April Feature on Silk

Focus on Silk

Shop Silk Feature

Image Credit: Top L: Hellen O’Sullivan Top R: Carole Osmotherly Bottom L: Joan James August Cole Bottom R: Robyn Diener Joan James

SILKS abound in SHOP this month. 

5 artists in the SHOP group of artists are expert in working with silk in various ways.

Mixed Media Artist, Joan James is an expert in the art of shibori, teaches and exhibits internationally. She works often in partnership with Hellen O’Sullivan who focuses on the art of Itajime and Shibori to make brilliantly coloured scarfs and wall hangings.

Carole Osmotherly creates paintings on silk with wax resist which defy description. Colours blend and merge to create miraculous atmospheric images.

Robyn  Diener dyes and embellises silk to make fabulous evening bags and table runners. All this available now with woven silk scarfs by August Cole who was featured  last month.

This and much, much more just in time for Mothers Day.

The SHOP at Strathnairn Arts Gallery is open Thursday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, the Juice Cafe situated within Strathnairn Arts Gallery is open Thurs 10 – 4; Fri 10 – 8; Sat 8.30 – 8; and Sun 8.30 – 4.

To reserve your table please phone the Cafe direct on 0410 270 663, on special weekends such as this one, Walkins are always welcome, but bookings are highly recommended to ensure you don’t miss out!


Calling All Artists! SQUARES is accepting Entries now.


Have you purchased your SQUARE? The 9th Annual People’s Choice Exhibition is now open for Entries. What can you do with a SQUARE?

Each Entry kit is $25 which includes the Entry Fee and contains one Square canvas, of which you can let your imagination go wild! Every year the entries are widely varied, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Mosaic, Embroidery and even Pottery! As long as the Artwork is within the SQUARE (no hanging art), it will be eligible to enter. All SQUARES are to be enter unframed.

SQUARE’s entry kits are available for purchase at Strathnairn Arts, Belconnen Arts Centre, Watson Arts Centre, Tuggeranong Arts Centre and Belconnen Picture Framing.

Any questions? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact Strathnairn at info@strathnairn.com.au

For more inspiration for this year’s Exhibition,  check out more images from last year’s Exhibition on our Pinterest Board: https://au.pinterest.com/strathnairn/squares-2015/

SQUARES 9th Annual People’s Choice Exhibition

Woolshed, Strathnairn Arts Gallery

May 15 – June 12pm

Entries Close 4pm May 1, 2016

All Welcome to Enter!

Batik Classes for beginners

Batik and Dyeing Workshop  for Beginners

Joan batik for beginners

Batik Workshop with International Artist Joan James at Strathnairn Arts Gallery, Canberra, May 2016

An introduction to Batik with international textile artist Joan James
10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday 21 May 2016
Village Hall, Strathnairn Arts, Stockdill Drive, Holt, A.C.T.

Bookings – https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/batik-and-dyeing-workshop-for-beginners-tickets-25043230978?aff=eac2