When master Bob Connery died a few years ago, the closure of his beautiful Stoker’s Siding Pottery was a great loss to the region, but now printmaker Phillip Gasson has resurrected the gallery, and a new exhibition opens next weekend.
These days the historic building houses Moo Moo stitches in the front rooms, but reached by a wooden walkway around the side the new Stokers Siding Art Gallery, which opened on July 4.
The new Gallery is the dream of printmaker, Phillip Gasson, a long-time resident of Stokers siding who once, coincidentally, lived in a backroom of the building. With help from volunteers Gasson has transformed two rooms at the rear of the building into a clean and stylish space that reflects his love of the old and authentic presented with a contemporary finish. The opening of the gallery is all the more admirable due to the fact that Glasson needs assistance because a stroke several years ago left him with greatly impaired vision, although despite this he selects the artists for each show and hangs the work himself .
The next show coming up at the gallery will feature the work of Karena Wynn-Moylan, who was in fact the first visual artist to exhibit at the Pottery in the 1980’s. Wynn-Moylan is showing over 30 works on canvas and paper ranging in subject from landscapes, seascapes and flowers and fruit. “It’s very exciting to be back here after all these years, showing some of my most favourite subjects” says Wynn-Moylan, “and I hope to see lots of familiar faces at the opening.”
The show opens on Friday September 25th at 4.30pm and will run for four weeks.
To view Karena Wynn-Moylan’s work go to:
Contact: Karena Wynn-Moylan
0414 822 196
Gallery website: facebook.com/stokerssidingartgallery