoke German and Italian, the other English and schoolgirl French.

Some years later, after retiring to Morayfield it came to Ellies notice that art colleges were focusing on computer generated printmaking. In response made her mission to commence teaching traditional printmaking. She wanted to ensure that this knowledge would not be lost. Ellie continues contributing to teaching and exhibiting as well as mentoring and inspiring emerging printmakers younger than herself. Her commitment to the community was recognised by winning the Moreton Bay Council Australia Day Awards.

Malcolm Cassidy's work is inspired by narrative therapy and the concept of social stories. Malcolm's many years as a counsellor has given him insight into the necessity and value of time spent on taking time out from being constantly busy. This can open the opportunity for people to become more self-aware enabling them to notice the potential influence or limitations imposed on themselves and others by the power these social stories can have on interpersonal relationships.

Living through this time of isolation and disruption has been an opportunity for examining, reshaping and calling into question many of the assumptions that are consciously or unconsciously held about how the world is or should be, possibly allowing greater opportunities for thought and personal reflection.

Wayne Singleton trained as a stereo cutter [relief block maker]in the flexographic printing industry 50 years ago, so printmaking has been a major thread through his adult life. Formerly a teacher of art, design, technology and religious studies for many years “ Wayne is now a full-time printmaker. He draws quietness and stillness from his unique craft, with deep focus in the present moment. Wayne will share his skills throughout the weekend workshop on 18 and 19 September, during the time of the exhibition.

Maureen van der Zalm has lived on the Redcliffe Peninsula for the past fifty-three years never more than a kilometer away from Humpybong Creek the place the series is based on. Humpybong is the Aboriginal word for the empty houses which were deserted after it was realized the site chosen to establish Queensland's first white settlement on the Redcliffe Peninsula was unviable due to lack of fresh water, transport difficulties and the presence of mosquitoes. Although the built environment has changed dramatically over the years the creek continues to flow as always, a constant reminder of times past and yet to come.

Places for the printmaking workshop will fill quickly. Remember to book early.

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