Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 2016 Newsletter


Kirra Galleries News
KIGA 2016
Despite the cold winter's night on June 1st, over 250 people attended the Grand Opening of our third annual Kirra Illuminating Glass Awards (KIGA) .
There were thirty seven finalists from Australia and New Zealand in this exhibition chosen from over eighty entries. The result was a magical exhibition of some of the most beautiful illuminated glass ever created. The standard of the entries was so outstanding that the judges Peter Kolliner OAM, Grace Cochrane AM, Simon Warrender and Laura Anderson deliberated for over three hours.
KIGA 2016 judges (from top, left to right) Laura Anderson, Grace Cochrane AO, Peter Kolliner OAM & Simon Warrender. Also pictured is the winning entry "Flame  of Humanity" by Kevin Gordon.
Pictured above: KIGA 2016 judges (from left to right) Laura Anderson, Peter Kolliner OAM, Grace Cochrane AM
& Simon Warrender. Also pictured is the winning entry "Flame of Humanity" by Kevin Gordon.
Our congratulations go to Kevin Gordon for his intricately carved cameo glass sculpture "Flame of Humanity" mounted on a base of carved black granite. Unfortunately Kevin was unable to attend but his sister - also a renowned glass artist- (Eileen Gordon), was present and delighted to receive the $15000.00 prize and trophy from Peter Kolliner on Kevin's behalf.
The $3000.00 Innovation Prize went to Mark Eliott for his
extraordinary flame worked sculpture "Light Dragon".
The $3000.00 Innovation Prize went to Mark Eliott for his extraordinary flame worked sculpture "Light Dragon". This award was announced and presented by Ron Gauci acting CEO of Fed Square who are our joint venture partners in mounting this exhibition. Mark was unfortunately unable to be present as he was heading off to the USA to demonstrate at The Gas Conference.
Some of the highly commended artists were Ruth Oliphant for her imaginative entry "Last Light" featuring the reflection of the light on the wall through a window, Harriet Schwarzrock with her beautiful red neon glass sculpture "Within", Andrew Crewes " Boys in The Garden", Holly Grace " with her sculpture inspired by a Danish Lighthouse "Rubjerg Knude Fyr", Ben Young's ethereal lit sculptures of the ocean " Drift and Submerged" and Evelyn Dunstan's entry "Nikau Canopy" a totem in the shape of a palm tree made in cast crystal segments depicting traditional imagery of landscapes and the flora and fauna of New Zealand.
Thank you to all those artists who came from New Zealand, Western Australia, Queensland, ACT, New South Wales, Adelaide and rural areas of Victoria. We really appreciated your support and your dedication to your art in creating such original and evocative works. Unfortunately there were only two prizes awarded but you are all winners to us.
Ruth Oliphant for her imaginative entry "Last Light" featuring the reflection of the light on the wall through a window.    Ben Young "Submerged" and "Drift"
Ruth Oliphant for her imaginative entry "Last Light" featuring the reflection of the light on the wall through a window. Ben Young "Submerged" and "Drift"
Andrew Crewes " Boys in The Garden" Harriet Schwarzrock with her red neon glass sculpture "Within"
Andrew Crewes " Boys in The Garden" Harriet Schwarzrock with her red neon glass sculpture "Within"
Holly Grace " with her sculpture inspired by a Danish Lighthouse "Rubjerg Knude Fyr" Evelyn Dunstan's entry "Nikau Canopy" a totem in the shape of a palm tree
Holly Grace " with her sculpture inspired by a Danish Lighthouse "Rubjerg Knude Fyr" Evelyn Dunstan's entry "Nikau Canopy" a totem in the shape of a palm tree
Kathy Elliott "Surge Series Lamp" Bethany Wheeler "Winter Light"
Kathy Elliott "Surge Series Lamp" Bethany Wheeler "Winter Light"
Denise Pepper "The Bejewel 2016" Laurel Kohut "Life Timers"
Denise Pepper "The Bejewel 2016" Laurel Kohut "Life Timers"
Stephen Skillitzi "Holding One’s Ground" Tina Cooper "Illumina Jellyfish"
Stephen Skillitzi "Holding One’s Ground" Tina Cooper "Illumina Jellyfish"
Brenda Page "Your Touch" Pipit Pujiastuti "Tropicana"
Brenda Page "Your Touch" Pipit Pujiastuti "Tropicana"
If you haven't been able to see this exhibition yet make it a priority over the next few weeks. There is still The People's Choice trophy to be awarded. You can register your vote online at http://fedsquare.com/kigapeopleschoice or visit Kirra Galleries in Federation Square to see this amazing exhibition. By voting for People's Choice you also have the chance to win a $200 gift voucher.
Entries close on June 23. Click on the link to the catalogue if you are unable to make it to the gallery. You can read about this exhibition, the judges and see images and descriptions of the works.
> http://www.kirragalleries.com/2016/2016-05/kiga-catalogue/index.html

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Microcosm

August 4 - September 4 2016
Detailed images of nature encapsulated in glass sculptures.
ARTISTS: Nicole Ayliffe, Laurel Kohut, Mariella McKinley, Zoe Woods & Kayo Yokoyama.
Pictured: Ocean Glow by Zoe Woods.
Pictured: Ocean Glow by Zoe Woods.

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