Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Australiana Giftware from Kirra Galleries

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Dear Galleries Blog

Do you have an overseas trip planned?  Do you need to send a gift to a special friend or relative overseas?  Kirra Galleries can help you select the perfect present – Australian made and exquisitely gift wrapped.  Contact us by email gallery@kirra.com, by phone on 03 9639 6388 or drop in and see us.  We are located in the Atrium of Fed Square, opposite the entrance to the NGV – Ian Potter Center.
 
Wishing you a very Happy New Year

Kirra Galleries
Phone: 03 9639 6388
Email: gallery@kirra.com
Web: www.kirragalleries.com
Glass Birds by James Dodson
 A large collection of handmade Australian glass birds by James Dodson.

Price: $56 - $110
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 Australian Birds by Barry Mousley
  Carved and painted Australian birds and brooches by renowned wildlife artist Barry Mousley.

Price: Brooches $155 Birds $290
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Vessels and Paperweights by Marc Kalifa
  Blown glass vessels and paperweights by Marc Kalifa depicting the Australian landscape.

Price: Paperweights $250 to $295, vessels up to $485

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Aluminium Tableware by Don Sheil
  A range of etched aluminium tableware with gumleaf and waratah designs by Don Sheil

Price: $45 - $350
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Plates and Bowls by Rose Burke
  Australian landscape and wildflower designs hand painted onto kiln formed plates and bowls by Rose Burke

Price: $70 to $220
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Bronze Australian Animals by Pete Smit
  A superb collection of bronze Australian animals by Pete Smit.

Price: $85 - $300
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Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Season's Greetings


Season's Greetings
On behalf of Kirra Galleries and our staff I would like to wish you a safe and Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. 

Our Gallery will operate over  the following times during the Christmas/New Year period:


Tuesday 25 December 2012 - Closed

Wednesday 26 December 2012 - 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Thursday 27 December 2012 - 10.00am to 6.00pm.
Friday 28 December 2012 - 10.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 29 December 2012 - 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 30 December 2012 - 10.00am to 6.00pm
Monday 31 December 2012 - 10.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday 1 January 2013 - 12.00pm to 5.00pm


Kirra Galleries Announces 2012 Emerging Glass Arts Award

Zoe Woods
South Australian Glass Artist Zoe Woods has been awarded the Kirra Galleries 2012 Emerging Glass Artist Award following her exhibiting in the Arts Council of Mansfield's recent exhibition ArtVision "Glass in a Fragile World."

As many people would be aware Kirra Galleries has for the past decade supported young and emerging glass artists.

Recently I had the honour of opening the exhibition of Glass Art by the Arts Council of Mansfield which featured 46 chosen artists from 74 entries.  The unique exhibition was of extremely high standard and was held in the local Stolz Furniture shop in the main street of Mansfield. 

I was delighted to support the staging of regional glass art exhibitions such as the ArtVision "Glass in a Fragile World" as it assists in widening the appreciation of glass art in regional Victoria.

The exhibition was a credit to all involved especially the Coordinator of ArtVision, Gilli Bruce.  Gilli led a team of dedicated local people including: Ros Adams - Winemaker; Marg Attley - Shire Councillor and glass artist; Melinda Grant - President, Arts Council of Mansfield and Gwen Gray - well-known community member.   Anne Clifton, President of the Australian Association of Glass Artists (Ausglass Ltd) and Donna Cooper, Executive Director, Architectural Glass & Design Australia (AGDA) also assisted the local committee to bring the exhibition to fruition.

For her award winning piece of glass art Zoe has received a prize of $600.00 and the opportunity to exhibit her work at Kirra Galleries over the Christmas period.


Microcosm series by Zoe Woods

2012 SOFA Exhibition a Success

The 19th Annual International SOFA (Sculpture Objects & Functional Art) exhibition took place at Chicago's historic Navy Pier from Thursday 1 November to Sunday 4 November 2012.  Kirra Galleries exhibited the work of twelve Australian Glass Artists showcasing a variety of techniques with many pieces sold.

