eIn April/May 2018 I am privileged to be painting and teaching in Hahndorf and environs as Artist in Residence(AiR) at the Hahndorf Academy, while experiencing Autumn in a cold climate along with the extraordinary colours and light. Hahndorf is the hometown of legendary artist and Australian Master painter, artist Sir Hans Heysen, 1877 - 1968.
As AiR my aim is to paint both "en plein-air" and studio work, building my exhibition as I go. Paintings are to be hung as they are created giving an immediacy to the work while providing fresh interest to viewers and collectors alike over the six weeks in residence. There will be an opening and a closing event along with demonstrations as fundraisers for local art venues also surprising special events.
Visitors are invited to come into the Hahndorf Academy, first floor, and see the Exhibition, buy if you will, but experience the excitement of the daily additions hot of the easel. If its "sad" weather I will be in the studio painting and your welcome to come and say hello. I am painting in pastel, oil and pen and wash.
This is a sought after opportunity by me, long in the planning, to walk, paint and breathe a small part of Australian Master Painter Hans Heysen's home town; to visit and paint in places he painted and made famous a hundred years ago while listening to stories of the people who live and work in Hahndorf now, in a town built two millennia ago.
There is to be a series of workshops covering a range of topics for artists in oils and pastels,mixed media, pen and wash. The style of work is traditional that is to say it represents the subject. A fun event on during my residency is the "Artists That Coffee", we meet for coffee and treats chat and doodling on set Fridays at a different Cafe in Hahndorf. This is on the Workshop list as well. A workshop list is available by clicking the button below.
Exhibition at Wondai Regional Art Gallery March 2018 Opening night photos here.This pastel painting show of work by Karol Oakley and Joanne Tollefson is on for the Month of March. For Karol it is part of her fundraising quest for Hahndorf Artist in Residence programme.
Karol is at the gallery on Friday 9th March from 10:30 am doing a demonstration painting in pastel, seats are limited and booking is required, a small fee applies.
Afterwards at 1 pm Karol is holding a free critique session for local artists. Bring a painting in, put your name in the hat, then as one critique finishes another name will be drawn for the next critique.
Monday March 19th is the Artist Talk by Joanne Tollefson starting at 10am. This event is open to everyone to come and hear the stories behind selected paintings, methods used to create the work and discussion about other arty things.
We look forward to meeting you at the gallery. Register your interest here: