“CLASS ACTION” 14 October – 2 November 2012
A tribute exhibition by past and present students of Ruth Faerber is being held in celebration of her 90th Birthday .
14 artists who over the years have been creatively guided by Ruth in her class at the Willoughby Art Centre have joined together to exhibit works including painting, printmaking, drawing and mixed media.
Exhibiting artists include Sue Alexander, Jan Cumming, Kath Giovanelli, John Allen, Chick Gordon, Kay Yates, Hanna Lichti, Tony Meiusi, Gerald Christmas, Leyla Spencer, Christine Tasker, John Sweetensen , Gill Selig and Ewa Henner.
Since the early sixties , Ruth has devoted her energy and time as a mentor to encourage, educate and critique. Her popular lectures bring to her students an awareness of the importance of the formal principles of art , but she also fostered the use of the creative imagination rather than just realistic imitation.
Ruth has always led by example, beginning her long and varied art career in the 1930’s , working as a junior commercial artist in a Sydney printing firm. She married in 1946 and between domestic responsibilities and child rearing began studying painting in the studio of recently immigrated Hungarian artist Desiderius Orban , then later at the National Art School , and in 1970’s she enrolled in a Fine Arts History course at the University of Sydney , writing an arts review column for 10 years in the Australian Jewish Times.
But already in 1963 her artistic practice had taken a new and important path when she became a foundation student in the Lithography printmaking class established by Joy Ewart at the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby . She also joined as a founding member of the newly launched Sydney Printmakers group and the Melbourne based Print Council of Australia, acting as their NSW representative.
In 1967 Ruth was awarded a scholarship to the Pratt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking in New York and over subsequent years expanded her reputation in international exhibitions and Artist in Residence Workshops.
In 1984, with a small group of other papermaking enthusiasts, she established Primrose Park Paperworks as a centre for the age-old craft of hand papermaking, the first open-access teaching workshop of its kind in Sydney.
Ruth’s cast paper works are unique in Australia.
However in 2004, in her advancing years when she found the physical strain of creating them too physically demanding she began experimenting with computer graphics, and since then has been successfully exhibiting her Archival Inkjet prints.
With more than 40 solo exhibitions to her credit , Ruth’s works are held in international art museums and in many Australian national, state and regional galleries, and corporate and private collections.
The exhibition will be opened By Stephen Wilson (MFA Cofa NSW)
Principal Balmain Art School
On Sunday 14th October 4pm -6pm
At the Lane Cove Music & Cultural Centre
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Friday 10am-4pm,
The NSW Government is withdrawing funding for art courses from TAFE from January 1st next year. Please sign the petition to protest.
This petition of citizens of NSW brings to the attention of the NSW Legislative Assembly the urgent need for maintaining funding for accessible art education in TAFE. The cultural sector is an economic force, contributing over $30 billion to Australia each year – the arts not only create jobs but also create communities that are more vibrant, cohesive, healthy and innovative. TAFE in NSW puts the ability to make art in the hands of people, without regard to their age, wealth or background.
On September 11 the NSW government announced that it would stop funding art education in TAFE, leaving 4000 students without access to finishing their courses in 2013. TAFE Art courses are the main provider of art education in NSW, with many prominent artists getting their first ‘hands on’ training in TAFE. The withdrawal of funding will mean that only the wealthy will be able to afford private art education and NSW will suddenly find it no longer has emerging artists with skills coming through.
Read more at http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/fund-art-education-in-nsw-tafe.
This Sunday the 19th August at Manly Gallery, Anthea Boesenberg, Geraldine Berkemeier and Peri Tobias are speaking about their print making practice as part of the public programme for Warringah Printmakers Studio’s exhibition celebrating 15 years of safer printmaking, Leave Nothing But Prints. The talks will be illustrated, and will take place between 3pm and 4.30pm.
24 SEPTEMBER – 5 OCTOBER 2012
Date: Monday 24 September – 5 October 2012 (Monday – Friday = 10 days in total)
Time: 9 am to 4 pm each day, with a 1 hour lunch break (catered lunches)
Where: Djumbunji Press, 55-65 Greenslopes Street, Edge Hill, Cairns QLD
Number of participants: 10
Cost: $132 per day: $1320 over 10 days
Materials: Basic materials supplied, plates, paper, and extra ink can be purchased from the studio via materials cards (available as $25.00 or $50.00 cards)
Bookings: Must be made by 27 August 2012 by phoning (07) 4032 5598, or via email: email@example.com
Djumbunji Press Senior Printmaker Elizabeth Hunter has studied and taught in Australia and overseas. She obtained her BA at City Art Institute, Sydney, Australia; Attestato di Qualifica Professionale, Incisione, Regione Toscana, Italia; and MA at Surrey University, London. Previous positions include appointments in organisations such as; Studio Art Centres International (SACI) Florence Italy, Emily Carr College of Art and Design Florence Italy, Rebis Press Professional Print Studio and Gallery Chianti Italy and Meadowbank, Hornsby & St George TAFE Institutions Sydney. She has exhibited in Australia, Italy, England, the Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, India and the USA.Djumbunji Press opened in March 2009, The air-conditioned studio is set in a spacious open area on Greenslopes Street in the tropical cultural precinct of NorthCairns, opposite Centenary Lakes and the Cairns Botanical Gardens. The facilities include: A large Mitomel Press, an MES HD etching press; an NW small etching press; a Manuka small etching press; a Takach-Garfield Lithography Press (manual); 2 drying racks; an exhaust vent clean-up solvent room; and a process room with vapor hood for nitric acid.
Don’t miss the IMPRINT stand at Melbourne Art Fair, Australia’s premier international art event at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne from 1-5 August. You can find us among the magazine stands on the upper level, at stand M09. Drop in and say hello to staff and committee members, renew your Print Council membership, buy back copies of IMPRINT, or take advantage of our special discount offer for new members. See you there!
Karen Ball has invitation cards for the Cowra Exhibition available. If you would like some to distribute, please contact her.