For nine years, Kirra Galleries, located in Federation Square in Melbourne, through its policy of promoting Australian Contemporary Glass Artists internationally, has taken the work of some forty artists to the renowned SOFA exhibition with the support of the Australian Government through Austrade and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The success of Kirra Galleries' exhibition at SOFA is supporting the development of international markets, recognition for Australian artists, and providing new and emerging glass artists the opportunity to gain international exposure.  Their works are now included in many of the most prestigious private and public collections in the USA.  Through this exposure they have also gained international representation allowing them to make a full-time commitment to their art.  

This year the work of the following artists was exhibited at the SOFA exhibition:
Tevita Havea, Christopher John, Mikyoung Jung,  Annabel Kilpatrick, Ruth McCallum-Howell, Ruth Oliphant, Harriet Schwarzrock, Tim Shaw, Crystal Stubbs, Emma Varga, Robert Wynne and  Yusuke Takemura. 

Kirra Galleries booth at SOFA Chicago
The Gallery was  represented by our Gallery Manager and Curator, Suzanne Brett, Gallery Coordinator, Yasmin Brett and the Gallery's Administration Manager, Vicki Winter.

There were also a number of artists who joined the Gallery at SOFA - Mikyoung Jung, Harriet Schwarzrock, Tim Shaw, Emma Varga, Robert Wynne and Yusuke Takemura - their assistance at the show was invaluable and I would like to thank them all for making the trip to Chicago.


Kirra Galleries staff and artists at SOFA 2012
Kirra Galleries 2013 exhibition program for the first half of the year:

7 March 2013 - 7 April 2013 
The Third Dimension - Masters in Carved and Etched Glass
Artists:
Alasdair Gordon,  Kevin Gordon, Rish Gordon, Holly Grace, Tony Hanning, David Hay, Miki Kubo, Amanda Louden, Mariella McKinley, Peter Nilsson, Yusuke Takemura, Kayo Yokoyama.

2 May 2013 - 2 June 2013
Perspectives: Interior-Exterior
Artists:
Kate Baker, Brenden Scott French, Christopher John, Mikyoung Jung, Simon Maberley, Ruth Oliphant, Ben Sewell.

6 June 2013 - 30 June 2013
Light in Winter
Artists to be confirmed

July 2013
Antarctica
Solo exhibition by Emma Varga


Peter Kolliner OAM
Gallery Director 

  




Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Gift Ideas from Kirra Galleries



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Dear Galleries Blog

The Management and Staff of Kirra Galleries would like to take this opportunity to wish you a happy and healthy festive season. 

If you are still trying to make those last minute Christmas shopping decisions we would love to help you!  Below is a small selection of great gift ideas from our gallery, located in the Atrium of Federation Square in Melbourne. 

We look forward to seeing you at the gallery but if you can’t make it please call or email us and we can organise shipping and gift wrapping of your selection.

Best wishes for the new year

Kirra Galleries
Phone: 03 9639 6388
Email: gallery@kirra.com
Web: www.kirragalleries.com

Glass Planet Necklaces by Susie Barnes
 Handmade Glass Planet Necklaces
by Susie Barnes

Price: $380
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 Glass Vases and Paperweights by Brian Hirst
 Handmade Vases and Paperweights
by Brian Hirst

Price: $140 to $400
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Glass Hearts by Tim Shaw
 Glass Hearts
by Tim Shaw

Price: $50 to $105

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Tiffany Range by Eileen Gordon
 Tiffany Range
by Eileen Gordon

Price: $110 - $480

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Glass and Sterling Silver Necklaces by Lisa Simmons
 Handcrafted glass and sterling silver necklaces
by Lisa Simmons
Price: $510
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Vases by Amanda Louden
 Hand-blown and Engraved Vases
by Amanda Louden

Price: $450 - $580
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Cufflinks by Irwin Rohl
 Cufflinks
by Irwin Rohl 
Price: $155
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Terrain series by Robert Wynne
 Terrain series
by Robert Wynne
Price: $180 - $295
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Glass winestoppers by Barbara Ashbee
 Handmade glass winestoppers
by Barbara Ashbee
Price: $45
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Microcosm series by Zoe Woods
 Microcosm series
by Zoe Woods
 
