On August 31 2017 Curious Art Gallery, the only not for profit artists cooperative in the Tweed Shire, will close its doors after 16 successful years. Since its inception in May 2001, and official opening in September 2001 in the iconic “Big Pink” Art Deco building on Chinderah Bay Drive, Curious Art Gallery has amassed over 70 members and held over 100 themed exhibitions.
The success of this NFP artist run initiative is measured by the personal and professional development of its members and the charitable endeavours within the community. Many members have gone on to create well respected local and international businesses. These include:
Curious Digital Photography, and
many other individual art based businesses.
“I hung my first ever painting for sale on the walls at Curious over a decade ago. There’s no doubt that these early years led to the foundation of Artable, an award winning local art school that now runs workshops with Australian and International artists worldwide. Thank you to the Curious art family from the bottom of my heart, you touched the lives of so many creatives & supported my own art journey in so many ways.” Gillian Buttress-Grove, Artable.
These comments well reflect the Cooperative’s core objective; to promote professional development of the arts, in the local community and beyond. The Gallery artists would especially like to thank the owners, manager and staff of the Chinderah Village Caravan Park for their community spirit and support of the arts. We also extend a broad thank you across the Tweed Shire community at large for its ongoing support of the Curious project spanning these past 16 years.
13 years of Curiuous Art
Just Cruising By by Dianne Smith
Featuring Artists from Curious Art Cooperative
Tempest – photography by Michael Bryant
Clare Bryant working on Sweet Nothings as an installation
A little touch of PMT by Clare Johnson
Curious Art Gallery presents: Summer
Coral by Larraine Bryant
‘Floating with flowers and fish’ by Clare Bryant. A drawing with pen and watercolour pencil wash on Arches paper.
Some of the visitors to Love and Breakfast discussing art
Curious Art presents: The Hungry Ocean featuring artists from Curious Digital Photography – Michael Bryant + Tracy Jay
808 State – Pen and watercolour pencil on 640 gsm Arches watercolour paper with deckled edging.
A Curious Farewell
A final celebration of 16 Curious years at Curious Art Gallery
Saturday 12th August 12pm to 3pm
Generous discounts on all artwork, are on now until 27th August!
Visitors will be delighted to see a range of 2D and 3D works, including: Found Objects sculpture, paintings, drawings, photography, textiles, jewelry, books and installations.
Free espresso with any purchase
Off Street parking
Expressions of interest wanted by artists to become part of Curious Art Gallery, a not for profit organisation open, Thursday to Sunday.
If you are looking for exhibition space where you are part of the cooperative culture, working one day a week in peaceful surrounding by the Tweed River, this is for you!
Curious Art Gallery has featured several photographic exhibitions throughout the 13 years it has been open. However as part of the Queensland Festival of PhotographyAutumn Synthesis features photographic artworks from the individual perspectives of several artists, of some of whose preferred visual medium is painting, sculpture and drawing.
Venue: Curious Art Gallery – 94a Chinderah Bay Dr. Chinderah NSW
Curious Art Gallery and Curious Digital Photography
The Red Umbrella featured in The Brief by CDP student Irene Brinsmead
The Brief will feature photography from students who have chosen to part of the exhibition after completing the beginner, advanced or master class CDP photography workshops during 2012 session One, Two and Three.
11/10/2012 to 02/12/2012
Opening day 13th October 2012 – 11.30am to 3.30pm (Gallery operates on Daylight Saving Time) Venue:
Curious Art Gallery
94a Chinderah Bay Drive
Open : Monday 10.30am to 12.30pm CDP workshops (Gallery operates on Daylight Saving Time)
Thursday – Friday 11pm to 5pm
Saturday 11am to 3.30pm
Sunday 11am to 5pm
Contact: 0266 745340
Web: Curious Art Gallery
CDP – Workshops are conducted at Curious Art Gallery.
The sessions involve class instruction and discussions, a location shoot, individual critique and a home brief. New sessions will commence in early 2013.
“The exhibition celebrates the journey of life with my father Floyd Lombardi and uncle Ray when I was living at the Navajo Trading Post adobe house on the Four Corners of America Navajo Reservation. The Rio Grande ran behind the Trading Post located just an hour from Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
It was early 1950’s and I was eleven years old. I grew up hearing many stories and gained insights into the Navajo culture and way of life which left an indelible impression upon my thinking, my life and my art.
We were privileged to be part of the many Native Festivals. My father was one of the very few given permission to photograph the festivities.This exhibition includes unique archival photography from those early years on the reservation.”
Dianne Smith 2012
Also textiles, jewellery and themed paintings in various media and other artworks from the Curious Artists.