Thursday, October 9, 2014

October Newsletter


Cas Davey and Peter Kolliner on Opening Night
Our 12th annual overview of contemporary flame formed glass was very eloquently opened by Christian Arnold on Thursday 11 September 2014.  Chris stepped up to the plate as unfortunately Peter Minson was unable to be at the opening due to the ill health of his partner, Lindsay.   Peter and Lindsay have been part of the Flame on Glass exhibitions since the beginning and their presence was missed by all. 

The demonstrations held in the Atrium over the weekend were well attended and we have to thank the artists who gave up their time to spend time at the gallery educating the public on their artform.  A huge thank you to Chris Arnold, Laurie Young, Mark Eliott, Cas Davey, Richard Clements, Raymond Mifsud, Lisa Simmons and Kathryn Wardill for making the exhibition extra special.  Also to those artists who came to the exhibition opening travelling vast distances  – Kathryn Chaston who visited from the South Australian Border, Raymond & Nicky Mifsud who came from Far North Queensland, Mark Eliott from Sydney, Kristin Dibbs from Sydney,  Cas Davey from Castlemaine and Richard Clements from Tasmania, and those Melbourne based artists who were at the opening – Sally Balfour, Wendy Bergamin, Marilyn Hayes, and Anne Oberin.

Artists Demonstrating Chris Arnold Opening Flame On Glass 2014

There is an incredible variety of work on display - the exhibition will close on Sunday 12 October so you still have a few days to see this stunning collection.

We would also like to wish Laurie Young and Chris Arnold all the best for the future – they are moving to America to wow the glass world with their amazing creations – good luck and we hope that you come back to Flame on Glass next year – wouldn’t be the same without you!

Raymond Mifsud with his work 'Raising The Flag' Laurie Young with her work 'Medusa'
Richard Clemments with his works 'Animal of Unkown Origin 1 and 4' Mark Eliott with his work 'Weighing Anchor'
Kirra Galleries will be visiting Chicago for the 11th consecutive year to exhibit the work of Australian and New Zealand Glass Artists at SOFA (Sculpture Object Functional Art and Design).  Once again we have been favoured with booth 101, at the entrance to the show, which is a very prestigious position for an Australian Gallery.   The exhibition opens on 6 November, and closes on Sunday 9 November 2014. The artists that we are representing are Scott Chaseling, Evelyn Dunstan, Kevin Gordon, Mikyoung Jung, Peter Nilsson, Ruth Oliphant, Tim Shaw, Yusuk√© Takemura, Emma Varga, Maureen Williams, Robert Wynne and Ben Young.
As a special thankyou for your continuing support we will be having a Christmas Celebration and exhibition on Thursday December 4 2014 so keep the date free. The opening will be from 6.00 – 9.00pm  and we will be displaying an extensive range of work from our increasing stable of artists. Join us for a glass of Christmas cheer and nibbles while you take advantage of the 15% discount offered on the evening. Those who attend will be eligible to win a $500.00 gift voucher and other exciting prizes.
Last year Kirra Galleries was recognised in the Bronze Category of the Lord Mayor’s Commendations for more than 10 years of service in Melbourne. As a result Peter Kolliner was interviewed for an article in the August/September City of Melbourne magazine and readers of the publication were offered a prize of a $100 gift voucher for the most creative response to “What do you think of glass as a medium of art?” Selecting a winner was difficult as we received a number of excellent entries but there was one stand out and the prize was awarded to Yvonne Lynch for her answer:

“Glass is the most fabulous medium for creating and bringing together colours of incredible beauty in new combinations which catch the light in a way than cannot be done with any other sort of material. Viewing the blending of colours and shapes in glass sculpture can transport you to another place - and you can constantly find new connections as it changes with every viewing. It will always seem new and never lose its appeal.”

Congratulations Yvonne!
We will have extended Christmas trading as follows:

Thursday 11 December – 9am to 7pm
Friday 12 December 2014 – 9am to 7pm
Saturday 13 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 14 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Monday 15 December 2014 – 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 16 December 2014 – 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 17 December 2014 – 9am to 8pm
Thursday 18 December 2014 – 9am to 8pm
Friday 19 December 2014 – 9am to 9pm
Saturday 20 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 21 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Monday 22 December 2014 – 9am to 8pm
Tuesday 23 December 2014 – 9am to 8pm
Wednesday 24 December 2014 – 9am to 5pm
Thursday 25 December 2014 – Closed
Friday 26 December 2014 – Closed
Saturday 27 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Sunday 28 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Monday 29 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Tuesday 30 December 2014 – 10am to 6pm
Wednesday 31 December 2014 – 10am to 5pm
Thursday 1 January 2015 – Closed
Friday 2 January 2015 – 10am to 6pm
Saturday 3 January 2015 –resume normal trading hours 10am to 6pm daily
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