Price: $1600 - $1900

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Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Australia

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Web:    www.kirragalleries.com

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Peter Kolliner's thoughts on the opening of the Directors' Choice Exhibition Opening



A little over 10 years ago Kirra Galleries, then operating from a tenancy at Southgate, was approached and invited to open a gallery in Federation Square which, in those days, was a busy building site. We made a seminal decision to accept the offer and thereafter negotiated a lease and watched with growing involvement the building process. Soon the Atrium started taking shape, walls fell into place and I vividly recall the day when we could actually discern the shape of the future tenancy, destined to become Kirra Galleries.





After a great deal of planning, fitout and two days of frenetic activity, including a stint of all night shelf stocking, on 26th October 2002 we were set to open. Round about 11.00am on the day, Premier Steve Bracks ceremoniously cut a ribbon in one of the two finished spaces in the NGV - Ian Potter Centre's new northbank home and with much pomp and circumstance declared Federation Square open.   Kirra Galleries was the only commercial tenancy open for business, having opened our doors simultaneously with Steve Bracks' ribbon cutting moment.

Since opening day we have assiduously set about promoting Australian Glass - we have involved ourselves with Institutions where glass making is taught, have encouraged students and participated in overseas exhibitions. We have offered prizes to emerging artists - many of whom now have achieved maturity and are represented in galleries both local and overseas.
With the preceding thoughts as backdrop, we decided to hold an exhibition - "Directors' Choice" where we show examples of the work of artists who have supported us in our journey, whose work we have exhibited before and whose work is typical of the high standards we demand. Constraints of space was a concern as our preference would have been to be more inclusive, though there are artists who simply did not have work to be exhibited at this time. The end result is a colourful, spectacular display of artistic vision, showcasing a variety of techniques from thirty-two of the best glass artists in the country.
The artists whose work is on display are:
George Aslanis, Lisa Cahill, Tali Dalton, Ben Edols, Kathy Elliott, Brenden Scott French, Alasdair Gordon, Rish Gordon, Holly Grace, Tony Hanning, Noel Hart, Tevita Havea, Brian Hirst, Mikyoung Jung, Gerry King, Brent King, Jennifer Ashley King, Laurel Kohut, Miki Kubo, Amanda Louden, Ruth McCallum-Howell, Nadia Mercuri, Richard Morrell, Keith Rowe, Harriet Schwarzrock, Tim Shaw, Crystal Stubbs, Emma Varga, Bethany Wheeler, Patrick Wong, Robert Wynne and Takemura Yusuke.
The exhibition was opened on Thursday 4 October 2012 by a dear friend of the gallery, Dr Noris Ioannou who is the author of "Australian Studio Glass - its Makers and their Art" and who is currently the Co-ordinator of J-Studios Artist Community, North Fitzroy.
The exhibition runs until Sunday 4 November 2012 and we cordially invite those of our clients who have not yet been able to visit to inspect the exhibition and experience a representative cross-section of the quality of Australian Glass which is now gaining great renown and acceptance throughout Australia and worldwide.
Peter Kolliner OAM
Gallery Director
Kirra Galleries



Directors' Choice Exhibition 4 October - 4 November 2012

Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Street Melbourne
Phone: 03 9639 6388




Left: Dr Noris Ioannou with Peter Kolliner, Gallery Director, speaking at the official opening of the exhibition.
Crystal Stubbs with her work Reverie
Brenden Scott French and his works Tectonic Trace-Binary #5 2012 and Floor Plan - 1/4 acre 2012
Gerry King with his works Tartessos Novo
Jennifer Ashley King with her works Linear Topology and Torsion
Lions by Rish Gordon
Patrick Wong's glass art works
Brent King with his work Veiled
Bethany Wheeler with her work
Nadia Mercuri and her works Arrangement to Preserve





Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne.


Phone:   +613 9639 6388
Fax:       +613 9639 8522
Email:   gallery@kirra.com
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 10.00am-6.00pm