Winter Arts Fair

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NEW for KIPPAX!  on Saturday 11 August Kippax will be holding a Winter Arts Fair from 10am – 1pm in the Kippax Uniting Community Centre. Featuring:

– local award-winning artists;
– demonstrations;
– handmade gifts;
– kid’s craft table;
– delicious home-baked refreshments!



Robert Bleyerveen
Robert Bleyerveen -Stories from the Swamp 2016 $2000 (833 x 1000)

Robert is a Canberra-based visual artist who commenced studies in Painting at Canberra School of Art in 1980. He held his first solo show at the Artist Collective; Bitumen River Gallery in 1983, followed by many solo and group exhibitions. His works have been installed into public spaces and reviewed in respected published critiques. Robert grew up in Belconnen; his mother’s family have lived in Belconnen for seven generations and during his formative years at Art School, Robert’s interest grew in the indigenous and non-indigenous heritage of this area.

Robert’s contemplative abstract paintings are explorations into human interaction with our environment. Drawing on his ancestral connections and with our growing Indigenous understandings, he recently involved himself as an inland artist, in producing and exhibiting contemporary historical works. “Neither Here nor There” focused on the symbolism of Indigenous and Non-indigenous relationships developed through shared pathways connecting us to the coast.

His works merge our stories and histories together, resonating with our unique natural environment, to celebrate our connections to place and relationship with each other in our community.

Jill Robertson

Jill has been a keen calligrapher for over 30 years and in 2016 she was made a Life Member of the Canberra Calligraphy Society. She is a regular exhibitor in local Shows and exhibitions and been a prize-winner at the Canberra Show several times, including 2 first places. Jill’s work includes commissions for ANU and the Australian Academy of Science and her work also features in the visitors’ books for Parliament House, the Prime Minister and Governor General.

At the Winter Arts Fair, Jill will be giving basic lessons in calligraphy as well as writing names on beautifully prepared bookmarks. She will also have works for sale.


Barbara Torkington
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Barbara started painting in 1972 and found a love that has lasted for 40 years. She taught for 12 years in Canberra and held seminars both at the coast and in Canberra. She has won many prizes for her art work, the latest was the Champion of Champions at the Royal Canberra Show. The highlight of her painting Career was to be asked to paint a plaque for the then Governor General, Sir Ninian Stephen on his retirement as patron of the RSL.
This form of Art covers so many different techniques, from flowers, animals portraits and scenes and various forms of decoration and it is lovely to think we are making the heirlooms of the future.

Caroline Reid

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Caroline is an artist living and working in Fraser. She is inspired by the great post-impressionist artists who used the materials of paint and clay to reflect the world around them and applied the world of science that underpins how we see. She is particularly interested in depictions of energy in art and how to record the ‘life force’ in all things in paint. Caroline is currently working on a series of botanical monoprints using both clay and paint to record transient impressions of the fragile living plant world.